How nice is it to turn on the Indians game and know that there is a legitimate chance they might put a crooked number on the board in any given inning?

David Price had absolutely owned the Indians entering the game, going 5-0 in six starts with a 1.64 ERA. But the Indians’ bats unloaded on Price today, pounding him for eight runs in five innings—matching the total number of runs he had allowed in his previous six starts against the Tribe.

As impressive as the offense looked today (and let’s not forget Justin Masterson effortlessly tossing seven scoreless innings) I think it’s time to take a look at the bigger picture.

The Indians just wrapped up a six-game road trip against two legitimate playoff contenders. Coming away with a 3-3 split against the Rays and Jays was no small feat, and definitely a positive sign as they head home to face the struggling Yankees.

Not that this team lacked any confidence before the start of the season, but they can now move forward with tangible evidence that they can hang with the very best the American League has to offer. Sure, it’s a small sample size—even the Astros will probably rattle off a nice road trip at some point this season—but at least the Indians have something to build upon.

The Tribe now heads back to Cleveland for a 10-game homestand against the Yankees, White Sox and Red Sox, with legitimate expectations of going 6-4 or better.

A few other notes on the game…

  • The Indians 13-0 victory was their largest shutout win on the road since a 22-0 beatdown of the Yankees in 2004.
  • Carlos Santana joined Victor Martinez as the only Indians catchers to go 5-5 with a home run. Martinez accomplished the feat in a 2004 game against the Mariners
  • The eight runs the Tribe scored against David Price was the most they put up against the defending AL Cy Young winner since scoring 11 against the A’s Bob Welch in 1991.
  • Entering today, Price had never given up more than four runs in 25 career starts against the AL Central. And in five starts against the division in 2012, he yielded just six total runs.
  • Masterson is joins Scott Lewis (2008), Cliff Lee (2008) and Tom Candiotti (1991) as the only Indians starters to go 2-0 with an ERA under 1.00 through their first two starts since 1970.

I’ll leave you with this: Santana’s batting average heat map through Sundays game (yeah, he’s kinda hot right now)

santana heat map

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  • DP Roberts says:

    Has any team ever beaten BOTH of the reigning Cy Young award winners in back-to-back series, in the same week? I don’t know if that has ever been done before.

  • Sean Porter says:

    Considering the likelihood of facing both last year’s A.L. and N.L. Cy Young winners – especially pre-interleague play – had to be miniscule at best, I highly doubt it.

  • Fed Scivittaro says:

    No one has ever beaten them both in the same week. Masterson is the only the third pitcher ever to win decisions against both the former CY Young winners in a season.

  • thirdsaint says:

    Man, I was really hoping Santana would break out this season and it looks like he just might. The WBC might have helped him find his groove early too. I’d say he’s currently my favorite Tribe player bar none.

  • DaveR says:

    Scott Lewis? Don’t even remember him. What happened to him?