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Offense Remains Stagnant as Indians Drop Road Opener to Rays 4-1; Three Takeaways From the Loss

3. A Guy That Was 0-6 Held the Tribe’s Offense in Check

No one will ever mistaken Rays pitcher Blake Snell for Clayton Kershaw or Corey Kluber, but against an Indians offense that has been stuck in the mud lately, he was good enough to hold them in check in the first of the four-game set against the Tribe.

Snell entered Thursday’s game 0-6 with a 4.98 ERA, and yet the Indians offense did little against him, scoring just one run.

On the night Snell went 6.1 innings, allowing the one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Just not acceptable for an Indians offense that thinks they will be playing baseball into October.

This game felt just like the Sunday loss a few weeks back against the White Sox when Carlos Rondon, who was 1-4 with a 6.49 held the Tribe to one run in 6.2 innings.

Bad pitchers holding this offense down as easily as Snell and Rondon did are big signs of trouble for this team.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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