Cleveland keeps on rolling

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Managers usually tire quickly from repetitive questions. Cleveland's Manny Acta may be the exception.

Wherever the Indians travel, Acta gets asked the same basic question: How much of a surprise is your team this season?

Dollars to doughnuts he'll get a variation of the same theme Monday evening when the Tribe invades the Rogers Centre for a three-game set against the Blue Jays.

When your team is seen as overperforming and humming along with the best record in the major leagues, though, it's a question you're only too happy to answer.

So far, the Indians are winning strictly on merit, no smoke and mirrors here.

They came out of the chute like Usain Bolt, setting a club record for wins in April (18-8). They have not picked on any one division as they sport a winning record against all three in the American League and are 3-0 in their one Interleague series.

Sure they have cooled off some since their torrid April but heading into Sunday's game they have gone 13-10 in May.

They have come up with nothing but a string of steady performances both on the mound and at the plate.

Offensively, the Indians are second in the league with a .261 batting average and third in runs scored. On the mound, their starters have recorded quality starts in 31 of their past 47 games, while their bullpen sports the third best ERA (3.09) in the league.

And overall, their run differential of plus-52 is tops in the majors.

That's called getting it done on both sides of the game.

At the plate the Indians are receiving production up and down their lineup as they sport seven players with 20-plus RBIs.

They also have a player who is building towards a career season in shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

On the season he is hitting .303 with a team-leading 10 homers and 35 RBIs. He has been on fire in May as he has hit safely in 16 of his past 18 games going 27-for-72 (.375) with five homers and 14 RBIs.

Along the way he leads all AL shortstops in runs scored (34), hits (61), home runs and RBIs.

"He's still evolving as a player and maturing overall; he's only 25 years old," Acta said recently of Cabrera. "He has matured as a hitter, matured as a fielder, and has been our most consistent guy from day one,"

Cabrera this weekend caught the eye of Tampa manager Joe Maddon.

"I think Asdrubal Cabrera is one of the better young players in the game right now," Maddon said. "This guy, to me, is kind of cut from the (Roberto) Alomar/(Omar) Vizquel cloth. I've been watching him play and I think he's that good."


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