Indians' Turnaround "A Complete Team Effort"

The Indians were hovering around .500 in mid-June; since then, they've been one of the best teams in baseball

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 14, 2019 - 9:40 am
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On June 12, the Indians lost to the Reds, 7-2, to fall to 34-33 on the season. They had hovered at or around .500 for seemingly the entire year.

Well, that has changed. The Indians (72-48) are 38-15 over their last 53 games and trail the Twins (72-47) by just a half game in the AL Central entering play Aug. 14.

How did the Indians turn around their season?

“It’s hard to say one thing because it’s been a variety of factors,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan reporter James Rapien said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Almost everyone is chipping in, from the stars on the team – like Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana – to young players that no one had ever heard of a few months ago like Zach Plesac, who’s done great as a starting pitcher. It sounds really cliche, but a complete team effort. But I will say it starts with Francisco Lindor, it starts with Mike Clevinger’s return, Shane Bieber has been wonderful for the Indians this year. The higher-end superstar guys that have emerged over the past couple of months have been great.”

Lindor and Santana have OBPs of .359 and .409, respectively, and have combined for 47 home runs. Oscar Mercado, meanwhile, has stabilized the outfield and provided consistent production from the 2-hole (.271 average, nine home runs, 32 RBIs).

“So it’s been a complete team effort,” Rapien said. “But it’s certainly been something that’s gotten Cleveland excited for something other than the Browns, which I think is hard to do.” 

Click below to listen to Rapien’s interview in its entirety.