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Cleveland Indians in Solid Offensive Shape After One Month of Play

Santana, Reynolds, and Raburn Are the Offensive Stars of April

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COMMENTARY | During the offseason, the "big" acquisitions for the Cleveland Indians were Nick Swisher and later, Michael Bourn. Their power and speed respectively were to transform the "ho-hum" offense of last season into something that would be exciting to watch. No longer would abysmal attendance plague Progressive Field, but rather a nearly full house every night due to the star power stolen from the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

With April in the books both Swisher and Bourn have been spending time nursing injuries. Swisher is battling shoulder soreness, which is nothing serious at this point, however it has caused him to miss some games as of late. Meanwhile Bourn has been n the 15-day disabled list since April 15 with a right hand laceration.

Swisher has batted .265 with a pair of home runs and nine RBIs in 23 games while Bourn has batted .333 with a pair of home runs and a pair of RBIs. These are solid numbers by a historical Cleveland standpoint, but nothing spectacular.

The biggest surprise in the month of April has been the emergence of Carlos Santana, the undeniable power of Mark Reynolds, and the steal the Tribe got in Ryan Raburn.

Through May 1, Santana is batting .395 with five home runs, nine doubles, and 13 RBIs. For a player that has historically had a mediocre batting average with the promise of power, the Santana that Indians' fans have been waiting for has certainly made his appearance known this season.

Reynolds has always been a guy who quietly displayed his power while shaking his head in frustration more often than not after a strikeout. He was a guy that certainly was an upgrade of Matt LaPorta and Casey Kotchman, but never got the fan base overly excited when he was signed to a one-year deal this offseason. The main gripe was about his strikeouts, not his potential for power.

April treated Reynolds well as he posted a .295 batting average paired with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. He has struck out 23 times in 88 at bats, however that is quickly being overlooked now that games are underway.

The biggest surprise has been the emergence of utility outfielder Ryan Raburn who was originally brought on as a non-roster invite to spring training. Raburn had a monster spring which earned him a spot on the 25-man roster and has continued to impress after a month of action. In just 16 games he is boasting a .364 batting average paired with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Most notably he has gone 12-for-14 over the past 14 games.

Just three games out of first place is a great position to be in after one month of action. As the team begins to gel, their performance should only get better.

How do you feel about the Indians performance after one month? Let me know in the comments below.

Paul Rados is a Cleveland based freelance writer and avid supporter of the Cleveland Indians. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados

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