June 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians mascot Slider during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Rather than rehash the same information from last week, I'm going to look at how the Indians stack up:
Team in a Box (click to enlarge)
The Indians have dropped like a rock in pitching lately, thanks to the front end of the bullpen and some bad starts. If they actually get a good outing from their starter, they'll keep in, hence their record is still above .500, but that's not likely remain so if this trend continues. Their offense is driven by walks and steals, not power, and they have an average team defense.
Again, for an AL club, the Indians don't have much power, and what power they do have is from positions you don't normally expect to get it from (2B and SS). Conversely, they aren't getting much production in general from either LF or 1B, which is why the Indians will be looking for a corner bat on the trade market.
|June 18||Derek Lowe||3.78||78.2||3.2||3.0||10.8|
|June 19||Josh Tomlin||5.56||56.2||5.7||2.1||10.8|
|June 20||Justin Masterson||4.38||88.1||6.9||4.1||8.6|
The rotation seems to be aligning itself with how we thought it was going to look at the beginning of the season, at least lately. Lowe and Tomlin have not been pitching well lately.
The Indians have one of the best back ends of a bullpen in baseball, but recently they haven't been able to get to the point where they can use them, whether it be lack of production on offense or not being able to hold a tie game or small deficit where it is.
On the Shelf
- RHP Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John surgery) - out for season
- DH Travis Hafner (knee) - 15-day DL
- LHP Rafael Perez (lat muscle) - 60-day DL
- OF Grady Sizemore (knee, back) - 60-day DL
The Indians are really missing Travis Hafner, who until he got hurt was one of the key power threats in the lineup. Sizemore has had a setback in his rehab, so I don't think the All-Star Break is a realistic target for his return any more.