Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Indians Lineup

None-None, in AL Central

Injuries helped one team finally pluck the division pennant from the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe finally battled untimely holes in their lineup that helped the Twins ascend to the top of the AL Central. Already there are health issues in Cleveland. A former Cy Young winner is no longer the ace of the staff, but the Indians have two top-10 preseason ranked hurlers at the forefront of their starting rotation. The health of one is in question and the youth of the other.

Cleveland should still have the arms to pitch well enough, but gone are those days when the Tribe's batting order made opposing pitcher's knees shake. They still have a lot of pop at the top of their order, but Cleveland has question marks at the bottom. How strong one of their former staff aces is after a battle with Leukemia will prove critical. The Indians' bullpen is a long way removed from their dominant days when they were World Series challengers. Lots of questions up on Lake Erie to begin 2020.

Indians Starting Lineup

1. C. Santana , (S), 1B
2. C. Hernandez , (S), 2B
3. J. Ramirez , (S), 3B
4. R. Perez , (R), C
5. O. Mercado , (R), CF
6. B. Hand , (L), CL
7. J. Luplow , (R), LF
8. F. Reyes , (R), RF
9. F. Lindor , (S), SS
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Mike Clevinger M. Clevinger (R)
95
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Carlos Santana C. Santana (S)
92
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Cesar Hernandez C. Hernandez (S)
76
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Jose Ramirez J. Ramirez (S)
88
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Roberto Perez R. Perez (R)
67
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Oscar Mercado O. Mercado (R)
64
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Brad Hand B. Hand (L)
96
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Jordan Luplow J. Luplow (R)
74
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Franmil Reyes F. Reyes (R)
81
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Francisco Lindor F. Lindor (S)
92
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Cleveland Indians Pitching Analysis

The Indians rotation was flat out filthy yet again. They had four starters with over 200 innings pitched, and all four finished with an ERA under 3.50. There were some rumors for this offseason that Cleveland was going to shop Corey Kluber and also a few other names. At the moment this rotation is intact, but it does make us wonder what they could do over the next few months. Kluber had another Cy Young caliber season, but fell short to Blake Snell in the voting. He went 20-7 with 222 strikeouts. Kluber is a top five pitcher in baseball right now, and his pinpoint control is one of the more underrated things about him. He will look to lead the Cleveland staff again, but maybe a trade does happen at some point during the season. While Trevor Bauer may be a nut job, he put together a career year. He had 221 strikeouts in 175 innings, and sported a 2.21 ERA. Bauer was a bit of a wild card in the past, but 2018 has hyped him up to continue this type of dominance heading into the new season. Projections have him ticking downward a little bit, but not by much.

How nice it must be to have Carlos Carrasco as your number three starter. He led the team in strikeouts, and had a 3.38 ERA. Carrasco is a terrific right-handed arm, who is going to be in Cleveland for the next few seasons. There is a huge advantage for having Carrasco going up against other team’s number three starter. His above average strikeout stuff and consistency should continue in 2019. Mike Clevinger was a surprising name who made a major jump last season. He had a 3.02 ERA, and was the fourth starter to have over 200 strikeouts. Clevinger will be the fourth starter again for the Indians, and has potential to repeat 2018 type numbers. Shane Bieber rounds out the fifth starting spot, as Danny Salazar needs to get healthy and rebuild his reputation with the Indians. Bieber looked very good for being a long term option for the Indians, but he did have a glaring weakness against left-handed hitters. This was the only real knock about him, especially with his above average control.