Key players stand out in recent competition

Angela Hill and Angela Hill

It is baseball season in Ohio and most people that are baseball fans in the Midwest are watching the American League Central division.

As of right now, the standings are the following: the Detroit Tigers (31-22), Chicago White Sox (29-29), Cleveland Indians (28-30), Minnesota Twins (26-28), and Kansas City Royals (26-30).

As the week begins, there were a couple of standout games for the ALC already with some key players to watch.

The Tigers lost their game on June 1 against the Seattle Mariners 0-4. Their biggest player right now is Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera beat his own average for the month of May, which was .379 last year and is .380 this year. Right now he stands at 34 RBIs, which ties Tiger player Damion Easley in May of 1998 and is the most for the calendar month that Cabrera has had.

Despite Cabrera’s performance, the Mariners managed to ensure the Tigers could not score a run. Mariners Rookie pitcher Roenis Elias was able to throw enough curveballs and changeups to confuse the Tigers. He is the first rookie to throw a shut out for the Mariners since Freddy Garcia in August 1999. Elias has been with the Mariners since 2011.

The Cleveland Indians won their game on Monday against the Boston Red Sox at Cleveland 3-2. Justin Masterson played seven innings in the game, which allowed the Tribe to extend its winning streak to four games. Masterson threw 25 straight strikes and held Boston scoreless through the first seven innings. Those 25 strikes included 10 strikeouts, including a three-strikeout fourth inning, the most for him this season.