Cleveland Indians: Three things that went wrong in April

Logan Allen #54 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Three things that went wrong in April for the Cleveland Indians

While there are plenty of things that went right for the Cleveland Indians in April, let’s flip it around for a moment and look at where improvements need to be made.

The Cleveland Indians closed out the first month of the year with a 12-12 record following a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday (April 30). For a team that always starts slow, a .500 start to the year is not too much cause for concern. After all, the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

However, some worrying patterns have been on display during the Tribe’s first 24 games, and they are the issues that can derail a season if the team does not find a fix for each of them. This is especially true when you’re playing in what will be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball this season.

The Kansas City Royals currently sit atop the American League Central. A game and a half back of the Royals, in second place, are the Chicago White Sox who have combined great starting pitching with one of the best offenses, statistically, in baseball to jump out to a fast start. As for the current division champions, the Minnesota Twins have struggled early, but with the talent on their roster, they will be in the fight come September. Against these much more, well-rounded teams, the Cleveland Indians will need to make improvements to keep pace with their rivals and challenge for the division crown.

The focus of this article is on the negatives from last month, so let’s take a look at three things, in particular, that have gone wrong for the Indians, so far. If you’d like a more uplifting article about April, take a look at our three things that went right.