After going his whole (albeit brief) Major League career without winning a weekly honor from the American League, Francisco Lindor decided to go ahead and win it twice in a row.
The Indians’ star shortstop hit .600 and was named the American League’s Co-Player of the Week for games played between May 7 and May 13, sharing the honor with Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton.
The road woes continued for the Cleveland Indians on Monday night as Niko Goodrum’s two home runs lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win.
An unexpected performance from Goodrum, who would drive in five runs on the day for the Tigers, helped push Detroit to a needed win, ending an eleven game losing streak against the Indians dating back to last season. It was the first win for the Tigers in five tries against the Indians after being swept in a four-game set in Cleveland in April.
Goodrum entered the game with two Major League homers and five RBI in his career (all provided this season) and he matched those totals with a career day at the plate.
Times have been tough in Tiger town, but Detroit and Comerica Park will still welcome in the Cleveland Indians for three games for the first time this season.
The Indians (20-19) are coming off of a series win over the Kansas City Royals in their brief three-game homestand, pulling the club back over the .500 mark following a rough 1-4 road trip. While the Tribe is just 5-7 in May (after a 15-12 record to open the year), the offense has been producing, scoring 88 runs, an average of more than seven per game. The problem has been some defensive miscues and a bullpen that has not been firing well, as the pitching staff as a whole has allowed more than five and a half runs per game. Cleveland swept Detroit in four straight games in April, outscoring the Tigers by an 18-5 edge.
Making his second career Major League appearance, Cleveland reliever Paul Shuey becomes just the tenth pitcher in American League history to strike out four batters in one inning, doing so against the Detroit Tigers in a 9-3 Indians victory.
For the second time this season, Corey Kluber was given double-digit run support and big days throughout the lineup paced the Cleveland Indians to an easy 11-2 win on Mother’s Day over the Kansas City Royals.
Kluber has not always gotten the best run support on the mound, but of late, his teammates have swung the bat well in his defense. In five of his last six starts, the team has scored six runs or more in his starts. Not surprisingly, he has gone 5-1 in those outings while giving up a combined total of 13 earned runs. The Tribe’s ace, on the way to his league leading sixth win on Sunday, got the support early and was able to contain the Royals to just two unearned runs in the later innings.
Three years ago at this time, Jose Ramirez was a scuffling utility infielder who was struggling to make it at the big league level. Forget becoming an All-Star, some wondered if Ramirez would ever hit Major League pitching and he appeared to have the career trajectory of Giovanny Urshela, a strong defender who could not hit a lick.
It is hard to believe that was only three years ago as Ramirez has terrorized MLB pitching the last two seasons and is back at it again this year. Ramirez has found a home at third base, no longer a utility player. Instead, J-Ram is now one of the Tribe’s most important player and arguably the team’s best hitter. He has sure come a long way.
Indians shortstop Joe Sewell, in his fourth season in the Majors, strikes out twice in one game for the first time in his 352-game career. Making this even more significant is that the future Hall of Famer will have a multiple strikeout game just one more time in his 14-year MLB career.
Mike Clevinger pitched into the eighth inning in a quality start and big performances from Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley at the top of the Cleveland batting order led the Indians to a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon.
On Lindor’s t-shirt day at Progressive Field, he gave the 10,000 fans to receive the giveaways and the other 14,500+ in attendance a memorable performance as he supported a strong starting effort from Clevinger and got a little help from Brantley in the two-hole in a much needed win for the Tribe.
Tyler Naquin has spent much of the last month and a half trying to prove that he can be a valuable contributor on the Cleveland Indians roster, whether it be in a starting role in right field for the time being or coming off of the bench. With an increased opportunity for playing time, he has come through with a big home run earlier this week and he extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games on Friday with another key hit in the clutch, but the latter one will cost him some playing time.
Performing at a high level with a perfect opportunity to make a case to help out the Indians throughout the season, Naquin was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday morning with a left hamstring strain. He suffered the injury running the bases after his big two-run double in the Indians’ six-run fourth inning of Friday night’s 10-9 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Being left-handed in baseball confers certain advantages that right-handed players don’t receive. An old story at Livescience.com (old meaning it was posted in 2008) indicates that about 10 percent of the population is left-handed, but 25 percent of Major Leaguers are left-handed. For High-A Lynchburg Hillcats reliever Ben Krauth, being a lefty has always been an advantage in baseball.
“Growing up everyone always said you are going to have a job (in baseball) if you are left-handed,” said Krauth. “It seems to be true, but pitching is still the same. You have to throw the ball over the plate, challenge the guy in the batter’s box.”
Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera finds his way into the record books as he completes the third unassisted triple play in Cleveland Indians history in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader.