Now that we have had almost a week to get over the NBA Finals loss and think about the success that the season was, it’s time to give our attention to the Indians as Cleveland fans. With the Cavs being in the playoffs, the Indians lost some support, but it’s time to give them it all. I mean even I know I started to lose track of what they have been doing.
Even without us cheering them on as much, they continue to hold first place in the AL Central. They’re sixth in the AL for batting average with .251, have the fourth-most runs in the AL with 317 runs and are third in the AL with 94 home runs. The offense has definitely picked up since the beginning of the year. The bats were struggling, but as the Cavs were killing it in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so was the Indians’ offense.
The pitching, on the other hand, has continued to excel. With Corey Kluber leading the way and leading the AL with 10 wins, the starters are giving the team the chance to always win. Kluber is third in the MLB for ERA with 1.99, Trevor Bauer is 14th with 2.69 and Mike Clevinger is 25th with 3.31. Strikeouts have always been a specialty of ours and it continues to be with Bauer, Kluber and Carlos Carrasco all in the top 15 in the MLB. The fifth spot in the rotation is up for grabs right now since Josh Tomlin was sent to the bullpen, but newcomer Adam Plutko seems to be the leading candidate with a 3-1 record.
Unfortunately, the bullpen has been our biggest weakness thus far. There is no bright spot to be found throughout the group. Andrew Miller has been our best relief pitcher, but he has been injured quite often. Cody Allen who tends to be a solid closer for us only has 12 saves compared to the leader of 25 and is pitching a 4.18 ERA. It should be interesting to see if the front office will make some moves before the trade deadline or if someone steps it up. In order to be successful this postseason, the bullpen will be a deciding factor.
Besides Tomlin moving to the bullpen, there have been some other roster moves recently. Lonnie Chisenhall came off of the DL, so Tito sent Bradley Zimmer down to the minors. Zimmer was doing well in the field but struggling at the plate. Also, Tito recently called up our top prospect Francisco Meija to play catcher and DH. We have all been waiting for his chance, so I can’t wait to see how he does this season. In addition to Plutko, we have been giving some more pitchers a chance to show their talent and fix our issues. Matt Belisle, Shane Bieber and Neil Ramirez are just a few.
Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez continue to be our leaders on the field. Brantley is 10th in batting average, Ramirez is tied for third in home runs and Lindor was the AL Player of the Month in May. I can’t wait to see where this trio takes us this year.
The Cavs are done. Now it’s the Indians turn for our love.