By Matt Loede @MattLoede on March 28, 2014
The Indians have a lot of questions in their offense in 2014, including what players will take charge and carry the heavy lumber. Today, we take a look at who the five most important players on the team's offense are as they enter the season.
Kipnis was an All-Star last season after a monster June in which he hit .419. He also led the team in RBIs with 84, the first time an Indians 2B has led the team in RBIs since 1948. The team needs him to be as good as last season, and to be the offensive spark like he was in June when he seemed to come up with a big hit every night.
The Brazilan-born catcher rose though the ranks last season to be a huge surprise for the Tribe, hitting 15 homers and averaging .271 with 51 RBIs. Gomes will get the call to be behind the plate most days, but the team is hoping for even better things at the plate this season.
Santana is being talked about more for his position change to third than his bat, but the team will count on him for good or even better numbers than in 2013, when he hit .268 with 20 homers. The team is counting on him to have a breakout year in 2014.
Swisher battled through shoulder issues last season, and while his average dipped from .272 in 2012 to .246, he did come on in the second half of the year and finished with 22 homers and 63 RBIs. In the second-year of his big deal with the team, the Tribe will hope for more of the 2012 version who hit for a higher average and drove in 93 runs. He's a key to the team on and off the field.
Brantley got a huge deal this spring, and his at-bats when runners were on last season was a big season why, as he was very good driving in runs. He hit .284 with a career-high 73 runs batted in. This season with a new contract, the team will hope for even more hits when the game is on the line.
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