Top 10 reasons to come to Progressive Field for Cleveland Indians series vs. the Kansas City Royals this week
We’re 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card as we begin play this week, and more importantly, 4 games back in the loss column.
Our guys feed off fans’ support, so to help convince you to come down to the ballpark to cheer us on, we’ve compiled a Letterman-style Top 10 reasons to be at the ballpark tonight and all week as we push for a spot in that Wild Card game.
10. To defend Slider’s honor.
In May, KC mascot Sluggerrr – who misspells his name, ironically enough, took a shot at Slider. YOU SPELL YOUR NAME WRONG, BRO.
— Sluggerrr (@Sluggerrr) May 7, 2015
9. We have great weather.
After some, uh, struggles this weekend, looks like nothing but sun and temps in the 70s and 80s.
Full forecast: http://www.wkyc.com/weather/
8. Great food.
Progressive Field is the only place you can get a taste of Cleveland and watch the Tribe live on the green grass of Progressive Field. Melt, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Dynomite Burgers and Great Lakes Brewing Co., along with other original options, await you in our new Right Field District!
7. We’ve been great at home.
We’ve won eight of our last nine at home and 10 of our last 12. We’ve had 10 hits or more in 14 of our last 15 home games.
6. We have been playing great defense.
According to FanGraphs’ Defensive Runs Saved metric, we’re eighth in the league after early season struggles. Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall in right have made a huge difference.
5. We have Josh Tomlin.
Tomlin is 5-1 in six starts since he returned from shoulder surgery, with a 2.85 ERA.
4. We have Lonnie Chisenhall.
All Lonnie’s done since coming back from Columbus is turn into one of the best right fielders in baseball.
He won ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog award for Defensive Player of the Month for August: http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2015/09/03/lonnie-chisenhall-named-espns-sweetspot-defensive-player-of-the-month-for-august/
And on Sunday he did this: http://m.indians.mlb.com/news/article/149194838/lonnie-chisenhall-makes-spectacular-grab
3. We have Francisco Lindor.
Aside from being a camera hog and smiling constantly, Lindor has been one of the best players in baseball in the second half.
He’s fifth in FanGraphs’ WAR measurement among ALL MLB players in the second half, and fourth in hits in the second half (73).
Here’s his Rookie of the Year case: http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2015/08/30/cleveland-indians-shortstop-francisco-lindor-american-league-rookie-of-the-year/
2. We have Michael Brantley.
Brantley has been his steady, All-Star self. He leads MLB in doubles, is seventh in average and ninth on on-base percentage.
Here are his season-long stats. http://m.indians.mlb.com/player/488726/michael-brantley
If ALL of that wasn’t enough, we have two of the best deals in pro sports: $10 Upper Bleacher tickets and $13 District Tickets presented by SportsTime Ohio. With the latter, which is a Standing Room Only ticket, we’ll even buy your first drink!