Through their first 13 games of the season, the Cleveland Indians have six wins and seven losses. The natural inclination of any fan in that situation would be to say, “it’s early,” and, of course, it is. But is there reason for concern in the 216?
Perhaps the Tribe’s biggest issues revolve around its pitching staff. Ace Corey Kluber has been shaky at best. He’s looked decent during parts of his outings, but even during a win over the Tigers, he got whacked around a bit. Likewise, on opening day, he got touched, but the team came away on top.
Josh Tomlin has looked awful. Not bad, awful. There’s little more to say. The Little Cowboy isn’t throwing bullets; he’s lobbing meatballs. Tomlin has never had elite stuff. He’s a location pitcher; he survives by hitting his spots. Right now, though, his “spot” seems to be hanging breaking pitches right down Broadway. At least fans have gotten some souvenirs that way.
The positive note for the Tribe has been its bullpen. Cody Allen, in particular, has been excellent slamming the door in the ninth. Andrew Miller has been hit a little bit, but the big three of Bryan Shaw, Miller and Allen have looked just fine.
There probably are little reasons to worry about the Tribe, but right now, Cleveland has bigger fish to fry. So, until the Cavs’ playoff run is over, I’d focus on them.