Friday, July 1, 2011

Cleveland Indians - Fantasy Fillers

I am not talking about the Good Ol' Days of Manny Ramirez, Omar Vizquel, Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Charles Nagy and Orel Hershiser. The new look Indians were built by trading their top players and starting from scratch.
Pitching
Fausto Carmona was probably the only starting pitcher from the Indians drafted in your fantasy league.  Now, he might be the only one not worthy of a roster spot.  Justin Masterson(66% owned) had an incredible start to the 2011 season, winning his first 5 starts.  He is now 0-6 in his last 11 starts, but still has a 2.98 ERA for the season.  He can help keep your teams ERA nice and low.  Right behind him in the rotation, Josh Tomlin(59%) has been great forcing batters to get themselves out, leading to a 9-4 record.  With just 58 strikeouts in 102.2 innings, Tomlin is great for you team if you want to lower your WHIP as he has walked just 12 batters all season!  His sub 4 ERA doesn't hurt your team either.  Than there is the future ace of this staff, Carlos Carrasco(49%).  After missing some time in the beginning of May, Carrasco has gotten back on track and already picked up 8 wins(7 in his last 9 starts).  None of the Indians pitchers will rack up the strike outs, but they will all lower your teams ERA and WHIP.

Hitting
Carlos Santana has lived up to the hype and Asdrubal Cabrera is the most improved player in all of baseball.  But just like their pitching, Cleveland's top hitter, and most drafted player before the season began is probably not even on your roster anymore.  Shin-Soo Choo is having an extremely disappointing season, but in his absence(and Grady Sizemore's seasonal trip to the DL) Michael Brantley(40%) has become a must own fantasy player.  He has cooled down in the month of June, but he hits .281 out of the leadoff spot, and scored 42 runs which is top 25 amongst all OF.  Next up is Lonnie Chisenhall, keep tabs on this guy.

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