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Cleveland Indians: 3 takeaways from a blowout win over the White Sox

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The Cleveland Indians completed the sweep with an easy and exciting victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chicago White Sox never stood a chance.

Corey Kluber took the mound for the Cleveland Indians and had a 9-0 lead after four innings. The rest was routine.

The Indians picked up a much-needed sweep, capped off with a 9-1 victory in a peaceful afternoon game. Let’s look at a few things that stood out from this relaxing win.

Kluber being Kluber

Corey Kluber logged six innings of work and could have gone further if not for the large lead. He struck out 10 and didn’t walk a single batter in his eighth win of the season.

At this point these performances are expected and Kluber continues to come through. Indians fans are watching one of the greats of our time and one of the best to ever take the mound for the Indians in franchise history.

Pitcher wins are what they are, but it is notable that Kluber now leads the American League in wins.

All hail the home run

Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each hit a home run in the win. It was Encarnacion’s 13th on the season, which is impressive. But he still trails the GOAT.

Ramirez hit his 17th home run this season, now trailing only J.D. Martinez and Mike Trout for the league lead.

These home runs were great but it was also nice to see the Indians score without having to go yard. Melky Cabrera drove in three runs without hitting a home run, while Yan Gomes and Erik Gonzalez each drove in a run at the bottom of the order.

Tracking Kipnis

Jason Kipnis went 0-4 on the day and enters play tomorrow with a slash line of .193/.276/.295. Not great, Bob!

We continue to approach the point where a slow start turns into a terrible season, and Terry Francona will have a decision to make if Erik Gonzalez continues to play well.

Some fans wrongfully assume that the Indians can just trade Kipnis, but no one is going to take him right now with his play and his contract situation. This isn’t a video game dynasty. All fans can do is hope Kipnis turns it around.

Next: Should Roberto Perez be optioned?

I don’t see the team cutting Kipnis, no matter how bad things get. It wouldn’t make sense financially with his contract. I suppose we are stuck with him and just have to hope he turns it around.

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