Cleveland Indians’ Offense Opens Second Half With Same Woes

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More of the same for the Tribe to start second half


The All-Star Break offers a chance for players to clear their heads and to “start over” in the second half. The Cleveland Indians stayed stuck in cruise control from the first half. The offense mustered just one run, an RBI groundout from Carlos Santana in falling to the Reds 6-1. The home team has now won 17 times in the last 18 contests between the two teams.

Trevor Bauer walked just two but wasn’t as sharp as he’d been in his past few starts with his location. He surrendered five runs in four innings, but that also included a long rain delay that didn’t help him any. But the struggling offense was more of the same for the Tribe–a problem for a team that was expected to be more consistent at the plate.

Why can’t we get lucky with a guy like Mike Trout? After winning ASG MVP honors, Trout followed that up by hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth for the Angels to a 1-0 win. At just 23, I think he’s just scratching the surface of what he’s capable of–and that is almost frightening for the rest of the league.

ESPN took a look at where all the teams stand, and where it will go from here into the second half. With the Indians struggles, is there a chance they could make a push? The pitching has been good but is the lack of offense something they can’t overcome? You might be surprised to hear their thoughts on Cleveland.

‘Reds defeat the Indians in rain-interrupted game’ – MLB.com

‘Trout follows ASG honors with walk-off home run’ – MLB.com

‘American League previews for the second half’ – ESPN.com

‘Hey Hoynsie: How much blame should the front office shoulder?’ – Cleveland.com

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