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3 Reasons the Indians Will Win the AL Central And Make a Deep Playoff Run

The second half of the MLB season is just one day away and the Cleveland Indians will be 5.5 games behind the AL Central leader, Minnesota Twins. The Indians will face the Twins this weekend to kick start the second half of the season. This team has changed drastically in my opinion since the last time Cleveland and Minnesota faced off.

The Indians can close the gap this weekend while facing the Twins or Minnesota can inch away once again.

I’m going to give you three reasons that the Indians will win the AL Central which will hopefully give you a better outlook on a team that was heavily criticized in the first half.

3.) Emerging Stars

Carlos Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and Leonys Martin all are no longer with the Indians. IF the Indians retained all the players mentioned above, who knows if Oscar Mercado or Bobby Bradley would even have a spot on the roster.

Mercado has fit in nicely at the two spot in the lineup with an average of .281, 11 doubles, 6 stolen bases, 4 homers, and 17 RBIs

Roberto Perez has proved what he can do as an everyday starting catcher, putting up better numbers than Yan Gomes is in Washington.

Perez is hitting .256, 5 doubles, 16 home runs, 36 RBIs, but has struck out 67 times throughout 63 games.

Gomes is batting .211, with 7 doubles, 3 home runs, 20 RBIs, 44 strikeouts in 55 games.

Many fans were upset when Cleveland traded away Yan but it doesn’t look like a terrible move. Another move many strongly disliked was trading Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle, although Yandy Diaz is having a heck of a season in Tampa Bay losing Edwin you are only missing on the homers, not a spectacular hitter. Plus in return, the Indians received 2019 starting first baseman for the AL All-Stars, Carlos Santana.

If you dive into the stats Edwin is hitting .216, 9 doubles, 25 homers, 56 RBIs and 78 strikeouts in 81 total games and is now a member of the Yankees.

Jake Bauers who Cleveland received from the Rays is hitting .245, 11 doubles, 11 homers, 36 RBIs but has struck out two times more than Encarnacion with 80 throughout 82 games.

Santana not only made his first all-star appearance but has hit .297, 17 doubles, 19 homers, 52 RBIs, struck out 56 times in 87 games. Santana previously didn’t get hot until the second half which can make for a historic season for the first baseman.

Yandy is hitting .277, 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 32 RBIs, and has struck out 50 times throughout 67 games.

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Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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