Where do we stand?
As of this morning, we’re 39-38 (.506), 2.5 games behind the first-place White Sox. Detroit is 1.5 games behind us (the Rules of Italian Driving do not apply here).
What was the biggest surprise this month?
We’re still over .500 (just barely), even though we’ve scored only 339 runs and have allowed 380 for a Pythagorean win-loss record of 34-43.
What was the biggest disappointment this month?
On a player basis, Lonnie Chisenhall breaking his arm and watching Jeanmar Gomez implode. Gomez e was impressive in Spring Training and got off to a good start, ending the month of April with a 2.35 ERA and a .848 WHIP. By the end of June he had a 7.20 ERA and a 1.7 WHIP. Gomez is only 24, so we shouldn’t give up on him.
The biggest universal disappointment was getting swept by the Yankees in New York. I hate the freaking Yankees.
What are the challenges for the upcoming month?
To turn around the downward trajectory. Here is the won-loss record and run differential for each month. Each month, the gap between our runs scored and runs allowed has widened. Not even the concentrated magic of all the Baseball Gods can keep a team in first place forever if the team keeps allowing more runs than it scores.
Bonus question: Can we make it through July with no more major injuries?
Bonus question #2: Is the Indians’ dry spell connected to Northeast Ohio’s current dry spell? (In other words, when is it going to rain?)