It was noted yesterday that a first baseman batting leadoff is unusual. But it worked for Carlos Pena and the Rays last night — dude hit a homer — so Joe Maddon is going to put Pena in the leadoff spot again.
Crazy, I know. But not nearly as crazy as (a) Drew Sutton batting cleanup; and (b) the fact that every Rays player has a superhero nickname:
Will Rhymes, I know Batman. I admire Batman. Batman is a friend of mine. Mr. Rhymes, you’re no Batman.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.