Last Week W-L: 5-2
Tuesday: 7-5 loss vs Dodgers
Wednesday: 6-4 loss vs Dodgers
Thursday: 12-5 victory vs Dodgers
Friday: 8-1 victory at Twins
Saturday (Doubleheader Game 1): 9-3 victory at Twins
Saturday (Doubleheader Game 2): 6-2 victory at Twins
Sunday: 5-2 victory at Twins
Week In Review
Overall it was a very nice week for the Cleveland Indians, although it didn’t start off that way. They were hanging with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and Wednesday before falling behind in the later innings. The offense then woke up on Thursday, putting up 12 runs on the Dodgers then heading out to Minneapolis to sweep the Twins in four games.
Player of the Week
As was hinted at last week, Edwin Encarnacion is coming alive. He went 0-3 on Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw, then went 9-for-20 with four home runs and 10 runs batted in the rest of the week.
Stat of the Week
Edwin Encarnacion’s .391 batting average last week wasn’t the best on the team. Third baseman Jose Ramirez went 16-for-31 (.516) last week with eight doubles and three HR. Take out the 0-4 he took in the Kershaw game and his average last week jumps to .593.
A four game sweep of the Minnesota Twins was good enough to jump the Tribe into first in the division by a couple games.
Cleveland Indians (36-31): –
Minnesota Twins (34-33): 2 GB
Kansas City Royals (33-35): 3.5 GB
Detroit Tigers (32-36): 4.5 GB
Chicago White Sox (31-37): 5.5 GB
Monday-Thursday: Orioles in Baltimore
Friday-Sunday: Twins in Cleveland
The Indians will head to Baltimore to take on the Orioles to start next week. The O’s are struggling of late as they find themselves right at the .500 mark at 34-34 and losers of seven of their last ten games. The Tribe then heads back to Progressive Field to play the Twins for three games over the weekend. Although the Indians have gone 7-0 against the Twins in Minneapolis, they’ve lost two of three against them in Cleveland.
Prediction for the Week Ahead
Something seems to have clicked for the Indians last week as the offense and pitching both performed at a high level to win five straight. The Orioles, although powerful, strike out a lot, which plays into the hands of the Indians starting rotation. They’ll take three of four against the O’s in Baltimore then lose two of three to the Twins back in Cleveland because baseball is weird like that. When it’s all said and done, the Tribe will go 4-3 next week as we creep closer and closer to the All Star break.