Both Mother Nature and Eddie Joost Rain on Indians

May 5, 1948

The Indians and Athletics were rained out for their game on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop A’s shortstop Eddie Joost from taking a subtle swing at his scheduled opponent anyways.

“Only New York and Boston look too tough for us,” Joost said in an article from the Associated Press. “Cleveland is the team we must battle for third.”

Joost, who beat the Indians on Tuesday with a walk-off home run, obviously has been unimpressed with the Indians’ 6-3 start and spot atop the American League standings. The Athletics, meanwhile, sit just behind the Cleveland club just about one-half of one percent behind in second place.

“We have the best pitching staff in the league,” Joost added. He did not comment on the Indians’ starting rotation that has been largely disappointing outside of Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. No Indians player or coach commented on Joost’s backhand remarks.

Meanwhile, rainouts are nothing new to the Indians this season, as Cleveland has played the fewest games in all of Major League Baseball this season with nine. In ironic contrast, the other Ohio team, the Cincinnati Reds, leads baseball with 16 games played. Wednesday’s Indians/A’s game will be postponed to a date that is to be determined and likely will be made up in the form of a doubleheader later in the season.

Both of Wednesday’s scheduled starting pitchers will be pushed back a day to close out the rain-shortened series on Thursday afternoon. Feller (2-1, 2.28 ERA, 1 save) will start for Cleveland, while Dick Fowler (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the bump for Philadelphia. Thursday’s scheduled starter for the Indians, Lemon, will be pushed back to Friday night when the Indians travel to Washington to face the Senators. Rookie Gene Bearden will have his scheduled Friday debut pushed back until Saturday. This marks the third time already that Bearden’s first start of the season has been rescheduled.

Photo: thebaseballchronicle.com

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