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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of The Indians’ First Half

By T.J. ZUPPE, 92.3 The Fan Indians Beat Reporter
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With the 2014 All-Star Game in the rear-view mirror, the second half of the baseball season is on the horizon for the 47-47 Cleveland Indians.

But how did the Tribe get here? And what must be improved upon in the second half if Cleveland is to make another postseason run?

The Good

– Michael Brantley’s All-Star nomination, 15 homers and .322 average.

– Lonnie Chisenhall’s .328 batting average (4th in AL) and 5-for-5, nine RBI day in Texas (June 9).

– Corey Kluber’s emergence as a front-line starter (9 wins, 3.01 ERA, 2.79 FIP).

– Cody Allen’s ninth inning takeover (perfect 11-for-11 since his last blown save.)

– Trevor Bauer’s development into a reliable starting pitcher (3.84 ERA, 3.98 FIP, 13.7 K-BB%).

– Yan Gomes’ offensive (12 HR) and defensive progression into one of the best catchers (2nd among AL catchers in fWAR – 2.5) in baseball.

– Organizational pitching depth steps up (T.J. House: 4.40 ERA, Josh Tomlin: 4.21 ERA)

– Carlos Carrasco’s successes as a reliever (1.62 ERA in 19 appearances).

– David Murphy’s .362 batting average with runners in scoring position (25-for-69).

– Cleveland’s 3.09 relief ERA ranks them sixth-best in baseball.

– The Indians’ 29-19 record at Progressive Field.

– Scott Atchison (2.93 ERA, 39 appearances) fills a critical role – out of nowhere – in the Tribe’s pen.

The Bad

– Carlos Santana’s April (.151/.313/.280) and May (.169/.343/.325) slash lines.

– Carlos Carrasco’s failures as a starter (0-3, 6.95 ERA).

– A three start stretch that witnessed Zach McAllister allow 17 earned runs in 7.2 innings (May 10-21).

– John Axford’s loss of the closer’s role in early May (2.42 ERA since May 13).

– David Murphy’s slash line since June 11 (.129/.196/.176).

– The rotation’s 4.49 ERA ranks them fifth-worst in the bigs.

– Cleveland’s 18-28 record away from Progressive Field.

– Michael Bourn’s constant battle with hamstring issues.

– Jason Kipnis’ three home runs and .350 slugging percentage at the break.

– Danny Salazar’s demotion to Triple-A in May (4.50 ERA in 9 starts at Columbus).

The Ugly

– Asdrubal Cabrera’s average with runners in scoring position and two out: .048 (2-for-42).

– Nick Swisher’s career-worst slash line (.208/.288/.348) and nine errors at first base.

– Justin Masterson’s 5.51 ERA and subsequent trip the DL (knee inflammation) in his final year under contract.

– The Tribe’s possession of the worst defense in baseball (76 errors in 94 games).

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