Examining the Cleveland Indians Opening Day Starting Rotation

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Since the back-to-back departures of Cy Young Award winning pitchers, Cleveland Indians starters have struggled to find success. With the exception of Fausto Carmona, this year’s opening day starting rotation will be pitching with relative anonymity.  For a young team that has struggled in recent years, this is not necessarily a problem.

The rotation’s success begins with the improvement of Carmona. After his 19-8 season in 2007, Carmona has gone a combined 26-33. This spring, however, Carmona has continued to build on his improvement from the end of the 2010 campaign. Carmona ended the season winning four of his last five games while not surrendering more than three runs in his last seven outings. This spring, he posted a 4-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, solid statistics that should translate to success for the opening day starter.

By Jamie Arkin

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