Just when we thought COVID would forever rain on our parade, the skies opened up and a beam of light shined through, as baseball has finally returned. This past weekend, the Tribe took on division rival Kansas City Royals taking the series 2-1 putting them in a three way tie for first in this very early season.
On the home opener, we witnessed an historical performance in the Tribe’s home opener against the Royals, as Shane Bieber got his first win of the season by throwing a record 14 strikeouts. With this, the Indians managed to drive in two runs with the help from the young-newcomers Oscar Marcado and César Hernández each having an RBI to win 2-0.
Come Saturday, the Tribe would get snubbed due to the MLB’s new extra innings rule of having a base runner start on second base. The Royals would take major advantage of this rule as they would win 3-2, by being able to sac-fly twice to bring in the winning run from second. However, the Tribe was back on Sunday taking a commanding 9-2 win to close the series.
Yes it was only the first three games in the very brief season, however, the Indians seemed to be off to a hot start considering the circumstance. With that being said, with this years limited schedule, it will be key to get both José Ramírez as well as Francisco Lindor off to a hot start as they were seemed to be a non-factor this past weekend . Additionally, the teams success will also depend on the success of other notable starters, Clevinger and Carrasco, as well as waiting to see on the success of young-gunners Plesac and Civale.