Red Hot Indians
- Updated: June 11, 2016
Coming into the month of June the Cleveland Indians are the top of the AL central. They’re in a competitive race for first with the reigning world champions, the Kansas City Royals and the always dangerous Chicago White Sox. Each team is a half game within each other and they all have the ability to win the division. The Indians however are looking the best out of the bunch due to winning each series against those two teams . From pitching to baserunning the Tribe are looking good in every aspect of the game.
It’s still early in the long MLB season but the Indians are looking like the team to beat in the AL Central. Unlike previous years, the Tribe are doing good in more than one aspect of the game. Many years it would seem like they could hit but not pitch and vice versa. They are 6th in run differential which means they’re scoring a large amount of more runs than the teams they beat; the teams earned run average is one of the better ones in the league at 3.86. A lot more players are seeming to contribute in multiple different ways.
The offseason acquisitions have came in and for the most part, exceeded expectations. Mike Napoli has been the power hitter they thought they were getting in the past few seasons. Rajai Davis is perfoming at a high level in centerfield, on the base-paths, and in the batter’s box. Lastly Marlon Byrd and Juan Uribe have brought their veteran presence and haven’t failed to do what Indians fans expected them too. All of these players have played key roles this season in scoring runs and making plays on defense. As for the pitching staff they’re looking good as well. Josh Tomlin is back this season and looking phenomenal on the mound and Danny Salazar is slowly becoming an ace. All the Indians have to do if they want to come out on top in the AL Central and potentially win the World Series is be consistent.
It’s only June but the Cleveland Indians have a good chance to make some noise late into the season. They’re only going to get better with Carlos Carrasco and Michael Brantley waiting to come back and make an impact. If they can win division games, get hot at the right time, and make the playoffs, Indians fans should be satisfied at the end of the year. The key to their success is continue to pitch well and hit the ball.