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When it's going good
May 5, 2013 - Zach Baker
So, the Indians have won six straight games.
The Tribe has gotten decent starting pitching in the last week, but the biggest reason for its success has been the emergence of its hitters.
Mark Reynolds, a move that barely even hit on fans' radars when he signed, has been as good as any slugger in the game not named "Upton."
Ryan Raburn went through a three-day stretch where no one could get him out. To be honest, I saw no value in him when the season started. And I'm sure before it ends, I'll feel that way again.
Michael Brantley is hitting .300, which no longer surprises me. He's one of the few guys in the Indians' lineup who knows he's not a home run hitter, so he looks to make contact. He's blossomed in the past three seasons from a would-be fourth outfielder to someone who rarely slumps.
Carlos Santana is hitting .383 with five homers. Pairing him with Reynolds has turned the Indians' lineup into the makings of something special.
While these guys have been coming up big, the Indians have been without Michael Bourn, the unquestioned leadoff hitter. Nick Swisher missed three games this week. And Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera have started slowly.
Look, pitching will decide if the Indians can compete in the Central. But the team has done something it hasn't done in years: You expect the offense to add on, not roll over.
It's a good feeling, as a fan.
Probably not a good one as an opposing pitcher.