A great weekend for Cleveland in sweeping Minnesota and taking over first place. This was an important series and the Tribe really answered. Great hitting by Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall. Ryan Merritt did a good job in his start on Saturday as did Mike Clevenger. The Twins had to use some minor league pitchers for the Saturday games but the Indians did what they had to do.
I had a chance to get to Progressive Field on Tuesday to watch the Indians and Oakland A's. The Indians looked like a championship team, easily winning 9-4. Trevor Bauer had a great outing, striking out fourteen. The A's scored three runs early, but Bauer had them under control the rest of the way. I am hoping this is a turning point for him and that there will be a number of quality starts the rest of the season.
The Indians played well today, easily beating the Minnesota Twins 8-3. A batch of home runs and some good pitching highlighted the win. Though as nice as the win was, they still lost two out of three to the Twins.
The Indians did not set the American League on fire, but played well enough to stay near the top of the division. The only concern I have at this point is the fourth and fifth starters. Both Tomlin and Bauer have struggled but have recently benefited from some good hitting. The top of the rotation has been great with Corey Kluber leading the way.
After the Indians won three straight to start the season I thought they were going off on a major streak. That did not last long as they have now lost six of seven.