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Previewing the A.L. Central and the Indians Rotation with Fangraphs' August Fagerstrom--EHC Podcast 46

  Battling Bauer  
Spring Training 2016 is winding down for the 15-12 Cleveland Indians. I know, I know, you were all hoping for Terry Francona to hoist the platinum, diamond encrusted Cactus League Trophy over his head, noting that the Tribe is the best team in March. Okay, okay, I'm not even sure there is a trophy for "winning spring," which amounts to a giant pile of nothing.

Fangraphs' August Fagerstrom joins EverybodyHatesCleveland's Mike Hattery to discuss the interesting outcomes of 2016's spring:

0:25--There's a whole lotta pitchers! Mike and August talk about the "surprise" of Trevor Bauer in the bullpen, even though the Indians are continuing their rotation from September of 2015.

2:00--Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson have earned their spots, but why don't the Indians believe Bauer can be in the rotation to open the season?

4:52--Where does Trevor Bauer fit into the bullpen? Is Jeff Manship blocking Bauer early, from becoming a high leverage reliever?

7:24--Trading Bauer, and hung up on velocity...

11:00--Predicting the A.L. Central

13:05--Volatile bullpens, and how the Kansas City Royals could miss the playoffs?

16:00--Chris Sale is awesome, and Jose Quintana and the front-end of the Chicago White Sox rotation could led the Pale Hose to the division

18:45--Who will take the biggest leap for the Cleveland Indians?

21:30--Wherefore art thou Mike Clevinger?

23:00--Who is the Indians' player that now has August buying in?

28:20--Tyler Naquin is the new centerfielder, for better or worse. So which is it? Can Naquin be a plus defender, and a league average hitter?

29:00--The over/under on the Indians making, at least, the wildcard.

August Fagerstrom is a daily writer and columnist at one of Everybody Hates Cleveland's favorite sites, Fangraphs, after spending a year as a beat reporter for your Cleveland Indians at MLB.com. Visit fangraphs, and take some time to read all of his outstanding work. You can follow August on twitter @Augustfg_.

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