3 things that went right in August for the Cleveland Indians
The month of July was not kind to the Cleveland Indians. The team had struggles finding the win column and the trade deadline seemed to doom the season for the organization. Luckily, the month of August was a much better period for the team. While the Tribe didn’t look like world beaters, they at least held their own and raised some optimism around the club.
Offensively, the month of August saw Cleveland finish second in stolen bases (32), third in hits (252), eighth in RBI (131), ninth in runs (136), tied for ninth in doubles (50) and 10th in home runs (40). For a team that struggled early in the year to produce anything offensively, those stats are very promising for the club, especially coming in so many different stat categories.
As for on the mound, Cleveland didn’t reach the marks they had in previous months. The offensive was able to make up for the struggles, but it wasn’t what we had come to expect.
So, in the grand scheme of things, these three items are positives to take away from August into the rest of the season.
Emmanuel Clase, CP, Cleveland Indians
One of the brightest spots from the month of August was the performance by relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase. Leading up to August Clase had been a strong force in the bullpen, but he lacked consistency at times. However, he put together the best month of August the team could have asked for, being named the Reliever of the Month for the American League.
Tossing 12.2 innings over 13 appearances, Clase was lights out. He didn’t allow a run and gave up just four hits, seeing opposing batters hit just .095 against him. The icing on the cake is that he struck out 15 while walking just one batter. Clase’s dominance allowed him to go perfect in save situations, recording six, as opposed to July when he had multiple blown saves.
At just 23-years old, the impressive month from Clase is very promising. He’s shown flashes, but this was his first extended sample of consistency. If that can continue through the end of the season, that would be a huge boost going into next season.