Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

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As mentioned yesterday, Craig is on vacation so I’ll be your substitute daytime blogger. It’s gonna be great, you guys.

The Indians won again on Sunday, 9-3 over the Tigers, to bring their winning streak to nine games. They’re now 44-30. Only the Orioles (45) and Rangers (49) have won more games in the American League.

Sunday’s win featured four fifth-inning home runs, all against Justin Verlander. Juan Uribe started it with a solo homer, breaking a 2-2 tie. Tyler Naquin immediately followed up with a solo homer of his own. Later in the inning, with a runner on first base and two outs, Mike Napoli lined a two-run homer to left field. After Jose Ramirez singled, Lonnie Chisenhall belted the fourth homer of the inning to right field, pushing the Indians’ lead to 8-2.

On the pitching side of things, Josh Tomlin gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings. He now owns a 3.32 ERA.

A lot of the preseason focus was on the Royals. That’s in part due to winning the World Series and in part due to some projection systems foreboding failure. The Tigers made a lot of offseason noise, signing Justin Upton and trading for Francisco Rodriguez. The Indians were mostly forgotten about.

As Tomlin illustrated Sunday, the pitching has been a big part of the Indians’ success. Among those on the active roster, Corey Kluber has been their worst starter. Corey Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner. With a 3.59 ERA. As a unit, the Indians’ 3.63 rotation ERA isn’t even that much better than their expected ERA’s like FIP (3.78) and xFIP (3.79). There might not be much in the regression department, which is a scary thought for the Royals (five games behind), White Sox (seven), and Tigers (seven).

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Twins 7, Yankees 1
Indians 9, Tigers 3
Orioles 12, Rays 5
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 3, Padres 0
Marlins 6, Cubs 1
Braves 5, Mets 2
Nationals 3, Brewers 2
Royals 6, Astros 1
Rangers 6, Red Sox 2
Angels 7, Athletics 6
Giants 8, Phillies 7
Cardinals 11, Mariners 6
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 7
Pirates 4, Dodgers 3