Stat of the Day: What's in a batting average?

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Indians this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 15: Indians 4, White Sox 2 -- What's in a batting average?
Although the Indians were able to muster enough offense after being held hitless against the White Sox and Carlos Rodón the day prior, the offense still isn't clicking on all cylinders in the way that the club would've hoped. In 1971 and '79, the Indians batted .199 and .191, respectively, through their first 12 games. It took until 2018 for the club to collectively hit below .200 through its first 12 games again.

Cleveland's bats have once again registered below the Mendoza line through the first 12 games of the '21 season, checking in at .198 (tied for the fourth-lowest in club history in that span).

April 14: White Sox 8, Indians 0 -- Tito's unfortunate 1st
This is certainly a streak Indians manager Terry Francona would've liked to have seen last longer. He had managed 3,146 regular-season games in his career before being on the losing end of a no-hitter against Carlos Rodón and the White Sox. The only two managers who were at the helm for more games before getting no-hit were Bucky Harris (3,661) when Virgil Trucks tossed a no-hitter in 1952 and Walter Alston (3,610) against hurler John Candelaria in 1976.

April 13: Indians 2, White Sox 0 -- Bieber doing Bieber things
Leave it to Shane Bieber to start setting strikeout records once again. With 11 K's against the White Sox, Bieber joined Gerrit Cole (2018) and Nolan Ryan (1973) as the only hurlers to have more than 10 strikeouts in each of his first three appearances of a season since at least 1906. Through three starts, Bieber has racked up 35 strikeouts, which is tied for third (with himself from 2020) behind Ryan's 37 in 1973 and Cole’s 36 in 2018 in that span. And just to top it all off, Bieber set a franchise record by extending his streak of fanning at least eight batters to 15 consecutive games, passing Corey Kluber.

April 12: White Sox 4, Indians 3 -- Rosario keeps streaking
Dating back to Sept. 15, 2020, Eddie Rosario has reached base in 10 consecutive road games (collectively as a member of the Twins and Indians). He extended this streak in the series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field with a two-run homer in the second inning. The long ball was his third in his previous five games against the White Sox.

April 11: Indians 5, Tigers 2 -- Ramírez extends on-base streak
With two walks in the series finale against the Tigers at Progressive Field, José Ramírez extended his on-base streak to 20 consecutive games, which ranked as the fourth longest active streak in the Majors at that time. It's a stretch that dates back to Sept. 16 of last season, when he logged a two-hit game against the Cubs. His streak trailed Justin Turner (39 games), DJ LeMahieu (28) and Mike Trout (28) entering the game.

April 10: Indians 11, Tigers 3 -- Cleveland leaning on HRs
In the Indians' first seven games, they scored 75 percent (24 of 32) of their runs via homers. Only three other teams since 1974 relied on the long ball more than 75 percent of the time in the first seven games of a season, including the 2003 Rangers, '20 Tigers and '13 Nationals. The '03 Rangers and '20 Tigers each finished in last place of their respective divisions, and the '13 Nationals missed the postseason after going 86-76.

April 9: Indians 4, Tigers 1 -- Reyes clubs his longest HR at home
has hit plenty of long balls in his career, but he set his own personal record for the longest blast at his home ballpark. After crushing a projected 409-foot homer, according to Statcast, earlier in Friday's series opener, he followed that act with a 446-foot home run in the sixth against the Tigers. It not only was his longest at Progressive Field (seventh-longest overall in his career), but it also marked Reyes' ninth homer against Detroit, which is his most against any opponent.

April 7: Indians 4, Royals 2 -- Bieber's K streak keeps rolling
On Opening Day 2020, started a streak that he has yet to snap. Since last July, Cleveland’s ace has fanned at least eight batters in each of his outings. The 14-start streak matches a franchise record set by Corey Kluber from June 1 through Aug. 13, 2017. The streak also ties for the fifth-longest in Major League history.

April 5: Royals 3, Indians 0 -- 417 games without starting a lefty
Before toed the rubber for the Indians' home opener, Cleveland had gone 417 games since the last time a left-handed pitcher was penciled in as its starter (Aug. 30, 2017, Ryan Merritt). That's the fifth-longest streak in the Modern Era (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Dodgers hold the record by going 681 games without starting a lefty from September 1992 until July 1997. The most recent occurrence (before Allen) was the Brewers, who went 474 contests without a left-handed starter from August 2013 until August 2016.

April 4: Indians 9, Tigers 3 -- Clase's velocity
The Tribe bullpen hasn't been known for its velocity over the past few seasons, but it's been scrappy enough to put together solid numbers. But now that has joined the mix, the average velocity will undoubtedly jump up a tick or two. In his first appearance of the 2021 season, Clase threw nine pitches over 100 mph, more than any other Indians hurler during their career in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). As if that wasn't jarring enough, Clase has thrown just four fewer 100.0-plus mph pitches than every Cleveland pitcher combined from '08-21.

April 3: Tigers 5, Indians 2 -- Rosario's hard-hit balls
In 2015, launched a homer in his first Major League plate appearance with the Twins. He did the same the first time he stepped into the batter’s box in the '17 postseason. In '21, however, Rosario made the Indians wait until his first plate appearance of his second game before he hit his first long ball as a member of the Tribe.

The blast induced an exit velocity of 108.4 mph, which is tied for Rosario’s second-hardest hit batted ball (all of which are homers) in his career.

April 1: Tigers 3, Indians 2 -- Bieber K's 12 to join elite list
Same Shane, different year. wasted no time continuing the strikeout momentum he established in 2020 by fanning 12 batters in his '21 Opening Day performance against the Tigers. After striking out 14 batters on Opening Day in '20, Bieber joined an exclusive list of hurlers who have recorded at least 12 strikeouts in multiple Opening Day starts. Only Bieber, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson have accomplished the feat in the Modern Era (since 1900).