Cleveland Indians: Grading the roster by position, post-trade deadline

Myles Straw #7 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians Starting Rotation

The starting rotation might be the hardest position group to analyze on Cleveland’s roster right now. Do you measure it off of what has been or what could be? Once Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale are back this unit will look totally different than how they are right now, but getting to that point has been, and will continue to be, nothing short of a nightmare.

Triston McKenzie and Cal Quantrill have shown potential, but consistency is still lacking. If they are the ones to round out the rotation once everyone is healthy, the team should be close to guaranteed at least four solid starts for every five games.

However, Bieber and Civale still are on the track back with both being on the 60-day injured list. That means the team will have to continue to try and scrap by with the other pitchers who have been trying their hand in the rotation.

With the being said, we’re going to issue two grades to the starting pitching. One with Bieber and Civale and one without. It’s too difficult to try and weigh everything together because it really is a tale of two totally different groups. Hopefully, the one with the two starting pitchers healthy is the one used more down the stretch.

Grade with Bieber, Civale: B+

Grade without: C-