It looks as if the recent success of the Cleveland Cavaliers might be rubbing off on the Cleveland Indians. The Cavs won the NBA title on June 19th. It was the first title for Cleveland in any sport since 1964. The Indians seem to be motivated since mid June, because they’ve completely turned their season around.
Since June 17th, the Indians have a record of 15-2, including a franchise record 14 game winning streak. That hot streak pushed the Indians into first place over the Tigers, Royals, White Sox and Twins. If the Indians can keep it up, it’d be their first division title since 2007. So, what caused the Indians to turn around this season?
It starts with the pitching. In the 15 wins mentioned above, the Indians have given up 4 runs or more just twice. The starting pitchers have really played at a high level. Danny Salazer is having one of the best seasons for a pitcher in the American League. On the year, he’s 10-3 with a 2.36 ERA. During the Indians hot streak, he has a 3-0 record and his team has won all 4 games. It’s a similar story for Trevor Bauer, who is 3-0 since June 17th. The Indians have won all 4 games he’s pitched in, as well.
The offense has also been productive. They’ve scored 4 runs or more a whopping 11 times within those 15 wins. They’ve also been outscoring opponents at a high level. On the season, they have a +78 run differential, which is the best in the American League.
At this point, the Indians have the second best record in the A.L. and the top road record. Only time will tell if they can keep it up, but it’s safe to say that fans of Cleveland sports have had a highly successful last month. Jumping ahead, if the Indians can somehow win the World Series this year, it’ll be the most successful year in Cleveland sports history.