Which Cleveland Indians might make the All-Star Game?
With the All-Star Game just a month away, the voting is in full swing. Some players, like Mike Trout, are well known and almost certain to be in the game. Others, like Travis Shaw, are a little more obscure but deserving of the honors nevertheless. The Cleveland Indians have a mixture of these players, and at least one make the team due to the current rules.
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Along these lines, our own Zach Gewelb examines the current voting tallies to see where the Cleveland Indians stand. He notes that no Indians are currently slated to start the game, but the team has several players who are deserving of the honors. Interestingly enough, Jose Ramirez might just get some consideration as a backup player after struggling last season. The super-utility player has a .306 average so far.
One notable player is Francisco Lindor, who came in as the runner-up in last year’s American League Rookie of the Year voting. Lindor, 23, is having a great season, and he is clearly one of the top shortstops in the American League. Odds are that he will appear in the midsummer classic, even if he fails to gather enough votes to be a starter.
In other news, Matt Bretz takes a look at the series between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels. With nearly opposite records, the Tribe will look to extend their lead in the American League Central. A brief glance at the probable pitching matchups yields hope for that cause.
Corey Kluber and Hector Santiago dueled it out last night in what was his second start since I declared that he would have a big month of June. In his previous start against the Kansas City Royals, he pitched masterfully, striking out six batters while allowing no runs and just four base runners over six innings of work. Kluber picked up right where he left off in that one, allowing just two runs in a three-hit complete game effort as the Indians topped the Angels 6-2.
Trevor Bauer will take the hill tonight against Matt Shoemaker. Bauer, like Kluber, is coming off a great start against the Seattle Mariners; and hopefully, he can continue his recent string of success. The right-hander has shown some return on his prospect hype this season, as he has managed to limit walks while still striking out batters and preventing runs.
More from around the American League Central:
Cleveland Indians: Where Do They Stand in Recent All-Star Voting Update? – Wahoo’s on First
Cleveland Indians-Los Angeles Angels Series Preview – Wahoo’s on First
Cleveland Indians Top Angels As Corey Kluber Goes Distance – Wahoo’s on First