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Friday, May 24, 2019

Indians’ struggles continue as painful collision leads to Rays’ inside-the-park homer

Despite posting a 25-24 record this season, 2019 really hasn’t been the Cleveland Indians year.

Because of injuries, inconsistency and their own lack of urgency during the offseason, the Indians have looked much closer to average than a team hoping to win its fourth straight AL Central title.

Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays did nothing to change that perception. In fact, one painful play only further highlighted Cleveland’s malaise.

Indians outfielders Leonys Martin and Oscar Mercado experienced a malfunction at the junction while attempting to chase down Kevin Kiermaier’s flyball in the sixth inning. The result of which led to a painful collision and allowed Kiermaier to race around the bases with a game-breaking three-run inside-the-park home run.

Are we sure this isn’t Major League, but happening in the real world?

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, kevin kiermaier, leonys martin, oscar mercado

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kevin Kiermaier will never change, and that’s a good thing

All told, he’s lost 170 games to the disabled list the past three years.

And, in between, he’s been one of the most dynamic players in the game.

“He’s the best in centerfield, and I don’t think it’s close,” said Rays pitcher Blake Snell. “I mean, Jackie Bradley Jr. is unreal. (Kevin) Pillar is unreal. But to me, there is no one like KK. Now, with how hard he plays, he’s going to get hurt. There’s no way around that. He really will run through a wall for you. But that’s what got him here, and it’s what will keep him here.”

Kiermaier is, however, at a bit of a crossroads in his career. Later this week will be the two-year anniversary of his six-year, $53.5 million contract that remains the second-largest in Rays history.

And despite all the time he’s missed, the data-driven website Fangraphs.com says Kiermaier is still outperforming his growing salary. And yet, the clock is beginning to tick. He will be 29 next month, and still is trying to make his mark as a complete player.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

 

 

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