One of the advantages of being a good team is getting more players into the All-Star game and the Indians, who currently lead their division, are sending five to the midsummer classic. Those five players are 3B Jose Ramirez, SS Francisco Lindor, OF Michael Brantley and starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer. These five deserve this auspicious honor as they have played well and have represented the Indians well over the years.
Jose Ramirez is the lone starter of the bunch. This will be Ramirez’s 2nd year in a row as an All-Star starter, making him the first Indians third baseman since Al Rosen in 1953 and 1954 to start consecutive games. Ramirez started off slow this year but has picked it up and is batting .292 with 24 home runs, 59 RBI and 19 SBs. Besides for these offensive categories, he’s played stellar defense at the hot corner.
The SS position in the AL is very stacked and while Lindor is not starting the game, his numbers are up there with starter Manny Machado and that is why he was named to the team as a reserve. Machado has a better batting average and more RBI but Lindor is ahead in runs scored, home runs and stolen bases. Lindor joins Lou Boudreau as the only Indians shortstops to be named to three consecutive All-Star games.
Michael Brantley is batting .306 with 11 home runs, 49 RBI and 47 runs scored. Brantley made the All-Star team last year and the fact that he made it again this year shows that picking up his $11.5 million option was a good move. Additionally; Lindor, Brantley and Ramirez are the typical 1-2-3 hitters for the Indians, so it is pretty clear to see where the offense is coming from.
Name AVG HR RBI R SB OBP OPS
Francisco Lindor .298 23 56 79 12 .374 .940
Michael Brantley .306 11 49 47 5 .351 .841
Jose Ramirez .292 24 59 60 19 .395 .985
The starting pitchers who were named to the team, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have been pitching very well this season. The chart below will show you their numbers side-by-side.
Name W-L ERA WHIP K BB AVG HR
Corey Kluber 12-4 2.49 0.88 123 15 .207 17
Trevor Bauer 8-6 2.45 1.09 156 37 .211 5
These numbers show the sheer dominance that Kluber and Bauer have had this season. Kluber’s Achilles Heel this season has been giving up 17 home runs, but it has yet to impact the rest of his numbers too much as he has an excellent ERA and very few walks, so the home runs are not impactful. For Bauer, his W-L record is not great, but it mostly is because of a lack of run support in many of his starts. The two best stats for Bauer has been his strikeout numbers and his low home runs allowed.
Throughout the course of the season, articles have appeared on CST about each of these players. Check the Indians tab above to find those well-written articles by numerous authors.
Finally, while being named to the All-Star game is a great honor, the hope is that these five will continue their wonderful seasons in the 2nd half of the year and that other players on the team whose numbers are not worthy of an All-Star appearance will step up. Being an All-Star is great, but winning the World Series is the ultimate prize.