The Cleveland Indians remind me of the weather in Ohio. It’s unpredictable and the extremes from hot to cold can play havoc on your sinuses. The Indians bounced back from an unbelievable second no-hitter pitched against them on this young season, to hammer the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 Saturday night down at Progressive Field. Indians undefeated starter Aaron Civale went seven strong innings, allowing only one run, striking out five and picking up win number five on the season.
The same scenario of a no-hitter pitched against them played out in Chicago against the White Sox on April 14th and again Civale was there to save the Tribe the following day, putting an end to any negative momentum brought on by the no-hitter.
Saturday night, the Tribe got off to a quick start when Indians outfielder Eddie Rosario doubled and scored fellow outfielder Amed Rosario to take the 1-0 lead. Later in the 4th inning, the Indians’ bats continued their pounding when Indians 2nd baseman Cesar Hernandez lined a ball down the right-field line clearing the bases of Indians and at that moment a 6-1 lead.
This season continues to be extreme.
From the no-hitters to hitting the ball great the following game. That unpredictability has Indians fans talking. When you don’t quite know what to expect, the anxiety level of fans tends to skyrocket.
When the Tribe went on a recent road series against the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals many fans were concerned that this would be the moment the season truly went south. Instead, the Tribe went 6-1, including sweeping the Royals in a four-game series in Kansas City for the first time in team history.
With Indians Cy Young pitcher Shane Bieber leading the pitching crew and continuing his record of consecutive games with eight-plus strikeouts; the Indians have continued to rely on this crew. The pitchers are up near the top in team ERA, right now standing right around 3.50.
The hitting continues to be the unpredictable part of the team. Going between a no-hitter and then 11 hits in a game can be pretty hard to comprehend. The team is still near the top in home runs overall with 40 home runs. But they are at the bottom of MLB in batting average, right now a pathetic .210; runs scored and hits are also near the bottom of the standings.
Hernandez was able to get a very big and timely triple that scored three runs.
That’s what this team, on the offensive side of things, needs to keep improving at as the season heats up. Standing in first place at 18-14 was not where I thought this team would be at this point in the season, so that’s a definite win by many who had their doubts a few weeks ago. The baseball season is a grind and there will be more dips in the season. But the weather is warming up and that unpredictable weather in Ohio is starting to calm down. And this Indians team is calming down a bit, too.
Let’s just hope our renewed hope in the Tribe isn’t soaked by the end of the next game.