Armed and dangerous: Indians pitching is fueling hot start

John Nestor – AHN Sports Correspondent

Cleveland, OH, United States (AHN Sports) – If you are going to be good, you are also likely going to be lucky. The Cleveland Indians have been both this season due in part to its pitching staff.

Cleveland, which hasn’t won more than 69 games in either of the last two seasons, has already won 19 this year and looks like it is going to be a contender in the American League.

The Indians are starting to come around offensively but when the bats aren’t working, the game is not over. Cleveland is 7-5 in games decided by three runs or less and 7-6 in games it has scored four runs or less.

In the past, those games were automatic losses. Not so this season.

Leading the way for the starting staff is Justin Masterson, who has rebounded from a 6-13 campaign and is off to a 5-0 start with a 2.25 ERA.

Josh Tomlin is 4-0 and Fausto Carmona is 2-3 after a slow start to the season. The bullpen has been solid as well as Chris Perez is 7 for 8 in save opportunities.

Timely offense and solid pitching has added up to a 19-8 start for the Indians who are 4 1/2 games up on Kansas City, 7 1/2 on Detroit and 10 on the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota in the American League Central Division.

Cleveland has won 13 straight at home and is coming off a three-game sweep of the Tigers.

“It does a lot for their confidence,” Acta said. “Winning breeds confidence, but the fact that we came back in each of those games, breeds even more confidence.”

Now the Indians head out on a six-game West Coast road trip to Oakland and Los Angeles.

“The expectations don’t change, try to win every game,” Acta said. “We know we have our work cut out for us. That being said, our guys are throwing the ball well and swinging the bat well. We’re going to try to take some food on the road from this home cooking.”

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