The Yankees are in town for a four game series which should tell a lot about the Indians and the rest of the season. The Tribe lost two games in Boston, one in spectacular fashion. Both Boston and New York are certain to be in the post-season and the Indians must show they are for real. They need to at the very worst split the series with the Yankees or take three out of four.
The 2017 All-Star game was not the most exciting, but it was great to see five Indians picked for the team. Jose Ramirez and Andrew Miller had their moments on the National Stage.
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.