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Atlanta Braves: State of the Franchise.

The 2017 Atlanta Braves are a tale of two visions. The first is a franchise built on a talented farm system and a willingness to sacrifice now for a promising future; the second is a gamble on a group of aging veterans to come together and will the Braves into contention for the inaugural season at Sun Trust Park.

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The one year contention plan started with Matt Kemp in 2016 and showed General Manager John Coppolella grasps what it takes to bolster his lineup. Having Matt Kemp in the lineup highlights how good a hitter Freddie Freeman really is when pitchers have to pitch to him. Based on the post Kemp numbers from 2016 and his amazing start to 2017, Freeman is one of the best hitters in the majors. Freeman was building a case for NL MVP when an inside pitch fractured his wrist during a chippy contest with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In spite of Freeman’s injury, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, and GM Coppolella’s veteran acquisitions, namely Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, and Matt Adams, still make the Braves a difficult task for opposing pitching. The Braves are in the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring runs overall, but are one of the best run scoring road teams in baseball. The strange twist to the Braves scoring split is opposing teams are racking up runs at Sun Trust. The upside to this scenario is the Braves’ offense will likely climb in the offensive rankings due to steadily improving numbers at hitter friendly Sun Trust Park.

 

Offensive Grade-B+

The veteran moves have turned out better than expected, Ender Inciarte is the answer at lead-off and centerfield for years to come, and GM Coppolella instilled even more confidence in Braves nation by pulling hot hitting Matt Adams out of his hat in the wake of Freeman’s injury. I’m hoping we can at least cling to Kemp in hopes the “young guns” on the way up can propel us into contention next season.

Freddie Freeman (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

As I mentioned above, the 2017 Atlanta Braves are a hybrid of a rebuilding project and a one year, “field a good team for the new park”, experiment. Offensively the “Sun Trust plan” is going better than expected, but the pitching is teetering on the edge of a worst case scenario. RA Dickey is performing below average and Bartolo Colon has lost the ability to not pitch like the three hundred pound, 44-year-old, man he is. The silver lining is Jaime Garcia’s return to form with the Braves; he will be a great bargaining chip if the Braves decide to unload him and a good pitcher next season if not. The 2017 Braves were an honest attempt at contention, but the odds were long betting on the aging Dickey and Colon.

Colon recently went to the DL and “young gun” Sean Newcomb got the call. The 6’5 255 lb. prospect lived up to expectations by blanking the Mets for six plus innings with seven strikeouts in his debut and hung tough in some tight situations against the Marlins for his second quality start. A spectacular run bringing the Braves within a few games of the Nationals withstanding, the Braves will likely start jettisoning veterans after the break and tapping into the mountain of pitching talent amassed under GM Coppolella.

The unaddressed bullpen was the weakest link in the Atlanta Braves 2017 plan. Closer Jim Johnson appears to have a serviceable season left in the tank, but, overall, the Braves pen is an underwhelming collection of relievers sprinkled with a few live armed youngsters still developing.

 

Pitching Grade-D+

The plus is for Teheran starting to turn it around and the promise of young talent on its way. Jim Johnson is effective as closer and Jaime Garcia is having a great year, but both will likely be traded for young talent in the coming months.

Bartolo Colon (Photo Credit: Getty Images / Joe Robbins)

 

The 2017 Atlanta Braves shot at contention took a huge hit with Freddie Freeman going down with a broken wrist and Bartolo Colon appearing to finally lose his epic battle with father time. This was a team that needed everything to go right and it just didn’t work out. The new park is amazing and I enjoy the heck out of watching Dickey wing knucklers, but it is time for the Atlanta Braves to see if the pitching talent they traded an entire team for is for real. In Sean Newcomb’s case, so far so good.

 

J.D. McGriff is the Cleat Geek Beat-writer for all things ATL. He resides in Atlanta, GA and is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan/sufferer.

Rizzo Should be Suspended & The Home Plate Rule Changed

Here is the written rule; A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate), or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision. The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 6.01 The Rule also goes on to state. If a catcher blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall not find that the runner initiated an avoidable collision in violation of this rule 6.01.

Let’s look at why the rule even exists.

Now let’s look at the video from the collision at the plate that involved Anthony Rizzo and Austin Hedges.

