Cleveland Indians Hanging In The AL Central
June 1st started off ok for the Cleveland Indians, they won against the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 behind a great outing from Ubaldo Jimenez. They were only .5 games out of first.
Then the wheels came off via an 8 game losing streak. The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers took turns sweeping them by a combined score of 34-21. After the losing streak finally ended against Texas they found themselves 5.5 games out.
However on June 30th they found themselves tied for the division lead. How did that happen?
After that 8 game losing streak they rolled off a 14-5 clip. Finished off by a 4 game sweep of (surprise) the Chicago White Sox. Last Friday’s double header versus the White Sox was original because they were down in both games and came back to win them both. Nick Swisher was on fire and coined a funny term Bro-hio.
I always root for whatever team comes out of the AL central, if it can’t be my White Sox I pull for whoever.
Jason Kipnis had a solid month for Cleveland batting .419 with a .517 obp in June. He added 4 homers, 25 rbi and 9sb! For June he led or tied for the lead on the team in runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, rbi, walks and sb! That right there is a solid month!
Not bad for a guy who was batting .243 on June 1st and was written off as a fluke by some people (me)!
For the month Cleveland was tied for 3rd in runs scored, raising their season mark to 4th in the AL in total runs scored.
The problem for Cleveland is pitching. They currently sit at 12th in the AL in team ERA. June was a bit better at 11th, but not much better. Also on the defensive side they are 11th in the AL in errors. The old saying is you have to do 2 things above average to consistently win.
Right now Cleveland is only doing one thing good, need to get more pitching or tighten up the defense.