The All-Star break has come and gone with Cleveland sitting 3 games behind Chicago and only half a game in front of Detroit who are on a 5 game winning streak.
Only Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez where selected to play in the All-Star game this year. Asdrubal came in for the red hot Derek Jeter who seems to have turned back the clock this year. Asdrubal had 1 walk and a strikeout from his 2 at bats. Chris Perez was never likely to get a pitch after the AL All-Stars gave up 5 runs in the first inning and never recovered to lose 8 – 0.
On to a wrap up of how Cleveland are doing half way through. Leading the team in hits are Michael Brantley and Shin-Soo Choo with 93 hits each. 3rd is Jason Kipnis on 91 and 4th is Asdrubal Cabrera on 87.
Jason Kipnis is leading the team in RBI’s with 49, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera are in 2nd with 42 each, Shin-Soo Choo and Casey Kotchman back on 34.
Shin-Soo Choo is leading the team with and OPS of .826 and Asdrubal Cabrera is second with .832. Jason Kipnis has the most steals with 20 double his nearest competitor. Shin-Soo Choo has the most extra base hits with 38, and Casey Kotchman has grounded into the most double plays.
From the bump Vinnie Pestano leads all the Tribes pitchers in ERA with an ERA of 1.75, and Joe Smith is behind him on 3.13. Leading starting pitchers is Zach McAllister on 3.40 and Justin Masterson behind him on 4.40 highlighting the problems that Cleveland have had with there starting pitching this season. Ubaldo Jiminez and Derek Lowe lead the team for wins with 8 each while Masterson, Gomez and Jiminez have recorded the most losses with 8 and 7 respectively. Justin Masterson has the most strikeouts with 93; Esmil Rogers has the lowest WHIP of .60 but from only 13 innings Vinnie Pestano is next with 1.03 and Zach McAllister leads starting pitchers with a WHIP of 1.35.
As a team on offence this year (all ranks in the American League) Cleveland are 7th for runs scored with 385; 8th in hits with 754; 7th in steals with 59; they have a team batting average of .258 putting them in 8th; they have an OPS of .735; and have combined for 248 extra base hits making them 7th in the AL. Nothing really stand out which sums up Cleveland’s first half to the season at the plate.
The team pitching stats for Cleveland is even less promising (again all rankings in AL only) at the All-Star Break coming 2nd last in ERA with a combined ERA of 4.50; Chris Perez’s All-star year as a closer see’s the tribe in 4th with 26 saves (24 by Perez); they have given up the 5th most hits with 757; they have the 5th most homeruns hit off there pitchers giving up 94 bombs; and the have the 4th highest team WHIP of 1.54.
Cleveland’s starting pitchers have been hit and miss so far this season, either dominating or being dominated. I thought from initially they were loosing games from lack of run support in the early innings but their terrible team ERA would indicate that the problem truly is due to poor pitching. That said there batting definitely isn’t setting the world on fire either. For Cleveland to turn things around this year they really need their pitchers to give up less runs and for there batters to give there pitchers some early run support. When they have given there pitchers early run support the Indians pitchers have produced good outings. Obviously this is like saying to beat the other team they need to score more runs but Cleveland have been terrible in the early innings this year. I don’t personally think the All-Star break will be enough to turn this team around.
In some games they have looked like a team going to the playoffs but it is usually accompanied by games where they just look outclassed. However after all that negativity maybe the return of Grady Sizemore will be a boost for the team although still no word when that will be and tho the wait for information on Sizemore continues there are signs of hope still for the future. Jason Kipnis looks set to be a star, Asdrubal Cabrera already an All-Star and Michael Brantley going on a hot streak with the bat that saw him hit in 23 straight games. Johnny Damon is getting better as the year goes and his experience will be great for the team. There are names about the club that could see them a real playoff contender in the next 2-3 years.
Is it time for the Tribe to look at some trades maybe look for some pitching help before the trade deadline? I think they may just ride this year out with the players they have calling up young pitcher Scott Barnes indicates to me they are looking to the next couple of years, they may make a trade for a rising player to fill a hole instead of an already established one. That said Cleveland are still very much in this season only 3 games out of top place in there division is a fantastic achievement for this club who really aren’t putting up big numbers but still scrapping out wins where they can. Hopefully the tribe can get hot and string together some wins maybe a sweep on Chicago would be nice and who knows. I really do see a pennant in the Tribe’s future I don’t think it will be this season but it will be in the next 2 or 3.
Here’s to the rest of the season. Hopefully the Tribe can make a real run for it.
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Written by Luke Lovekin
Hi. I’m Luke Lovekin from Sydney, Australia. Ive been in and around sports my whole life. Mostly Baseball but I’ve managed to try my hand at most sports and I’m always keen to learn more about all sports. I have a love for what we call in Australia “Grass Root Sports”. That for us is the local teams each town has and all Junior sports and High School sports and I dedicate as much of my spare time to them as possible without loosing my wife. Feel free to follow me on twitter @Lovekin028. Hope you enjoy my blogs.