Everyone is well aware of the Indians dominant starting rotation lead by the former Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. Now the Indians are building a superior bullpen that can get guys out at both sides of the plate. The Indians ranked fourth last season in batting average against lefties and ranked tenth against right handed hitters. The Indians starters pitched the seventh most innings last season and now they have added a guy like Boone Logan who manhandles lefties. Now a deeper look into the Indians phenomenal bullpen:
Watching Andrew Miller pitch is a spectacle like no other. It is essentially lights out for the opposing team every time he steps on the mound. Miller pitched 74.1 innings between the Indians and the Yankees last season, posting a 1.45 ERA. He struck out 123 batters, or 14.89 per 9 innings–just filthy. Miller was even more demoralizing to batters during the Indians playoff run. He appeared in 10 postseason games, recording 19.1 innings and striking out 30 batters. Miller, among qualified relievers, finished second in ERA; third in FIP; first in xFIP; third in K/9; and second in WAR.
The closer for the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians. Allen has been the closer for the past three seasons, compiling 90 saves with a save percentage hovering around 89%. Last season he pitched 68 innings while striking 87 batters out with a 2.51 ERA. Righties could barely even touch Allen last season, hitting a weak .136 against him in 2016. Like Miller, both righties and lefties struggled to accrue hits.
Bryan Shaw was the guy last year that Cleveland fans constantly complained about, despite a very excellent season. Shaw gave up 24 earned runs, 10 of which came in the month of April. Shaw has been as dependable as can be over the past three seasons. He has pitched in 229 games over those three seasons, which ranks second in baseball among relievers and has recorded a 2.91 ERA. Shaw is one of the most consistent relievers in baseball and having him in the Indians bullpen is a huge plus for the Indians. Batters have hit only .229 against him over the past three seasons.
Boone Logan is the newest addition to the Cleveland Indians bullpen. Logan will sign a one-year deal worth $5.5 million with a club option for the 2018 season. Boone has pitched for the Rockies over the past three seasons, allowing a .204 average against left-handed batters. In the 2016 season lefties only batted .139 against Logan. Logan should help take the load off Miller this year. The Indians now have two lefties in their bullpen who are two of the best at getting out lefties.