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To start off the second half of the season the Cleveland Indians were 6.5 games back from the lead in the AL Central & were also ready to start a LONG stretch of 36 games in 37 days.
Since the second half started on July 12th the Cleveland ball club has played 12 of these 36 games and boy does it look like they are heating up. Going 8-4 over the last 12 games puts them just 3 games out of the #1 spot in the AL Central & gives them the confidence they need over this stretch of games.
BATTING STATS SINCE ALL STAR BREAK
The team seems to be coming around with the sticks as they are hitting .289 with 15 home runs, 60 runs batted in, and 61 runs scored in just those 12 games.
FEATURED OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
A couple guys to look out for during these games are Jose Ramirez & Oscar Mercado. Jose started the season slowly, VERY SLOWLY but seems to be getting back to himself at the plate while rookie Oscar Mercado continues to tear the cover off of the ball.
JOSE RAMIREZ: .333 avg / .340 obp / .986 ops, with 12 RBI & 3 HR over those 12 games.
"He's starting to look more like Hosey."
— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) July 16, 2019
OSCAR MERCADO: .349 avg / .417 obp / 1.138 ops with 4 HR & 11 RBI in just 11 games.
Say it with us (or don't if you're lame):
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2019
FEATURED DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
Two of the better pitchers for the tribe since the all star break have been Mike Clevinger who is an absolute force on the mound, and right handed starter Trevor Bauer who has nothing but straight filthy pitches in his arsenal.
MIKE CLEVINGER: Over 18 innings pitched he has a 2-0 record with 25 strikeouts, a 2.50 ERA, and teams are only hitting .238 against Clev so far this second half.
Mike Clevinger is legally required to change his last name to Klevinger after last night's performance.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 18, 2019
TREVOR BAUER : Indians starter has pitched 19.4 innings so far this second half and already has 30 strike outs and opponents are only hitting .214 since the all star break against Bauer.
Trevor Bauer's movement 😱
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) July 24, 2019
Only being a week away from the trade deadline, keep an eye out for the Indians to acquire a power hitting outfielder as they need one desperatley to help them during this long streak of games and have good playoff push.
Tonight the Indians play their 13th game in a row against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:07 ET in Toronto as they try to inch closer to taking the lead in the AL Central.