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The 2nd Best Rotation in MLB?


The one and only Buster Olney told sources that he thinks the Cleveland Indians have the second best pitching rotation in the MLB, behind the New York Mets.  As much as I would love to agree with Buster, I would have to disagree with him.

When I look at this rotation, I think they are good.  You have a Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber who we all know struggled last season.  Was it his fault?  I personally don’t think so because the run support was not there.  Last season, Corey Kluber was 9-16 with a 3.49 ERA and 245 K’s. His run support was 3.35.  That right there is awful!!! I do believe Kluber will bounce back this upcoming season with a better record and hopefully a much better run support.

Carlos Carrasco has been someone who has gone up and down.  He was a starter/reliever in the 2014 Season.  In 2015, he got the starting job and was terrific.  He was 14-12 with a 3.63 ERA and 216 K’s.  The 12 losses doesn’t look great, but where he was the past few years, the 14 wins is impressive.  I am concerned that he will go back to his 2014 days, moving from starting rotation to reliever, but we shall see.


Trevor Bauer, is a starter that I am somewhat surprised he is still with the ball club.  There were talks about him being traded both during the trade deadline and the off-season along with Carrasco.  But he made it past the deadline and is still with the team in the off-season.  Bauer, in the 2015 season, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA and 155 K’s.  Along with that, he had the most walks in the AL with 79. I have not been very impressed with Bauer since he has been with the Indians.  We were all expecting this “Prospect” to be something great and he has not done that yet.  I am hoping the ERA drops and so do the walks.

Cody Anderson was a surprise in the starting rotation.  He did not start the season in the starting rotation until June.  Anderson was 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 44 K’s.  He was never a guy that would strikeout a ton of batters, but he was pretty consistent all year.  The record is impressive and I think he is someone that can really help this rotation this season.  Teams should watch out for Cody Anderson.


I am going to include both Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin on here because I feel like this rotation could have a 6-man rotation with injuries.  Salazar was inconsistent and it showed last season.  Salazar was 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 K’s.  The wins don’t surprise me because I know what he can do on the mound.  The K’s don’t surprise me because his stuff is good (when it works).  With that being said, he can do better.  The 10 losses are not good.  He throws hard but leaves pitches right down the middle for hitters to tee off on.  Salazar gave up 23 HR’s last season.  That cannot happen this coming season or he will be out of the starting rotation and sent to the minors.

Tomlin, if healthy, has really good stuff too.  When healthy, Tomlin was 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 57 K’s.  I have been a fan of Tomlin when he pitches.  I just wish he could have a injury-free season and that has not really happened for him.  His off-speed pitches are insane, which is his go-to since he does not throw very hard.  If Tomlin can stay healthy, those wins could double up.

Although I have given my opinion on the Indians starting rotation and what they can do, I do not see a “second best rotation in MLB.”  If you asked me if they have one of the best rotations in the American League, I would have to agree with that. When this starting rotation gets going, they cannot be stopped by anybody.  The only problem last season was the offense.  Hopefully the offense can help these starters in the 2016 season because this ball club could be playoff contender.

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