What does it all mean?

The Indians are off to their best start since 2002 and are undefeated on the road through four games for the first time since 1998. They’re in sole possession of first place for the first time since May 2008.

You can’t stop them. You can only hope to contain them.

Right?

Well, we’ll see.

It’s still extremely early in the baseball season, so it’s also extremely early to start drawing sweeping conclusions. The Tribe has played great through the first 10 games, but people, there are 152 to go. One Hundred And Fifty Two. That’s a lot of baseball left on the schedule.

Still, the Indians are giving Cleveland something to be excited about right now and that’s a great thing. Remove the wins and losses, and there are still positive trends that can be seen. The rotation has been going deep and the bullpen has been closing the door. The offense has shown versatility and the defense has been strong.

This from a team that many expected to finish fourth (at best) in the AL Central this season.

So, I asked you, the Indians fans, the following question today on Twitter: “Fan poll: Does the Tribe’s 8-2 start change your expectations for the team this season?”

As promised, here are some of the many responses I received…

@CarlosSolano1 Yes!

Great, but I was hoping for more than that.

@HeyHokie Yes. Not because we are 8-2, but because some of the question mark guys are showing consistency/improvement.

Looking at the big picture. I like it.

@stevebuffum Yes. Always thought season hinged on rotation: SP havebeen better than expect (JM, MT espec.), so my expect. have raised accord.

That’d be Justin Masterson and Mitch Talbot. You could make a case that any of the five starters — Fausto Carmona, Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin, too — represent the most important piece within the rotation.

@adamfriedrich not really, I am always optimistic…but can optimism become reality? If the new CC is for real, and our bullpen stays true…YES

Pitching. Pitching. Pitching. Indeed, that is the key for the Tribe. And an optimist among the Cleveland crowd? Surely you’re the only one, Adam.

@LindseyBaseball I optimistically had them around 88 wins, & in contention for the WC… This 8-2 start only makes me look less crazy! #Indians

All right. Lindsey is right there with you, Adam.

@BoudreausSock Change them? It merely validates them. :-)

C’mon, there have to be some pessimists out there…

@rmconstantino as much as mypessimistic side warns against it, yes it sure does change my expectations

Wow. Even the pessimists are sippin’ the Kool-Aid?

@obe459 No it doesn’t reallychange my expectation. Makes me believe they will win more than 75 games now but have a 8 game L streak too.

I assume you mean they are just as likely to have an 8-game skid. Fair enough. Time will tell and all that. But is there anyone out there not ready to say “yes” or “not” to this question?

@evilchameleon Ask this question again after the Baltimore series, and I’ll have an answer for you.

OK, so give it another week…

 @jeffgwise Not yet, really need 2 more weeks to see if the pitching will stay consistent. If so, then yes, expectations change.

Right, so two more weeks…

@CMB1979 Ask me after 40 games. The last time they were in 1st, Adam Dunn hit a walk-off and sent them to a 10 game losing streak.

Sooo, we’re going to need to wait a little more than a month…

@natejd37 expectations same for me-4th place with better record than last year. if tribe’s in 1st at END of may… then they’ll change

Got it. End of May. Then we’ll know if the Tribe is for real. Wait, Nate, you’ve got something to add?

@natejd37 i’m still enjoying every bit of it now though! #GOTRIBE! #BELIEVELAND

That’s right, folks. It’s a hot streak at the beginning of a long season. Enjoy this now. You never know what is going to happen next.

Here are today’s lineups…

Indians (8-2) at Angels (5-5)
at Angel Stadium, 10:10 p.m. ET

CLEVELAND
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Travis Buck, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitching: RHP Fausto Carmona (0-1, 9.00)

@DJ84 this lineup is better than WS champ Giants.

Hey, how’d you get in here? Moving on…

LOS ANGELES
1. Maucer Izturis, SS
2. Howie Kendrick, 2B
3. Bobby Abreu, DH
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Mark Trumbo, 1B
7. Reggie Willits, LF
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

Pitching: RHP Dan Haren (2-0, 1.15)

–JB

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I hate when the Indians face pitchers on my fantasy team. I hope we score 10 unearned runs off Haren.

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