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What looked like it might be a fascinating year for the Cleveland Indians starting rotation, has turned into mostly a real mess. Zack McAlister and Josh Tomlin are not having the year expected from them after last season. Even though Justin Masterson is no longer an Indian, he too had some large problems.
Corey Kluber has been nothing short of outstanding and with a little more offensive help could have even a better record. Trevor Bauer has started to turn things around, we hope. But needs to work on his consistency! He seems to have that one bad inning that costs him.
The bullpen has been overworked, Bryan Shaw and a few others have done yoman jobs!! But going into next year, the front office is going to have to find some starting pitching somewhere and I don’t see it in Columbus. T.J. House has shown some promise, but will it continue? After the Tigers picked up David Price from the Rays, the Tribe has a long way to go to beat the rotation they have.
I just hope they can find a big right handed bat, which they ignored this last off season. Then find a second or third starter that has some kind of reliability!