Bumps, bruises, and schedule stand in Cleveland Indians’ way

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The Cleveland Indians have made their own luck this season with countless improbable comebacks and walk-off wins. And that self-made luck must continue.

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Team MVP and Cy Young for All AL Central Teams

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With the midpoint of the 2011 season nearing More Hardball has taken the opportunity to name each team’s MVP and Cy Young through the first half. Today we feature the American League Central division.

And as you know, TSB is all AL Central (and NL Central) all the time.

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Answers may be in AAA for struggling Cleveland Indians

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The Indians recent slump has cost them first place in the Central, but more importantly, it has cost them their confidence. Manager Manny Acta has said that this team needs a spark to turn it around. With some recent moves, however, Acta is finally putting those words into action.

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Cleveland Indians fire hitting coach, look to turn around recent struggles

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It’s safe to say the Indians have hit a major brick wall in the month of June. After starting 32-20 through May, the Tribe is just 6-11 in June thus far. But with Interleague for the next 12 games, the team is in the perfect spot to turn around their struggles.

In a surprise move to try to turn the tables, the Tribe fired hitting coach Joe Nunnally, replacing him with Bruce Fields. The Indians mid-season struggles have been mainly offensive, and were apparently bad enough to let go of their hitting coach. Through 70 games, the Indians have just two hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner, hitting above .300.

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Why the Cleveland Indians Success Will Not Continue

The Cleveland Indians are the surprise team of baseball. Sitting atop the AL Central, the Tribe is tied for the best record in the MLB. Most analysts did not believe the Indians would see this much success. Most now sit patiently, waiting for the Indians to revert back to their losing ways. And despite the success of this team, the return to failure is imminent.

Go here for an explanation of why this surprisingly good start might continue

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Why the Cleveland Indians’ Early Success Will Continue in 2011

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The most surprising team in baseball, the Cleveland Indians (22-10), are still tied for the best record in the MLB. Few analysts believed the Tribe would stand a chance in 2011, and almost none believed the Tribe would lead the AL Central. Despite this, the pesky Indians continue to find ways to win.

For an explanation of why this early success will NOT continue go here (Only after 8:11 AM CT on 5/9/11- when link goes live)

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Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera named Co-AL Player of the Week

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Asdrubal Cabrera’s impressive offensive numbers have been pivotal in the Indians’ fast start, and have been strong enough to earn him the Co-AL Player of the Week, sharing the title with Paul Konerko of the White Sox.

Cabrera is most often associated with his strong defensive abilities, but has taken his offense to a whole new level this season. Off to a solid .316 start, the shortstop already has three home runs and nine RBI’s this season, leading the Tribe in both categories. To add some perspective to that stat, Cabrera has never hit more than six home runs in an entire season.

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Despite Doubts, Cleveland Indians Offense Poised to Carry Team

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Cleveland Indians fans have heard the same arguments again and again: Travis Hafner is past his prime, none of the young players have developed, and the Indians offense will be one of the weakest in the MLB. It may be early in the season, but thus far, the Indians have shown that their offense has the potential to be far more potent than a anticipated.

Hafner appears to have regained some of his old swagger in the early games this season. Though his production last season was far below his bloated salary’s worth, he managed to hit .278 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI’s, not completely terrible production. As he had a slow start last season, most of those numbers came as the year progressed, and thus far Pronk has brought that momentum into 2011. He is tied for the team lead in home runs, batting average, and hits, going 7 for his first 19. His production this season has already likely outdone what most fans and experts expected from him.

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Cabrera’s injury latest symptom for Cleveland “platoonism”

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When Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera fractured his arm on Monday night, it added injury to injury — the Tribe suffers from “platoonism.” Look at Cleveland’s day-to-day roster and you’ll find few regulars taking to the fresh-cut grass every day. And that is a dangerous place to be for the Indians.

By Kevin Hunt

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