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Michael Brantley hitting for more power than ever

Morning news & notes for Friday, April 28, 2017

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Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Don’t let the fact that the defending AL champs were a distant second in Cleveland sports media circles last night distract you from the fact that the Astros blew a 3-1 lead to the Tribe in a showdown of potential ALCS opponents. A series win against Houston - yes, even in April, yes, even if we struggled - is huge.

Indians 4, Astros 3

Corey Kluber struggled early but gutted out a solid seven innings to keep the Indians in the game. After some frustrating struggles with RISP, who else but Frankie Lindor came to the rescue with a monst- um, big home run to put the Tribe in the lead for good.

Jason Philipps’ LGT recap | Bastian’s “Covering the Bases”

Indians news & notes

Trouble with the curve: Allen’s pitch unhittable |

In addition to Kluber’s gutty performance, Cody Allen also gritted through a rough 9th inning ride. The biggest weapon at his disposal, as always, was his devastating curve.

Brantley is back and a better power hitter: Bode plots | Waiting for Next Year

There’s been some talk about Michael Brantley striking out more than usual lately, but the K% isn’t the only thing that’s up. Check out that sweet ISO and huge jump in hard contact % - wew lad. He might be making less contact, but so far it looks like he’s making better contact.

Andrew Miller, Cody Allen off to hot starts as Indians keep eyes on workload | Akron Beacon Journal

Miller is Miller, and it seems like Allen is just Allen, but Cody’s start is actually a bit unusual for him. His past two Aprils have been [trash emoji], but April 2017 so far has been [multiple fire emojis].

Overlooked Almonte and Gomes crucial in series win over AL contender Astros | CBS Cleveland

It’s easy to point to Lindor’s homer as the deciding factor in last night’s game, but even Frankie himself credits Abraham Almonte with the win for an astounding first inning catch that saved perhaps three runs. Yan Gomes had himself a game as well, surprisingly getting on base multiple time and less surprisingly gunning out two would-be base stealers.

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