The Indians took on The Royals in a short, two-game series on Monday and Wednesday that saw the Tribe split the series one game apiece. Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber stepped up big time for the Indians in game two, making sure they avoided a sweep. Now the Indians are 2-3 on the season with a home series against the Tigers coming up next.
It’ll be an opportunity for the Tribe to step up and get above .500.
The Indians offense is still looking to find its groove, but the Indians are now 2-1 in their last three and have moved to 2-3 on the season. The good news is that stars Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez haven’t missed a step since coming off of their AL Cy Young and Silver Slugger seasons. Unfortunately, it looks like the Indians are still waiting to see who steps up elsewhere.
The Indians only had three hits in game one but did have a better showing in game two with eight. Even if they did leave several men on base. The Indians also got swing-happy in game two, posting 11 strikeouts on the day. One less than AL Ace Bieber, who struck out 12 of his own.
Returning franchise legend Carlos Santana was unable to register a hit in eight at-bats over the two-game span, nor was he able to get on base at all. The Royals did most of their punishment in game one thanks to Whit Merrifield, their second basemen, while Salvador Perez and Nicky Lopez drove in their runs in game two.