The word is resilience. The Indians have been hitting solid, winning in walk off fashion, pulling out miracles in extra innings, and even blowing out opponents. In a four game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, the Indians had three walk offs wins.
Jason Kipnis is out of his slump hitting homeruns and even Cabrera is finding his form. They are both coming around and hitting in clutch situations. But the winning isn’t just from our shortstop and second baseman. The winning is from everyone playing well together and coming through when most needed. Besides everyone hitting the ball well, it is the pitching that matters most.
Justin Masterson took on a veteran leadership role this season with coaching the younger players and even stepping up himself. Masterson is 7-2 this season with a 2.83 earned run average and has dominated. He has 20 strike outs in the past two starts and is on a 19 consecutive inning scoreless streak.
Ubaldo has been pitching solid and better than people expected. In his past four starts, he has pitched five plus innings and has allowed two or fewer runs through those outings. He seems to be showing more confidence and doesn’t seem to be slipping. No matter who we face, we will not give up.
We are not intimidated and will not surrender to anyone. The Indians have tagged almost every previous Cy Young winner we have faced this season. The Tribe is 7-1 against Cy Young recipients and have made them accumulate a collective 8.21 earned run average. We show no fear to anyone as long as we are making contact with the ball.
The Indians record is amazing, only having one loss, when we record ten or more hits against another ball club. Another crazy stat for you guys is, Cleveland holds a 20-3 record when we score the first run in a ballgame.
The bats and pitching arms in Cleveland are hot right now and we should ride it while it lasts.
By: Max Gold