It was a decent week for the Indians. They maintained their position at first place in the AL Central as they were playing on a west coast road trip this week. They were able to finish the week at above .500, which is always a good thing, especially when a team has spent the week on the road. They split a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners, then took two out of three against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. Their bullpen is still suspect so that is something to keep an eye on, but for the most part they received quality pitching from their starting rotation.
Stud of the Week: Corey Kluber
1 GS, 1-0, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.00 ERA, 0.444 WHIP
Programming complete. At times he seems wired to go out and completely dominate a game. Other times he seems to malfunction in late innings. The Klubot was wired perfectly this week as he dominated the Angels and tossed a complete game against them. When he’s wired this way, he is one of the most dangerous pitchers in the American League. In order for the Indians to keep control of the AL Central, having Kluber wired properly is key for them.
Dud of the Week: Yan Gomes
4 G, 10 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 1 2B, 0 BB, 2 K, .100/.100/.2000
It has just been a brutal season for the Indians catcher. Nothing has gone right for him and this last week was no different. He just seems lost at the plate and can’t seem to recognize the strike zone despite donning a new pair of glasses. It seems the result of each at-bat is bound to result in something negative. It clearly is becoming more and more of a mental problem and it seems unlikely he will be able to figure it out any time soon. For his sake, he needs to find something that works for him fast. It also didn’t help he had to miss a couple of games in the week due to a testicular contusion. Yes, you read that right.