The Cleveland Indians are doing their best to jump in the Cavaliers’ wagon, and if the month of June is any indication, they are on the right track. The Tribe finished the month with an 11-0 record at Progressive Field – including a a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night –, becoming the first team to have an unbeaten month at home since 2004, as well as the first undefeated calendar month of at least 10 games in the history of the club. However, it’s still early for people who bet on MLB to put their money on the Indians at an online sportsbook to win it all in November.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Astros were the last team to be undefeated at home in a single month (12-0 in September, 2004). And the only other team to accomplish that feat in the 21st century were the 2001 Oakland Athletics, also in a month of September. Prior to the As, no other team could claim such an achievement besides the White Sox, which went 11-0 in July, 1989. The Indians rotation has been key to their success at home. Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer are the first Cleveland pitchers to throw back-to-back complete games with three or fewer hits since August 21st-22nd, 1977.
The starting staff posted quality starts in 10 of the 11 games, and that performance helped the Indians improve their AL Central Division lead from a half-game to three whole games. Cleveland at home seems to be surefire online sportsbook proposition for fans who bet on MLB, indeed. Bauer said that it’s nice to win at home because the fans come out and support the team. The Indians have had really good crowds. Hearing the excitement and the audience cheering them on is great motivation. Manager Terry Francona added that “when we play, we play whoever we’re supposed to,” and “if we play good, we give ourselves a chance. Otherwise, “we give the other team a better chance.” I think you meant to say “play well” there, Ter.
Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said that they are all pulling for each other and at the same time wanting to outperform each other. Bauer concluded that the guys are having fun. They enjoy being around each other. “Guys are playing well,” he said. Now that’s how you use an adverb, Trev. All things considered, there are only two questions left for people who bet on MLB. First, who’s going to step up and stop the Indians? And second, how come the Indians are not getting any crap over their name, like the Washington Redskins?