First, let me tell everyone reading this, that I can’t stand the rule as it is written now. But, if you are going to change a rule, then you need to follow the rule, and the way the rule is written. Therefore, what Anthony Rizzo did goes against the rule and his punishment for his blatant aggressive actions should be a suspension. He deviated from his direct path to force hard unneeded contact with Austin Hedges, the catcher.

Even Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre spoke with Rizzo on Tuesday to inform him he had violated Rule 7.13, which protects catchers from collisions.

As for his part in the play Rizzo had this to say, “It an instinct play, there’s no intent to be malicious toward Austin Hedges, toward the San Diego Padres, it wasn’t a statement,” Rizzo said. “It’s a tough baseball rule and there’s a lot of gray area. The league looked at it, and it’s over with now.”

“It was a bad slide,” Hedges said Tuesday. “I clearly gave him the plate. He went out of his way, got me pretty good. It was just too bad. I thought I gave him enough plate to go ahead and slide.”

Padres manager Andy Green called the play a “fairly egregious violation of the rule” on Monday. “Don’t think in any way, shape or form he’s a dirty baseball player,” Green said Tuesday. “I think it was one of those plays, he makes a decision in a split-second, he violated a rule. A rule that was designed to protect the health of my catcher and every catcher in the game of baseball.”

And just to be fair and get everyone’s take on the situation from every perspective let’s here what the Cub’s skipper had to say. “I thought it was a great baseball play,” Maddon said. “Their catcher did everything right, the way he caught the ball and slid into the plate as he was attempting to block the line, and Anthony did the right thing attempting to score a run, which is the whole purpose of playing baseball. The narrative gets really thrown out of proportion, but I think that’s just the world we live in today.”

To me it is not about if it is a dirty play, or not. It is the fact that MLB decided it was necessary to change the rule, their Chief Baseball Officer said it was a violation of the new rule, yet MLB is doing nothing. He should be suspended, just as a pitcher would be if they were warned then hit another batter or if a player was caught using PED’s.

I also must conclude this article by saying that I don’t like the rule, and in fact I think changing it was unnecessary and the way the rule is now is actually worse than it was before the rule change. My opinion, there needs to be a white painted box in front of the plate between the left and right handed batters boxes. When there is a play at the plate, the catcher needs to stay within that box. Yea, it really can be solved that simply.

Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

Ben Zobrist’s left wrist wasn’t healing as quickly as he had hoped, so the Cubs placed him on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to last Tuesday. “I tried to swing right-handed and it’s still not good,” he said Friday. “At this point, you don’t want to have the team down a player so we have to get somebody else here until it’s totally healed. That gives me seven more days to see how it really heals.” Zobrist’s left wrist has bothered him since the Cubs’ series in Los Angeles in late May. “It’s not getting better as fast as it should be,” Zobrist said. “If it’s going to take another three, four days from now for it to feel great, then we’re getting close to 10 days anyways. You might as well give the team the other option off the bench.” A switch-hitter, Zobrist said his wrist hurt him more when he batted from the right side, but said Friday it also hurt when he hit left-handed. “I thought we were trending right,” Joe Maddon said. “Let’s just shut it down, calm it down, so he can come back and play like he can.” The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa to take Zobrist’s spot on the roster.

Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward are still on track to be starters in the All-Star Game in the most recent voting update. The Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna surpassed the Braves’ Matt Kemp, who sits just behind the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist for fourth on the outfielder leaderboard. All three players find themselves neck-and-neck with Jason Heyward for the final starting position while Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also not far behind. Willson Contreras is still behind Giants’ Buster Posey for the catcher position and Anthony Rizzo still trails Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman for first base. Javier Baez is second in voting for second basemen behind Nationals’ Daniel Murphy. Kris Bryant still leads for third basemen while Addison Russell is in third place for the shortstop position.

Side Notes

A second MRI on pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ right hand revealed he has inflammation, and there is no timetable for his return. With Hendricks on the disabled list and Brett Anderson still rehabbing, the Cubs have dipped into their starting pitching depth twice. They can’t really afford another starter to get hurt.

Tribe Take: Strong Week

Looking to stay ahead in the AL Central coming off a solid week beforehand, the Tribe took to the field to take on two hot teams in the Dodgers and the Twins.

