Smoke Signals 10.14: Starting Pitching Woes

Surprisingly, the one area that has been the backbone of the Indians in the Terry Francona era has suddenly become a liability as the Tribe starting pitching is still battling inconsistency in 2017. Jake and Tony talk about whether it's time to officially start worrying about the rotation in a new Smoke Signals.

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.

With the quarter pole coming up fast, the continued struggles of the starting pitching are becoming more than an early-season cold streak. Tony rejoins Jake this week on Smoke Signals to discuss what's going on with scuffling arms like Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer and whether alternative options need to be considered either internally or externally. Plus, the guys talk about the early promotion of top prospect Bradley Zimmer and what implications it could have as far as his immediate major league potential, his service time and how long he will stay in Cleveland this first time around.

Topics discussed:

-  Indians go 2-4 on homestand against Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

-  Josh Tomlin, Danny Salazar and Mike Clevinger struggling as concerns about the starting pitching continue to build.

-  Bradley Zimmer called up to take place of injured Abraham Almonte.

-  Lineup reconstruction: Kipnis moved to leadoff, Encarnacion moved out of cleanup spot.

-  Indians DFA and trade Michael Martinez to Tampa Bay for cash considerations.

-  Preview Astros series.

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