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Will the Cleveland Indians Break Out of Their Slump?

The Cleveland Indians 11-20 record is the worst in the American League and second worst in the Major Leagues
The Cleveland Indians 11-20 record is the worst in the American League and second worst in the Major Leagues

To say that the prediction by Sports Illustrated that the Cleveland Indians would win the World Series was way way out of Left Field would be a huge understatement. But then again nobody really expected them to be second worst in the Major Leagues either. There have been lots of things contributing to their bad start, with possibly the biggest one being the right MCL sprain suffered by Yan Gomes. Gomes not only won the Silver Slugger in 2014, but is arguably the best defensive catcher in the American League. His Absence may very well be a big part of the struggles the Cleveland pitching staff has had, especially the 2014 Cy Young winning Corey Kluber. (Kluber is now 0-5 with a 5.04 E.R.A.) Gomes was injured on April 11th, at that point Cleveland was 2-3 and had allowed 20 runs; they are now 11-20 and have allowed 161. Granted it's a small sample size, but the average runs allowed by Cleveland per game was four with Gomes, and without him 5.43. Gomes missing may very well be a part of the reason the Indians pitching has disappointed.  The Indians pitching was considered to be their strongest point going into 2015, but it was also surrounded in doubt. The Indians pitching surged in the second half of 2014 posting a 3.03 E.R.A. which was third in baseball. However the staff is full of young players who carry big question marks, the biggest example being Carlos Carasco who was 6-4 with a 1.72 in the second half of 2014. However over the rest of his career he has been plageud by inconsistency. There was really no way of knowing if the Indians pitching would be as strong as it was in 2014. Most said yes, but so far it's been no. They are fourth worst in runs allowed, 28th in E.R.A. (4.73) and 29th in oppenents batting average. (.274) Let's not forget the bullpen that finished 7th in E.R.A. in 2014 is 18th in 2015. While the pitching has been the main problem for Cleveland, fielding continues to be a problem. They are tied for 13th highest in errors with 21, and it has cost the pitching 18 un-earned runs. And of course hitting will always be a problem in Cleveland. Cleveland is 17th in runs scored with 137, that's 24 less than they have given up. As a team Cleveland is hitting .251, which is also 17th in all of Baseball. So far in 2015 there are no areas Cleveland has not had problems in. The questions are, can they break out of it? How long do they have to break out of it? The answer to one is yes, the answer to two is not long at all. Cleveland can break out of the slump, but they are running out of time very quickly. Gomes coming back soon will help, but that alone is not near enough to help this team get hot. They find themselves nine games out of first place right now, and that hole is not getting any smaller. They need to get hot now before it's too late. There are still a lot of question marks about this team that continue to grow, and the chances of a good season are getting smaller and smaller. Can they break out of it? Yes. Will they break out of it? The odds are low and getting lower. 

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