The Cleveland Indians have been waking up from their slumber recently, as the offense has finally gotten into the mix. They’ve been slow starters in 2019 and have been getting lapped by the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central of the first quarter of the regular season. The Indians must find their stroke at the plate to have a chance to play catch up on the Twins. It has been less than an ideal start for them with runs difficult to come by.
However, the bats sprung to life at Fenway against the Red Sox the last two days. The Indians won a 7-5 decision on Tuesday and then opened up the floodgates with a 14-run offensive surge against the Red Sox. Last night was the best day at the plate for the Tribe this season.
Carlos Santana went off for 5 RBI’s to lead the way for the Indians. There were three other Indians who were able to get multiple RBI’s. That hasn’t been the case for them much this season, but 21 runs in two games might be what they need to break out of the funk. Minnesota have been swinging a hot bat since the start of the season, so they need them to cool off and their offense to put it together.
Cleveland can slowly chip away and cut the Twins lead in half with a solid June. We’ve only played a couple of months of baseball, so there is ample time to stage a comeback. The Twins also have a lot of time left to cool off and go into hibernation.
Cleveland needs their offense and they are going to need Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer pitching at an elite level. Kluber didn’t look right and then he fractured his arm. With respects to Bauer, he started off hot and then went south after Kluber got hurt. Carlos Carrasco has been solid and will make the start on Thursday for the Indians. Manny Banuelos is expected to toss the first pitch for the White Sox in this one. Head below for our free Indians vs. White Sox pick.
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Pitching wasn’t great for the Indians last night, as they allowed a healthy amount of runs. If it wasn’t for the offense having their best day of the season, that is likely a loss for Cleveland. It’s been the most surprising part of the year for the Indians. They certainly don’t have an elite offensive unit, but they were expected to have an elite rotation. Kluber, Bauer, and Carrasco have all proven that they can be very good pitchers before. While Bauer was on fire over the first few weeks, everyone other than Shane Bieber have been reliable.
Carrasco had a nice stretch against the White Sox a couple of weeks ago. He faced the Sox in back-to-back starts and was flawless in both of them. Carrasco didn’t allow a run across 12 innings of work. He also gave up just 8 hits in wins of 5-0 and 9-0. It was also the same case earlier in the season in starts against the Mariners and Marlins, as he went two straight starts without allowing a run. So, we’ve seen his elite skill-set being used.
Carrasco has a lengthy history against the White Sox in his career. He’s faced this roster in 192 at-bats and has typically been strong. The Sox are hitting just .198 with a .230 OBP against Carrasco. With the offense beginning to feel comfortable at the dish, he should expect to see solid run support against Banuelos in this one.
Banuelos has been shaky in 2019, as the former Atlanta Brave from 2015 has done himself no favors in his return to the big leagues. His last pitch before this season in the majors was back in 2015. He finally was able to make his return, but it has been just as awful as back then. He finished with an ERA of 5.13 in six starts in his rookie season and has made six outings this season.
Banuelos enters with an ERA of 7.71 and a 10.95 ERA with a 2.26 WHIP and .459 OBP in his previous three appearances. The Indians have already punched him in the mouth twice with 10 runs in 8.1 innings of work. It doesn’t look like an affordable price on the Indians at first look, but all things considered, they should probably be in the -210 to -200 range. Give me the Indians in Chicago over the White Sox to get this AL Central series underway on Thursday.