By Matt Loede @MattLoede on May 6, 2014
The Indians have started the season ice cold for the most part at the plate, hitting just .232 after the first 32 games, putting up a mark of 13-19 -- last place in the division. The offense has been the big problem, and today we take a look at the top reasons behind the slump for the Tribe at the plate so far this season.
Cleveland, in April and May, is usually very spring like, but temps usually struggle to reach 60, and that's been the case so far, which is a reason why the bats have had issues. The team's first 17 home games have mostly been played in temps no better than the mid 50's, and the team is going to welcome the warm weather that is closing in on Northeast Ohio.
Early in the year, the advantage in the battles between hitters and pitchers usually go to the pitchers, and that's been the case thus far in 2014. The team has run into some solid outings for opposing pitchers, like Monday when Kyle Gibson of the Twins shut them down. It will take awhile, but the Indians' bats will eventually catch up to pitchers out there.
With an offense that has struggled, players usually try to do too much at the plate. On a number of occasions it seems that players are trying to win games with one swing, instead of simply trying to get on base and start a rally. The club has to take some deep breaths at the plate and stop pressing and let each batter do his job.
The Indians were dealt a big blow with losing 2013 All-Star Jason Kipnis for 3-5 weeks with an oblique injury, as he was a player who carried the team last May and June when they started to get hot. Michael Bourn is another player who has missed 18 games with a hamstring issue, and those are two big offensive players who the team needs to get healthy and get hot when they are back in the lineup.
A number of core players in the everyday lineup, veteran players, are off to awful starts to the 2014 season, like Nick Swisher (.197), Carlos Santana (.150) and Asdrubal Cabrera (.211). That's 1/3 of the starting nine, and a huge reason why the team hasn't been able to score more runs as well as get more base runners on for more chances.
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