This is our series of deep dives on depth charts for each team in the MLB. I use the term ‘deep dive’ very loosely as I examine specific questions for each team because that will allow me to do as little research as possible. Thanks for reading, make sure to click on the ads or at least view them a handful of times 🙂
QUESTION: ARE THEY OVER THE LOSS?
That might sound like trolling but I’m legitimately concerned. You don’t get over losing the World Series like that very quickly. Not only were the Indians up 3-1 in the series at one point but they had the Cubs dead to rights before Mother Nature butted in. Most of the attention was on how the Cubs won, and rightfully so, but every single one of those Cleveland players are currently in their own heads.
QUESTION: HOW MANY DONGS CAN THEY PENCIL IN FOR NEW GUY EDWIN ENCARNACION?
Edwin hits dingers. It’s just what he does. There’s no reason to think he can’t hit 40 of them again this season. According to park factors Progressive Field played as the fifth most home run friendly park in the league last season. Considering Toronto was more than double its way down the list at seventeen, I think that means we can at least assume 80 home runs from Encarnacion this season.
QUESTION: HAS ANDREW MILLER PITCHED TOO MUCH?
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Andrew Miller got lit up in the World Series after his billionth appearance. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that he got lit up in the World Baseball Classic. I’m not saying he’s going to turn into an average reliever, but he did come in at 89th among all pitchers in innings last year not counting the postseason. There’s a reason he’s not a start anymore, because the more he throws the less effective he is.
Classic not sayin’ just sayin’ situation.
QUESTION: CAN TREVOR BAUER BE ANY BETTER?
The top three guys in this rotation are as legit as they come. Corey Kluber almost won a World Series by himself, Danny Salazar has Cy Young stuff and Carlos Carrasco is awesome when healthy. Trevor Bauer was supposed to be a top three guy at least considering he was drafted third overall by the Diamondbacks. He’s never put it together, possibly because he’s a goddamn weirdo.
I mean I can’t really root for a guy that says that any of the Star Wars prequels are his favorite of the bunch, even if he is trolling. He’s also a dumbass because he basically chopped his finger off playing with a drone a day before he was supposed to start a World Series game. I don’t think this is the guy the Indians want to rely on as a fourth starter, but I suppose you could do worse. He also looks like Luke Bryan’s ugly brother.
QUESTION: CAN TYLER NAQUIN KEEP HIS JOB?
I’m sure Tyler Naquin is a fine young lad, but let’s be serious. He’s not going to do what he did last year. I doubt he’s ever hit 14 home runs in that many games ever in his life. Sure he’ll make contact and play a decent center field but he’s not an impact player.
At the MLB level there isn’t much competition to supersede him. You have Abraham Almonte, who couldn’t hit home runs even after taking steroids, aaaaand that’s it. His real competition will start the season in the minors. Bradley Zimmer is considered by some to be an A level prospect who will be ready by late 2017. His ceiling is the Sistine Chapel compared to Naquin’s.
QUESTION: HOW MANY WINS/WHAT’S THE BEST POP-CULTURE REFERENCE?
I ask these questions in every deep dive because it’s the easiest way to end these posts. Plus if I nail a win projection I can ride it to fame and glory.
And obviously this.