With the glaring need for a left-handed matchup reliever, the Indians are apparently active in talks to acquire one. Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for The New York Post, indicates that the Indians have interest in Rockies pitcher Josh Outman.
Keep hearing #Indians are looking at LH rlf and have talked quite a bit with #Rockies about Josh Outman (.576 OPS v. LHs)
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2013
This season in 37 appearances (38 IP), Outman is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA, allowing 43 hits, 13 walks, and striking out 41. Left-handed batters are hitting just .224 against him with 4 walks and 30 strikeouts. Meanwhile, right-handed hitters this season are batting .347 (.870 OPS) with 9 walks and 11 strikeouts. Over his career, the numbers are even better against lefties (.195 BA, .531 OPS, 18 BB, 100 K).
The Indians have cycled through several left-handers in the bullpen this season, including Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone, David Huff, and Rich Hill. Only Hill remains on the 25-man roster with Hagadone and Barnes currently in Triple-A Columbus. This year, Hill has allowed a .193 average (.607 OPS) with 10 walks and 20 strikeouts, but his season ERA is 6.43, and his performance has left a lot to be desired.
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