It was an up-and-down 10-game road trip for the Cleveland Indians that ended 5-5, and the club comes home Monday for seven important games that could set up the team for a run one way or another before the All-Star break in July.
The Los Angeles Angels are first up for the Indians, a team that swept the Indians in three straight on the coast back in late April. The homestand starts with maybe the toughest test the Indians will have in the seven games, a matchup with Jered Weaver, a pitcher who has dominated the Indians in his career at Progressive Field.
Weaver is 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA in nine career starts in Cleveland. He’s going up against an Indians team that has struggled to score runs since their 17-run output against the Texas Rangers. They have scored 17 runs in six games since, just 2.8 runs per game.
After four straight with the Angels, the team will have to get ready for an important three-game set with the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. The Indians swept the Tigers the last time they faced off in Cleveland, a series that turned their season around from lagging in last in the division to being just 3.5 out in the division and back up to third place.
The Tribe has been dominant at home, winning nine straight, and with a chance to finally get their season well over .500, it’s a homestand that the team needs to play well during. With their recent success at Progressive Field, there’s no doubt it will be an important seven games in Cleveland.
Matt Loede has covered the Cleveland Indians for 20 years for National Networks like AP Radio, Metro Networks and other local and national stations. Follow him on twitter @mattloede