Last Week W-L: 4-3
Monday: 5-3 victory vs Athletics
Tuesday: 9-4 victory vs Athletics
Wednesday: 3-1 loss vs Athletics
Thursday: 8-0 victory vs Athletics
Friday: 4-0 loss at Royals
Saturday: 12-5 loss at Royals
Sunday: 8-0 victory at Royals
Week In Review
Overall, it wasn’t a bad week for the Cleveland Indians. They started it off by taking three out of four against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field. On Thursday, Corey Kluber made his first start since May 2nd and struck out 10 batters in six scoreless innings. The Tribe hit the road for the weekend, taking on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. After losing the first two games of the series, the Indians stepped up and won on Sunday in an impressive shutout.
Player of the Week
Trevor Bauer was simply dominant last week. He officially had two starts, although his outing on Sunday was shortened by rain. On Tuesday against the A’s, Bauer allowed three runs in seven innings, but struck out a career-high 14 batters, including nine in a row in his final three frames.
Stat of the Week
Andrew Miller faced seven batters last week and struck out all seven. That’ll work.
The Indians gained one game on the first place Minnesota Twins and now sit just one game back. The Detroit Tigers, who went 5-1 last week, closed the gap on the second place Tribe, but are still a game and a half behind.
Minnesota Twins (29-24): –
Cleveland Indians (29-26): 1 GB
Detroit Tigers (28-28): 2.5 GB
Chicago White Sox (24-31): 6 GB
Kansas City Royals (24-31): 6 GB
Tuesday-Wednesday: Rockies in Colorado
Friday-Sunday: White Sox in Chicago
It’s a rare two-off-day week scheduled for the Indians as they’ll get some rest on Monday and Thursday. They’ll spend Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver taking on the Colorado Rockies in the thin air of Coors Field. The Rockies have been among the most impressive teams in baseball this year as they’re currently 13 games above .500 and first place in the National League West Division. The Indians then head to Chicago over the weekend to face the White Sox. The Chi-Sox and Tribe have split their six games to date so far this season.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
With an odd two-game series scheduled for the Indians and Rockies, it’s going to be difficult for either team to take the series. The most likely outcome is a split, so the series in Chicago is really what’s going to make or break the week. The White Sox are a talented, young team, but the Indians, frankly, are better. For that reason, the prediction for the week is 3-2 as the Tribe attempts to crawl back into the top spot in the division.