The Cleveland Indians had another average week but remain high in the power rankings thanks to the large lead in the division.
The Cleveland Indians didn’t have a great start to last week. The dominant Pittsburgh Pirates came to town and picked up two quick wins, frustrating many fans.
But the Indians salvaged the week by going 3-1 the rest of the week, capped off with a nice 8-1 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
The team enters this week with a nine-game lead over the Minnesota Twins with three games against the Twins to start the week. That comfortable lead is good enough to keep the Indians ranked No. 6 overall in ESPN’s latest MLB power rankings.
There remains no doubt that the Indians will win the AL Central. The problem is that there are still holes in the lineup, although that may change in the next 48 hours. If not, there is still the whole month of August to bring in a bat.
The main weak spot is the outfield which consisted of Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis and Melky Cabrera on Sunday. That trio could all heat up at the same time in October, but it is not a group that inspires confidence in a must-win game against a team like the Yankees or the Astros.
Look for the Indians to try to repeat what they did by bringing in Jay Bruce in 2017, just with a different player this time around. The Indians took on some salary and sent a low-level prospect in exchange for a player that served as a rental.
The front office did the right thing by upgrading the bullpen so it is hard to imagine something won’t be done to address the outfield. Fans love to talk about hypothetical windows closing, and that is something that is rather apparent to this front office.
Hopefully they are on the phone at this very second working through a deal.