Smoke Signals 10.10 - Too Early To Worry?

Jake and guest host Corey Crisan discuss the Tribe's recent struggles since their season-opening sweep of the Rangers. The question is are there red flags being raised by their poor performance?

Tony Lastoria and Jake Dungan are back on the cyberwaves for another season of Smoke Signals, IBI's flagship podcast. A show that started in the summer of 2008 with Tony Lastoria and Paul Cousineau has stuck around since and been a regular podcast for several diehard fans of the Indians and their minor league system.

The Indians have had a run of tough luck the last week losing five of their last six games and are struggling to score runs. Between Edwin Encarnacion's early slump, Yan Gomes continuing to put up abysmal numbers at the plate and the team having issues with runners in scoring position, things are definitely not going quite as expected thus far. Jake is joined by guest host Corey Crisan to discuss these early problems and whether they are truly concerns for the long haul. Plus, they talk about Michael Brantley's gradual return to form, whether Josh Tomlin is on a short leash and some of the recent roster decisions.

Topics discussed:

-  Tribe offense struggling out of the gates.

-  Who should be the starting catcher?

-  Is Josh Tomlin on a short leash after getting shelled in his first two starts.

-  Michael Brantley hits walk-off double in the home opener and clubs first home run on Thursday.

-  Tribe activates  Lonnie Chisenhall, options Tyler Naquin to Columbus.

-  Jason Kipnis hit on the hand in rehab game in Akron, but could resume rehab on Saturday.

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