AL Central: April Recap

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Let’s take a look at how the five teams and their players are faring so far in the month of April, in which the Cleveland Indians, as expected, are on top.

C:

  1. James McCann (0.3 fWAR)/Alex Avila (0.8 fWAR), DET: 1.1 fWAR
  2. Jason Castro (0.3 fWAR)/Chris Gimenez (0.2 fWAR), MIN: 0.5 fWAR
  3. Omar Narvaez (0.4 fWAR)/Geovany Soto (0.1 fWAR), CWS: 0.5 fWAR
  4. Salvador Perez, KC: 0.3 fWAR
  5. Yan Gomez, CLE: 0.2 fWAR

1B:

  1. Miguel Cabrera, DET: 0.4 fWAR
  2. Jose Abreu, CWS: 0.2 fWAR
  3. Carlos Santana, CLE: 0.1 fWAR
  4. Joe Mauer, MIN: -0.2 fWAR
  5. Eric Hosmer, KC: -0.4 fWAR

2B:

  1. Ian Kinsler, DET: 0.6 fWAR
  2. Tyler Saladino (0.3 fWAR)/Yolmer Sanchez (0.1 fWAR), CWS: 0.4 fWAR
  3. Brian Dozier, MIN: 0.0 fWAR
  4. Whit Merrifield (0.1 fWAR)/Raul Mondesi (-0.2 fWAR): -0.1 fWAR
  5. Jason Kipnis, CLE: -0.2 fWAR

3B:

  1. Miguel Sano, MIN: 1.3 fWAR
  2. Jose Ramirez, CLE: 1.1 fWAR
  3. Mike Moustakas, KC: 0.7 fWAR
  4. Nicholas Castellanos, DET: 0.3 fWAR
  5. Todd Frazier, CWS: 0.1 fWAR

SS:

  1. Francisco Lindor, CLE: 1.3 fWAR
  2. Jorge Polanco, MIN: 0.4 fWAR
  3. Jose Iglesias, DET: 0.3 fWAR
  4. Tim Anderson, CWS: -0.1 fWAR
  5. Alcides Escobar, KC: -0.2 fWAR

LF:

  1. Michael Brantley, CLE: 0.6 fWAR
  2. Justin Upton, DET: 0.5 fWAR
  3. Eddie Rosario (0.1 fWAR)/Danny Santana (-0.3 fWAR), MIN: -0.2 fWAR
  4. Alex Gordon, KC: -0.3 fWAR
  5. Melky Cabrera, CWS: -0.3 fWAR

CF:

  1. Lorenzo Cain, KC: 0.9 fWAR
  2. Lonnie Chisenhall (0.2 fWAR)/Austin Jackson (0.1 fWAR), CLE: 0.3 fWAR
  3. Byron Buxton, MIN: 0.2 fWAR
  4. JaCoby Jones (0.2 fWAR)/Andrew Romine (-0.1 fWAR), DET: 0.1 fWAR
  5. Leury Garcia (0.4 fWAR)/Jacob May (-0.6 fWAR), CWS: -0.2 fWAR

RF:

  1. Avisail Garcia, CWS: 1.2 fWAR
  2. Max Kepler, MIN: 0.4 fWAR
  3. Tyler Collins (0.1 fWAR)/Mikie Mahtook (0.0 fWAR), DET: 0.1 fWAR
  4. Abraham Almonte (0.2 fWAR)/Brandon Guyer (-0.4 fWAR): -0.2 fWAR
  5. Paulo Orlando, KC: -0.4 fWAR

DH:

  1. Matt Davidson, CWS: 0.6 fWAR
  2. Robbie Grossman, MIN: 0.4 fWAR
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, CLE: 0.1 fWAR
  4. Victor Martinez, DET: -0.3 fWAR
  5. Brandon Moss, KC: -0.4 f

SPs:

  1. Danny Salazar (0.7 fWAR), Carlos Carrasco (0.6 fWAR), Corey Kluber (0.4 fWAR), Josh Tomlin (0.3 fWAR), Trevor Bauer (0.3 fWAR), CLE: 2.3 fWAR
  2. Jason Vargas (1.1 fWAR), Danny Duffy (0.5 fWAR), Ian Kennedy (0.4 fWAR), Jason Hammel (0.4 fWAR), Nathan Karns (-0.3 fWAR), KC: 2.1 fWAR
  3. Justin Verlander (0.5 fWAR), Daniel Norris (0.3 fWAR), Michael Fulmer (0.3 fWAR), Matt Boyd (0.2 fWAR), Jordan Zimmermann (0.0 fWAR), DET: 1.3 fWAR
  4. Miguel Gonzalez (0.6 fWAR), Derek Holland (0.4 fWAR), Jose Quintana (0.2 fWAR), James Shields (0.0 fWAR), Mike Pelfrey (0.0 fWAR), CWS: 1.2 fWAR
  5. Ervin Santana (0.9 fWAR), Hector Santiago (0.6 fWAR), Phil Hughes (0.2 fWAR), Adalberto Meija (-0.1 fWAR), Kyle Gibson (-0.4 fWAR), MIN: 1.2 fWAR

RPs (top-3):

  1. Cody Allen (0.8 fWAR), Andrew Miller (0.4 fWAR), Bryan Shaw (0.2 fWAR), CLE: 1.4 fWAR
  2. Tommy Kahnle (0.5 fWAR), Anthony Swarzak (0.5 fWAR), David Robertson (0.3 fWAR), CWS: 1.3 fWAR
  3. Tyler Duffey (0.4 fWAR), Brandon Kintzler (0.1 fWAR), Craig Breslow (0.1 fWAR), MIN: 0.6 fWAR
  4. Mike Minor (0.2 fWAR), Joakim Soria (0.2 fWAR), Peter Moylan (0.0 fWAR), KC: 0.4 fWAR
  5. Justin Wilson (0.3 fWAR), Blaine Hardy (0.0 fWAR), Shane Greene (0.0 fWAR), DET: 0.3 fWAR

 

Based on these positional rankings, the expected standings are, based on the rank of the player respective to that position in the AL Central as the number of points:

  1. Cleveland Indians: 28
  2. Minnesota Twins: 29
  3. Detroit Tigers: 30
  4. Chicago White Sox: 32
  5. Kansas City Royals: 42

Meanwhile, the actual standings through the end of April are:

  1. Cleveland Indians: 14-10
  2. Chicago White Sox: 13-10
  3. Minnesota Twins: 12-11
  4. Detroit Tigers: 12-12
  5. Kansas City Royals: 7-16

So, the Indians and Royals are playing as they’re expected. The White Sox are playing a bit better than expected at this point based on their roster. The Tigers and Twins should probably have a few more wins at this point.

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