2 Cleveland Indians who always play better in the second half
The Major League Baseball season is well into the second half now and the Cleveland Indians game on July 30 will mark the club’s 100th game of the season. For Cleveland, the season has had it’s fair share of highs and lows with injuries taking most of the headlines. Nevertheless, the team has managed to keep their head afloat with a record of 50-49 at this point in the campaign.
That might not be the record that some were hoping for, but given the circumstances of the season it’s not bad. Being 8.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central might seem like a hard hill to climb, but the five-game deficit in the Wild Card race is much more feasible.
While the Tribe have been relatively quiet at the trade deadline with only one deal, they may be receiving some internal boosts down the stretch that could end up making the difference. Despite both being moved to the 60-day injured list, Aaron Civale and Shane Bieber are working their way back to the rotation. Zach Plesac is already back while Triston McKenzie and Cal Quantrill are starting to come into their own.
The bullpen has been steady for most of the season and a stabilized rotation will go a long way in keeping the pen at a high level. Meaning that once Civale and Bieber are back, the bump could be back to what it has been in the past for Cleveland. As for the offensive side of the game, there’s two players on the Tribe’s roster that have historically performed better in the second half of the season.
If these two players can continue that into the second half of the 2021 season, it could provide a huge boost to the Cleveland Indians. The surge from these two paired with the return of the starting rotation might just be enough to get the Tribe back into contention in the last couple months of the season.