Here’s the good news — despite a rough week, the Cleveland Indians entered Friday with a 99.4% chance to make the postseason, per FanGraphs.
Here’s the bad news — they’ll be required to score if they want to stay there long. Right now, that appears to be asking too much.
For the third straight game, the Indians lost while failing to generate more than one run. This latest defeat came at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, who didn’t need much production at the plate to bring home a 3-1 victory.
The loss spoiled yet another solid night on the mound from Shane Bieber. Cleveland’s ace started the contest a little shaky, but eventually settled in, giving his team enough quality pitching to keep the score close.
However, the Indians failed to reward him for his efforts. The Twins notched two home runs on the night, more than enough to tag Bieber with the L.
Cleveland spent much of the contest struggling to make an impact against Kenta Maeda, as Minnesota starter cruised to his third victory over the Indians this season.
The Tribe has now lost four straight, having scored just three runs in its last 33 innings.
Here are a few more observations from the defeat.