NOTE: I am going to leave this post here but it is a shame we couldn't find out and fix what is wrong with Yan Gomes. The separated shoulder is a bad break for a guy who has fought through other injuries which have really, so far, put a damper on what began as a promising career. Plus, although he says his knee feels fine it may require some rehab, too. We all wish him a fast recovery and, hopefully, when he comes back he will be like the Yan Gomes we loved a couple of years ago. So, here is my original post.
Look, I am all about keeping our own guys playing but we are in trouble here.
Frankly, I don't know if Yan Gomes is bringing ANYTHING to the table with him at this point. He hits like an AL pitcher. I'll give you the ASSUMPTION that he is helping the pitching staff but I don't know that for a fact. His control of the running game looks good but it is based on a pretty small sample size. And, finally, he lost us the game yesterday on defense. Did you see that play? It was crazy. It was like a 10 year old catcher trying to make a play with the runner coming in and just missing the ball. And it was a force play. He didn't even have to touch the runner. Gomes cost us that game yesterday by failing to make a play that any catcher in the Indians' minor league system would have made with ease. I have heard of taking your defense to the plate with you and vice versa but this was a pathetic play from a guy who, at this point, might not be giving you much else.
I don't know what the answer is but there HAS to be something mentally and/or physically wrong with this guy. No one this side of Carlos Baerga tanks it the way this guy has. Imagine where we would be if he played just to his ML averages! I really don't know what to say at this point but this is beyond frustrating.
I'll tell you what. In NY this guy would already have been out of town on a bus. That media and their fans would have fileted him by now to such an extent the ownership would have had to get rid of him to prevent a fan-based uprising
Let's hope he figures it out because right now his WAR has to be about -162. Obviously that is meant as a joke but, right now, I FEEL any ML catcher could offer more to us than Gomes.
It's time to come clean. What is wrong with this guy. He looks like a real-life version of Heaven Can Wait with me ending up in his body and trying to play ML baseball.
...and now he is injured! I don't know whether to be happy or upset! Maybe some time on the DL will help but is Roberto Perez back all the way yet?