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September Is The Future

By: Matt Alaburda

August 24, 2009

With September almost upon us, the smell of pigskin is in the air. For fans of a team that is 15 games under .500 and 11 games back of first place, that smell means interest may be disappearing soon.

However, all is not lost with this season for Indians fans; there are several things to watch for during the last month of the season:

Aaron Laffey

Aaron Laffey has continued to show he is capable of being the Indians future Ace. Since the All-Star break Laffey has been one of the best pitchers in the American league.

He has had 7 starts since the break, going 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA, including three starts of scoreless baseball. Laffey pitched 8 scoreless innings against Minnesota on August 5 leading the Indians to an 8-1 win. His very next start on August 11, Laffey went 6.2 scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over Texas.

If you get a chance to see Laffey pitch you have a good chance of seeing an Indians win, as they have won .667% of the games he has started.

Your odds of seeing a win are even better if you get a chance to see him in person; Laffey is 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA at home this season.

Overall in Laffey’s 12 starts, he is 6-2 with a 3.38 ERA. His K/BB is 34/34 and batters are hitting .261 in 72 innings.

The September Call Ups

It is still unclear who all will be getting the chance to come up and play in the big leagues for the month of September.

We do know that we will get the chance to see Matt LaPorta back in Cleveland. Since his call up on August 20th, LaPorta has hit .333 with 4 RBI and 2 doubles. September should give Indians fans a nice glimpse at the guy who will probably be the starting first baseman in 2010.

Other players of interest that have a chance to get called up include Lou Marson, Michael Brantley, Jordan Brown, Carlos Carrasco, and Hector Rondon.

Catcher Lou Marson was acquired from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee deal and should have a chance to make the big league club in 2010.

The guy many want to see is Center Fielder Michael Brantley, who was acquired from the Brewers in last years C.C Sabathia deal. Brantley might have the chance to come up and show what he can do. He has been playing an exceptional center field for the Clippers, but with a .259 average looks like he may need some extended time in the minors.

If the option of Brantley is not explored in September, then expect the Indians to call up outfielder Jordan Brown. Brown is hitting .336 with the Clippers and should be considered as one of the front runners for the left field position in Cleveland next year.

Carlos Carrasco acquired in the Lee deal, has been outstanding since joining the Clippers. He has gone 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 5 starts. Even more impressive is that in 35.1 IP he has 33 strikeouts and only 6 walks. Expect to see Carrasco get a start with the Indians sometime in September.

Another pitcher that might see some time with the Indians is Hector Rondon. Rondon is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 9 starts with the Clippers. Both Carrasco and Rondon are expected to have a chance at cracking the starting rotation for the Indians in 2010.