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Indians end shocking, record-setting drought in most convincing way possible

The Cleveland Indians have been searching a lot during the 2019 season.

Most notably, they’ve been searching for better luck in the health department and more consistency between the white lines.

But it’s not just those important elements that have proven elusive. Some stats have gone missing as well. In particular, the Indians entered Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with a giant goose egg in a statistical category that will probably shock you.

The Indians went an MLB-record 54 games without a triple to start this season. But they finally put that streak to rest in convincing fashion, collecting three triples in their 14-9 win at Fenway Park.

A bit of a strange park to break such a streak at, though, in the current era, I’m not sure what stadiums would be great for triples.

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 30, 2019 at 11:46 AM (#5846796)
Fenway was 9th for triples last year, according to ESPN's park factors.

Coors is consistently near the top, which makes sense given its dimensions. So does Chase Field.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: May 30, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5846802)
Seems like the Sox are a watering hole for lots of different droughts this year. Chris Davis was rejuvenated at Fenway. And the Indians had lost 6 of 7 and couldn't score runs, but they come to Fenway and take 2 of 3, scoring 26 times. In addition to the triples thing, banjo hitter Greg Allen got his first HR of the year.
   3. SandyRiver Posted: May 30, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5846808)
Seems like most Fenway triples are hard-hit balls down the RF foul line, due to how quickly the field deepens left of the pole. Unless the ball hits the jutting-out boxes or hops over the wall, it will often stay close to the wall and the RF-er has to chase. I used to think the deep triangle was the triples country (it is, but less frequently) but Benintendi last year and Cleveland yesterday got 3s on what would be 2s elsewhere.
   4. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 30, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5846812)
Fenway was 9th for triples last year, according to ESPN's park factors.
Looking at those tables, what would make a park better/worse for walks? Dodger Stadium's BB PF is last in baseball now, just as it was in 2018 and 2014-15.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: May 30, 2019 at 12:40 PM (#5846815)
The Marlins are now last in doubles, triples, home runs, and walks. They are in the middle of the pack in singles and HBP's.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: May 30, 2019 at 12:57 PM (#5846820)
Looking at those tables, what would make a park better/worse for walks?
Foul territory area, batter's eye, wind/weather patterns, etc.
   7. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 30, 2019 at 02:59 PM (#5846865)
What Sandy said is true. Fenway plays well to triples. Any ball that gets to the triangle anything hooked down the RF line that says in play can be a triple. The other thing you get is drives off the monster in left center that the center fielder goes for. If he doesn’t get it it will bounce back toward right center and go for three bases or even an ITPHR (Devers did it in the 2017 ALDS).
   8. bfan Posted: May 30, 2019 at 03:08 PM (#5846868)
Funny that Fenway gives up triples, as aren't Mookie and Bradley god's gift to defense? Are triples there all the fault of the LF?
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5847064)
Funny that Fenway gives up triples, as aren't Mookie and Bradley god's gift to defense? Are triples there all the fault of the LF?
I only saw one of Cleveland's triples in Boston the other night - the one Greg Allen hit in the third inning - but it was a ground ball that he absolutely smoked down the first base line.

With his speed and with the way the right field wall in Fenway has a smooth arc instead of an actual corner, it's a triple against any RF and a potential home run if someone like Trumbo or Hoskins is out there. In this case, it was a standup triple and the Sox never even thought about trying to make a play at third.
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 31, 2019 at 10:17 AM (#5847072)
Funny that Fenway gives up triples, as aren't Mookie and Bradley god's gift to defense? Are triples there all the fault of the LF?

I believe this is looking at triples allowed home relative to road, not the absolute number of triples.
   11. puck Posted: May 31, 2019 at 11:01 AM (#5847080)
I wouldn't be surprised if the most common spot for triples at Coors is left center. There is an extra corner there but mostly it's just very deep. Righties must like it -- you usually think of triples as a lefty thing.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 31, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5847083)
Charlie Blackmon led the NL in triples a couple of years ago, is leading again this year. For his career, he has hit nine triples on the road, and 36 of them at Coors Field.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: May 31, 2019 at 07:26 PM (#5847204)
1894 Was A Very Good Year - if you like triples

among the all-time single-season triple leaders:

Rank Player Triples Year
2. Heinie Reitz 31 1894
5. Sam Thompson+ 28 1894
9. George Treadway 26 1894
14. Roger Connor+ 25 1894

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