Over the course of the marathon that is a season in Major League Baseball, a pretty good indicator of how successful a team has been is starting pitching. In fact, last season, the league leader in quality starts was the St. Louis Cardinals. This helped pace them to the most wins in the league, 100.
The Cleveland Indians are stumbling their way to the finish line of the 2015 season. What’s difficult for some fans to believe after a horrendous start to the season for Cleveland is that they are still alive in the playoff hunt.
Two weeks ago, the list was Toronto, Minnesota, Texas, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore. Today, it is New York, Texas, Minnesota and Los Angeles. Two weeks ago, the chance was two percent according to MLB.com. Today, it’s 11 percent.
The Cleveland Indians have won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. They have allowed more than three runs to cross the plate in just one of their last seven games. They have hit at least 10 hits in their last 12 home games.