Can Carlos Santana turn it around?

Carlos Santana is one of just six Indians over the past 20 seasons to post a batting average under .200 through the team’s first 30 games (min. 100 PA).¬†And while 30 games is a small portion of the 162 games schedule, he may have already dug himself a hole too deep to climb out of.

Of the previous five, only Asdrubal Cabrera in 2008 was able to raise his season average above .250 after the slow start. And you have to go all the way back to Toby Harrah in 1979 to find the last time a player raised his average above .275 after this type of start.

Like Harrah did with his .373 BA through June and July, Santana is going to need to catch fire in order to raise the batting average to a respectable level. His walk off grand slam looked like it may be a turning point, but he’s just 3-15 in the four games since.

While the Tribe’s 21-9 start is certainly encouraging, it’s going to be difficult to keep up this pace with a cleanup hitter batting below the Mendoza line.

Asdrubal on RBI tear

With four RBI on Friday night, Asdrubal Cabrera now has 14 through the Indians first 13 games (on pace for 174). In the past 10 seasons the only shortstop with more RBI through 13 games was Miguel Tejada (18 in 2005).

Since 1919, the only Indians shortstop with more RBI through 13 games was Omar Vizquel (seriously), who was somehow tied with Travis Fryman for the team lead with 15 in 2000. Over the next 149 games, Vizquel would drive in just 51 more runs.

The Curse of Victor Martinez?

Only one player in baseball history has ever hit 50+ home runs with the Tribe, and then gone on to hit 50+ home runs with the Tigers.

That man, of course, was Rocky Colavito.

But after signing a 4-year $50M deal with the Tigers, it appears that Victor Martinez will soon join him.

Two other players have accomplished the feat in reverse – 50 HR in Detroit, followed by 50 in Cleveland: Vic Wertz and Travis Fryman.