Monday started off with the day off for the Tribe, as they had a nice practice day to prep for the Dodgers the next day.

Clayton Kershaw took to the mound to take on the powerful Tribe offense in game 1 of the 3 game stint on Tuesday, and he was nothing short of dominant. He only gave up 2 runs and although the Tribe attempted a late comeback, it was too late as the Dodgers offense helped steal the first game at Progressive Field with a final of 7-5.

Wednesday was more of the same from the Dodgers all around team, as the offense was clicking once again and the pitching was solid as they stole another game, this one with a final of 6-4.

In the final game of the series on Thursday, it was the Tribe’s turn to take over. Their offense exploded for 12 runs in a complete game all around to head out to Minnesota on a high note.

After the strong finish against the Dodgers, the Tribe took off to Minnesota to play a 4 game series with the second place Twins.

All 4 games, including the double header on Saturday, were all domination by the Tribe. The Indians didn’t give up more than 3 runs in any game, and their offense came to life finally, as Edwin Encarnacion led the way and hit 2 homers to get his power back on Sunday.

STORY OF THE WEEK: After the Tribe were able to complete the 4 game sweep of the Twins, they propelled themselves into 1st place and sole control of the AL Central Division. With this division struggling, the future looks bright for the World Series runner up’s.

Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals had a good week winning both of their series. They started the week on the road against the San Francisco Giants. The Royals won both games by at least five runs. Their weekend series was against the Angels in Anaheim. The Royals won three of the four games. It was their third series win in a row. Their success this week helped them move up in the standings.

 

The American League Central is one of the closest divisions this season. The Royals are currently in third place. They are 3.5 games behind the division leading Minnesota Twins. The Royals have also moved up in the wild card race. The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are leading the wild card standings. The Royals are currently 2.5 behind. If the Royals continue their success they could move into playoff contention.

Lorenzo Cain has been one of the best offensive players in baseball this month. He has a .373 average and a .814 slugging percentage in June. He also has 8 home runs so far this month, which is tied for the highest in the MLB. Cain leads the Royals in runs, walks, stolen bases, and WAR. The Royals have improved offensively in the last few weeks and Lorenzo Cain has been a big contributor.

 

The Royals have improved their power hitting. The team has 81 home runs so far this season. In 2016, the team only combined for 147, which was the fewest in the American League. This season five Royals have nine or more home runs. Last season only six Royals had nine or more all season. This month the Royals have the fourth most home runs in the American League. The Royals have improved their power hitting this season and it has been a big part of their success in the month of June.

 

The Royals will start a week long home stand on Monday against the Boston Red Sox. It will be the Royals first series against the Red Sox this season. Boston is one of the top teams in the American League. The Royals weekend series will be against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays struggled early this season but have improved and currently have a 33-35 record. Despite their improvement they are still in last place in the American League East. The Royals will need to continue third success next week against two American League East opponents.

SABERmetrics Sunday: Mile-High Mark Reynolds

The Colorado Rockies are raising a lot of eyebrows around baseball as they are sitting high in the NL west battling the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for the division crown. A number of aspects of their game are contributing to their success like their young pitching and of course their offense. A player that stands out is Mark Reynolds.

The 33-year old slugger is in his second year with Colorado and has seemed to up his game in his Rockies stint. Reynolds has been in MLB since 2007 and was always a strikeout or home run kind of guy. From 2007-2015, Reynolds averaged 26 home runs, a .323 OBP, 11.3% BB and 169 Ks in 140 games per-season; Reynolds has played four 145+ game seasons in which he had averaged 209 Ks.

He joined the Rockies in 2016 and since then has seen some changes in his offensive numbers. Last year he had a career-high .356 OBP, a career low 25.4% K rate (which still is poor in terms of fangraphs averages, but good for Reynolds), the lowest BB% since his rookie year at 9.5% and his second-lowest home run total (14) in 118 games.

Through his first 65 games this season he continues to impress in production. Going into 6/17 he has a .382 OBP / .557 Slugging / .939 OPS / .360 BABIP / 17 home runs / 25.8% K / 11.2% BB. Reynolds is doing some really good things across the board right now, he is walking at an above-average rate, crushing the ball and just doing a great job at getting on base. It is interesting to note his BABIP is at a solid .360 and it was .361 last season after averaging a .294 BABIP in his first nine years, more balls he is putting in play are falling for hits and not just home runs. The 25.8 K rate still is high and probably will not change, if he plays 150 games or so he will probably strikeout 150ish times.

