In my opinion, the Indians have had yet another falsely promising start to the season. They are now 45-42 after dropping the first two games of a four-game series against the Tigers. A week ago, the Indians were six games above .500 and a half-game in first place.
Now that the Indians are 3.5 games out, it looks as if the Tigers are finally realizing their potential. This team should not have been losers of 12 games out of 20, but any team can look poor in a rough stretch.
Just how bad have they beaten up on the Indians this series? Well, they have outscored them 16-4 in just two games. They have out-hit them 22 to 14 and struck out an impressive 18 Indians in 18 innings. Detroit has tagged both of the Indians’ starters, Justin Masterson and Carlos Carrasco, for six runs.
Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello both made Indians’ hitters look silly, allowing just eight hits between the two and striking out 10 in 12 innings.
The 3.5-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central is their largest in a couple of weeks, and helps soften the tough blow of an 8-12 record in 20 prior games. It looks as if the Tigers are back — and back with a vengeance. They didn’t like the Indians believing they had a chance at this division, so they went to Progressive Field and — so far — have showed who reigns supreme in this division.
Sure, the Indians are a solid team, but it will be a couple of years before they contend for a division title by the end of the season.