If you are not completely familiar with Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, just hang in there. You’ll hear about him soon enough. This article will talk a good bit about him and why he is the main reason the Indians made the right move designating Mark Reynolds for assignment. Gomes is simply the hottest hitter on the team. Why not find a way to get him to stay in the batting order more often? I know I would if I were the manager and Terry Francona is a good one for sure.
Gomes is only hitting .516 over his last ten games with 16 hits, 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBI. Over that span he has lifted his batting average 40 points from .270 to .310 for the season. The Indians wanted more playing time for Ryan Raburn but they also needed to find a way to get Gomes in the game. They are fighting their tails off for a wildcard spot against several other really good teams. You simply cannot sit a guy that is playing this well. Reynolds departing means Carlos Gomez can do his thing at first base and DH. That frees up the catcher spot for Gomes.
Look for more of the same from him as Gomes is certainly no fluke. He won’t hit over .500 for the rest of the season but you better bet this guy is going to be drawing a lot of attention from other GMs in the winter meetings if he continues playing like this. That should not really matter though as the Indians had better want to hang on to this guy for a while and see just how for real he is. This season it is a no-brainer to find a way to get him in the line-up though.