Last Week W-L: 2-4
Monday: 4-2 loss at Blue Jays
Tuesday: 6-0 victory at Blue Jays
Wednesday: 8-7 loss at Blue Jays
Friday: 1-0 loss vs Twins
Saturday: 4-1 loss vs Twins
Sunday: 8-3 victory vs Twins
Week In Review
It wasn’t a great week for the Cleveland Indians, who began the week north of the border in Toronto to face the Blue Jays. After dropping the first game of the series, the Tribe bounced back to take the second one. They were then victims of a walk off on Wednesday as they lost the series in Toronto. The team got the day off on Thursday then hosted the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. The Indians scored just one run in the first two games, losing both of those. Manager Terry Francona changed up the lineup a bit on Sunday and saw impressive results immediately, as the Tribe beat the Twins on Mother’s Day to avoid the sweep.
Player of the Week
Carlos Carrasco has had an impressive start of the season, and this week was no different. In his one start against the Blue Jays, Carrasco picked up the victory throwing seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, allowing just three hits, and walking none.
Stat of the Week
Coming into Sunday’s game against the Twins, the Indians ranked dead last in the Major Leagues in runs scored during the month of May. They had scored just 27 runs since the beginning of the month, which is eight fewer than the next lowest total (Padres, 35). That’s less than 2.5 per game. After shuffling the lineup on Sunday, the Tribe pushed across eight runs: their highest total of the month.
After a tough week, the Indians have fallen to second place in the American League Central Division. They sit one game behind the Twins and just one half game ahead of the Tigers.
Minnesota Twins (19-15): –
Cleveland Indians (19-17): 1.0 GB
Detroit Tigers (18-17): 1.5 GB
Chicago White Sox (17-18): 2.5 GB
Kansas City Royals (16-21): 4.5 GB
Monday-Wednesday: Rays in Cleveland
Friday-Sunday: Astros in Houston
The Cleveland Indians will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Progressive Field to start off the week. The Rays are currently two games under .500 and are fourth place in the AL East. The Tribe will then head to Houston to face the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Astros, who are first place in the AL West with the best record in the Majors, lost two of three to the Indians when the two clubs met in Cleveland in late April.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
The pitching staff of the Tampa Bay Rays is probably one of the worst groups for a struggling offense to see, but that’s what’s on the schedule for the Indians this week. The Tribe should be feeling good, though, after the performance on Sunday, so they might fare well against the Rays. The Astros are firing on all cylinders, but don’t expect the Indians to be intimidated. Although they’re slumping offensively at the moment, the Indians are the hunted after winning the AL pennant last year, so expect every team to give them their best. A sweep either way in either series wouldn’t be surprising, but the Indians should take two of three against both the Rays and Astros, going 4-2 on the week.