Who Should Be the 5th Starter for the Cleveland Indians?

First candidate: Josh Tomlin.

via cleveland.com
via cleveland.com

After being injured for the majority of the 2013 season, Josh Tomlin came into 2014 with the goal of earning a starting spot over Carlos Carrasco. Tomlin lost the battle to Carrasco in spring training, but he was still given plenty of opportunities to start throughout the year.

Tomlin’s first start of 2014 came on May 6th, where he went 6 and 2/3rd innings against the Minnesota Twins, earning his first win of the season in the process. Tomlin ended the month of May with a 3-2 record and a 3.02 ERA. His solid month of May had Terry Francona thinking he made a mistake in choosing Carrasco over Tomlin. Then, on June 28th, Tomlin had arguably the best outing from an Indians pitcher all season. He threw a one-hit complete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners, striking out ten, and lowering his monthly ERA to 4.30.

Unfortunately for Tomlin, he finished the month of July with a 6.45 ERA, and basically took himself out of the rotation as the season went on. Tomlin showed flashes of a good pitcher early in the year, but he was just not consistent enough to be a lock in the starting five. In my opinion, Josh Tomlin will get the occasional start this year, but he will not earn himself a permanent spot in the rotation. His performance last season did not prove enough, and it seems he will be better suited for either a spot in the bullpen, or as a starter in the minors with the occasional call-up.

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