Are you able to title the Cleveland Indians’ fourth and fifth spot starters? Hey, Hoynsie


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Hey Hoynsie: Who do you think has the best chance of playing as number 4 and number 5 of the Indians? – Bob, Louisville.

Hey Bob: I like the way you put it – spot starter. JC Mejia, who prefers JC over Jean Carlos, became the tenth pitcher to start a game for the Indians when he faced the Orioles on Friday night. Eight were used during the 60-game sprint last year – the difference is that the Indians have already used ten different starters in 55 games this season.

Mejia is scheduled to start in St. Louis on Wednesday. So it’s one of my choices. Cal Quantrill, who is scheduled to start against the Orioles on Sunday, is the other. I could say Triston McKenzie who made two starts in five days but he is currently in the AAA Columbus class.

I could also say Sam Hentges or Eli Morgan who are on the 26-person list. But I’ll stick with Mejia and Quantrill as I wait to see how long it takes Zach Plesac to recover from his broken right thumb.

Hey, Hoynsie: I think the organization should put on their “Big Boy Pants” and stick with the Indian name. – Hank, Charleston, SC

Hey, Hank: The ship sailed. In 2022 or 2023, the Indians will change their name.

Hey Hoynsie: Why do Indians listen to everyone but the right people – season ticket holders – when they change names? If they did, they would keep the Indians as their name. – Chris, Canfield.

Hey Chris: I spoke to Curtis Danburg, Vice President of Communications and Community Impact, about this. He said the Indians reached out to every ticket holder in their database – season ticket holders, single playing ticket holders, group ticket holders. When the organization had their information, they emailed them to get feedback on the name change and to take a survey. Among them were an estimated 40,000 fans. Another 4,000 fans volunteered to take part in focus groups to change names.

It sounds like season ticket holders have an opportunity to express their opinion if they so choose.

Hey Hoynsie: Have you ever seen crackdown on “cheating” on the pitchers like we saw this year? Why so suddenly? Does that mean the fans have more to discuss and talk about? – Patrick Grijak, Garfield Heights.

Hey Patrick: I think MLB is seriously scrutinizing the pitchers who dominate the game because those in power are concerned about their future. You see a game that is getting stilted and focused on three outcomes – a walk, strikeout, or home run.

That being said, I don’t think I would compare it to the steroid era like some do. I think that’s a range.

Hey Hoynsie: According to the timestamp in your mind, you’ve got weird hours. Do writers ever use sticky stuff to keep their fingers on the keyboard when they’re tired? – Marv.

Hey, Marv: I write best when my head hits the keyboard and lingers there for a few hours.

Hey Hoynsie: A story in The Plain Dealer has it that Cal Quantrill failed to qualify for the win in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the White Sox because he failed to complete five innings in the second game of a seven-innings double-header . In a seven innings game, wouldn’t the requirement for a pitcher to score the win drop to four innings? It is like that in high school and in the traveling ball – Scott, Avon Lake.

Hey Scott: When the MLB made the decision to double headers for seven innings due to the pandemic in 2020, one of the rules was that a pitcher still had to complete five innings to qualify for a win.

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