Thoughts on Indians rotation, Harvey 

May, 8, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians are on quite a roll. Their 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night gave them wins in eight of nine games, and starting pitching has fueled the streak. This was the Tribe's fifth shutout of the season; last year's team produced six, along with a staff ERA of 4.78, second worst in the game. Today it's 3.92. Right-hander Zach McAllister tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday, a day after Ubaldo Jimenez fanned eight over 5 2/3 effective (for him, at least) frames.

Fantasy owners have been asking about the relevance of these guys, as well as Wednesday's scheduled starter Justin Masterson and rejuvenated lefty Scott Kazmir, but to me, the Tribe option with the most upside is the guy who nearly tossed an erratic no-hitter Tuesday afternoon for the organization's Triple-A club in Columbus, Ohio. Yep, it's the same guy who has walked 13 big league hitters in 10 innings this year, the former first-round pick the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't wait to unload.

[+] EnlargeTrevor Bauer
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelTrevor Bauer, 22, has the potential to become the future ace of the Indians' staff.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer is a bit too wild to be unleashed regularly on big league hitters just yet, but when he figures things out, watch out. Last week, Bauer was unhittable against the Philadelphia Phillies, permitting just one hit through five innings for his first win and striking out five. He also walked six, as his fastball command remains erratic. On Tuesday, Bauer was one out from a seven-inning no-hitter against the Charlotte Knights in the first game of a doubleheader (doubleheader games are seven innings), but control was again an issue. Bauer walked four and hit four batters, and only 60 of his 106 pitches went for strikes. He did not earn the win. You won't see many lines like this: 6 2/3 innings, zero hits, two runs (both earned), four walks, seven strikeouts.

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