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Game MVP: Michael Brantley [5/19/13]


Continuing the MVP series, Sunday’s MVP is Michael Brantley. To get your Michael Brantley MVP virtual card, send me an e-mail to [email protected] with the phrase “.300Hitter” in the subject line.

Michael Brantley (left fielder, #23)

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MVP Rating: Star

Game Stats:

-2 hits in 4 at bats (.500 batting average)

-5 total bases (1.250 slugging percentage)

-4 RBI (20 this season)

-1 HR (2 this season)

Details:

Michael Brantley continues to prove to us all that the C.C. Sabathia trade had a hand in the Tribe’s future even with the resounding failure of Matt LaPorta. With the added boost of his father, Mickey Brantley, in the seats on Sunday, Michael gave a spectacular performance. His 4 RBIs accounted for two thirds of Cleveland’s runs against former Cy Young Award Winner Felix Hernandez, continuing the Tribe’s mangling of that elite class of pitchers. His three-run shot in the second blew the game open to 5-0, and the performance raised his overall slash line to .301/.357/.392. Brantley is threatening enough to intimidate any pitcher on the mound, and is sure to be a bright part of the new era of the Cleveland Indians.

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