26-year old righty swinging 1B Matt LaPorta was the key player in the C.C. Sabathia deal with the Brewers 2.5 years ago, so it’s time for him to step up or sit down. LaPorta has played in 16 games so far in July and he is 11 for 53 (.208 avg, .549 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 75 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 59 for 251 (.235 avg, .694 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 35 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Those numbers are awful for a starting 1B in the major leagues. LaPorta has now played in 237 games in his first three years with the Indians and he is 188 for 808 (.233 avg, .694 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 28 homers, 97 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Indians aren’t going to wait around forever for LaPorta to start hitting the ball like the minor league scouting reports said he could when they dealt for him.