KANSAS CITY -- Manny Acta relaxed on the dugout bench at Kauffman Stadium prior to the Indians' batting practice Friday, and he looked like a man free of worry.
Although Cleveland's offense struggled in a 1-4 start with a .176 batting average, Acta maintains the Indians' attack is better than it was last season. Acta is confident that regulars, such as Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, will come around. Kipnis went into the road opener against Kansas City 2-for-21 while Brantley was 1-for-17.
Casey Kotchman was another struggling hitter (2-for-21) and Shin-Soo Choo was 3-for-18.
Acta cautioned against reading too much into such a small sample size.
"[Kipnis] looks like he's in between a little bit with his swing," Acta said. "Every one of these guys is going to get better. We all know that. They're not .190 hitters."
Acta was encouraged that Brantley managed to draw four walks on the five-game homestand while stationed in the leadoff spot.
"He's going to be OK," Acta said. "He has shown enough flashes."