By Steve Williams on May 30, 2014
The starting pitchers were carrying the Tribe earlier this year, but it has been a different story as of late. There has been a lot of instability due to poor performance and injury in the Indians' rotation. Let's see what the starters have done for the Tribe so far.
Carrasco struggled right from the start in 2014 after making the opening day roster. He ended up getting a few of starts skipped and has since been placed in the bullpen as a long reliever.
As starter: 4 GS, 0-3, 6.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
House made one relief appearance before being placed in the rotation after Zach McAllister was put on the disabled list. House has had one subpar start and in the other he performed very well. As the only lefty in the rotation, he could be a nice addition if he is to remain a starter.
As starter: 2 GS, 0-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
There were large expectations from Salazar this year after coming onto the scene last year. Problems ensued with his location early on in the year, and he was sent down to triple-A as his struggles continued.
8 GS, 1-4, 5.53 ERA, 1.62 WHIP
Bauer made one spot start early in the year during a double-header, and he now has a spot in the rotation with Salazar being sent down. He will look to expand upon his limited success so far this year.
3 GS, 1-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.53 WHIP
Tomlin was chosen to replace Carlos Carrasco in the rotation. He has pitched very well and has the lowest ERA of any starter on the Tribe staff, although in limited action.
As starter: 4 GS, 2-2, 3.04 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
McAllister is slotted here simply because of the volume of starts he has made. He pitched very well early in the year but has struggled in his last few starts and has been placed on the disabled list. Hopefully the back injury was the cause of his recent lack of success.
10 GS, 3-4, 5.89 ERA, 1.52 WHIP
Masterson is No. 2 on the list by default. He has been very inconsistent this year, alternating good and bad starts. He has provided a lot of innings, but the Indians will need him to get back to his 2013 form.
12 GS, 2-4, 5.21 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
Kluber is putting up All-Star caliber numbers so far this year. His strikeout rate has soared, and he has worked deep into the majority of his starts. All signs point toward the right-hander continuing his hot start.
11 GS, 5-3, 3.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
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