Five Story Lines to Watch for the Rest of 2014

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Aug 20, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher T.J. House (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Emergence of TJ House

Amongst a four young starting pitchers with top-of-the-rotation potential, House’s feats have gone largely unnoticed.  When people talk about the exciting future of the Tribe’s rotation, the names Kluber, Carrasco, Salazar and Bauer are often mentioned without a fifth name in the mix.  But over his past three starts, House has gone seven innings per start and given up two runs combined over those 21 innings.  Normally that strikes up a much bigger conversation that it has so far, but again, the attention is on the one through four starters right now.

House is a left-handed sinkerballer without one dominant wipeout pitch, but a fantastic work ethic and excellent command.  While he may never be an ace, he certainly has potential to stick in the major leagues.  It’ll be fun to keep an eye on him throughout the remainder of the season.  If he can prove that his past three starts are more than an extended fluke, maybe fans will start to take more notice.