The Cleveland Indians had one of their best offensive performances of the 2018 season Wednesday night in a win over the Detroit Tigers.
The Cleveland Indians offense had itself quite a nice night in a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
10 hits and five runs isn’t exactly a notable feat, but it is right now after the sluggish start to the year. All of the production came after Jordan Zimmerman left the game after being drilled in the face with a line drive, and we are hoping the injury isn’t too serious.
Let’s now look at some takeaways from the team’s fourth straight win.
Cookie remains perfect
Carlos Carrasco entered the night with a record of 2-0 even though he had allowed a total of seven runs in his first two starts. He just had the benefit of pitching on the rare nights when the offense had showed up.
He had some great support again Monday night, not that he needed it. He pitched a complete game, allowing the one run on three hits while striking out six. This is great news for my fantasy team.
The entire starting rotation is off to an amazing start, and it shouldn’t be a surprise. This is also true for Carrasco, who is arguably capable of being an ace on many teams around the league.
Jose’s small streak
Jose Ramirez got off to a terrible start this season. For those of us who didn’t panic, we knew it would only be a matter of time before he turned it around.
Ramirez had one hit Wednesday night, making it three straight games in which he has recorded a hit. His average is now up to .146 after entering this series with a .061 average. When the number is so low, it will begin to rise drastically with some normal production.
A majority of the lineup has some real ugly numbers right now, but it is still too early to obsess over numbers. As long as the team keeps winning, all is well.
An initial sweep
The Indians are already 5-1 at home this season and have the chance to demoralize the rebuilding Tigers by sweeping them Thursday.
Trevor Bauer is on the mound and is going up a Tigers offense that has scored a total of two runs in the first three games of this series. That shouldn’t be reassuring to Tigers fans.
It is supposed to actually be warm on Thursday, so maybe the bats will continue to thaw and the Indians won’t put too much pressure on the pitching staff.