Is it Time For a New Fifth Starter in the Rotation?

Remember when we published ‘Five Hot Takes’ for the Indians this season and I said Josh Tomlin would get to at least 15 wins? Well, that particular take is off to a rough start, isn’t it?

The Indians suffered a 13-2 loss Tuesday night at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Tomlin, who started that game, finished his night pitching only three innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits, four of which were home runs, leaving him with a whopping 24.00 ERA. I think you can guess who got tacked with the loss that night.

While this loss will not be the be-all and end-all for Tomlin’s season, Tomlin has been up and down in recent outings dating back to last season. Since I don’t want to pile on Tomlin, I think it is important to point out that he can get into a stretch of productive pitching just as easy as he can with subpar pitching.

From July 15 to Tomlin’s last start on October 1 in 2017, Tomlin went 7-1 in 14 starts and the team’s record on days Tomlin pitched was 9-5 (

Overall, Tomlin was 10-9 with an ERA of 4.98. With those numbers, it might be time to start looking forward for the team’s new number five starter.

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