When you look at the individual statistics for this team, and the results they have produced, it is simply amazing.
After watching teams with players who are single-handedly destroying other teams (a la Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and others), players who have gotten of to remarkable starts, while their teams have a mediocre, or even below-average record.
This Indians team, through the first 28 games anyway, has been in essence the golden standard of a perfect team. A team, by definition, is greater than the sum of its parts. And no team in the 2011 season has demonstrated this moreso than us.
Not a single batter has more than 5 home runs.. Yet we’ve hit more home runs than 26 other teams.
We don’t have a single player with more than 20 RBI, yet we have scored the 3rd most runs in baseball.
At the start of the season our pitching staff was filled with players that were regarded as no better than #3, or #4 rotational pitchers AT BEST… But given confidence, craftiness, poise, and a sure-handed defense behindn it, we sport the 6th best ERA in the game.
Less than 3% of our runs are unearned. That is a sign of stellar defense.
Our team is loaded with unproven prospects, retreads, and wily-veterans in the twilight of their careers. Yet, for these first 28 games:
We lead the league in wins,
We lead the league in poise,
And we have been the best TEAM in baseball.