The wacky baseball schedulers are at it again this weekend, as one week after playing their first games against one another for the season, the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will reunite Thursday through Sunday for the final four games of their regular season matchups.
The Indians (24-23) return home after another tough rough trip. With a pair of wins at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, the team went 4-4 in the eight-game trip after starting off with a pair of 1-2 defeats against the Detroit Tigers and the Astros. Starting pitching has continued to carry the Tribe as far as it can go, but the offense has proven to be inconsistent and the bullpen has still allowed runs to sneak across the plate in the latter innings of contests. They come into the series with Houston with just a 9-11 mark in the month of May while holding a two-game lead in the AL Central.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 straight and the Indians offense provided plenty of support via ten runs, ten walks, and eleven hits in a 10-1 rout over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night from Wrigley Field.
After scoring just seven runs in three games over the weekend against the Houston Astros in a tough playoff preview, the Indians’ (23-23) offense woke up on Tuesday in the series opener with the Cubs, far more resembling the lineup that had averaged more than six runs scored per contest in the month of May. A big win in the team’s first appearance at the baseball landmark since Game 5 of the 2016 World Series guaranteed at least a series split, with one more to be played on Wednesday in the short set from Chicago.
The Cleveland Indians will return to Wrigley Field for the first time since Game 5 of the 2016 World Series this week as the Tribe takes on the Chicago Cubs in a brief two-game set to conclude a three-city, eight-game road trip. Be prepared for plenty of mentions during the series of the Indians’ 3-2 loss at “The Friendly Confines”, when the Tribe left the tying run in scoring position in two of the final three innings of the fateful contest.
The Indians (22-23) are coming off of a pair of road series losses to the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, starting off their road trip on a tough 2-4 note. They were 12-8 at the time of their previous visit with the Cubs at the end of April, showing that things have not necessarily gone very well for the Tribe in that span. For a team with playoff aspirations and nearly everyone’s pick to win the AL Central, the Indians have won just one of their last six series and have looked like a team in need of some major moves before the deadline. Despite a losing record for the year and a 9-14 mark on the road, the Indians are still a game up on the Minnesota Twins in the division at the start of the day.
Trevor Bauer struck out ten Tigers batters and Cody Allen finished a five-hit shutout of Detroit on Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep with a 6-0 victory on getaway day from Comerica Park.
Coming off of his worst start of the year, Bauer was unhittable at times and used a healthy diet of tough breaking pitches to contain a Tigers lineup that had scored six unanswered runs the night before to upset the Indians to earn a series win. Bauer gave the Tribe eight strong innings on the mound and could have gone back out for the complete game in the ninth, had it not been for the need to get the closer Allen some work in after not appearing on the mound over the last three days.
The Indians got their first look at 27-year-old left-hander Ryan Carpenter, recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo to make the start on Wednesday. Cleveland greeted him quickly as the club took an early lead.
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.
A back-and-forth game between the Indians and Royals went in favor of Kansas City as the visiting club rallied for six unanswered runs to defeat the Tribe, 10-9, from Progressive Field on Friday night.
The Indians (18-19) took an early lead and reclaimed it with a six-run fourth inning, but Cleveland’s pitching could not slow down the Kansas City (13-25) offense, which chipped away with runs in three straight innings to take the lead for good in the seventh on a big home run off of Andrew Miller.
Plenty could be written about the unpredictable and unusual schedule that the Cleveland Indians have this season. With that said, the Indians return home after a short five-game road trip for three games with the Kansas City Royals before jetting right back out of town for a much longer road trip than the recently completed one.
The Indians (18-18) salvaged an ugly road trip by taking the finale in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon after losing a close contest on Tuesday night. Cleveland began its brief five-game roadie with three straight losses to the New York Yankees. It continued a down May for the club, as they have gone just 3-6 after ending April three games up in the win column. Despite the downward trend in play, they have remained atop the American League Central Division, holding a game and a half lead over Minnesota. The Indians took two of three from Kansas City in a previous series at Progressive Field this year in a low-scoring set that saw the two clubs combine to score just ten runs in the three contests.
The New York Yankees won for the 14th time in their last 15 games, capitalizing on three walks and a pair of errors in the fifth inning to defeat Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians, 5-2, from Yankee Stadium.
Saturday proved a vivid reminder of how quickly things can change in a baseball game, whether you are a believer in things like momentum in sports or not. After the Indians took the lead in the top of the fifth, things quickly spiraled out of control for Bauer, who had been perfect through the first four and one-third innings. Three walks, one hit, and one unfortunate double error by Francisco Lindor in the inning turned a one-run Cleveland lead into a three-run deficit and the Yankees would finish off the luck-aided win.
It will be no easy task for the Cleveland Indians this weekend as they head to New York to face one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Yankees, in a three-game weekend series.
The Indians (17-14) wrapped up their eleven-game homestand with a disappointing 5-6 mark. They opened with a series split against the Chicago Cubs and closed it with a split with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. In between, they dropped three of four to the Seattle Mariners, but took two of three from the Texas Rangers. The bats have woken up with the warmer weather of the last week, as the offense has erupted for 49 runs over the last five games. They start the series with a three and a half game lead over Detroit in the American League Central Division.
In what started out as a game dominated by pitching, it would be big scoring efforts in the late innings from both teams and a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth by the Cleveland Indians that gave them a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Rangers tied the game at 2-2 late with a clutch two-out home run from Robinson Chirinos against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who was pitching deep in unusual starting pitching territory with his 122nd pitch of the night. While he had earned the right to take the mound after six innings of one-run baseball, the noticeable absence of Andrew Miller and some less-than-stellar efforts from the relief corps may have led to manager Terry Francona riding the durable arm of his starter a little later than he should have.
The Indians will look to get back on the right track with a different American League West opponent this week as the Texas Rangers come to Cleveland for their only appearance at Progressive Field this season (weather permitting, of course).
Things did not go well for the Indians (14-12) during their weekend set against the Seattle Mariners as they dropped three of four games to move to just 8-6 at home on the year and 2-4 on their current 11-game homestand. Seeing the struggling Rangers may be well timed for the Tribe, especially with warmer weather parking itself over Cleveland just in time for the series. Last season, the Indians went 6-1 against the Rangers, losing just one tough 2-1 outing on a ninth inning run off of Cody Allen at Progressive Field.
Trevor Bauer gave the Cleveland Indians six and two-thirds innings of one-run baseball and his offense backed him with three solo home runs in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
It was a fantastic night in downtown Cleveland, where both of its active sports teams put together three-point wins in their respective contests in the Gateway Complex (the neighboring Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 5 of their first round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on a “walk-off” three-pointer by LeBron James). Bauer gave Tribe fans present another quality pitching performance on the mound, and while the offense struggled to put together much against Chicago starter Jon Lester, they made their swings count when they needed it the most.