The 2021 Indians season is off to a good start as the team has won four straight after starting the season losing three of their first four. One reason for the turnaround is the long ball, which the Tribe has fallen in love with after hitting five homers in Saturday's win over Detroit. How long can the long ball help out the Indians?
Logan Allen earned his first win as a starter in 2021 Sunday, as the Indians grinded out five runs in a win over the Detroit Tigers 5-2 to earn their first sweep of the 2021 campaign. Allen was backed up by four solid innings from the pen which allowed just one run over the last four frames.
Led by five homers and a solid outing by starter Aaron Civale, the Indians moved to 4-3 on the season as they beat up the Tigers 11-3 in their most impressive win of the 2021 season. The team has now won three in a row to get back on track as they will look for the sweep on Sunday.
The Indians offense got off to a fast start thanks to a first inning dinger by Franmil Reyes, and Zach Plesac dominated as the Tribe opened the first of a weekend series by topping the Tigers 4-1 at Progressive Field. The win puts the team at 3-3 on the season, putting Detroit at 3-4.
Zach Plesac got off to a tough start as did most of the Indians last weekend in Detroit, taking the loss in the team's 5-2 setback on Saturday. Plesac still is considered a major part of the Indians plans moving forward, more so as part of the team's rotation which is considered their strength in 2021 and moving forward.
The Indians and Tigers will get back on the diamond for the second time already in 2021 starting on Friday evening at Progressive Field. Zach Plesac gets his second start this season for the Tribe, looking to rebound after a 5-2 loss last Saturday in which he allowed two runs on six hits.
It may be just five games into 2021, but the Indians storyline is playing out as expected. The team is struggling at the plate while the pitching has so far done a nice job holding down opposing offenses. If the Indians offense can get just a bit hot, this team can go on a run that can make them competitive in the AL.
The Indians offense has been anemic thus far in four games, and maybe even worse is that the team is watching as former outfielder Tyler Naquin is ripping it in the first five games with his new team - the Reds. In five games, Naquin has three homers and 12 RBI to go around a .357 average for the 4-1 Reds. All this while the Indians have only been able to produce 13 runs in four games.
Now sitting at 1-3 the Indians will turn to their ace on Wednesday in an afternoon game at home against the Royals. Shane Bieber, who gave up a two-run homer to Miggy Cabrera in the first inning in last Thursday's loss to the Tigers, will get the ball for the Tribe, as he looks to rebound for his first win after taking the loss in the opener.
Nothing has felt the same over the last year plus with the Covid-19 pandemic taking over the country. Monday the Cleveland Indians celebrated the start of their home slate of the 2021 season with a game against the Royals, but no matter how you look at it, the way things were at Progressive Field were still not as normal as they could have been.
The Indians piled on some runs against the rival Tigers on Easter Sunday in Detroit, putting up nine runs in a 9-3 win for the first victory of the 2021 campaign. Monday the team's offensive issue were back, as the club managed only two hits, and were shutout by the Royals and Danny Duffy in the home opener at Progressive Field 3-0 to fall to 1-3
Carlos Santana spent 10 seasons at Progressive Field hitting bombs for the Indians, but Monday was another story, as the former 1B/DH now was wearing a new uni of blue, took to the field with the Royals. Indians fans had a chance to give Santana some love, giving him a long standing ovation prior to his first at-bat.
The Indians are back at home to play their home opener Monday at 4pm in front of fans at Progressive Field for the first time in what seems like forever. The team is 1-2 after a weekend series in Detroit, but will look to get going right away Monday with a fast start against the rival Kansas City Royals.
Tyler Naquin had his followers which adored him while he was a member of the Indians. Now he's gone, having moved on from the Tribe this offseason to the Reds. Naquin got the start in the leadoff spot Sunday and during a six-run sixth inning he and the Reds exploded, as he hit a three-run homer in Cincy's 12-1 win.
After a slow start Indians pitcher Aaron Civale settled in and threw seven strong innings, allowing three runs on two hits, while the offense hit three homers in the first Indian victory of the 2021 season, topping Detroit 9-3 at Comerica Park. The win puts the team at 1-2 as they get set for Monday's home opener.
So far the Indians haven't exactly hit the cover off the ball in two straight losses to the Detroit Tigers. Sunday in Comerica Park the Indians will look to rebound and get back on track against Detroit starter Tarik Skubal and the Tigers prior to coming home for the team's home opener against the Royals on Monday.