Indians vs Chicago Cubs Game Thread #19, Wednesday at 6:10 p.m ET

Matt Loede

The Indians are back on the field after an uninspiring effort on Tuesday in which they were beaten soundly by the Chicago Cubs 7-1 at Progressive Field.

Carlos Carrasco will get the nod on the hill tonight for the Indians, as he will look to continue to throw well after starting the year 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA.

The Cubs will counter Carrasco with Kyle Hendricks, he comes in also at 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA.

Here's the starting nine tonight for the Tribe, featuring a returning Tyler Naquin:

Here's the starting nine for the visiting Chicago Cubs:

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Matt Loede
Matt Loede

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The #Indians bullpen the last two nights against the #cubs

9.2 Innings pitched, 10 runs allowed, 11 hits, 7 walks, 9 strikeouts - 9.78 ERA

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Have to be frustrated if you're Nick Wittgren. Strike three was right there. Got a bad call, then the first ball in play he allows this inning is an RBI double.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

As bleak as Cleveland's outfield has been, at some point, they just need to pick three guys and try to let them work their way out of their respective funks. This mix and match stuff can't happen all year long. It just makes it impossible for anyone to get into a rhythm at the plate.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Odd night for James Karinchak. Only got Chicago to swing at his curve once on 15 offerings, but did get seven called strikes with that pitch. Just one ball in play, but got only 13 called or swinging strikes on 33 pitches overall.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

That single by Francisco Lindor represents just the fourth time he's had a batted ball which a) was hit 95 mph or harder and b) resulted in a hit since August 6. The lack of quality contact is a bit jarring to see from him, to say the least.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Francisco Lindor with a two-out RBI single - #Indians get a little closer as they draw it to 5-2 in the 7th - first and third for Carlos Santana

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Franmil Reyes is the only player tonight to average a solid exit velocity (97.6). Everybody else has an average of 91 mph or lower. For some of them, just saying "lower" is being polite.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Bradley Zimmer has been struggling to carry the power he displayed during summer camp into the season. He entered tonight with an ISO (isolated power) 37 points below average.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Well Bradley Zimmer is back to struggling - 2 for his last 23 with 9 K's after that last AB

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

"Wild Thing" just doesn't have the same feel when you're coming into a game down 5-1

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Only three of the batted balls Cleveland has off Hendricks exceeded 94 mph. Most of the rest clock in at the baseball equivalent of “within a school zone.”‬

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Only four of the 203 batted balls Adam Cimber allowed in 2018 were barreled. That Kris Bryant home run was Cimber’s second allowed barrel in six games this season.‬

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Very frustrating to watch the Indians right now

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Pitching staff showing they are human. Especially the bullpen.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Adam Cimber comes in and right away gives up a solo blast to Kris Bryant - #Cubs back up to a four-run lead at 5-1 in the 6th

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪To say Kyle Hendricks has rendered Cleveland’s bats useless is an understatement. He’s allowed 17 batted balls for an average exit velocity of (reader discretion advised) 79.7.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

A Mario Coin for Jose Ramirez as a sac fly makes it a 4-1 game

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

#Indians win the challenge - says ball bounced into Bryant's glove - Hernandez gets a hit and the Tribe has the bases loaded one out - 3:15 on the challenge review

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Bryant in LF robs Hernandez of what would have been a bloop single - #Indians not getting any breaks

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Sandy Leon snaps an 0-for-24 streak with a single to RF

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Just like last night a huge two-out hit for the #Cubs against the #Indians pen - now 4-0 Chicago here in the 5th

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Wouldn't have gotten him but Sandy Leon's inability to catch that ball on the hop nearly let another run score

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Credit to Carrasco for getting out of it, #Cubs leave runners at second and third - they've left six runners in four innings

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Carrasco with five walks in not even four innings, not getting calls but you wonder what's going on with him tonight

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Anthony Rizzo hits a homer just over the wall in RF - his 4th on a 2-2 pitch and the Cubs take a 1-0 lead here in the 3rd inning - 353 feet

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Carrasco with his 3rd walk - Kipnis takes first with two outs here in the 2nd - walks on 4 pitches

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Carlos Santana lines to Hendricks on the mound to end the first - Ramirez left stranded on 3rd - hitters aggressive in the first inning

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Jose Ramirez lost his helmet so early on that hit it was almost like he didn’t bring it with him in the first place‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

JRam with a double to right center - lost the helmet in the process but quickly gives the Indians a scoring opp

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Wasn't a pretty first for Carrasco, but he got out of it thanks to some slick fielding by Lindor

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

‪Either Sandy Leon is having trouble framing or this is going to be a minuscule strike zone. Regardless, Carlos Carrasco getting some suspect calls tonight.‬

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Carrasco making a mess of the first inning - back to back 3-2 walks has allowed the Cubs to have two on, one out in the 1st

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Cubs have the first base runner of the evening, a 3-2 walk allowed by Carlos Carrasco to Anthony Rizzo

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

6:10pm first pitch - 78 degrees as Carlos Carrasco takes on Kyle Hendricks


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