Well, it appears the Tribe have got hot at the right time. The Cleveland Indians have now won eight in a row after a 9-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians have found their stride and there's a lot to take away from tonight's game. Here is our takeaways from the win:
1. Salazar Shines- If you only looked at the last two outings from Danny Salazar, you would question everyone's sanity when talking about the instability of the rotation.
After returning from the DL, Salazar has been lights out. From a fantastic showing in his return at home last Saturday in which he went seven shutout innings to today's game where he went six innings and allowed only two runs, the righty is back on track and is starting to show signs of last year's success on the mound. The only difference is Salazar seems to be trusting his defense a lot more, not necessarily going for the strikeout ball and allowing his guys to make plays. If he can keep producing these kind of performances, Salazar will be the "acquisition" the Tribe needed all along.
2. Jose Heats Up- Since last Saturday, Jose Ramirez was batting .166 (4-24). His luck at the plate changed tonight, going 4-for-5 and bringing in three runs. Obviously everyone goes through dry spells, so it was only a matter of time until Ramirez went on a little big of a drought. Now that he's back on track, the offense might become the best it's ever looked all season.
3. Division Success- Since July 2nd, the Indians have won five of their last seven games. For a team that didn't start out too hot against divisional foes, it seems as if the team has picked up their performances against the AL Central. And with a tight divisional race for first place taking place between the Tribe and the Kansas City Royals, beating the cellar-dwellers will certainly their cause.