John Fanta of Fox Sports shared his thoughts on Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger being optioned to Lake County on Friday. While Plesac is blaming the media for his negative image, Fanta says he dug his own hole and points out how telling it is that his own teammates are unhappy with both pitchers decisions as well.
I think a lot of it has to do with the convoluted path MLB had to take to get this season started in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Two spring trainings, the second one only three weeks long, after nearly a four-month shutdown caused hitters and pitchers to embark on an unknown training schedule. Regarding the Indians, the top four hitters in the lineup seem to be pressing, especially Francisco Lindor, who does not look comfortable in the No.
For the second game in a row, the Tigers took the lead with a big inning, only to see the starting pitcher give back those gains immediately. The meltdown happened swiftly for Ivan Nova in the fourth inning. Even with a quick hook -- Ron Gardenhire went to Daniel Norris just seconds after he started warming up -- the Indians still scored six runs in the fourth, essentially putting the game away.