Don’t look now, but the Indians are streaking.
Danny Salazar fanned 10 batters, scattered six hits, and allowed just one run over seven innings Saturday as Cleveland took down the visiting Orioles 2-1. It was the seventh victory in 10 games for the Indians, and they’re now 13-5 over their last 18.
Much of the credit for the turnaround is rightfully going to the rotation. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian notes that Cleveland’s top four starters — Salazar, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer — have combined for a 2.49 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings since May 13. Salazar himself has a 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 81/17 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. He’s only 25 years old.
This is a team that should keep getting better. Despite a dreadful month of April, they’re only five games back in the American League Central standings heading into play Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Cubs 4, Nationals 2
Astros 2, Blue Jays 7
Rangers 4, Royals 2
Brewers 4, Twins 2
Giants 7, Phillies 5
Athletics 2, Red Sox 4
Orioles 1, Indians 2
Padres 9, Reds 7
Marlins 5, Rockies 10
Pirates 4, Braves 5
Tigers 7, White Sox 1
Angels 2, Yankees 8
Rays 1, Mariners 2
Cardinals 0, Dodgers 2
Mets 1, Diamondbacks 2
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.