Vol 2: AL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

by Collin Budd | Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015
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Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire/ USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire/ USA TODAY Sports

Headed into the season, many experts predicted that the AL Central will be one of the tightest division races in Major League Baseball with four teams as seen as possible contenders to win the division. Now that the season is over two weeks old, no team has able to establish themselves as the clear favorites to win the division. This is the second edition of the weekly divisional recap.

Detroit Tigers

The favorite pick to win AL Central, the Detroit Tigers strung together two winning series this week as they picked up two out of three wins against both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago White Sox. The pitching was the story this week for the Tigers as they held opponents to just about three runs a game and tossed back-to-back shutouts as Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon both spun eight inning gems. More impressively, Joakim Soria has almost created a closer controversy after his big week where he was able to pick up a win and two saves without allowing a hit. If Soria can continue his hot streak, he will be able to remedy most of Detroit’s issues that plagued them late in games last season.

Record: 10-2

Kansas City Royals

Defending AL Champion Kansas City Royals went .500 this week after dropping a series to the Minnesota Twins before winning two out of three in a highly controversial series against the Oakland A’s. After an apparent dirty slide by Oakland’s Brett Lawrie that injured Alcides Escobar,the benches cleared in what is now a budding rivalry. Kansas City retaliated the next night when Yordano Ventura pegged Lawrie. Thinking the feud was over, the bad blood spilled into the series finale when five Royals were ejected including Kelvin Herrera after he threw a fastball behind Lawrie. After some jawing back and forth between two sides, Herrera pointed at his head almost as if to say “next time I will hit [Lawrie] in the head”. It should make for an interesting series when KC travels to Oakland in the last weekend of June.

Record: 9-3

Minnesota Twins

After a disappointing first week and a half, the Minnesota Twins were able to pick up some ground in the standings this week after series wins against divisional opponents, Kansas City and Cleveland Indians. Despite averaging only about four runs per game this week, Minnesota was bolstered by strong pitching performances by Trevor May and Kyle Gibson who was able to work out of multiple jams and scattered nine hits over 6 and 2/3 innings while only allowing one earned run and thus giving KC their first loss of the young season. Minnesota also won an exciting game on Friday night when Trevor Plouffe launched a walk off home run.

Record: 5-7

Chicago White Sox

A short week for the Chicago White Sox as they had two off days sandwiched in between a short two game series against the Indians. Despite an offense that features Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera the Sox have the second worse offense in the division and failed to score three runs in three of the five games this week. On Saturday the team was able to explode for 12 runs against the Tigers as Cabrera, Abreu and Adam LaRoche went 10 for 16 and accounted for 10 RBIs in the blowout win. Chicago has a chance to get back in the win column this week as they have a three game set against the last place Tribe before a four game set against the Royals.

Record: 4-7

Cleveland Indians

Like the White Sox, the Indians also had a short week in which they were able to go 2-3. Trevor Bauer looked impressive in six innings against the Sox recording eight strikeouts before the bullpen took over and tossed three scoreless innings to secure a Cleveland victory. Not to be outdone, Danny Salazar was dominant in his first outing of the season. He struck out 10 Twins batters in his six innings of work. Injuries to Yan Gomes and Nick Swisher appear to have taken their tolls on the offense in Cleveland, who now owns the second worst offense in the entire American League.

Record: 4-7

 

Position Player of the Week: Lorenzo Cain – .409 AVG, 9 H, 1 HR, 6 RBI

Pitcher of the Week: Joakim Soria– 3 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 W, 2 Saves

Power Rankings:

  1. Kansas City Royals
  2. Detroit Tigers
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Minnesota Twins
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Collin Budd
About the Author

Freelance writer covering the MLB since 2011. Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. Lover of all things except spiders and those who believe a hot dog is not a sandwich.







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