Following a rousing homestand in which they swept six games from Kansas City and Detroit, their two closest pursuers in the American League's Central Division, the Indians left Monday for the West Coast and the start of a six-game trip to Oakland and Anaheim.
It should be an interesting trip, as the Indians hope to continue to prove that they are not a one-month fluke, but a team that is capable winning a division title in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
So far this season, the Indians have followed the classic formula for being a first place team: win big at home and break even on the road. The Indians are 13-2 at Progressive Field and 6-6 on the road.
Their ability to win important games on the road against quality opponents will be tested in the trip that starts Tuesday. The A's and Angels rank 1-2 in the American League in pitching.
However, the Indians lead the league in both hitting and runs scored.
The Indians also lead the American League in momentum. In their three-game weekend sweep of Detroit, the Indians won all three games in their last at bat, two of them on walk-off hits, one a grand slam.
Choo, a .300 hitter in each of the last two years, is hitting only .250, although he is trending in a positive direction, hitting .409 in his last six games.
The same cannot be said of Santana, who has gotten off to a sputtering start, despite leading the team in home runs with five.
Santana is hitting .191, and, unlike Choo, he is trending in the wrong direction, hitting .148 in his last eight games. However, his four hits in that span have all been for extra bases, a double and three home runs.
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