The Chicago White Sox plastered the Cleveland Indians by a score of 9-1 on Monday night, as the Indians didn’t have an answer for the offensive surge by the White Sox. The White Sox turned the scoreboard on early with 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning off Trevor Bauer. After an elite start to the season for Bauer, he’s met an ugly dose of variance.
Bauer went 5 innings and allowed 10 hits and 7 runs by the end of his evening. That’s a spot where Terry Francona should have pulled the plug earlier, but I think he was waiting for Bauer to find a rhythm. That never came, though, and the game was out of control by the 6th inning. The Indians are slipping while they watch the Twins jump out in front in the AL Central.
Losing Corey Kluber hurts, and even before he broke his arm from a line drive, it almost looked like he was playing injured. When the injury notification came up on my phone, I thought it had something to do with his poor start but that wasn’t the case at all. Now more pressure is being put on guys like Bauer to carry the load and that of course wasn’t the case last night. Jefry Rodriguez has appeared like a pretty nice acquisition for the Indians, though.
The Indians quietly picked him up in the offseason for depth for a situation exactly like this. After an unimpressive debut as a rookie with the Nationals, he was traded to the Indians in November. Rodriguez has been sharp in his first two outings as an Indian in Cleveland. Did the Nats give up him too early? He was only a rookie last season, so it might come back to hurt them and be a steal for the Indians. It’s only two appearances, though, so we’ll see where it goes. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Indians pick.
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Jefry Rodriguez has made a statement right out of the gate in his career with the Indians. After the team that drafted you gave up so quickly, it might have been the motivation that he needed to want to excel and become a contributor in the majors. In any event, it’s only been two solid starts for Rodriguez. He was sensational against the Royals and Marlins, as he held them to just 3 runs across 12.2 innings of play.
Rodriguez gave up just 8 hits as well and delivered only 2 walks in that time. It’s a lot different than what we saw from him a season ago. Rodriguez finished with an ERA of 5.71 in 14 appearances and 8 starts. It’s difficult to judge a rookie in his first year, though. The jump from the minors to the majors is substantial, just ask Vlad Jr. in Toronto. It can take some guys time to catch up.
Lucas Giolito was passed over by the Nationals as well following a rough go of it as a rookie. He posted an ERA of 6.75 in 2016 and the Nationals cut ties with him pretty quickly. Giolito has spent the last three years in Chicago with the White Sox. In his first full season in the major leagues, he did not have a good go of it in 2018.
In 32 outings, Giolito was ripped for a 6.13 ERA as he consistently had issues getting out of trouble. It’s been more of the same for him this season, as he enters this contest with a 5.32 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. After getting embarrassed yesterday, expect the Indians to have some pride and get out ahead on Tuesday and cruise to a win over the White Sox at Progressive Field.