Cleveland Indians offense minimized strikeouts in June
After beginning the season among the five best teams in term of strikeouts in April, the Tribe saw their strikeout numbers jump in May that put them right in the middle of the majors. Luckily, the team was able to get those numbers back down in June, recording the lowest mark in all of baseball.
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After striking out 243 times in May, tied for the 16th most for the month, Cleveland was able to cut that number down to 192 during the month of June. Only two other teams stayed below 200 strikeouts in June with the Texas Rangers at 197 and Minnesota Twins at 199.
Now, it’s worth noting that the Tribe tied for the fewest games played in June, which helps their case for having the lowest team stat in any category. With that being said, they still averaged just eight strikeouts a game which was still an improvement over May.
If Cleveland can keep that number low and continue to put more balls in play the odds of success clearly go up. That forces the defense to make a play rather than gift the pitcher an out. If that number can stay low in July that could really help the team through what will surely be a difficult month.