CLEVELAND -- When the Indians swept the Tigers May 22-24, their starting pitching was a big reason why.
The starters combined to allow only six runs in 19 innings during the three games, giving them a combined ERA of 2.84.
Unfortunately for the Indians, when they dropped the next two series, starting pitching was also a major factor.
Cleveland starters went 1-5 with a combined ERA of 11.89 against Chicago and Kansas City. Indians manager Manny Acta described it as all of his pitchers being bit by the same bug in the same week.
"It's part of the game," Acta said. "It's just like a hitter going through a bad week or a bad month. I can't expect every one of these guys to give us 30 quality starts. That's how it goes. Hopefully, things will turn around."