Game 4: Red Sox at Tribe lineups
After Sunday’s 7-1 win over the White Sox, a game in which Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-3, a Korean journalist wanted to know if Cleveland manager Manny Acta was concerned at all about his star player’s rough weekend.
“Choo was not good in three games,” said the reporter.
He wasn’t wrong. In the three games against the Pale Hose, Choo went 1-for-12 with just a sixth-inning single on Friday night. On Saturday, he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Very un-Choo. Meanwhile, despite his offensive struggles, the Tribe poured out 20 runs in the three games.
“It’s just three games,” Acta said. “Choo is still the best hitter on our team. It’s too early. It’s always good when you can win when your best player is still not on top of his game. It’s only been three games, so we’re not worrying about Choo at all.”
“At all?” asked the reporter.
“At all,” Acta repeated with emphasis.
It was a fitting summation of how some people tend to overreact at this point in the season. No, Nelson Cruz is not going to hit 162 home runs. No, the Red Sox are not going to go 0-162 this year. And, no, Choo is not going to hit .083 for the season with no homers and no RBIs.
Take the early results for what they’re worth. In the first three games, the Indians’ pitching has been inconsistent and their offense has shown some versatility. The defense has looked solid. That is what you should take out of the first three games. Don’t start overanalyzing the box scores just yet.
In a couple weeks, or maybe a month or two in, that’s when you’ll start seeing potential trends. There are 162 games in a baseball season for a reason.
Here are today’s lineups, featuring those hapless Red Sox.
Red Sox (0-3) at Indians (1-2)
at Progressive Field, 7:05 p.m. ET
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Marco Scutaro, SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (0-0)
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Austin Kearns, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
Pitching: RHP Josh Tomlin (0-0)