It all seems to be clicking for the Tribe as we wrap up April, which has traditionally been the month the Indians struggle the most.
Ending the month on a high note, the Indians finished the month 14-10, good for first place in the American League Central. Culminating with a big 12-4 offensive outburst on Sunday to take down the Mariners, the Indians have now claimed its fourth straight series victory and are not scheduled for a 10-game road trip that will keep the team out of Cleveland until mid-May.
Keeping in Games– Facing only one losing skid in the month, the Indians only gave up eight or more runs twice during the entire month. Despite a shaky first couple of weeks by the starting pitchers, the bullpen was the band-aid to all bleeding by maintaining one of the best ERAs in baseball and keeping runs out past the seventh inning. Ranked as the second-best bullpen in baseball, behind the Chicago White Sox, the Indians’ pen as a unit has a 2.25 ERA over 68 innings pitched this season. Now that the starting pitching has come back into its own, the Indians have made the tough climb up and are now in a respectable position going forward.