Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians are playing some pretty good baseball . . . and they’re fun to watch, besides.
The expectations were low for the Tribe this year, and the season is still young, but this team seems to be a lot better than anticipated. Amazingly, right now the Tribe is one of the best slugging teams in the majors. Their starting pitching and bullpen have been solid, and they have some guys who know how to play in the field, too. They just swept a four-game series with Oakland, and they’ve got an interesting collection of players — as well as an experienced manager, Terry Francona, who appears to be touching all the right buttons so far.
This weekend will be a bit of test of just how good this Cleveland nine might be. The Tribe travels to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Tigers, the overwhelming consensus choice to win the AL Central and contend for the American League slot in the World Series. Beating the Athletics is one thing, but duking it out with the mighty Tigers is another thing entirely.
Keep an eye on this team. They might crash and burn, as has happened the past few years — or they just might surprise you.