What a weekend!
Kansas City came into Cleveland on a six-game winning streak and left with visions of brooms and Tyler Naquin's bat waggle floating through their heads. It was extremely fun to watch and here's hoping more great memories for this 2016 Indians club are on the way.
Indians 7, Royals 0
Home runs for days! Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, Francisco Lindor, and Naquin all went deep for the Indians in their victory Sunday over the Royals. Naquin's homer made it all the way to the upper deck and was third home run in as many days. Corey Kluber pitched six scoreless innings (rain delay put an end to Kluber's day), giving up just two hits. With the win, the Indians improved to 31-24 on the season.
First place is the spot to be in early June and it looks like the Indians might just have a good chance of keeping their success going. From Zack Meisel:
The Indians are 18-7 against AL Central opponents this year. Last season, the amassed a 32-43 record against division foes, with a losing mark against each.
Oddly enough, the Indians have handled every AL Central adversary save for the Twins, who own the AL's worst record, at 16-40. The Indians are 2-4 against Minnesota. They are 16-3 against the Tigers, Royals and White Sox, who all sit at .500 or better.
After a disappointing series against the Orioles and a tough start to the Rangers series, Yan Gomes walk-off single in Wednesday's finale against Texas seemed to give the Tribe a big-time confidence boost heading into the Royals series.
A lower arm slot means a sharper break on the left-hander's slider and more success.