Tribe week in review: Hot bats propel season high
JUN 09, 2014 12:22p ET
CLEVELAND -- For the first time since April 9, the Indians are above .500 and within striking distance of the Tigers. That was a scenario no one envisioned three weeks ago when Detroit came to Progressive Field leading by 10 1/2 games. Since May 19 though, the Tribe is 13-6 while the Tigers have gone 6-14.
With a sweep of Boston and taking two of the first three in Texas, Cleveland had its most successful week of the season. The last road trip started out well too as they took two of the first three in Baltimore and then dropped the last four, including being swept by the White Sox. The Tribe is 11-20 on the road with key series upcoming this week against Kansas City and Boston.
Game of the Week
Asdrubal Cabrera's home run in the 12th inning at 2:02 a.m. last Thursday morning capped a 4 hour, 29 minute contest that was preceded by a 2 hour, 28 minute rain delay. In the past nine games at Progressive Field, four have ended with Indians walk-off wins.
Cody the closer?
Terry Francona has talked about John Axford going back into the closer's role at some point, but it appears as if Cody Allen could have it for awhile. Allen has saves in his last five appearances and hasn't allowed a hit in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Allen has faced the minimum 16 batters as he got a double-play ball and has averaged 12.2 pitches per outing.
Since coming off the disabled list last Friday, Carlos Santana is 5 for 8 with a home run, two RBI and four walks. His batting average for the season is at .174, which is the highest it has been since April 16. While the batting average remains a focus, so should his on-base percentage of .345. While he hasn't produced at the plate, Santana is still getting on base. He remains second in the American League in walks with 37.
David Murphy went 10 of 21 with four RBI and has hit safely in 10 of the past 11 games.
Lonnie Chisenhall was 9 for 23 and drove in seven runs. His three-run homer on Friday made it a game again after the Tribe fell behind 4-0.
Justin Masterson picked up two wins and had a 1.42 ERA while striking out 16.
Cleveland at Texas
First pitch: 8:05 p.m. Monday
Probables: Monday -- LH T.J. House (0-1, 3.79) vs. RH Nick Martinez (1-2, 3.22)
Of note: The Tribe has won four of the past six games they have played in Arlington. In four-game series this season, they have won two, lost one and split the other.
Cleveland at Kansas City
First pitch: 8:10 p.m. Tuesday; 2:10 p.m. Wednesday
Probables: Tuesday -- RH Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.23) vs. RH Yordano Ventura (3-5, 3.41); Wednesday -- RH Trevor Bauer (1-2, 4.08) vs. RH Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10)
Season series: Indians took three of four from the Royals during an April series in Cleveland.
Of note: Cleveland is 14-12 against the division and have won six of the last nine. ... The last time Kluber faced the Royals he threw a complete game. In the April 24 game, the right-hander allowed just one unearned run while striking out 11. ... Going into Monday's game against the Yankees Alcides Escobar has an eight-game hit streak and is batting .407 (11 of 27) during that stretch. ... Lorenzo Cain has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and has an extra-base hit in three straight games, matching the longest such streak of his career.
Cleveland at Boston
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4:05 p.m. Saturday; 1:35 p.m. Sunday
Season series: Indians swept the Red Sox last week in a three-game series at Progressive Field.
Of note: Nick Swisher and Zach McAllister both could come off the disabled list during this series. McAllister will pitch for Columbus on Tuesday while Swisher has rehab games for Akron on Tuesday and Wednesday.