When you play a 16-inning game, as the Cleveland Indians did against the Houston Astros yesterday, you get plenty of chances at the plate. Getting that many at-bats can be a good thing. Just ask second baseman Jason Kipnis, who went 5-for-7 in quite an impressive performance.
However, getting that many plate appearances can also make rough days even more glaring.
Rajai Davis, Francisco Lindor and Yan Gomes all went hitless in the lengthy loss to Houston, each going 0-for-7. For Davis and Lindor, you could chalk it up as just hitting a tough day at the ballpark. Lindor in particular has been Cleveland’s best hitter this year, so you can’t fault him for yesterday’s performance.
For Gomes, though, it was more of the same. The Indians’ catcher has been an offensive disaster this season, and it’s quickly become a major problem.