The Indians season has turned brutal. They’ve lost nine in a row, are 6-17 since the break and have gone from being in first place as late as June 23 to nine and a half back of the division leading White Sox and have seemingly no hope in sight.
But if anyone is being blamed for this state of affairs, it’s not Manny Acta:
Hard to blame him for what’s happening. It was a roster that performed better than it’s native talent level should have for much of the season and now — especially the pitching staff — is being exposed. There’s no clubhouse strife here. Just a blah team being blah. In that situation, changing the manager doesn’t do a heck of a lot of good
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.