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Midseason Report Card

Posted by wct6 on July 2, 2007

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The Cleveland Indians have now played 81 games (49-31) and its a good time to take stock of where the team is, where it is going, and what it might do to improve.

 Earlier this week, the DiaTribe put together a report card for the Indians based on the first half of the year.  Since we are feeling particularly unoriginal today, we will take that idea and run with it!  Thanks guys!

 So without further ado, our version of the midseason report card for our beloved Cleveland Indians

Starting Pitching – A-

C.C. Sabathia (12-2), and Fausto Carmona (8-4) have been nothing short of outstanding so far.  Cliff Lee seemed to be finding himself in his last couple starts, and even Jake Westbrook has shown some flashes of brilliance despite an ERA over 6.  If Westbrook and Paul Byrd can find their way and complement the top two in the rotation, the Indians will be very difficult to beat.

Bullpen – B+

To be honest. the starting pitching has been so good so far that it is difficult to judge the bullpen.  Indians’ starters regularly pitch deep into games therefore the bullpen is rarely asked to work more than 2 innings.  That being said, Rafael Betancourt has been lights-out pitching the 7th and/or 8th innings, and Borowski somehow has 24 saves in 26 chances despite an ERA near 6.  Guys like Aaron Fultz and Rafael Perez have added depth.

Hitting – B

Maybe we are being a little spoiled here, but it seems like Victor Martinez carried the offense for most of the first half.  Travis Hafner has underperformed for most of the year, and there has been little production out of the corner outfield spots.  Guys like Jhonny Peralta, Grady Sizemore (when he isn’t striking out) and Ryan Garko have contributed timely hits, but it is really amazing that the Tribe has score the second most runs in baseball with so few guys contributing consistently.

Defense – B+

No real complaints here.  Sizemore has been spectacular in CF.  The infield defense has been very good (who knew Josh Barfield was this good in the field?) and by the grace of God, Victor Martinez has been throwing would-be base stealers out consistently.

Overall Outlook – B+/A-

We know what you are saying – “how can a team on pace to win 98 games possibly only be a B+/A-??”  Well, it seems like a few guys have been carrying this team for most of the year.  The Indians have been the Sabathia/Martinez show for the better part of 81 games.  In order for the Indians to win this division and hold off the Tigers -you just know they are going to make a run in the second half- guys like Hafner, Sizemore, Lee, and Westbrook have to find their groove and contribute consistently.  If that happens and everyone stays healthy, this could easily be a 98-100 win, division-winning team. 

If not, there are a host of good teams in the AL in contention that will fly past them if they go into any type of prolonged slump

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3 Responses to “Midseason Report Card”

  1. rstiles said

    No doubt that the Indians make the playoffs!!!

  2. wct6 said

    thanks for jinxing them!

  3. […] so we are going to talk about our favorite team every week – ugh. If you wanted to know why we weren’t exactly raving about the first-half performance of the 52-36 Indians so far, you need only look at this past […]

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