The Indians swept the Tigers over the weekend, improving their record to 5-3 on the season, and are currently atop the AL Central. This after going 1-2 against the Tigers to open the season and splitting a two-game series with the Royals to start the week. Next, the Indians go to Chicago to start a four-game series against the White Sox.
It was the recent homestand against the Tigers that saw the Indians wake up offensively. Across the three-game series the Indians. The Tribe averaged over seven hits across the series and had 13 total walks in just the final two games. The offense stepped up big, but it’s fair to say that the lineup still has a lot of work to do to prove what they’re about. The first four games saw the Indians struggle, while the last four have seen the offense thrive.
We still need to know which version is the real one.
The Indians have proved two things so far to start the season; through the first eight games, they have great starting pitching. Through those same eight games, they’ve also shown their bullpen to be, arguably, the most talented in the league. Part of that is due to Emmanuel Clase, the player that the Tribe got back from Corey Kluber. Not such a bad trade now, eh?
Offensively Cezar Hernandez and Franmil Reyes stepped up big, with Hernandez having four hits in the series and two RBI’s, while Reyes had at least one hit and one RBI throughout the entire series. Each starter did their job and got the Indians into a position but from the bullpen, guys like Clase and Bryan Shaw really stepped up, with Shaw going two innings of great relief work and Clase earning his first two saves of the season.
"Game 1: 4-1 Game 2: 11-3 Game 3: 5-2"