AL Central: 1st Half In Review

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Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; American League second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) of the Cleveland Indians tosses the ball to first base against the National League during the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians

42-46(11 GB and 5.5 out of the WC)

What went right?

  • Jason Kipnis. He’s it.  The lone bright spot on a team filled with expectations.

What’s gone wrong?

  • The offense.  You can’t win games if you can’t score any runs.
  • Where has Carlos Santana gone?
  • Cody Allen.  This just isn’t your year.
  • MVP candidate Michael Brantley is having a solid year but hasn’t lived up to the hype generated off his 2014 campaign.
  • Inconsistent starting pitching.  Reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber gets no run support but that can’t excuse his less than stellar year.  The rest of the pitching has had yo-yo like seasons.

What should we expect in the 2nd half?

The Indians were my pick as well as many others to win the division.  They stumbled out of the gates and haven’t recovered.  Yet I still feel they are best suited to make a run at the Royals.  They boast top of the line starting pitching but they’ll need those guys to pitch to their talent levels.  I can’t see them going out and getting a major piece but they need some offense. So look for them to improve that whether it’s a utility bat or an outfielder.