Cleveland Indians All-Star Snub #3: Emmanuel Clase
While his most recent outing might say different, Emmanuel Clase has the stats to put him in the All-Star Game. With 11 saves, he leads the Cleveland Indians in the category and his blown save against the Tampa Bay Rays was just his second of the season, being 11-for-13 in save situations.
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The struggles against the Rays caused Clase’s ERA to jump half a run, but he’s still at just 1.51 for the stat. Totaling 35.2 innings this year, Clase has allowed just six earned runs. Now 13 runs have crossed the plate when he’s been on the mound, but only six have been earned. He also tallied 40 strikeouts for the club while keeping his walks a bit lower at 14.
Consistently hitting triple-digits on the radar gun has been Clase’s biggest weapon. When teams time that up, he becomes a bit vulnerable. However, when they can’t, he’s been one of the most effective relievers in the game.
Of the 25 pitchers with 10 save opportunities or more, Clase ranks sixth. Only Josh Hader (0.55), Craig Kimbrel (0.59), Kendall Graveman (1.03), Kenley Jansen (1.30) and Taylor Rogers (1.35) have lower ERAs and at least 10 save opportunities. That’s pretty good company to be around for any stat.
Like Karinchak, Clase seems to have the stats to prove that he should be an All-Star. However, since they form a committee of sorts, the two don’t always receive the same level of respect. Luckily, both are young and still getting better, so there should be All-Star appearances in their futures.