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5 Biggest Surprises For Cleveland Indians Through First Half of Season

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5 Biggest Surprises For Cleveland Indians Through First Half of Season

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The Cleveland Indians have struggled through the first half of the 2014 season after making the playoffs last year. Cleveland is used to this kind of thing, but they still show up to the ballpark to cheer on their team. The Indians, like every team, have surprises and disappointments. Here are the five biggest surprises through the first half the Indians' season.

5. Corey Kluber

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5. Corey Kluber

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Nothing against Corey Kluber, but when he is a team's best pitcher, they are in trouble. Despite the pitching struggles of Cleveland this year, Kluber has excelled. Although his record is 7-6, he has a 2.99 ERA and he has become the de facto ace of this staff.

4. Justin Masterson's Struggles

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4. Justin Masterson's Struggles

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Justin Masterson is in the midst of his worst season of his professional career. He has completely fallen off from his form of the past few seasons, and he sits with a 4-5 record with a 5.16 ERA. He has really struggled this year, and he is one of the reasons behind the Indians' disappointing first half of the season.

3. Michael Brantley

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3. Michael Brantley

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It didn't take long for Michael Brantley to become the best overall player on the Cleveland Indians. We all knew he was a good player, but he leads the team in most major offensive statistical categories. Brantley leads the team in WAR at 3.5, and he's hitting for average and power. The 28-year-old has become a key cog in the middle of the Indians lineup.

2. Carlos Santana's Poor Play

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2. Carlos Santana's Poor Play

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This was supposed to be the year that Carlos Santana put it all together and turned into the superstar the Indians hope he will become, but he is having a really bad season. Santana is oozing with talent, but for some reason, he just can't put it together. He is batting .209 on the year with only 32 RBIs.

1. Lonnie Chisenhall's Rise to Stardom

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1. Lonnie Chisenhall's Rise to Stardom

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Where did Lonnie Chisenhall come from? He was relative unknown for the first few years with the Cleveland organization, but when he finally got his chance this year, he took full advantage. He is batting .342 with nine home runs, but he may be most known for his three home run, nine RBI performance last month. Chisenhall looks to hold down a roster spot for Cleveland for years to come.