The Cleveland Indians‘ offense was nonexistent once again as the Los Angeles Angels pummeled the Tribe 7-1 in the series finale. C.J. Wilson was lights-out, going eight strong innings only giving up one run. The Indians managed just three hits all game, and only managed to score 13 runs during the six-game road trip. So does Cleveland just chalk this up to a rough couple of series or is there a deeper problem?
With only a month of the season having gone by, it’s not time to make any major changes just yet. Things look worse than really are, especially since almost all of the Indians’ hitters are slumping at the same time. Hitting is contagious, and once a few players break out of their slumps, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a snowball effect with the other players.
Credit also has to be given to the opposing pitchers of the Tribe during the road trip. It’s not like the Indians were facing just your average pitcher each day and struggling. Five of the six pitchers they faced on the west coast trip have made at least one All-Star game appearance, and the only one that hasn’t is Tyler Skaggs, a young rising star in this league.
The Indians have a much-needed off day Thursday, which should help to clear their minds of the rough road trip and start fresh with a few home series against the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. There isn’t great pitching for either of these squads, so look for the Indians to start hitting this weekend and end their losing streak.