If you’re a baseball fan, and you haven’t been paying attention to the Cleveland Indians, you’ve been missing out.
In the month of June, they have the fourth best OPS in the majors at .812, and the lowest ERA in the MLB at 2.67 during a month when the league average ERA was 4.40. Not only that, but the second lowest ERA in the MLB this month is 3.28 by the Houston Astros, who are on quite a roll themselves, but that’s still a pretty sizable gap between the Indians and everybody else in terms of pitching. Beyond their 10-game winning streak, they’re also unbeaten at home this month at 11-0. Their .927 OPS at Progressive Field this month is the second highest in baseball, and Cleveland pitching has a 1.76 ERA at home this month, which is also the best mark in the majors. That ERA is a full run better than the runner-up Cubs, who have a 2.73 ERA at Wrigley Field in June.
Also, much like he has done in every other city he’s been in, Mike Napoli is becoming a huge fan favorite in Cleveland. It all started with where the Indians were going to party if the Cavaliers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
The Tribe’s 10-game winning streak has put them five games up on the defending World Series champion Royals in the AL Central, and their +86 run differential is the second best in the MLB behind the Chicago Cubs. What a time to be from Cleveland. Cleveland, so hot right now. Cleveland.