Opponents are Using a New Attack with the Cleveland Indians’ Best Hitters

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The Cleveland Indians are struggling offensively.

This isn’t any sort of breaking news. If you’ve followed Cleveland over the past week, you’d know the team is only scratching across a couple runs per night at best, routinely spoiling the efforts of the rotation.

What’s a little more jarring is what we’re seeing with the top of the Tribe’s lineup, particularly the team’s three best hitters.

Entering Thursday, José Ramírez, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each boasted a slash line which ranged from “pretty good” to “subpar.”

Ramírez — .277/.382/.447
Lindor — .231/.273/.442
Santana — .171/.346/.244

Ramírez has served as the lone bright spot of the three, though his bat has cooled down a bit as of late. Regardless, when seeing a collective chill impact Cleveland’s best hitters, it’s only natural to dig in and determine what’s taking place.

With Ramírez, Lindor and Santana, you don’t have to look too far.

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Casey Drottar is a Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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