Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 46 days
The number 46 was missing on the field for the Cleveland Indians for the last several years, but it got a quick cup of coffee in 2018 when Jon Edwards brought it back to the mound in his first big league action since 2015.
It was a long and uphill battle for the now 31-year-old right-hander, who last pitched with the San Diego Padres in 2015 before he found his way back to the Majors when the Indians brought him up as one of the club’s September call-ups last season. While he provided the Tribe with some mixed results, he has survived offseason moves that have trimmed some players off of the 40-man roster and he is still on pace to report to spring training at the team’s Goodyear, Arizona, complex this week.
Former Indians farmhand Thomas Pannone held Cleveland to just two runs over six and one-third innings and the Toronto Blue Jays used three early runs and three more late to claim a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Pannone, making just his third Major League start and ninth overall appearance since being acquired by the Blue Jays last July for reliever Joe Smith, filled in for the injured Marcus Stroman with a quality outing for Toronto while keeping the Tribe bats quiet. The Jays touched up starter Mike Clevinger for three runs in his own quality start, and three more in the eighth off of right-hander Jon Edwards provided enough cushion late when the Indians threatened briefly in their final at bats.
The Indians’ offensive took the Labor Day holiday off, but the Royals did no such thing as four Kansas City homers off of Cleveland starter Adam Plutko and the Tribe bullpen led to a 5-1 shelling at Progressive Field on Monday afternoon.
Cleveland’s recent offensive woes continued as the club combined for just four hits. After eight shutout innings from the Kansas City staff, the Tribe scored a run in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate with the bases loaded and one out, but no more would cross as the Royals sent the Indians to their third straight defeat to open the month of September.