Month in review: July

The Indians experienced some positives in July, but overall it was a month that knocked the Tribe down a few pegs in its quest to convince baseball that this team can contend for the playoffs.

The offense got back to its on-base ways, drawing a solid amount of walks and cutting down on strikeouts, but the group struggled to bring those baserunners home. Combine that with a dismal showing on the month by the rotation and, well, that’s how you get a losing record.

The starters combined to go 8-14 with a 5.80 ERA in July, with continued problems for Derek Lowe and Josh Tomlin, on top of mixed results from Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. Rookie Zach McAllister did, however, emerge as a bright spot and is currently the top starter on the staff.

The bullpen continued to be a strength, fashioning a 2.75 ERA for the month. Michael Brantley continued to develop into one of the team’s top hitters, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and closer Chris Perez made the American League All-Star team,

With the calendar flipped to August, here is a look back at July…

Overall: 11-15
At home: 7-7
On road: 4-8

Offense (AL rank):

.252 average (8)
.329 on-base (5)
.414 slugging (9)
.743 OPS (9)
26 home runs (9)
51 doubles (2)
89 RBI (13)
100 runs (13)
92 walks (3)
159 strikeouts (12)
9 stolen bases (11)
214 hits (9)

Pitching (AL rank)

4.74 ERA (11)
6 saves (8)
226 innings (11)
237 hits allowed (11)
130 runs (10)
119 earned runs (10)
26 home runs (4)
89 walks (12)
175 strikeouts (10)
.271 opp. average (12)
1.44 WHIP (13)
.769 opp. OPS (10)

Player of the Month: CF Michael Brantley
Stats: .318/.402/.518/.920, 3 HR, 6 2B, 1 3B, 11 RBI, 9 R, 27 H, 25 games

Previous winners: DH Travis Hafner (April), 2B Jason Kipnis (May), RF Shin-Soo Choo (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Zach McAllister
Stats: 2-1, 2.56 ERA, 31.2 IP, 31 K, 9 BB, 1.20 WHIP, .240 avg., 5 starts

Previous winners: RHP Derek Lowe (April), CL Chris Perez (May), RHP Justin Masterson (June)

Reliever of the Month: RHP Vinnie Pestano
Stats: 0.00 ERA, 12 IP, 17 K, 3 BB, 0.83 WHIP, .175 avg., 12 games

Previous winners: RHP Vinnie Pestano (April), CL Chris Perez (May), RHP Esmil Rogers (June)

Performance of the Month (hitting): OF Shelley Duncan
Line: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs in 6-2 win over Orioles on July 1

Performance of the Month (pitching): RHP Vinnie Pestano
Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, hold in 3-2 win over Rays on July 16

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MINOR LEAGUE HONORS

Triple-A Columbus

Player of the Month: OF Tim Fedroff
Stats: .413/.484/.700/1.184, 5 HR, 4 2B, 2 3B, 14 RBI, 24 R, 33 H, 22 games

Previous winners: 1B Matt LaPorta (April), INF Jason Donald (May), 1B/OF Russ Canzler (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Corey Kluber
Stats: 4-0, 2.91 ERA, 34 IP, 30 K, 12 BB, 1.12 WHIP, .210 avg, 5 starts

Previous winners: RHP Corey Kluber (April), LHP David Huff (May), LHP Eric Berger (June)

Double-A Akron

Player of the Month: 1B Adam Abraham
Stats: .317/.364/.598/.961, 6 HR, 5 2B, 15 RBI, 14 R, 26 H, 23 games

Previous winners: INF/OF Jared Goedert (April, May), OF Thomas Neal (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Paolo Espino
Stats: 3-0, 2.56 ERA, 31.2 IP, 25 K, 8 BB, 1.29 WHIP, .277 avg., 5 starts

Previous winners: LHP T.J. McFarland (April), LHP T.J. House (May), RHP Steven Wright (June)

Class A (high) Carolina

Player of the Month: INF Tony Wolters
Stats: .343/.396/.505/.901, 2 HR, 6 2B, 2 3B, 11 RBI, 15 R, 34 H, 25 games

Previous winners: DH Jeremie Tice (April), 1B Jesus Aguilar (May), INF Ronny Rodriguez (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Danny Salazar
Stats: 1-0, 2.28 ERA, 23.2 IP, 25 K, 6 BB, 1.01 WHIP, .209 avg., 6 starts

Previous winners: LHP T.J. House (April), RHP Shawn Armstrong (May), RHP Kyle Blair (June)

Class A (low) Lake County

Player of the Month: OF Jordan Smith
Stats: .345/.394/.452/.846, 2 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 16 RBI, 14 R, 29 H, 22 games

Previous winners: OF Luigi Rodriguez (April), 1B Jerrud Sabourin (May), OF Jordan Smith (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Manuel Carmona
Stats: 1.38 ERA, 13 IP, 11 K, 3 BB, 0.92 WHIP, .200 avg., 8 games

Previous winners: RHP Cody Anderson (April), RHP Joseph Colon (May), RHP Mason Radeke (June)

Class A (short-season) Mahoning Valley

Player of the Month: INF Joseph Wendle
Stats: .313/.370/.515/.886, 2 HR, 10 2B, 2 3B, 16 RBI, 15 R, 31 H, 24 games

Previous winners: C/1B Charlie Valerio (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Luis DeJesus
Stats: 2-0, 2.33 ERA, 27 IP, 14 K, 8 BB, 1.07 WHIP, .214 avg., 5 starts

Previous winners: RHP Luis DeJesus (June)

Arizona League Indians

Player of the Month: SS Dorssys Paulino
Stats: .350/.404/.588/.992, 2 HR, 5 2B, 4 3B, 13 RBI, 18 R, 28 H, 19 games

Previous winners: 3B Jorge Martinez (June)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Alexis Paredes
Stats: 2-0, 1.59 ERA, 17 IP, 16 K, 6 BB, 0.88 WHIP, .150 avg., 7 games

Previous winners: RHP Luis Morel (June)

Dominican Summer League Indians

Player of the Month: OF Victor Cabral
Stats: .356/.448/.444/.892, 1 HR, 3 2B, 12 RBI, 19 R, 32 H, 24 games

Previous winners: 2B Odomar Valdez (June)

Pitcher of the Month: LHP Luis Gomez
Stats: 1-0, 0.39 ERA, 23 IP, 23 K, 2 BB, 0.52 WHIP, .130 avg., 4 starts

Previous winners: RHP Juan Nivar (June)

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Month in review: June
Month in review: May
Month in review: April

–JB

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