CLEVELAND -- Six wild pitches were thrown in the Indians' first six games, and Lou Marson was behind the plate for all of them. That can't be a complete coincidence, as closer Chris Perez acknowledged following a blown save in which he threw a costly wild pitch in Sunday's loss to the Tigers. "That needs to change, for sure," Perez told reporters of the wild pitches. "Pitchers need that confidence to throw stuff in the dirt."
Manager Manny Acta said it's too early to be overly concerned about the trend with Marson, who has one passed ball to his credit in the early going, or any of the other young players on this club. "You know they're young, and you keep preaching and teaching every single day," Acta said. "[Catching instructor] Sandy [Alomar Jr.] has been working hard with [Marson]." As far as throws are concerned, Marson has gunned down two of the four runners who have attempted to steal off him.