He said one of the problems had been working with runners on base.
“I haven’t been as effective coming out of the stretch, and that is
what I am working the hardest on. The biggest thing is working on the stretch, and when that
happens, I will be back to where I need to be, and I don’t think that
it’s that far off.”
But Brad: You’re a closer who comes in at the start of the ninth, pitching out of the windup. if the stretch is the problem, how are all those guys getting on base in the first place?
Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain
Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.
Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:
Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet
Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.
A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.