The Cleveland Indians entered the break up 2.5 games in the division and sporting the third-best run differential in the American League. The five Indian All-Stars then went on to make positive contributions for the AL squad as Jose Ramirez had two hits and a steal, Michael Brantley had a hit, Francisco Lindor made a nice play in the last inning, and Andrew Miller closed out the victory as the Indians coaches guided the team. Corey Kluber was the only member of the team that didn’t help in victory as he did not pitch due to having started the Sunday prior.
While it’s always fun to be in first place, the expectations for this season combined with inconsistent play has been somewhat of a disappointment to many fans. Being swept in their first series post All-Star break by the last place Oakland Athletics has put frustrations are at an seasonal high.
Jeff Nomina sat down with fellow-WFNY contributor Jim Pete over the break to discuss where the Tribe stand now and what to expect in the second half and into the playoffs.
Topics covered include many discussed on these pages in recent days: the Tribe’s easy schedule due to a weak American League Central Division, Francisco Lindor’s struggles this season, trading for a starting pitcher, what type of arm they might target, Danny Salazar as a wild card, and more.
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