By Steve Williams on May 9, 2014
We are about a month into the Major League Baseball season, and this is just enough time to tell if your team will be able to contend. The Cleveland Indians are one of those teams that is on the border of being a contender or pretender. They haven't gotten off to the best of starts this year, but are in no way out of the AL Central race. Here are five things that we have learned so far about the 2014 Cleveland Indians.
The Tribe defense has been dreadful so far this year, as they are currently leading all of baseball in errors committed. The Indians' defense wasn't great last year, but it certainly wasn't this bad.
Many wondered how the Indians would replace the production of the departed Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. It turns out this wasn't an issue at all, as Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister have exceeded expectations so far this year.
The Tribe was great last year at getting timely hits to produce runs. But 2014 is a different story, as the lineup has struggled to string together hits. Without a true star to carry the offense when everyone else is slumping, runs are very hard to come by.
All Tribe fans couldn't wait for the departure of Chris Perez, but his replacement isn't faring much better. John Axford has been very inconsistent, posting an unimpressive 4.50 ERA so far this year. Now it seems like most fans can't wait for Axford to skip town.
The Indians pummeled the bottom teams in the AL Central in 2013, going a combined 40-17 against the White Sox, Royals and Twins. All three of these teams are better this year, so it won't be so easy to pile up the wins against their division rivals.
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