CLEVELAND -- For the Indians, at least for now, there is no place like home. Manager Manny Acta likes to call it home cooking. Whatever it is, the Tribe is enjoying what is being served at Progressive Field these days.
"It's early to be calling it dominant," Acta said. "But we have played very good at home."
Whether Acta wants to call his team's performance dominant or not, that is precisely what it has been up to this point. With their win over the Royals on Thursday, Cleveland improved to 10-2 at home with a 10-game winning streak in front of the local fans.
The early showing at home has definitely played a part in the Indians' hot start, which includes a 16-8 record and a spot atop the American League Central standings. Acta believes success at home is also integral to success over an entire season.
"You have to do that," Acta said. "You have to do that, because the majority of the baseball teams -- unless you're a big-time club that is going to win close to 100 games -- usually on the road things get tougher for you.
"You must play well at home, and that's what we're doing."
The Indians are hitting right around .300 with 22 home runs and 76 runs scored in 12 home games. On the road, the Tribe has a .248 average with seven homers and 53 runs over 12 games.
The Tribe's pitching staff, particularly the rotation, has thrived at Progressive Field of late. Over the 10-game home winning streak, Indians starters combined to go 8-0.
"I think it's huge for us," Indians starter Josh Tomlin said. "It's just momentum. You try to win the series on the road, obviously, but when we get back home, we feel like we can win here."