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2017 RECAP

Record: 48 - 45

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

While this was by no means the only one, it was certainly the brightest highlight. Corey Kluber, who for the first time in his career broke camp with the big club, not only proved worthy of a starting assignment, he proved worthy of a Cy Young. Kluber was absolutely magnificent, throwing 235 innings while striking out 269 and posting stellar ratios (2.44 ERA and 1.09 WHIP). What is even better is that the advanced metrics support these numbers including a FIP of 2.41 (which verifies the 2.44 ERA) and a BABIP of .328 (which when compared to league average .300 verifies that luck was not a factor in Kluber’s greatness).

What Has Changed?

Not that much really. Nick Swisher will return from injury and attempt to regain his old form and Gavin Floyd arrives to attempt to comeback from Tommy John (though he will likely start the year on the DL). The biggest change is that the Indians appear committed to their young starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer.

What to Expect:

Expect the young Tribe fireballers to prove formidable. Carlos Carrasco was great in the second half and should continue to pitch well. Danny Salazar has all the makings of a star and Trevor Bauer seems to have grown up a bit. On the hitting side, Expect Carlos Santana to thrive now that he knows he need not catch and Expect catcher Yan Gomes to take a step backward and be overpriced in fantasy leagues (4 percent walk rate against 23 percent K rate and .331 BABIP says some regression is coming).

This Year’s Surprise:

T.J. House will hold down a rotation spot despite Gavin Floyd’s arrival. To go a step further, do not be surprised if House becomes this year’s Dallas Keuchel as both throw 60 percent ground ball rates at batters. House, for his part has a better track record coming into 2015 than Keuchel had last year. House had a 3.35 ERA and 3.64 K/BB ratio in his time in Cleveland last summer which should only get better with experience.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Minnesota Twins 48 46
2 Cleveland Indians 48 45
3 Kansas City Royals 46 47
4 Detroit Tigers 43 50
5 Chicago White Sox 38 54

ARRIVALS

PLAYER POS FROM
Edwin Encarnacion DH TOR
Boone Logan RP COL
Carlos Frias SP LA

DEPARTURES

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Yan Gomes (R) CLE C 64 204 22 45 22 12 0 6 22 0 57 0 0 .221
Roberto Pérez (R) CLE C 36 114 12 20 15 6 0 1 13 0 36 0 1 .175

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Carlos Santana (B) CLE 1B 89 336 49 80 49 25 1 10 43 5 58 4 0 .238

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Kipnis (L) CLE 2B 66 254 32 59 26 19 0 8 22 0 48 5 2 .232

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Martínez (B) CLE 3B 27 37 2 6 0 1 0 0 5 0 15 0 1 .077
Yandy Diaz (R) CLE 3B 18 64 9 13 3 1 0 0 6 0 17 0 0 .203
Giovanny Urshela (R) CLE 3B 5 16 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .250
José Ramírez (B) CLE 3B 92 352 63 114 50 29 5 17 26 5 46 10 4 .324

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Erik González (R) CLE SS 27 61 9 17 3 4 0 2 1 0 22 0 0 .279
Francisco Lindor (B) CLE SS 91 373 50 96 45 28 2 14 28 3 53 4 1 .257

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Brantley (L) CLE LF 72 273 34 82 40 18 1 5 26 2 41 10 1 .300
Daniel Robertson (R) CLE LF 32 80 9 18 7 4 1 1 6 1 3 0 1 .225
Brandon Guyer (R) CLE LF 34 79 7 15 7 3 1 1 4 0 23 0 0 .190

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Austin Jackson (R) CLE CF 37 102 12 31 15 9 1 3 15 0 24 0 0 .304
Tyler Naquin (L) CLE CF 9 25 3 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 1 .200
Bradley Zimmer (L) CLE CF 55 170 22 45 25 8 1 5 15 0 50 10 1 .265

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Abraham Almonte (B) CLE RF 40 108 14 25 7 4 2 2 14 0 34 1 1 .232
Lonnie Chisenhall (L) CLE RF 64 187 29 57 51 13 1 12 20 1 39 2 1 .305

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Cody Allen (R) CLE RP 38 0 0 5 17 37.0 38 5 13 13 50 3.16 1.38
Dan Otero (R) CLE RP 32 0 1 0 0 36.1 41 6 14 4 24 3.47 1.32
Josh Tomlin (R) CLE SP 18 18 6 9 0 100.1 127 17 64 11 75 5.74 1.38
Andrew Miller (L) CLE RP 40 0 3 3 2 47.0 20 2 8 13 68 1.53 0.70
Danny Salazar (R) CLE SP 12 10 3 5 0 55.0 59 11 33 28 77 5.40 1.58
Nick Goody (R) CLE RP 34 0 1 1 0 35.1 24 3 8 13 41 2.04 1.10
Ryan Merritt (L) CLE RP 1 1 0 0 0 4.0 7 0 2 0 2 4.50 1.75
Bryan Shaw (R) CLE RP 45 0 2 4 2 43.1 38 2 14 15 38 2.91 1.29
Corey Kluber (R) CLE SP 15 15 7 3 0 100.2 73 10 32 23 135 2.86 0.96
Boone Logan (L) CLE RP 38 0 1 0 0 21.0 20 2 11 9 28 4.71 1.38
Zach McAllister (R) CLE RP 32 0 1 0 0 41.2 33 5 11 14 49 2.38 1.13
Shawn Armstrong (R) CLE RP 16 0 1 0 0 19.0 15 4 9 6 16 4.26 1.11
Mike Clevinger (R) CLE SP 13 12 5 3 0 66.0 41 7 20 31 73 2.73 1.12
Carlos Carrasco (R) CLE SP 19 19 10 4 0 117.0 98 15 47 31 130 3.62 1.10
Trevor Bauer (R) CLE SP 18 18 7 8 0 93.1 100 14 58 37 105 5.59 1.47
Kyle Crockett (L) CLE RP 3 0 0 0 0 0.2 2 0 2 1 1 27.00 4.50

DEPTH CHART

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