MLB Mid-Season Review: Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians have had a great year thus far currently sitting just 1.5 games behind the leading Detroit Tigers for the top of the AL Central. Sporting a 62-51 record the Indians have really been tough at home going 37-21 while having a little tougher time on the road with a 25-30 record.
The starting rotation is built more of solid contributors than outright stars such as Justin Masterson who is currently 13-8 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Probably not fair to just call Masterson just a role player , he is a stud on the mound allowing just 130 hits over 163 innings and just 63 runs over that span. Corey Kluber is second on the club in innings pitched with 122 in which he gave up 120 hits and 48 earned runs for a 7-5 record and 3.54 ERA.
Cleveland does have a solid bullpen with solid pitchers including set-up man Joe Smith who may not have done good in his save attempts going just 1 out of 6 but outside of save situations has been solid. Smith has a 4-1 record with just a 3.00 ERA over 42 innings. Reliever Chris Perez has 17 saves on 20 opportunities thus far with a 3.53 ERA so the Indians would like to see him just a little more solid to finish off the season. The tribe has had some issues before putting Smith in the set-up role taking the place of Vinny Pestano who was having troubles getting outs this season and was sent down to triple A ball.
Catcher Yan Gomes is currently leading the Cleveland Indians in batting average although he only has 157 at bats this season. Gomez is currently hitting .306 with 7 homers and 26 RBI’s. Second baseman Jason Kipnis is leading the team in most offensive categories for the Indians having the highest average of anyone with 200 at bats or more with a .292 average. Kipnis also is tied for the team lead with 15 home runs, and leading the team with 68 RBI’s, has the most stolen bags, and is second on the team with 51 walks.
The Cleveland Indians have a solid team under a great manager Terry Francona and I would be surprised if they do not push the Tigers for top of the division till the very end of the season. They could very well make some noise come playoff time with a well rounded and coached team.
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