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2015 Recap: Cleveland Indians

  • Tristan Tippet
Francisco Lindor is first among shortstops in the AL despite playing 99 games Credit: Photo File

Francisco Lindor is first among shortstops in Total Zone Runs in the AL despite playing 99 games Credit: Photo File

Cleveland Indians (81-80 third in AL Central)

The Indians have the look of a team just eking to take the next step and it could a big step. The offense had four players hit at least .300 but only one player had a slugging percentage over .500. They had four starting pitchers average at least eight SO/9 and all four of those pitchers had at least 10 losses. But Terry Francona has managed the Indians to a winning season in his first three years, including 92 wins and a loss in the AL wild card game in 2013.

Top Performers

2B Jason Kipnis: G 141, AB 565, BA .303

SS Francisco Lindor: G 99, AB 390, BA .313

SP Corey Kluber: GS 32, IP 222.0, ERA 3.49

SP Carlos Carrasco: GS 30, IP 183.2, W-L 14-12

LF Michael Brantley: G 137, AB 529, BA .310

Biggest need: Third baseman

Giovanny Urshela and Lonnie Chisenhall proved to be well-above average in the field at third base. But their offensive woes, plus Chisenhall’s ability to play the outfield put the Indians’ value at third in the bottom five in baseball. Urshela in 287 plate appearances hit .225 with a .608 OPS. Chisenhall had 184 plate appearances and hit .246 with a .667 OPS. Chisenhall, Mike Aviles and Chris Johnson have had good hitting seasons in the past but how do you choose if they don’t hit?

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