A Bench of Riches
Since day one of the season, the Indians have been blessed with a luxury they have not enjoyed for quite some time. The bench assembled in the offseason by the Tribe front office is arguably the most improved element of the team and one of the top groups of utility players in the league, if not all of baseball. Players possessing the ability to play multiple positions, hit for average and power and even come through in the clutch at times.
Such was the case on Friday night as Ryan Raburn, the team’s DH for the night, belted a walk-off, three-run homer in the 11th inning to give Cleveland an 11-8 win over the Rangers. After hitting only a mere .171 with one homer and 12 RBI’s in 66 games with Detroit last season, Raburn is up to .273 with 11 homers and 31 RBI’s in just 58 games for the Tribe in 2013.
With the trade deadline looming on the horizon, Indians fans have been clamoring for, among other things, another bat to help stabilize this notoriously streaky offen...