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?
— 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.
— 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).
— 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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