Progress Report: Tribe trending up through 63 games
At 32-31 and 3 games back of Detroit in the American League Central, the Indians are two games ahead of last year’s pace – at this point last season ,the Indians were 30-33 and 5.5 out in the AL Central.
The Indians have won 8 of 9 and 13 of 19, and are an AL-best 21-11 at home. That’s the third-best home mark in the Majors. The club has made up 7.5 games on division-leading Detroit in the last three weeks.
Best records since May 1
- Toronto 26-11
- San Francisco 25-10
- Cleveland 21-14
After another matinee win on Sunday, the Indians have four straight day games, 6 of 8 and 8 of 11.
The starting rotation has been solid: Tribe starters have posted 3.08 ERA over last 10 games and are 4-0. The team’s pitching staff as a whole leads the Majors with 564 strikeouts after nine in Sunday’s win.
Lonnie Chisenhall remains just behind the pace to qualify for league leader status, but his .365 average (57-156) is highest in the Majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances…among the same group of players (min. 150 PA), his .951 OPS also ranks 5th in the A.L. and 8th in the Majors. Chisenhall has collected 19 RBI over his last 18 games (at least one RBI in 13 of 18).
Outfielder Michael Brantley has moved from unranked in the first All-Star Game voting updates to 7th in the third update, released Sunday evening. Since May 14, Brantley is batting .348 with 20 runs, six doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 22 games. Among AL outfielders, Brantley ranks:
- Fifth in average (.298)
- Third in RBI (42)
- Fourth in OPS (.840)
- T-4 in extra-bases hits (24)