FanGraphs: Tribe the ‘Far Too Early Sleeper Team’ for 2015, place two in Player of the Year top 7
The crew over at FanGraphs is high on the Tribe’s chances in 2015, calling our club the “far Too Early Sleeper Team” in a post today.
I keep thinking about the team that seems most likely, at this far-too-early date before any real offseason moves have been made, to make a move next year. You probably think I’m talking about the Cubs. I’m not talking about the Cubs. I’m talking about the Cleveland Indians. I was asked, during a live chat of one of the World Series games, whether I thought the Royals could hold off the Tigers in the AL Central next season. At the time, I said I thought Cleveland might be better than both, and now it’s time to put some words behind that feeling. In fact, let’s do this internet style. On to the <h3>’s!
Because good lord, that starting rotation
There’s a lot of ways to evaluate pitching, and WAR is both an acceptable and imperfect one. Let’s sort starting rotations over the second half of the season by that, and while second-half performance is hardly a guarantee of future success — it feels like we have that conversation about the Padres every year — I’m also not certain that enough people noticed just how good the Cleveland rotation was down the stretch. I’ve bolded each stat that they either led baseball in or came within 0.5 percentage point of doing so, which is more than close enough — and if not for Washington, they’d have ERA too.
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Update: Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in FanGraphs’ Player of the Year Award voting; the Tribe is the only MLB team with two players in the top 10.
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