Abraham Almonte is really stepping up for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 3:53 pm

27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte played really well for the Cleveland Indians last year.  He played in 51 games for the Tribe in 2015 and he was 47 of 178 (.264 avg, .776 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Almonte was so impressive last year that he went into spring training as the Indians’ starting CF.  But, then the knucklehead tested positive for PEDs and he was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2016 season.  Since his return to action, Almonte has been playing well for the Tribe.  He has played in 27 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 22 of 74 (.297 avg, .776 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Indians hope that Almonte keeps up the good work as he is needed more now due to the fact that Jose Ramirez has moved to 3B full time.

Jose Ramirez is on fire with the bat for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 3:47 pm

23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jose Ramirez is on absolute fire with the bat for the Cleveland Indians right now.  Since moving into the lineup as the full time 3B, Ramirez has played in 13 games so far in August in which he is 24 of 54 (.444 avg, 1.187 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Ramirez has now played in 107 games for the Indians overall this year and he is 123 of 392 (.314 avg, .825 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 8 homers, 51 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  The Indians need Ramirez to keep up the outstanding work at the plate and in the field defensively!

Jose Ramirez is the Cleveland Indians new starting 3B

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 6:11 pm

23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jose Ramirez is the new everyday 3B for the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians let Juan Uribe go to make room on the roster for Brandon Guyer (acquired from the Rays at the trade deadline).  Ramirez should really improve the Tribe’s defense moving forward.  He has played in 97 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 104 of 351 (.296 avg, .771 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 5 homers, 43 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Ramirez has now played in 277 games in his first four years with the Indians and he is 239 of 915 (.261 avg, .693 OPS) with 134 runs scored, 13 homers, 87 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.  Ramirez blew his big chance to be the Tribe’s starting SS last year, resulting in the Indians calling up Francisco Lindor.  So Ramirez had to earn his ABs by playing all over the field.  Now that the 3B job has opened up for him….it will be up to him to keep it.

Jason Kipnis is raking at the plate for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 4:38 pm

29-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis is raking at the plate right now for the Cleveland Indians.  He has played in 46 games since June 1st and he is 56 of 181 (.309 avg) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 24 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Kipnis has now played in 95 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 109 of 381 (.286 avg, .832 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 16 homers, 52 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Kipnis is currently third on the Tribe in runs scored, homers and RBIs.  The Indians hope that Kipnis keeps raking at the plate, as he has been a force this year with a bat in his hands.

Mike Napoli has been a force in the middle of the lineup for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 11:33 pm

When the Cleveland Indians signed 34-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli over the winter, they were hoping that he would hit some homers and be an improvement defensively over Carlos Santana at 1B.  He has done both of those things so far this year for the Tribe.  Napoli has played in 82 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 76 of 313 (.243 avg, .793 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 18 homers, 61 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 119 times so far this year, but the Tribe is OK with that as long as he keeps hitting a lot of homers and piles up the RBIs.  Napoli leads the Indians in RBIs (61) and he is second on the team in both runs scored (54) and homers (18).  Since May 1st, Napoli has played in 62 games for the Tribe in which he is 60 for 235 (.255 avg) with 42 runs scored, 14 homers and 50 RBIs.  The Tribe hope Napoli keeps up the good work in the second half of the 2016 season!

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