Starting to Come Together, Pepper

Photo Credit: The Two Way | Patrick Semansky/AP

by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

Ah, those famous words from 'Major League' when the Cleveland Indians start to string some wins together. 

The real-life Indians are beginning to do the same thing winning 6 of their last 10 and hitting a high-water mark of five games over .500 with a 34-29 record after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers this weekend.

The Indians lineup, led by Jose Ramirez, has started to pick it up as they led the Majors in the month of May in runs scored with 179. 

The problem that has plagued them all year is the bullpen struggles. 

They lost Bryan Shaw to Colorado in the offseason. Andrew Miller has been hurt all year, and the rest of the pen - including the closer - has struggled so far.

The Indians bullpen went 2-7 in the month of May with an 8.01 ERA. To tell you how bad that was the next closest team was the New York Mets with a 5.33 ERA. Now, the bright side of the pitching staff is, of course, their starters, who went 13-6 with a 3.61 ERA which was sixth in the Majors in May.

Obviously, getting Miller coming back will help out the bullpen issues, but in my opinion, they are going to have to do something at the trade deadline to solve this issue. I’m going to give you a few of my options.

Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals - Yes, this is a division rival, but the Royals are having a rough year. For the right price, the flame-throwing righty could be a great addition to our bullpen.

David Robertson | New York Yankees - The once great Robertson could fill in the role Shaw played the last several years. Cleveland fans, imagine a Robertson, Miller, and Allen combo. If all were healthy it would be a huge get for the Tribe.

Darren O’DayBaltimore Orioles - I could see the Orioles making several moves at the deadline and I think this could be one of them.  The 35-year-old righty would be much cheaper than the other two players I listed and maybe a little more realistic. He is sporting a 3.77 ERA this year in 14.1 innings pitched. He doesn’t walk a lot of batters and could be a solid fit in Cleveland.

No matter what the Cleveland Indians decided to do in late July, they will still make the playoffs being in the rebuilding American League Central. However, if they have any shot at making it back to the Fall Classic, they are going to have to fix this issue. 

Buckle up Tribe fans, it's going to be an interesting year!


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