Right-hander Josh Tomlin currently leads the Indians rotation with seven strikeouts per nine innings. Last year, Tomlin ranked last on the starting staff with an average of 4.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Tomlin has already reached 30 percent (27) of his 2011 strikeout total (89) in only 21 percent (34 2/3) of his 2011 innings total (165 1/3).
Indians hitters headed into Wednesday's action averaging 3.97 pitches per plate appearance. That was the second-best rate in baseball, trailing only the New York Mets (3.99). Cleveland had three of the American League's Top 10 in terms of pitches per plate apperance: Shelley Duncan (third, 4.56), Carlos Santana (fourth, 4.46) and Casey Kotchman (10th, 4.21).
The Indians entered Wednesday with a Major League-leading 139 walks, having drawn at least one free pass in each of the team's first 29 games. San Diego ranked second with 122 free passes and Tampa Bay ranked third with 116 walks. Cleveland ranked fourth in the Majors with a .339 team on-base percentage.