Shutouts plague Indians' offense early

Shutouts plague Indians' offense early

ANAHEIM -- The struggles of the Indians' offense this season are well-documented. But there's no more dubious documentation than the number of zeros in the Indians' runs column on the day-by-day results sheet.

Four times in this young season, the Tribe has come up empty in the runs department, and three of those shutouts have come on the nine-game trip that wraps up with this week's three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Manager Manny Acta has remained positive and said he isn't concerned about the shutouts themselves. But the overall trend with the bats is a head-scratcher for a Tribe team that is expecting a lot out of its offense.

"We know that we have a few guys struggling," Acta said. "It's something we need to address. But we've gotten the best out of those hits and those runs. Being outscored, we're still two games below .500. We have to keep battling and keep our heads above water until the offense comes alive."

The 60 runs scored by the Indians, entering the Angels' series, were tied with the Astros for the fewest in the Majors. As Acta alluded to, however, some of those runs have come at opportune times. According to STATS LLC, the Indians' percentage of two-out runs (33 of 60, or 55 percent) was the highest in the AL.