The Indians have played 37 games, which means they still have 125 left to play. They are currently in first place in the AL Central and the entire AL, and this is due to the great play of the hitters and the pitchers. Here are the statistical leaders so far this season:
Batting Average-Travis Hafner .340. Hafner is finally playing the way that all Indians fans have expected him to play since signing his large contract. His average is .42 points above the next closest player in Michael Brantley. (Adam Everett and Lou Marson are in between Hafner and Brantley, but they have not played enough games to qualify). His walk-off homer on Friday is a perfect example of the season he is having so far, and the one that we will hopefully continue all year.
Home Runs- Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore with 6. Both of these players come as surprises. Cabrera because he is not primarily known as a home run hitter, and Sizemore because he has only played in 18 games this season. They are closely followed by Santana, Hafner, and Choo who all have 5 home runs.
RBI- Asdrubal Cabrera with 25. Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo are the only players on the roster who have played in all 37 games this season. Cabrera has taken advantage of his opportunity and is the leader in home runs and RBI. He is very consistent, hitting at .288, and has a great glove on defense. His success is key to the team’s success.
Starting Pitching Stats
Wins- Justin Masterson with 5. Masterson has been the Tribe’s ace this season. He could easily have 6 or 7 wins if he was given more run support in a few of his starts. If he continues to pitch at this level, he will surely be in the All-Star Game.
ERA- Josh Tomlin 2.70 ERA. (Mitch Talbot has a lower ERA, but he has only pitched in 2 games this season). Tomlin has been another pleasant surprise, as he is 4-1 on the year. He made the roster as the fifth starter, but is currently the team’s second best pitcher, only behind Masterson. He will also have a chance at the All-Star Game if he can continue winning games, and keeping his ERA low.
Strikeouts- Justin Masterson with 40. Masterson’s stats are that of an ace. An ace usually has the most K’s on his team, along with wins and ERA. He leads in wins and strikeouts, and is only .03 points behind Tomlin in ERA.