Coming off yesterday’s win, the Cleveland Indians came into tonight looking to move above .500 for the first time in the young season.
They did just that, demolishing the Detroit Tigers 11–3 in a game that started out with 79 degree weather with a 6:10 first pitch in front of 7,570 fans that became a rainy affair near the end.
The Tigers got Robbie Grossman on to lead off the game when Willi Castro killed that momentum by hitting into a 5–6–3 double play. Aaron Civale then punched out Jemeir Candelario to face the minimum in the first.
Last weekend in the cold heart of Detroit, the Cleveland Indians visited the Detroit Tigers for Opening Weekend, where Cleveland’s bats were silenced until a nine run explosion that Sunday.
It was the first time they had lost to the Tigers in back-to-back games since 2018.
Five days later and playing at home in 75 degree weather in Cleveland, during early April no less, with the first pitch delivered just after 7:10 p.m., the Indians struck back and delivered early, handling Detroit by a final score of 4–1.
Zach Plesac took the mound for Cleveland, giving up a single to…
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The madmen did it. The NFL actually got through a 17 week slate, and we can deliver the Part 4 2020 finale for Where Things Stand: NFL Edition!
I’m going to be totally frank: I thought there was going to be a hiatus, but they pushed through with… let’s call it mixed results.
Here at WTS Headquarters, the weather is cold outside, and we shockingly still have football. I’m expecting from when I’m writing these opening lines up on the Tuesday of Week 9 that we’ll get the every-four-weeks-COVID news dumps right before publication.
But that’s not what you wanted! You wanted an early holiday gift with WTS 2020 NFL Edition Part 3, right?
I have some extra humor and snark, and a nice bit of analysis, too.
What I don’t have is my time machine, which I almost finished! Intern Jason damaged it and was put on the “Banned from Lab” List.
Remember when I said the schedule for Where Things Stand (or WTS for short) would be very tentative? I am shocked I ended up getting this edition out with so many schedule changes.
Well, here we are with Part 2 of the 2020 edition. If you missed Part 1, click here to read it.
The humor, snark and analysis train has to keep chugging somehow, and we are moving along. While I failed in my first attempt at making a time machine, the mulligan still exists for Part 4.
Right now, here’s the tentative remaining schedule for WTS:
Where Things Stand: NFL Edition is back… for however long we have football before any interruptions send the season into hiatus mode!
For readers of the series last year, welcome back! I hope the humor, snark and analysis train is up to your expectations. For new readers, please buckle up and enjoy the ride!
We of course have not forgotten about our old narratives (I.E. The Bungals until they win a legitimate game, The Colts ruining Andrew Luck, etc.) that have carried over from last season!
I still haven’t gotten my time machine, but I do have one mulligan to…
The Indians came into today with huge seeding implications. With a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a Chicago White Sox loss, they would be the four seed and host the wild card round Tuesday. A Tribe loss or White Sox win would make them the seven seed and play the opening round on the road.
The stakes were clear, and the Indians delivered behind a huge rally from the top of the lineup, winning 8–6. …
Following last night’s dramatic walk-off win, the third in four games and a six game winning streak, The Cleveland Indians remained alive to win the AL Central Crown.
Heading into game 59, the Tribe could at least clinch the number four seed and a home wild card series next week Tuesday if they won and the Chicago White Sox lost.
Standing in their way yet again was the Pittsburgh Pirates. But this time the Pirates sunk the Indians’ hopes of winning a division crown with an 8–0 thumping.
The Pirates got to Civale early. In the Following a one out…
The Cleveland Indians came into the final weekend’s first game riding a five game winning streak. The Pittsburgh Pirates had won three straight contests. Something would have to give.
And so gave the Pirates in a stunning loss, as Cleveland scored three runs in the ninth inning to walk-off the Pirates 4–3.
Carlos Carrasco started the game off with a walk to Adam Frazier but got out of the first inning without further trouble, striking out Colin Moran and 2019 All-Star Josh Bell.
Mitch Keller then walked the first three batters of the game, only throwing three strikes on 15…
After falling behind the Chicago White Sox and into a tie for second place in the AL Central with the Minnesota Twins Friday night, the Cleveland Indians turned to Aaron Civale to help deliver a win following the previous night’s beatdown.
In a back and forth battle throughout the night, the Indians walked off on a Cesar Hernandez RBI single to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4–3.
Civale put together a much needed outing for a floundering offense, going six strong innings, giving up five hits, three walks, and two earned runs with six strikeouts on 100 pitches. …