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The Indians offense, last season, scored the second-most runs in the American League so they obviously can produce good offensive numbers. It hasn’t been as prominent this season but they still have done well.
They are sixth in the American League in runs, seventh in hits, second in doubles, fourth in triples, tenth in home runs, ninth in stolen bases, third in walks, second-least in strikeouts, third in batting average, second in on-base percentage, and third in slugging percentage.
However, in their past seven games, the offense has been stagnant. They have scored (on average) less than four runs per game with a .215 average, .262 on-base percentage, and a .377 slugging percentage.
Of the Indians main starting lineup, seven of their main nine players have an OPS+ of league average (100) or above.
Some players to keep your eye on are Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Santana.
Encarnacion has 22 home runs and 64 RBIs on the season his first year in an Indians uniform. Since July 1, his batting average hasn’t been good (.227) but his on-base percentage has been very good at .346. He has only had 25 hits in that span but 12 of them have been extra base hits.
Jose Ramirez was the starting third baseman for the American League in All-Star Game and for good reason. Entering the All-Star break, he had 17 home runs, 48 RBIs with 109 hits, 27 doubles, and five triples with a .332 batting average and .388 on-base percentage.
However, since the break, he only has one homer, eight RBIs, and seven doubles with an average of .258 and an on-base percentage of .298.
Overall, he is hitting .317 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs with 34 doubles (which leads the AL).
Francisco Lindor also made the All-Star team but he did not start for the American League. He wasn’t having a great season, however, going into All-Star break as he was only hitting .252 with 14 home runs, 43 RBIs with 25 doubles, 88 hits, and 49 runs with an on-base percentage of .312.
However, in 22 games since the break, Lindor has 30 hits (including five doubles and four HRs), 8 RBIs, a .345 batting average, a .406 on-base percentage, and a .540 slugging percentage.
Carlos Santana has a .243 average with a .345 on-base percentage with 16 HRs and 59 RBIs and 27 doubles this season.
However, since July 1, he is hitting .299 with a .393 on-base percentage with 29 hits (including nine doubles and seven home runs). He was cooled down by the Yankees, though, as in their four game series this past weekend, Santana went 1-for-15 with a homer and two walks.