*NOTE: BABIP does not apply for home runs*

A big factor that a lot of people point out is Coors Field and how hitter-friendly that environment is. It is probably likely that it helps Reynolds out a bit. If he plays a season of about 150 games he will definitely get more benefits on flyballs leaving the park and his BABIP is certainly at a sustainable number, not saying it will stay but it is possible. And though 25% K is not great, keeping it around that level as opposed to around 30% where he was for many years, he will increase his chances at getting hits by putting the ball in play more while still sustaining a very good walk rate…thus equaling a better on-base%.

Overall is seems Reynolds will always be a slugger who strikes out more than normal but he is showing the ability to do a bit more across the hitting board. Sure, Coors plays a factor at times likely but his approach is also helping him a lot and he deserves credit for it.

 

Why Young Jr. & Middleton Are Keys To Angel’s Success?

Eric Orlando Young Jr. is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and New York Yankees. I’m pretty sure the Yankees would want Jr back on their team from what we saw during the game on 6/13.
Eric Young Jr. spent a significant portion of the last four years trying to get back to the big leagues. Home runs were not on his radar. He hit three, total, between 2013 and 2016.
Somehow, in two weeks as an Angel, since Mike Trout tore his thumb ligament, the 32-year-old journeyman has managed to match that home run total. His third, an eighth-inning solo shot Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, propelled the Angels into a 2-2 tie with the Yankees. The score stayed that way until the 11th inning. After two teammates walked, Young then promptly lined a single off of New York reliever Ben Heller’s left hamstring to supply his club the 3-2 victory and secure himself an icebath.

Keyana Middleton, 23, pitched on Sunday and Monday, and he had never before pitched on three consecutive days. But he insisted to Scioscia he was fit to pitch. Middleton looks like he could be the next best thing for the Angel’s bullpen in the future. I’m not saying he’s the next K- Rod but if Middleton can get experience in the bullpen, the Angels could have something when it comes to the closer role after this season. He’s a right handed pitcher, who throws 95 mph with a couple different breaking balls and a change up from what I saw last night. You could say he is a Francisco Rodriguez type of pitcher coming out of the pen this early in his career.


As far as Eric Young Jr goes, he need to stay in the lineup when Mike Trout comes back from injury. Hit Young Jr anywhere in the lineup and have him play OF if needed but mostly second base. The great thing about Young Jr is that he’s a varsity player. Every team needs a player like that. For example, The Boston Red Sox have Broc Holt, Pittsburgh Pirates have Josh Harrison, and The Los Angeles Dodgers have Chris Taylor. I’m sure I’m missing some players. But the whole point is to have a player in the line up that isn’t a super star, but good enough to make your team win on both sides of the ball. The Angels come into tonight’s game (6/16) right at .500. They are in second place in the American League West behind the best team in baseball in the Houston Astros. They have also, even loosing the first game of their three game set against Kansas City last night, being 6-4 in their last 10 and find themselves only a half game out of the Wild Card because of the recent contributions of Eric Young Jr and Keynan Middleton.

Brewers Week in Review: Three Up Three Down

Since I did not get a week in review submitted last week I am going to combine two weeks worth of Brewers opponents into one posting.

Record for the week: 5-7

Opponents for the week: Dodgers, Giants, @ D-Backs, @ Cardinals

Three Up:

Chase Anderson: Anderson continues to be one of the Brewers most effective starters. Anderson has gotten deep into the game into almost all of his starts. This is particularly true lately. In his last four starts Anderson has gone a minimum of 6 innings and has only allowed one run over those starts. Anderson has faced good offenses as of late as he has faced the D-Backs, Mets, Giants, & D-Backs again. While Anderson may not have the name recognition he has the numbers to be considered for a NL All-Star position. Anderson is 5-2 on the season with a 2.83 ERA.

