The Tribe, after losing their recent series in Chicago, taking just one of three games, look now to try and close the gap on AL Central leader Minnesota Twins. The Indians, now tied for second in the AL Central and currently 11.5 games back, head into Minnesota tonight for a three games series against the hottest team in baseball.
It’s not unlike the Indians to be .500 around this time of year, but it is unlike the Indians to have such an offensive drought as they have in 2019. The Twins have simply dominated all of their competition and are eagerly looking to continue their dominance after winning three straight. They’re simply just hot right now. So what does the Tribe need to do?
It’s insanely simple. The offense needs to wake up and take some meaningful at bats. The Indians out-hit the White Sox in their most recent series, but very few at-bats contributed to runs. They could not get anything going with runners on base and that needs to change.
Next, the pitching needs to step up. I know that in the past the Indians’ pitching staff has carried the weight of this team but that has just not been the case. Aside from Zach Plesac coming up and pitching with a purpose the Indians pitching has been very inconsistent. The rotation for this series is set to be Bieber, Carrasco, and Bauer, which seems like it should be a comfortable series for the Indians, but if they keep pitching the way they have we may be in some trouble.
Lastly, the defensive errors need to stop. It’s been ridiculous. In the game of baseball’s current state of incredible pitching and hitting, defense almost needs to be unconscious. It’s the easiest part of today’s game and if you want to win games you need to wake up and play some defensive baseball. I understand the given error here and there, but missing routine ground balls and overthrowing the first baseman more than once in a given week is unacceptable.
Those are the key points to how the Tribe can pick up three games on the Twins, just play smart baseball.
Roll Tribe & Cheers friends, Jiggy