Last Week W-L: 2-3
Tuesday: 11-3 loss at Rockies
Wednesday: 8-1 loss at Rockies
Friday: 7-3 victory vs White Sox
Saturday: 5-3 loss vs White Sox
Sunday: 4-2 victory vs White Sox
Week In Review
It was an odd, short week for the Cleveland Indians, who only played five games due to two off days on Monday and Thursday. Between the days off was a rare two-game series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Perhaps it was the thin air, maybe it was the surprisingly effective Rockies pitching, but the Tribe struggled, scoring only four runs and losing both games at Coors Field. The Indians were back in Cleveland over the weekend and things got back to normal against the Chicago White Sox. The Tribe took two of three to finish the week with an overall record of 2-3.
Player of the Week
He got off to a slow start to the season, but Edwin Encarnacion is starting to heat up. Encarnacion only got one at bat during the team’s road trip in Colorado, but the time off didn’t negatively affect him back in Cleveland. The Tribe designated hitter went 6-for-12 this week with two home runs, four runs batted in, and four runs scored.
Stat of the Week
Continuing the Edwin Encarnacion trend, on May 15 of this year, EE was hitting .198 with five HR. In the month or so since then, he’s hitting .329 with seven homers.
Despite the so-so week, the Indians only dropped a half game to the first place Minnesota Twins. The rest of the teams in the division had tough weeks too, but keep an eye on the Kansas City Royals, who are finally out of last place in the American League Central.
Minnesota Twins (32-27): –
Cleveland Indians (31-29): 1.5 GB
Detroit Tigers (30-32): 3.5 GB
Kansas City Royals (27-34): 5.5 GB
Chicago White Sox (26-35): 7 GB
Tuesday-Thursday: Dodgers in Cleveland
Friday-Sunday: Twins in Minneapolis
The Indians will start off the week on Tuesday hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. The last time the Dodgers were in Cleveland was in 2003. The only player on either team who was active in ’03 was Chase Utley, who debuted that April with the Philadelipha Phillies. The Tribe then head to Minnesota to face the AL Central leaders for four games, including a double header on Saturday. Through six games so far this season, the Indians are 4-2 against the Twins.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
The Indians have been a little inconsistent lately, but as the weather heats up, so too should the offense. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch during the Dodgers-Indians series, so let’s conservatively call that one a loss for the Tribe. They’ll split the other two against LA then take three out of four against the Twins next weekend. The Minnesota Twins are a talented team but they don’t have staying power atop the division. When it’s all said and done, the Indians will go 4-3 and possibly be on top of the AL Central this time next week.