Cleveland’s Eddie Rosario making an attempt to belief his arms: Stroll-Off Ideas


Here are five walk-off thoughts after a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers that improved Cleveland’s season record to 25:20.

1. Eddie Rosario addresses the slow start frustration and comes up with a new way of thinking about parking

Eddie Rosario tries again to trust his hands. Rosario, Cleveland’s marquee free agent this winter, said about a week ago that some frustrations had emerged during its slow start to the 2021 season. He didn’t produce like he did for six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. His momentum didn’t click. A few days ago, Rosario came to strike the Twins with the tie run on the third base and two outs in the inning. He threw a ball to the right, raced down the line, and slid headlong into first base, but the throw hit him there in a bang-bang game. He popped his helmet open in frustration, so hard he almost hit a referee.

It could have been the moment when Rosario realized that he had to clear his mind mentally and sit back a little. He was trying too hard and it didn’t correct any of the problems with his swing.

“I felt like I was coming to the ballpark [in Detroit] with a different attitude, “said Rosario Monday night of a team translator.” I told myself that I was thinking a little too much. So I just came to do my game, relax and hit the ball wherever it was. I’ve tried to adjust a little too much to where they’re throwing, what they’re going to do to me, and [I wanted to] Do my thing and just hit wherever the ball was and try to hit it hard. “

“I think the hard part is the mental part, you know, the mentality. I’ve fought myself too hard to produce and do things. But I realized that I just got a stronger mindset and better focus and one had to have a better mentality. “

2. Rosario fell forward with his swing and hands

However, a mechanical change was also required. Something was wrong. The possible solution: Cleveland’s coaching staff wanted Rosario to lag a little more in his swing and allow his hands to get the job done. After all, his hands are what Rosario sees as his greatest weapons and the greatest factors in his success in the top division. So he tries to let her speak again.

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“The real adjustment was that I was trying to use too much of my body and not letting my greatest ability, which is my hands, do its part,” Rosario said of a team translator on a Zoom call Monday night. “So that was it, let go of your hands, stay back, and let them do whatever they have to do with the field. I did it today and I want to stay in and try to keep doing it the same way. “

While one night doesn’t yield a sample size, Rosario got through with the crucial hit in Monday night’s 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers, a single with two outs and two runs that gave Cleveland a 6-3 at the left center of time Guide. Before the game, manager Terry Francona noted his belief that Rosario “will get as hot as it is cold”. It remains to be seen if Rosario can be the guy Cleveland needs so badly, but Monday’s game and the adjustments that were made were a first step.

“To hit is one of the hardest things to do. He got himself into a bit of trouble,” said Francona before the game on Monday. “He got away from some of the things he did so well. He’s got really good bat speed. But he hasn’t put himself in a position where he can always show it. The guys tried to show him where he used to be. ” his and where he somehow got to, where he falls forward and his hands come with him. I say as long as he stays healthy he gets as hot as he gets cold. I firmly believe in it. “

3. Rosario, others charged with easing up with Franmil Reyes

Rosario’s heat up has been a necessary factor in Cleveland’s lineup since opening day, particularly to sustain an outfield that has been among baseball’s least productive in recent years. With Franmil Reyes expected to miss 5 to 7 weeks with an internal sloping load, Rosario is vital in the middle of Cleveland’s lineup when he hits about the same level as the twins.

“Yeah, it’s definitely an important change in the line-up,” said Rosario of Reyes’ absence. “I’ve been in this position before. I was the guy producing for the team and I got injured. Somebody told me to concentrate and say, ‘Hey, now the time has come when the team all taking up the hard work you have. ‘ I did. ‘And all the other teammates did. I think now it’s time for us to take up this work and keep producing as he did before. “

Cleveland pitcher Sam Hentges throws the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit on Monday, May 24, 2021.  (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

4. Sam Hentges has a trip in the right direction

The back end of Cleveland’s rotation has become a fluid situation where Logan Allen and then Triston McKenzie are given the option of Triple-A to work on their collective problems. Francona has noted that it wouldn’t have been realistic not to expect some “hiccups” with so many younger pitchers on the roster, and that’s a situation Cleveland is trying to navigate right now.

When it comes to dealing with Cleveland for the next week, there are still a number of scenarios. How the game will be handled in Detroit on Wednesday has yet to be determined. Then Cleveland’s double headers with the Chicago White Sox on Monday could require further adjustments, and it will also give the team some flexibility in terms of rules for players selected as an option or promoter. Allen could be an option for Wednesday’s game and / or one of the double-header games, though Francona recently noted that Allen wasn’t just a one-start fix in Triple-A. Eli Morgan could be an option to make his Major League debut next week. Cal Quantrill, who has been doing well lately, could act as the opener. Jean Carlos Mejia is also available as a multi-inning option.

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But aside from the short-term squad moves and the fluidity of the rear end of the rotation, there was Sam Hentges in his rookie season, showing why the organization was so high on him but also trying to manage some routes with control issues. Hentges was upset on his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels on May 17 when he was knocked out of the game in the second inning. Then on Monday night in Detroit, he went the first two batters he faced and threatened to put Cleveland’s bullpen in a precarious position. Hentges was eventually marked for three runs in the first three innings, but he recovered to finish with 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth. Hentges has had his problems, but he continues to be a tempting younger left-handed pitcher who owns a ’90s fastball and a curveball and slider combo that has at times unbalanced the offenses.

“You know early on, I mean, his order was okay,” said Francona. “He kind of had an even hit but he flipped his slider on strikes and by the time he got into the last couple of innings he got a really good feel for his curveball and I think at one point I think his last six bats did he’s retired. So it’s a step in the right direction for him, which is really important. “

5. Jordan Luplow saves Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland, with a dive catch to seal the game

Emmanuel Clase was credited for the Monday night rescue, but it should probably have gone to Jordan Luplow, who made a diving game on the right field to seal the game with the loaded bases and keep Cleveland on a one-off lead. Clase struggled to find the zone, which made it what Jake Bauers called a “hairy” situation after the game. But when Eric Haase’s drive to right field was in the air and the game probably ended with that game one way or another, it was about the level of fear in a game.

“It’s really hard to explain,” said Francona when asked about his feelings at that moment. “It’s like your stomach is in your throat and you think that one way or another the game will be over. It’s torture, but it’s fun. I love it, but it’s torture.”

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