I haven’t seen anything like this since an active Mark McGwire walked the earth. Joc Pederson: Exclusive Home Run Hitter.
The other day we talked about how his previous five hits, going back to the Giants series last week, were homers. He went hitless that night, but last night he hit two more home runs — one on the fifth inning, one in the eighth — and notched no other safeties. That makes it seven straight homers in seven straight hits for Pederson. In his last nine games, Pederson 8-for-30 with seven homers, a double — which came before his homer in the first game of the streak — six walks and 13 strikeouts.
Such a weird start. And so much fun. Not sustainable, of course, as eventually some of those bombs will ricochet off walls instead of going over them and some of his groundouts will sneak through the infield. But it’s been quite the thing, yes?
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.