Monday, August 12, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, August 12, 2019 -- "The AL Central"

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"Jose Ramirez has gotten a lot of attention given his arc. The other big Indians comeback, less so. I was calling for Jason Kipnis to lose his job back in May, as he seemed to be continuing his three-year decline (.231/.306/.398 in 2017-18). Once one of my favorite players, Kipnis seemed a good example of the new player aging curve, sharply declining at 30 and washing out of the league by 33. From the day of the linked tweet, May 9, Kipnis has hit .276/.332/.451. That’s not setting the world on fire, but combined with Ramirez’s bounceback, it’s given the Indians two additional productive lineup spots they’ve desperately needed.