Travis Shaw: Acquired from the Red Sox over the winter for Tyler Thorburg, Shaw is showing the Brewers to be the clear winners of the trade. Thornburg is injured and has yet to pitch for the Red Sox. Shaw meanwhile has provided much needed balance to a line-up that was very right hand dominant. Shaw’s 11 home runs tie him for second on the team and his 44 RBI’s lead the team. But Shaw’s contributions run deeper. Many of his hits this season have been late in games and have either provided the difference for the Brewers to tie or take late leads in games. Shaw is not just a good hitter but also a clutch hitter and that is something the Brewers offense desperately needs. Shaw, like Anderson has a legitimate shot at being a member of next months All-Star team.

Future Brewers Arrive: Between this weeks MLB draft and the promotions of several of the Brewers top organization several future Brewers have arrived on the big league scene this week. While it is not necessary to name them all at the moment, these players should continue to increase the big league performance and competition level. That’s a stated goal of the Brewers management and they are well on their way to accomplishing it.

Three Down: There is a common denominator on the three down. It should be fairly obvious to catch it.

Bullpen I: The Bullpen has three members who are on pace to approach or break the franchise record for appearances by a single reliever in a season. This one is not the bullpens fault but more so a reflection of the starting pitching not getting deep into games especially early in the season.

Bullpen II: The Bullpen has been charged with a major league high 18 losses. The bullpen was charged with all four losses on the Brewers last home stand. The Brewers as a team have 32 losses. To further illustrate Anderson left a recent start against Arizona trailing 1-0 with the game going to the 7th inning. The Brewers lost the game 11-1 as the bullpen gave up 10 runs on 11 hits over the games final 2 innings.

Bullpen III: The Brewers bullpen leads baseball in walks allowed by a bullpen. The Brewers have made several bullpen changes to the roster in the last few days in an effort to address what is clearly the teams biggest current area of concern.

Bottom Line: People can criticize the strength of the division and it is clearly not as strong as it has been in past years but the fact is that while the games have been far from pretty,  especially in relationship to the bullpen. The fact is the Brewers continue to hang in there and remain in the division lead. The bullpen is the big weakness and the options as far as solving that in season are some what limited. The Brewers are doing what they can to address it by calling up new players and giving them an opportunity.

Reds Got Their Man

In what has been a hectic week so far for the Reds organization, fans and personnel alike seem to be high on the young talent taken up to this point in the 2017 MLB Draft. The sun seemed to shine just a bit brighter in Cincinnati on Monday, as commissioner Rob Manfred announced the Reds’ No. 2 overall selection of high school phenom Hunter Green (RHP/SS). Assuming Greene elects to sign with the team, and all signs point to that happening, the Reds will maintain control of MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 prospect and what many consider to be the most hyped high school player since Bryce Harper. He talks like a seasoned veteran, he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated by the age of seventeen, and he can throw 102. What’s not to like?

The team is set to make a total of 41 selections before draft’s end, but see below for a quick wrap-up of the first 11 players taken by the Cincinnati Reds, including  information, statistics, and links.

Round 1 – Pick 2

Hunter Greene, RHP/SS – 6’4” / 210 lb

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Photo by John McDonough

Pitching

2017: 3-0 | 28.0 IP | 0.75 ERA | 43 SO | 13.82 SO/9

2016: 5-3 | 55.2 IP | 1.63 ERA | 68 SO | 11.09 SO/9

Career (4 years): 12-5 | 121.1 IP | 1.62 ERA | 145 SO | 10.78 SO/9

Batting

2017: .324 BA | 6 HR | 28 RBI | .374 OBP | .598 SLG

2016: .419 BA | 5 HR | 20 RBI | .487 OBP | .763 SLG

Career (4 years): .337 BA | 13 HR | 72 RBI | .414 OBP | .567 SLG

 

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Competitive Balance Round A – Pick 32

Jeter Downs, SS – 6’0” / 180 lb

Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Listed as Baseball America’s #53 overall draft prospect

Listed as MLB Pipeline’s #37 overall draft prospect

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Round 2 – Pick 38

Stuart Fairchild, OF – 6’0” / 195 lb

Wake Forest

2016: .293 BA | 5 HR | 47 RBI | .403 OBP | .470 SLG

2017: .359 BA | 17 HR | 67 RBI | .438 OBP | .645 SLG

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Round 3 – Pick 77

Jacob Heatherly, LHP – 6’3” / 200 lb

Cullman High School (Ala.)

