Last Week W-L: 4-2
Monday: 8-7 victory vs Rays
Tuesday: 6-4 loss vs Rays
Wednesday: 7-4 loss vs Rays
Friday: 5-3 victory at Astros
Saturday: 3-0 victory at Astros
Sunday: 8-6 victory at Astros
Week In Review
The week got off to a rough start after the Indians dropped two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays. After a disappointing 2-4 record a week ago and Houston due up this last weekend, things weren’t looking up for the Tribe as they traveled south to face the Astros. That’s when the Indians reminded the league that they’re the reigning American League champs. The Tribe swept the Astros, who had (and still have) the best record in the Majors.
Player of the Week
Bradley Zimmer’s promotion to the big leagues wasn’t meant to put any additional pressure on current Indians outfielders…or maybe it was. Lonnie Chisenhall certainly took notice. Chisenhall hit just .250 on the week, but knocked three of his five hits over the wall for home runs, scored five times, and added six runs batted in.
Stat of the Week
Yan Gomes has had a nice bounce-back year after an awful 2016. In 74 games last year, the Tribe catcher walked nine times and had six multi-hit games. So far in 30 games in 2017, Gomes already has 10 walks and has matched last year’s total with six multi-hit games to date.
After a nice week, the Indians have come back to tie the Minnesota Twins atop the division. The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox trail the Tribe and Twins by two and three games, respectively. The Kansas City Royals remain in last place, 5.5 games out of first.
Minnesota Twins (22-18): –
Cleveland Indians (23-19): –
Detroit Tigers (21-21): 2 GB
Chicago White Sox (20-22): 3 GB
Kansas City Royals (18-25): 5.5 GB
Monday-Tuesday: Reds in Cincinnati
Wednesday-Thursday: Reds in Cleveland
Friday-Sunday: Royals in Cleveland
The Indians get their second taste of interleague play this season as the “Ohio Cup” kicks off on Monday in Cincinnati. The Indians and Reds will split four games between Great American Ballpark and Progressive Field. The Tribe took all four games between the two clubs last year. The Royals will then come to town next weekend for three games. The Indians took two of three against the Royals earlier in the month in Kansas City, and went 9-1 against KC in Cleveland last season.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
The Reds have gotten off to a nice start to the 2017 season as they rank in the top ten in the Majors in runs scored. Unfortunately for them, they also rank among the top ten in runs allowed. The Indians are coming off an impressive sweep of the Houston Astros, so expect them to play well against the Reds. It’s difficult to win a four-game series, but they very well could do just that against the Reds this week. Against the Royals over the weekend, the story will be much the same. Kansas City still finds themselves in the cellar in the AL Central Division, so the Tribe should have their way with them. The Indians will go 5-2 in what could be, weather permitting, their first full seven-game week of the season.