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Cleveland Indians

Stadium: Progressive Field | Manager: Terry Francona
AL Central Division4th2nd1st2nd
American League 7th5th5th7th
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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.
After I gave them a nice writeup last week, they proceeded to lose four straight and have looked generally awful. I would apologize for jinxing them, but if I had such karmic powers I would find a way to make sure my favorite team would win a World Series at least once a century.
I'm not sure if I'd pick the Indians to take the second wild card right now, but they have a strong case. A lot to like right now.
They closed the first half winning eight of 12 and are just lying in the weeds, waiting to jump right into the thick of the AL wild-card race. Don't sleep on them.
"Hey, Matt, the Indians have won five of their last seven. How did they not move up any spots?" Because the gap between 16 and 17 for weeks has been the largest divide in the rankings. It's getting closer, but it's still not closed. Let this illustrate the folly of concentrating only on one team, its record for the past week and the spots moved up or down. Now apply this logic to the following two teams ...
What a nightmare of a contract year for Justin Masterson.
They went 1-4 since last their ranking and held steady at No. 18. Why? Look at the dregs below. I'll remind you a few times along the way, too.
Michael Brantley is one of the best ever "player to be named later" to pay off for the receiving team. That's what he was in the CC Sabathia deal in 2008. Usually those guys are throw-ins that never even become big-league regulars and even the success stories (like David Ortiz being named later for the Twins) pan out for different teams.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMichael Brantley , LF.314
HRCarlos Santana , 1B21
RBIMichael Brantley , LF80
OBPMichael Brantley , LF.373
SLGMichael Brantley , LF.503
RMichael Brantley , LF78
SBJason Kipnis , 2B17
WCorey Kluber , SP13
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.46
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP1.08
KCorey Kluber , SP205
SVCody Allen , RP16
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