Santana Slamming, Bauer Outages, and Bullpen Blowups--EHC Podcast 55

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The Cleveland Indians are back on the winning track, with another outstanding Trevor Bauer outing, and a walk-off home run by Carlos Santana. The victory put the Indians back into first place by a half-game, and with a BIG Cleveland weekend underway, this was a fantastic kick-off. EHC's Jim Pete and Mike Hattery discuss Santana, Bauer, and the bullpen implosions, that seem to be the team's biggest hole through the first 2 1/2 months.

Here's the lineup:
  • The Santana power surge
  • What is the root cause: new line-up spot, his move to the DH, or health?
  • Is it all quiet on the Carlos Santana front, because he's hitting many homers?
  • Trevor Bauer's revival
  • Bauer isn't an "Ace," right?
  • Is his battling persona and being an "ace" different, or the same?
  • Bauer usage, and an interesting article at fangraphs
  • Multiple pitch usage, better selection, all for strikes
  • Bauer Curveballs, and movement from the gods
  • Staff uniqueness, and goodbye to the slider specialists
  • Oh lord the bullpen, and the damn usage problems
  • Failure to develop relievers
  • Could the Columbus starters be our new relief corp (Mike Clevinger, Ryan Merritt, T.J. House, Cody Anderson--when healthy)?
  • ....and...Jim goes off...
  • ....and...Jim keeps going off...and Mike is egging me on...damn you Mike (bullpen)
  • ....which opens up Mike to going after Francona...
  • Jim doesn't talk for're welome
  • Tito needs called out
  • Putting players in position to win
  • My apology to Danny Madden
  • Improve the outfield, Improve the bullpen, or supplement the team with minor leaguers...and is Michael Brantley's injury more serious than we thought (and Jim says a bad word)?
  • There are guys that aren't EVER going to be starters, so WHY ARE THEY STARTERS IN THE MINORS! PUT THEM IN THE PEN!!!
  • And Jim goes off again...and mentions Jeff Nomina, because it's ratings
  • Mike answers the questions
  • Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, and Frazier be good
  • So is Zimmer
  • LETS. GO. CAVS!!!!!
  • World Champions!!!!!
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