By Nate Edwards
The Opening weekend and the first full week of the 2018 Cleveland Indians season on OOTP19 is in the books.
The good news: The Tribe jumped out of the gate with eight wins in its first nine games.
The bad news to that 8-1 start: Jose Ramirez was placed on the injured reserve list with inflammation in his forearm. The team doctors expect him to miss at least the next two weeks. To take his place at third base, I called up Yandy Diaz with the expectation that he’ll split some time with Eric Gonzalez.
The first week of the season offered some proof the idea A.J. Sager’s work with finesse pitchers could help players like Josh Tomlin was on the right track. Tomlin pitched seven innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 victory in Anaheim – that series’ opener following Cleveland’s 3-0 sweep of the Mariners in Seattle.
Chalen Shreve has also enjoyed a nice debut in an Indians uniform, notching a win in his first appearance while pitching a scoreless 12th inning in game two of the season. Home runs by Yonder Alonso and Edwin Encarnacion helped the Indians to extras in that game before a 2-out RBI single by Ramirez off of Dan Altavilla provided the game-winner.
Homers by Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall set up a win in game three in Seattle. The bullpen secured the win again, this time by Dan Otero. After the win, the tribe placed Ramirez on injured reserve and Francona made the decision to move Lindor from leadoff to Ramirez’ old spot in the three hole.
The lone loss of the season-opening road trip came in game two of the three-game set in Anaheim.
The tribe took the home opener vs. Kansas City 11-1, then used 4-1 and 8-6 wins to secure the sweep of the Royals.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers from the 8-1 start: