Cleveland Indians: 2 internal pitchers best fit to complete a healthy rotation

Starting pitcher Cal Quantrill #47 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Cal Quantrill #47 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Cal Quantrill
Cal Quantrill #47 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Cal Quantrill, SP, Cleveland Indians

Having appeared in 28 games this year, Cal Quantrill has been the starter eight times so far for the Cleveland Indians. The former starter in San Diego made the move back into the starting rotation when the Tribe needed an arm. He’s had some lows, but he’s been able to pair those with highs that have his stats on par with Zach Plesac.

Now, some of those stats are from his time as a reliever, but an ERA of 4.23 is something that Tribe fans should unfortunately welcome with open arms. To put that into perspective, Bieber’s ERA is the best among the team’s starters at 3.28 followed closely by Civale at 3.32. After that you get to Plesac with a mark of 4.31, meaning that Quantrill’s ERA is technically the third best on the roster for starters.

While it took a bit for Quantrill to settle in as a starter, he threw 90+ pitches in both of his last two starts before the All-Star break. That means that he’s stretched out fully to be a starter, so keeping him in the rotation makes sense. In both of those starts he gave up three runs, but his overall stat line was an improvement.

Being able to throw 90 pitches and last longer than five innings is a big plus in itself for the club right now. The long ball is still hurting him, but if that’s the worst of it then the Cleveland Indians can live with that if it means checking off another spot in the starting rotation for the time being.