Every team has their offensive ups and downs and the Cleveland Indians are feeling the pain of an offensive drought to start the second half. They are 1 – 3 so far in the second half of the MLB season scoring more than two runs only in the lone victory on Sunday. Pitching seems to be as good as it has been in a while but this is a bad time for offensive down time with the Detroit Tigers not playing all that great either.
If the Tribe doesn’t plan to see how Justin Masterson fairs on 0 days rest, they are going to need a few runs scored. The biggest problem with their drought to start the second half is that the Tigers started much the same way. As close as they were at the break, it would have been ideal to come out of the gate playing lights out during the first few series. If they had they might very well be in first place once again right now.
Considering the fact that they did not come out playing well, they now have to try and fight back for a split or series win against a hot Kansas City Royals team while the Tigers also try to put together a stretch of wins. It could have been a situation where whoever got it together first would take first place but the Indians are now 2.5 out and might have let that initial chance slip by.
They are still well within striking distance of course but even with a decent job by their starters, they’ll need more than 1 or 2 runs per game to win a few in a row. A prolonged offensive drought could spell disaster in the division race. That would be extra painful because both the Indians have fallen out of the lead in the wildcard race based purely on record. We’ll see what happens but they aren’t facing the worst pitching in the league against this Royals team. It won’t be easy.