It has been well-documented that for the last three seasons the Cleveland Indians have been a team that peaks too early and falters in the second half of the MLB season. With more than a month of the season already in the books, the Indians are following the same formula and are just one game out of the top spot in the AL Central with a 18-14 record.
The record is not what’s surprising if you are an Indians fan, but the amount of home runs that this team has clobbered this year surely is impressive (49). In 2012 the Indians were 25th in all of MLB with only 136 long balls, and when Shin-Soo Choo was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds, that number was sure to shrink. Fortunately, the Indians signed Mark Reynolds in the offseason and the slugging third baseman already has left the yard 11 times which has helped the Indians lead the league in home runs — Choo was two away from the team lead in dingers last year with 16.
Reynolds is a strikeout king, however his power ability puts the Indians just one swing away from getting back in the ballgame. Carlos Santana is the face of the franchise, and his team-leading 18 home runs last year were minimal compared to the seven that the catcher has already cranked in 2013.
With Terry Francona now the team’s manager you can bet the team has a great leader at the top, yet the production on the field is what matters and balls are flying out of Progressive Field at a record pace.