Cleveland Indians' manager Manny Acta certainly didn't get off to the start he and his club were hoping for. After years of rough April outings, there was hope things under Acta would change.
The standings may not indicate it, but I think they have. Acta's Tribe only won nine games, but they were lucky to even do that after being outscored by 27 runs in the month of April. The team is showing a lot more promise than most expected and it has been the pitching that has carried them to this point.
May is a new month, which means they are closer to the point where they historically heat up. If they hang around long enough, who knows what kind of run this team could go on. Their best offensive players have yet to really take off and if the pitching remains consistent as it has been, the club could easily turn the 9-13 record around.
With that, here is the past month of Indians baseball highlighting the five biggest story lines and three hottest and coldest players for the month of April.