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ESPN Insider/FanGraphs took a deep dive into the Tribe rotation; here’s a link to the story that offers much more visual evidence as well. (The link is Insider only, so here’s the full text.)
Some of the traditional American League powers haven’t exactly had a banner few months as far as rotation strength goes.
The Red Sox couldn’t bring back Jon Lester and had to settle for midrotation guys Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. The Yankees lost out on Brandon McCarthy and might not have a single healthy, reliable starter. The Tigers (without Porcello) and Royals are still waiting to see what Max Scherzer and James Shields are going to do.
The White Sox added Jeff Samardzija but still have huge questions after him, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. The Athletics bid Samardzija farewell, the Rays dealt Jeremy Hellickson to Arizona, and the Rangers haven’t done much more than bring back Colby Lewis yet again and gamble on Ross Detwiler.
For many of those teams, there are more questions than answers. So in the meantime, allow us to present one possibility for the best rotation in the American League in 2015, a group of pitchers that probably didn’t come to the forefront of your mind. Let’s talk about the Cleveland Indians.
To look at the Indians’ rotation right now, it might not seem like much after AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Here’s a look:
Kluber is a star, but the middle three are all prospects who have yet to live up to the hype and House is a soft-tossing lefty who has only 102 major league innings to his name. Carrasco has been kicking around the Cleveland system since 2009, when he was a part of the Cliff Lee deal, and he has been designated for assignment at least once. Salazar’s explosive 2013 debut gave hopes that he would be a 2014 star; instead, he was back in the minors by May. Bauer is a former No. 2 overall pick who was quickly pushed out of Arizona after personal differences and spent most of his first year with Cleveland in the minors attempting to iron out command issues.
Got all that? Now look at what those five players, three of whom were in the minors as late as May, did in the second half of the season:
Second half rotation numbers (rank in parentheses)
- ERA: 2.95 (2nd)
- FIP: 2.72 (1)
- WAR:11 (1)
- K% rate: 25.4% (1)
- %BB rate: 5.8% (1)
- HR rate: 6.9% (1)
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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According to STATS LLC, Cleveland’s 13-3 record at home against the White Sox since last season is tied for second-best home record by a team vs. a divisional opponent behind only the Yankees’ 14-2 record against the Blue Jays at home.
More from today’s game notes:
Corey Kluber has collected a career-high 215 strikeouts across 29 starts this season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (232) and Max Scherzer (226) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T10th), ERA (2.58 5th), innings (195.1, 4th), WHIP (1.13, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.91, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.67, 7th) and pitches per inning (15.1, 7th).
Prior to Kluber losing his last three starts, he had gone 47 consecutive starts without taking back-to-back losses (STATS LLC).
Although T.J. House did not factor into tonight’s decision, the Indians have gone a perfect 5-0 through his first 5 career starts here at Progressive Field.
With his 15th start of the season in tonight’s game, House joined Trevor Bauer and become only the 3rd duo of rookie pitchers since 1976 to make at least 15 starts in a season for the Tribe…House/Bauer join: Bartolo Colon (17) & Jaret Wright (16) in 1997 and a trio of Jason Davis (27), Billy Traber (18) & Ricardo Rodriguez (15) in 2003.
Last night was David Murphy’s 5th career walk-off hit, 4th in extra innings…all 5 have been RBI-singles, 4 of those coming with the bases loaded.
Cleveland improved to 11-7 in extra innings this season (7-5 at home, 4-2 on the road)…the club’s 19 extra-inning games (including suspended game of 8/31 at KC) are T2nd-most in the Majors with Philadelphia behind only Boston (20)…5 of Cleveland’s last 11 games have gone to extra innings.
Cleveland improved to 22-18 (.550) in one-run games with last night’s win, 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Baltimore (.596, 28-19) and Los Angeles-AL (.578, 26-19), also 7th-best in the Majors.
The Indians posted their 11th team shutout of 2014 Wednesday night, T4th-most in the A.L. and T10th in the Majors – also the Tribe’s 6th shutout since the All-Star break, tied with the Angels for 2nd-most of any team in the Majors behind Tampa Bay (8)…Cleveland’s staff has tossed 6 shutouts at home and 5 on the road.
The Indians, excluding the pending outcome of suspended game of 8/31 at KC, have won 7 of 10 and are 18-11 (.621) since August 1 (14-7 since August 9).
