Smack Dab in the AL Central

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Cleveland Indians

Record: 4-2

Weekly Recap:

They had a bad series against the Seattle Mariners at home where they dropped two of three games, but they rebounded by going up to Detroit and sweeping the Detroit Tigers. The Indians hadn’t swept Detroit on the road for a very long time, so it must have felt nice for them to get the monkey off their back as they have struggled against Detroit over the past few years. They should be expecting Michael Brantley back soon so their offense can only get better; however, they also have lost one of their starting pitchers. Carlos Carrasco went down with a hamstring injury and is going on the disabled list. Hopefully he’s not out too long, as the Indians’ biggest key going forward is the health of their starting pitchers.

Stud of the Week: Francisco Lindor

Wow. What a week for the sophomore shortstop. He only hit .409/.519/.455 through the week. Did I mention he also flashed some stellar defense up the middle to rob several base hits from opposing batters. He’s everything and more the Indians hoped he’d be when they drafted him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. He has shown great poise throughout his young career and is maturing every game as he continues to showcase himself as one of the best young dynamic shortstops in the game today.

Dud of the Week: Cody Anderson

He had a bad week, no question. Almost as bad a week a young pitcher can have. He was lit up like a Christmas tree by the Mariners as he only made it through 3.2 innings before getting pulled after giving up nine hits and five runs. He was reportedly going to be pitching for his life in his next scheduled start before Carrasco’s injury granted him a reprieve. He’s not keeping the ball down, though, and batters see it and are taking full advantage of it.

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