The Cleveland Indians time spent in first place of the American League Central was so short lived you might have thought that was their peak. They could have peaked at that point but instead it looks like momentum is beginning to swing their way once again. That point was magnified by the major league debut of starting pitcher Danny Salazar on Thursday. He was so good it looked like he was cheating. He wasn’t, he was just superb.
How about no-hitting the your first MLB opponent into the sixth inning for a debut start? Sound okay to you? I think I would take it. This guy says he wasn’t nervous at all and why should he have been really? He has already been through seven years of minor leagues including a comeback from Tommy John Surgery. That kind of thing makes a guy realize how little time he might get at the top I think. Salazar sure seems to want to make the most of it.
His stuff is great enough that I wonder why the Indians don’t make permanent room on their roster for the guy. They have their plan in place though and I’m sure it won’t be long before Salazar hits the majors again and next time it will probably be for good. In addition to that amazing debut start their closer is getting into a good grove again and everything really seems to be going the Indians way. Things are going so good in fact that they probably wish the All-Star break would wait for a week or so. It will be interesting to see how they start the second half and how close they are to the Detroit Tigers at that time.