Series Review: Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox

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Apr 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) is greeted after hitting a two-run walk off home run during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Exposed Indians’ Weaknesses Over the Weekend

Let’s take a moment to be honest with ourselves and the state of the Cleveland Indians. This weekend’s four game series against the Chicago White Sox went just about as bad as bad can get. Over the course of the four games, the Indians had starters fail to make quality starts in three of them, the offense failed to come up with timely hits when opportunities presented themselves, and to top things off we’re saying things like, “Well, at least they didn’t get swept.” Let’s hear it for optimism.

With that said, it’s time to take a look back at the four games as a whole and point out the positives and negatives from the weekend. So, without further ado…

The Good:

  • Corey Kluber overcame more issues with the weather on Sunday and looked fantastic for the second time in as many starts. It looks like Kluber has really found himself at the major league level and is ready to have a breakout season. It’s safe to say that at this point in the season, Corey Kluber has been the Indians most reliable starter.
  • Danny Salazar set a record, so that much was good. He only threw 3.2 innings on Thursday night, but he also struck out 10 hitters along the way. That’s something that hadn’t happened since the turn of the 20th century.
  • Jason Kipnis continued his hot hitting ways against the White Sox in Chicago. In 22 games, he is hitting .407/.495/.691 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI. You’d almost think Kipnis was from Chicago or something.
  • Cody Allen is still dominating opposing hitters. He is far and away the best pitcher in the Indians bullpen right now.
  • Carlos Santana is not hitting well, as his .179 average would indicate. However, he continues to be an OBP machine. His .396 OBP is among the highest in the league. We can take solace in the fact that his hitting will come around in time, but in the meantime his continuing ability to get on base will continue to help the Indians struggling offense.
  • David Murphy is looking like one of the best signings in baseball, for now. Murphy continued his hot hitting ways over the weekend, he’s now up to a .303/.333/.636 slash line. He’s also leading the team in runs batted in with 10. The Indians were banking on the fact that Murphy’s down yer in 2013 was just that, a down year, and not the beginning of the end of his career.
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