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Last night’s game saw Michael Brantley hit his career-high 20th homer of the season, putting him at 20 homers and 21 steals on the year. Through a season of ups and downs for the Tribe, Brantley has been a consistent bright spot. His .322/.380/.502 batting line and excellent arm in left field has led him to a breakout 6.7 WAR season, according to baseball-reference.com.
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Brantley is the first Cleveland Indian to pass the 20/20 barrier since Shin-Soo Choo in 2010. This year, it’s unlikely that more than half a dozen or so players pass that mark, putting Brantley in elite company for power and speed capabilities.
Brantley’s 20th home run last night gave the Tribe a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. The Indians went on to lose the game 4-5 against the twins.
The Indians’ left fielder is under contract through the 2017 season, and is set to earn another $23.5 million during that time. The club holds a $11 million contract option on his services for 2018, with a $1 million buyout.