Last Week W-L: 5-1
Monday: 3-1 victory vs Twins
Tuesday: 11-4 victory vs Twins
Wednesday: postponed (rain)
Thursday: 6-2 victory vs Twins
Friday: 3-0 victory vs White Sox
Saturday: 7-0 victory vs White Sox
Sunday: 6-2 loss vs White Sox
Week In Review
The Indians hit the road last week taking on a couple American League Central Division foes. First up was the Minnesota Twins. What was scheduled as a four game series was shortened to three games when mother nature postponed Wednesday’s game. Despite the unexpected day off, the Indians had a productive trip to the Twin Cities, taking all three games and outscoring the opposition 20-7. The Tribe then visited Chicago to play the White Sox over the weekend. The first two games of the series were highlighted by the performances of the top two Indians’ starters, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. They threw a combined 17 scoreless innings, struck out 17 batters, allowed only six hits, and issued just three walks. The White Sox finally broke out on Sunday, defeating the Tribe 6-2 and handing the Indians their only loss of the week.
Player of the Week
Michael Brantley had quite a week, going 8-for-21 (.381 batting average), with two home runs, five runs batted in, and six runs scored. Going back to April 13, Brantley now has an eight-game hitting streak. Seems like his shoulder is feeling just fine.
Stat of the Week
Danny Salazar, despite having mixed results, has his swing-and-miss stuff working early on this season. In 11 innings pitched this week, Salazar struck out 16 batters. His 14.3 strikeouts per 9 innings ranks first in the Major Leagues.
After three weeks, the Cleveland Indians are tied with the Detroit Tigers atop the AL Central, both with 10-8 records. The White Sox are 1.5 games behind, followed by the Minnesota Twins who are two games back, then the Kansas City Royals in the cellar 2.5 games out of first.
Tuesday-Thursday: Astros at home
Friday-Sunday: Mariners at home
The Indians will be back at Progressive field this week taking on a pair of AL West teams in Cleveland. The Astros, who are 13-6 and first place in their division, made big moves during the offseason adding Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick and Brian McCann. After hosting the Astros, the Indians will welcome the Seattle Mariners to town. In the seven games between the two clubs a year ago, the Tribe went 3-4, including 1-2 in Cleveland.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
Last week’s prediction was a little pessimistic, and the Indians responded by going 5-1. Offensively, the Indians are back to full strength, and with temperatures getting a little warmer, they should start being a little more consistent putting runs on the board. All things considered, the Indians will go 4-2, taking two out of three against both the Astros and Mariners.