Cleveland has won 4 straight and 9 of the last 12 games started by TREVOR BAUER…coming off back-to-back scoreless starts, he is currently riding a career-high 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak dating back to the 2nd inning of his start on Aug. 19 at Min…since July 1, Tribe has gone 5-1 in six series finales started by Bauer.
Danny Salazar became the first Indians pitcher to toss a CG shutout against Detroit since Jaret Wright on June 1, 1998 at Tiger Stadium – the first to do so in Cleveland since Orel Hershiser on June 5, 1995…according to MLB, Salazar (24 years, 235 days) became the youngest pitcher in the Majors dating back to at least 1914 to shut out the Tigers with 9+ K’s and zero walks.
Cleveland has posted a 2.83 ERA in the second half, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. and Majors…that includes a 2.98 ERA (85ER/257.0IP) by the rotation(3rd in A.L./Majors…TB: 2.94, SEA: 2.98)and a 2.56 ERA (41ER/144.1IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L./Majors)
Dating back to the first Mid-Summer Classic in 1933, the Indians have posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the second half on just 3 occasions: 1954 (2.49), 1968 (2.88) and 1972 (2.82).
With 590 total runs in 2014, Cleveland’s offense stands as the 9th-best run-producing offense in the Majors…that said, Tribe’s offense has been held to 3-or-fewer runs in 24 of club’s 43 completed games since the All-Star break, although Cleveland has managed to go 9-15 in those games overall thanks in part to an 8-6 record in decisions by one-or-two runs.
Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:
— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) August 20, 2014
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) August 6, 2014
We’ll update as more participate!
The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).
- KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
- Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
- Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
- Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
- Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
- Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
- Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
- KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
- Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
- Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
- Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5
Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!
The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:
- Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony and his calls played throughout the game.
- Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.
The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.
Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!
Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.
Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!
Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.
Upcoming TPAR schedule:
- Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)
The Indians Youth Baseball Camp, presented by Cleveland Clinic’s Children, is back for 2014. This year, the Indians extended the camps to five days at seven different locations around Northeast Ohio.
Through the camps, the Cleveland Indians present boys and girls of Northeast Ohio with quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game. The team also looks to develop leadership skills, positive characteristic traits and form a lifelong connection with the Tribe.
Former professional baseball player Matt Kata is in his first year as the Indians Manager of Youth Player Development. As leader of the youth camps and a Cleveland native, Kata is excited to be back home with the opportunity to positively impact kids in his own community.
Kata and his staff have broken the camp into six different stations, all focusing on a different fundamental. Along with the athletic aspects of the game, the staff also focuses on teaching the mental side.
“There’s a lot of failure engrained in baseball. Baseball is hard. So we take the mentality of focusing on controlling the three things that we can control: your attitude, concentration and effort (ACE). So every day our message is to come to camp, looking to ACE the day.”
With Friday being the final day of the Bath location’s camp, Kata and the rest of the staff had a few surprises to make it a memorable day for the kids involved.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer arrived to camp just as the participants were getting ready at their stations. Bauer hoped that through these camps, the team could continue to connect with kids in the community. He wants to show them that the Indians organization and players care about the region’s youth.
As soon as Bauer walked over to the pitching station, participants showed their excitement. One boy even yelled out, “Hey! It’s the real Trevor Bauer!”
Bauer spent the afternoon helping the participants understand some of the fundamentals of pitching. He spoke a lot about the energy of pitching and encouraged the boys and girls to move fast and create energy. After one young boy fell down hustling through a drill, Bauer commended him on his effort to move quickly. He emphasized that the only way you’ll improve is by pushing yourself to a place where you’re uncomfortable, failing, but then getting back up and trying again.
“We want to get better at baseball, we want to get better at school, we want to be better people, we want to be better in all parts of life,” Bauer said. “And the way that you do that is by finding your comfort zone, and you’re going to try to push yourself just outside that. You’re going to try to move a little bit faster, pay attention a little bit more in school; because that’s where improvement happens. You’re going to push yourself a little bit, and you’re not going to be good the first time you do it. That’s OK. That’s where we learn.”
After coaching and talking to each of the six groups individually, Bauer took the time to sit down with the boys and girls to answer their questions. Each participant also got an item of their choice signed by Bauer.
“I enjoyed stuff like this when I was younger… I hope I can give a little bit back.”
If you are interested in signing up for one of the remaining camps — Strongsville July 28-Aug. 1 and Burton, Aug. 4-8 — more information can be found at: Indians.com/youthbaseball
–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin/Photos by Dan Mendlik