Cleveland Indians Win; Jerry Sands Optioned; Salazar Notes

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The Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles; Jerry Sands optioned to Triple-A; and assorted Danny Salazar notes

Yesterday was a pretty solid day for the Cleveland Indians, as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Nick Swisher had a nice day, going two-for-three with a walk and an RBI. Also worth noting is Yan Gomes, who went two-for-four with a double. Hopefully the Brazilian native can continue this success as he returns from injury.

The big story from yesterday is Danny Salazar. He flat-out dominated the O’s, striking out 10 batters across seven innings to support his league leading strikeouts per nine inning stat. Just a year ago, Salazar was struggling mightily, but now he appears to be back to 2013 form: his strikeout and walk rates and xFIP are all nearly identical.

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Salazar has always shown great potential. Armed with a fastball that averages 97 miles per hour and can reach triple digits – it maxed out at 101 miles per hour in the 2013 Postseason – it’s easy to see why many dream on him. Salazar, however, has yet do establish another great pitch. PITCHf/x rates his slider as being two runs worse than the average slider per 100 pitches; and of all his breaking pitches, only his changeup receives a positive run rating.

In other news, Jerry Sands cleared waivers and returned to Triple-A. The right-handed hitter played very well across 10 games for the Tribe, although his .471 BABIP can probably be thanked for much of the assistance. The 27-year-old brought power potential to the lineup during his brief tenure on the big league roster, and he slammed 35 minor league home runs in 2011.

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