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Cleveland Indians

Stadium: Progressive Field | Manager: Terry Francona
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They could stand to avoid another slow start. Throwing out a bad April, the Indians went 74-60 last season. The defense should be better, as should Jason Kipnis at the plate. Carlos Santana not trying to play third base will help him avoid a slow start and Carlos Carrasco's hot finish looked pretty legit.
To return to the playoffs next year, they need a lot more from Jason Kipnis.
Winning these past two games over the Royals would have had them within a half-game of the second AL wild card. Instead, they're pretty well cooked.
That sweep at the hands of the Tigers could just about do it for this season. However, they don't play another team with a winning record aside from the Royals, so they could take care of business and finish hot again.
Since returning to the rotation, Carlos Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 42 strikeouts against only four walks in 38.2 innings. He previously had been pretty bad as a starter.
Remember, they still have a probable win over KC lingering with Sunday's suspended game. The AL Central is a three-team race.
They've won 10 of their past 14 and were 21-6 last September. Time for an encore?
Think about the seasons they got/are getting from Justin Masterson, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and even Jason Kipnis and it's rather amazing they're hovering around .500.
Yan Gomes is one of the best catchers in the AL. The Indians got him (along with Mike Aviles) for Esmil Rogers. Pretty stout move there.
Corey Kluber: Ace.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMichael Brantley , LF.327
HRCarlos Santana , 1B27
RBIMichael Brantley , LF97
OBPMichael Brantley , LF.385
SLGMichael Brantley , LF.506
RMichael Brantley , LF94
SBMichael Brantley , LF23
WCorey Kluber , SP18
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.44
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP1.09
KCorey Kluber , SP269
SVCody Allen , RP24
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