Last Week W-L: 2-4
Tuesday: 2-1 victory vs White Sox
Wednesday: 2-1 loss vs White Sox
Thursday: 10-4 loss vs White Sox
Friday: 7-6 loss vs Tigers
Saturday: 13-6 victory vs Tigers
Sunday: 4-1 loss vs Tigers
Week In Review
The Indians opened up the season at home this week hosting the White Sox for three games then the Tigers for three more. They kicked it off on Tuesday with the American League Championship ring ceremony before the game, and the action on the field that followed was entertaining as well. Michael Brantley delivered a walkoff double in extra innings to finish off an exciting start to the week. Even with that game, however, the offense was struggling to get runs across the plate all week. The exception was Saturday night in a Kluber-Verlander matchup, when the Tribe broke out for 13 runs. The team only scored 14 runs the other five games.
Player of the Week
Jose Ramirez had himself quite a week. In six games, the 24-year old went 10-for-20 with two home runs, five runs scored, and eight runs batted in.
Stat of the Week
In limited action in just two games on Friday and Saturday, Lonnie Chisenhall picked up four hits in six at bats, including 2 HR, and 6 RBIs.
It’s still early to be overly concerned with the standings in the AL Central, but right now the Tribe is at the bottom of the division. After two weeks, the Indians are in fifth place, three games behind the first place Detroit Tigers.
Monday-Thursday: Twins in Minneapolis
Friday-Sunday: White Sox in Chicago
The Cleveland Indians kick off the third week of the season on the road once again, this time visiting the Minnesota Twins followed by the Chicago White Sox. Despite winning the AL Central by eight games last year, the Indians were only 10-9 against the Twins in 2016. Minneapolis has been a dangerous place for the Indians recently, as Yan Gomes went down with a shoulder injury at Target Field last year and Michael Brantley initially injured his shoulder there towards the end of the 2015 season. The Indians didn’t fare much better against the White Sox, as they were 11-8 against the South Siders in 2016, 5-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Prediction for Week Ahead
The way the team has been slumping offensively of late, it can’t get much worse for the Cleveland Indians. They’ll get back on track eventually, but on the road all week they won’t get any home cookin’ to try to get right. The Tribe will go 4-3 this week, an improvement compared to this past week, but still not where a team this good on paper should be against the Twins and White Sox.