The Cleveland Indians' midseason grade. 

July 13, 2017

(47-40, leading AL Central): Though they appeared to be very well set up for a repeat of last year's pennant win—or more—the Indians struggled to escape the pull of .500 until mid-June. Michael Brantley is alive and well, Jose Ramirez has broken out to become an All-Star, and Edwin Encarnacion has finally heated up, but Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer have underperformed significantly, with injuries a factor in some cases. At the end of the day (or night), they still have the great Andrew Miller-Cody Allen endgame going for them, so odds are they'll be just fine.  

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