August Fagerstrom's final thoughts following the Indians 3-2 victory at home over the White Sox on Sunday, the last game before the All-Star break.
1) Trevor Bauer is quickly turning into perhaps the most reliable arm not named Corey Kluber that this Indians team has. Bauer turned in the best start of his MLB career today, striking out 10 batters and not allowing a run in over six innings of work.
Out of Bauer's 10 strikeouts, eight came on his curveball. One came on a slider and one came on a 96mph fastball blown past slugger Jose Abreu.
2) Mike Aviles showed off an arm that even his teammates didn't know he had in the second inning. Aviles, playing left field, tracked down a fly ball in the corner before bouncing off the wall and firing a dart on the fly to first base, doubling off Conor Gillaspie. After the game, regular left fielder Michael Brantley joked that he taught Aviles everything he knows. Aviles wouldn't concede.
3) The Indians record isn't what it was at this point last year, but that doesn't mean this team can't make a similar run. Indians manager Terry Francona admitted that they can't count on a 10-game winning streak to end the season like they had last year. But with Nick Swisher, Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall all settled into their new roles and hitting together for the first time this season, all this team might need is another pitcher to step up and give quality innings, rather than just acceptable ones, alongside Kluber and Bauer to make a late-season push.