Photo via SBNation

2017: 69.2 IP | 1.11 ERA | 116 SO | 15.09 SO/9

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Round 4 – Pick 107

Cash Case, SS – 6’1” / 190 lb

The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)

Photo via Perfect Game

As of 4/10/17: .433 BA | 5 HR | 21 RBI

 

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Round 5 – Pick 137

Mac Sceroler, RHP – 6’4” / 205 lb

Southeastern Louisiana

2016: 10-4 | 96.0 | 2.25 ERA | 93 SO | 8.72 SO/9

2017: 9-2 | 101.2 IP | 3.81 ERA | 110 SO | 9.78 SO/9

 Video Link: http://m.mlb.com/video/v1463581783/draft-report-mac-sceroler-college-pitcher

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Round 6 – Pick 167

Tyler Buffett, RHP – 6’2” / 197 lb

Oklahoma State

2016: 9-3 | 83.1 IP | 2.81 ERA | 76 SO | 8.23 SO/9

2017: 6-5 | 93.0 IP | 5.23 ERA | 82 SO | 7.94 SO/9

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Round 7 – Pick 197

Mark Kolozsvary, C – 5’9” / 190 lb

University of Florida

2016: 3 GS  | .235 BA | 2 HR | 5 RBI | .316 OBP | .588 SLG

2017: 30 GS | .279 BA | 3 HR | 25 RBI | .364 OBP | .460 SLG

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Round 8 – Pick 227

Connor Ryan, RHP – 6’1” / 175 lb

Illinois-Chicago

2016: 1-0 | 25.0 IP | 1.80 ERA | 22 SO | 0.96 WHIP | 7.92 SO/9

2017: 3-1 | 29.0 IP | 3.10 ERA | 30 SO | 1.07 WHIP | 9.31 SO/9

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Round 9 – Pick 257

Packy Naughton, LHP – 6’2” / 195 lb

Virginia Tech

2016: 3-7 | 76.0 IP | 6.75 ERA | 74 SO | 8.76 SO/9

2017: 2-6 | 57.2 IP | 6.24 ERA | 63 SO | 9.91 SO/9

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Round 10 – Pick 287

Robby Howell, RHP – 6’3” / 223 lb

Central Florida

2016: 7-4 | 101.0 IP | 1.96 ERA | 65 SO | 1.08 WHIP | 5.79 SO/9

2017: 10-1 | 103.0 IP | 3.50 ERA | 94 SO | 1.32 WHIP | 8.21 SO/9

Tribe Take: Another Solid Week

Coming off a solid week previously, the Tribe posted another fair record this week, but with must improvement needed to be done if they want to go back to the World Series again.  They faced off with the Rockies and the White Sox for a total of 5 games and 2 off days to account.

Monday was the first of those off days as the Tribe had a day to head out to Coors Field in Colorado for a 2 game stint with the Rockies.

Game 1 on Tuesday got started off with hot offense from the Rockies, led by power hitter Trevor Story, that was able to easily put away the Tribe 11-3.

Game 2 was more of the same from the Rockies, as this time their offense exploded for an 8 run margin of victory, one of their biggest this season.  The Tribe’s pitching struggled once again, giving up 8 runs to only 1 to contrast that with.

Photo By: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After the rough series with Colorado, the Tribe packed up and shipped home on Thursday during their travel day, as they prepped for a 3 game stint over the weekend with the Chicago White Sox.

Game 1 on Friday got started off with some mean offensive power from the Tribe, as they clearly understood what they were lacking back in Colorado, and so they made up for it in a 7-3 victory to start the series strong.

The game on Saturday, though, wasn’t the same. The pitching was struggling in late innings to keep the game close, and they ended up losing 5-3 in a nailbiter.

Sunday was a nice end to the week for the squad and fans, as the Tribe was able to rattle off a 4-2 victory, with everyone getting involved and making it a fun Sunday for all.

STORY OF THE WEEK:  In the MLB Draft, the Indians grabbed talented prospect Quentin Holmes out of Queens High School in New York with the 64th overall pick. The outfield has always been a struggle for the Tribe, and Holmes looks to be a part of that in the coming years.

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