CLEVELAND, Ohio – If Francisco Lindor ever gets tired of moving a club to live, he could have a future in comedy.
After Saturday night’s 3-0 defeat against the twins, a loss that brought the Indian team’s hitting average to .206 (57-by-277), Lindor was asked if there was anything specific that the pitchers were doing to confuse his teammates and him nine games in the sprint of 60 MLB games.
But really Frankie (prepare the rim shot) how much are you swinging the bat?
“They could throw a lot of rapeseed right now and I’d probably make it appear,” said Lindor.
This from a boy who had one of only two Indians’ successes in Saturday’s loss. Lindor hits .222 (8-for-36) with two humeri and six RBI. Those aren’t a good number of the four-time All-Star, but in an Indian team with an average of 2.78 runs per game, they seem cheeky.
“We just have to compete, compete, compete and make adjustments,” said Lindor. “If we don’t make adjustments as big league hitters, we won’t go anywhere. I’m one of those guys. It takes me longer to make changes and I’m very responsible for that. We have to make adjustments.”
Right arm Kenta Maeda, facing the Indians for the first time, threw them a constant diet of sliders and shifts, with an occasional fast ball. The Indians continued to cope.
The Indians are 5-4 and have slipped to third place in AL Central behind the twins and tigers. Nine games in a normal season would not be of concern. But this season is already over 15% and if the Indians want to be a factor – assuming they avoid coronavirus and the season is played at the end – they have to start scoring points.
Carlos Santana, Franmil Reyes and Domingo Santana cannot simply take up space in the middle of training. They have to produce. Right now they are hitting a combined .200 (15 by 75) with one humerus and five RBI.
“It doesn’t really matter, the length of the season,” said manager Terry Francona. “We are in August now. Here’s how you treat it. We have to race to the finish regardless (how long the season lasts). We are trying to quickly put the games behind us so that the boys can get at ease, but there are five teams who are very close in our division “
The only Indian player who looks like he is in the pot is Jose Ramirez. He is hitting .375 (12 for 32) with two homers and five RBI. Ramirez hits No. 2 and Lindor No. 3 in formation. Everyone in baseball knows that if those two don’t hit, the Indians won’t go anywhere, even with an extended post-season. Especially because they don’t get help from the lower third of the training.
The last three batters of Francona’s lineup are hitting .108 (9-for-83) with one humerus and five RBI in nine games. In the last four games, they are 1 in 37.
In this regard, could there be too much pressure on Ramirez and Lindor to bring the line up to such a dramatically modified season?
“No, not at all,” said Lindor. “This is a team sport and all types of training can play very well. So it happens that we were caught in that stretch where seven or eight batters are fighting and you have a batter (Ramirez) who is not.
“Usually you have three or four batsmen who are doing really well and the others are struggling. Right now we are in that state where 7 or 8 batsmen are not doing what they should be doing. “
Lindor believes that Indians are going to hit as long as they try to adapt.
“We can hit. We were doing it in the summer camp, “he said.” We were doing it in the spring. We showed signs of what we can do, but as I said if we don’t make changes, if I don’t make the adjustments step by step, I won’t be successful. “
Adjustments are one thing. The time required to do it is something completely different because in a 60-game season time runs out much faster than in 162 games.
“I am thrilled with what the future will be like here in Cleveland with the launch staff and hitter,” said Lindor. “The hitters we have are really good. They are young, but once we start making changes faster, we will be really good. Maybe it’s tomorrow, maybe it’s next March. Whenever it is, I hope it’s fast. “
New Indian masks for sale: Here you can purchase Cleveland Indian themed face liners for coronavirus protection, including a single mask ($ 14.99) and a pack of 3 ($ 24.99). All proceeds from the MLB were donated to charity.
More coverage for Indians
What did we learn about the 2020 Cleveland Indians during their first family? (Podcast)
Zach Plesac’s brilliant release on Wednesday kept the series of Cleveland Indians intact which began the success of the rotation
Brad Hand’s quest for a zero turns into a 4-0 loss for the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians, preview of the Minnesota Twins series, launch matchup
How will the Cleveland Indians do when they leave “their bubble” on the street?