Last Week W-L: 2-4
Monday: 5-1 loss at Reds
Tuesday: 8-7 victory at Reds
Wednesday: 4-3 loss vs Reds
Thursday: postponed (rain)
Friday: 6-4 loss vs Royals
Saturday: 5-2 loss vs Royals
Sunday: 10-1 victory vs Royals
Week In Review
It wasn’t a great week for the Cleveland Indians, who lost four of six games against teams they frankly should have beat. They began with what should have been a four game split series against the Cincinnati Reds. The two teams each took a game apiece in Cincinnati before traveling up I-71 to Cleveland. The Reds took the first game at Progressive Field, then Thursday’s matchup was rained out. The Tribe then welcomed the last place Kansas City Royals to town. After blowing late leads on Friday and Saturday, the Indians salvaged the last game of the series on Sunday to end the disappointing week.
Player of the Week
After a slow start to the season, Edwin Encarnacion showed signs of coming back to life this week. The 34-year-old went 8-for-23 (.348) with two home runs, raising his batting average from .207 to .225. There’s still plenty of room for improvement there, but with a seven-game hitting streak, Encarnacion appears to be back on the right track.
Stat of the Week
Coming into the week, no member of the Indians bullpen had blown a save. There were three this last week. Bryan Shaw, Boone Logan, and Cody Allen all registered blown saves in a week that’s likely just a bump in the road for the Tribe pen, which still ranks first in earned run average.
The poor week didn’t do the Indians any favors in the standings, as the Minnesota Twins regained sole possession of first place. The Tribe didn’t fall past second place, however, as the rest of the division struggled as well.
Minnesota Twins (26-20): –
Cleveland Indians (25-23): 2 GB
Chicago White Sox (23-26): 4.5 GB
Detroit Tigers (23-27): 5 GB
Kansas City Royals (21-28): 6.5 GB
Monday-Thursday: Athletics in Cleveland
Friday-Sunday: Royals in Kansas City
The Indians will open up next week hosting the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field. The four game series will be the only trip to Cleveland for the A’s, who will host the Tribe for three games immediately following the All Star break. The Cleveland Indians will then head to Kansas City for the weekend. The two teams have split their six games so far this year with 13 meetings remaining.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
The Indians still have yet to play seven games in a week, whether it’s because of the way the schedule makers drew it up or Mother Nature’s other intentions. Regardless, the Tribe has a full week ahead of them as the calendar flips over to June. The A’s have struggled on the road to the tune of a 7-17 record away from Oakland. With Indians ace Corey Kluber due back to close out the Oakland series, expect the Tribe to at least split those four games. Over the weekend as the team heads to KC, the Indians have some success. Despite being only 9-13 in Cleveland, the Indians are 16-10 on the road, so maybe the Kansas City barbecue will do the Tribe some good next weekend. When it’s all said and done, the Indians will go 4-3 this week. Nothing spectacular, but certainly an improvement over the disappointing week they just finished.