Five Hot Takes for the Indians 2018 Season

All Five Starters Finish with 15+ Wins

New York Post

Now, this one may be a bit of a stretch. As it stands now, with a fully healthy roster, the Indians have a good problem of having seven pitchers that have been in and out of the rotation over the past few years. That seven includes Cody Anderson, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and Danny Salazar, who has his own injury problems stemming from 2016.

For the most part, we all know what Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer will bring to the table. Last year, Carrasco very well deserved his name among other Cy Young Award candidates and Bauer set career highs in wins (17) and strikeouts (196).

The wildcard of this group is clearly Josh Tomlin. Out of eight MLB seasons, Tomlin has hit double-digit wins in only three of them. Most fans are ready to see the team move on from Tomlin, but I may be a bit of a fool to believe he can return to his 2016 season of 13 wins. At the end of the day, Tomlin is and will always be one the best pitchers in the majors when it comes to BB/9 (walks per nine innings), coming off a career-best 0.89 walks per nine innings last year.

Also, don’t forget about Mike Clevinger who seemingly came out of nowhere last year and could cement himself as the number three starter if his good numbers continue.

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