The Indians are 62-50 and in the thick of the playoff race. At this time last year they were 52-60 and starting a rough August which would see them go 5-24. They would eventually finish the season at 68-94.
The have made a ten game improvement even without prized acquisitions Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds performing up to expectations. Those players have helped from a leadership perspective, but the numbers to this point for all range from slightly disappointing to very disappointing.
Where the Indians have seen a marked improvement is from within, and the biggest impact to the team this year may be the emergence of Corey Kluber.
Kluber, 27, came into the season as a depth starting option for the Indians. In 15 major league appearances he owned a 2-5 record and 5.35 ERA, and his minor league career was ordinary - 43-49 with a 4.39 ERA in 144 appearances. He was not expected to be a significant contributor this season, unless a starter got hurt or they ne...