Last Week W-L: 3-3
Monday: 7-1 loss vs Tigers
Tuesday: 5-2 loss vs Tigers
Wednesday: 3-2 win vs Tigers
Thursday: postponed (rain)
Friday: 3-1 loss vs Royals
Saturday: 3-1 victory vs Royals
Sunday: 1-0 victory vs Royals
Week In Review
The Cleveland Indians were on the road the past week week taking on the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. There were four games scheduled between the Tribe and Tigers in Detroit, but rain caused the game on Thursday to be postponed. Although the end result was a series loss in Detroit, the Indians rebounded nicely in Kansas City, taking two of three from the struggling Royals.
Player of the Week
Yan Gomes has dealt with his fair share of slumps this year but had a nice first week of May. He didn’t register any runs batted in and only scored one run, but the 29-year-old went 5-for-13 for the week, which is hopefully a sign of good things to come for Gomes.
Stat of the Week
The Indians bullpen had a great week, allowing only one earned run in 20.2 innings of work to go along with 30 strikeouts. The Tribe pen has a Major League best 1.90 ERA and is the only bullpen to not lose a game this season.
Another week’s in the books with the Indians still atop the American League Central Division. The Tribe currently sits at 17-13, one game ahead of the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers are 1.5 back and the Chicago White Sox are two games behind, while the Royals have some catching up to do as they end the week seven games behind the Indians.
Monday-Wednesday: Blue Jays in Toronto
Friday-Sunday: Twins in Cleveland
The Indians will visit Canada for the first time this season and the first time since defeating the Blue Jays in the 2016 American League Championship Series. Monday’s game will be Edwin Encarnacion’s first trip back to Toronto since leaving to join the Tribe in free agency last offseason. The Indians will then host the Minnesota Twins for three games next weekend at Progressive Field. The Twins are surprisingly hanging in the division race to this point in the season, so the upcoming series between these two teams holds a little more significance than the average matchup in the month of May.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
The lack of offense is a little concerning, as the Indians scored only 11 runs in six games last week. Tribe fans saw Michael Brantley leave the game early on Sunday with an ankle injury and Corey Kluber get placed on the disabled list with a back injury, so the team clearly isn’t at full strength. The Blue Jays have had an awful start to the year, going 11-20 to start 2017, so the Indians should be able to take two out of three in Toronto. Back at home against the Twins, the Indians should also have their way. The Twins, although off to a nice start, don’t have the staying power of a contending team. The Indians will celebrate Mother’s Day after going 4-2 on the week, extending their lead in the division in the process.