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Cleveland Indians right-handed reliever Emmanuel Clase is the hardest-throwing pitcher in baseball. He has averaged 100.1 mph on his cutter, making him the only Major Leaguer to average triple digits through the first two weeks of the 2021 season. Clase missed all of last year after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, but he's moved into the back of the Tribe's bullpen easily and has recorded three saves in his first six appearances. The 23-year-old's defense has let him down, but that shouldn't keep the save chances from continuing in Cleveland. Clase is a perfect 3-for-3 in save tries and has seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings while not allowing an earned run yet this season. He needs to be owned everywhere.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase recorded his third save of the season as he allowed one hit and one unearned run while striking out one in the ninth of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Clase allowed two runners in this one, but neither were really his fault as Luis Robert got aboard after Josh Naylor took a poor route on a fly ball to right and then Andres Gimenez booted a ground ball that should have been an easy out, which allowed Robert to score. Clase has now been given three of the Indians' last four save opportunities with James Karinchak receiving the other. It is possible Karinchak received the opportunity Tuesday night simply because Clase had pitched the two previous nights, but the situation in Cleveland is still worth monitoring moving forward.
Aaron Civale went six innings while allowing five hits, one run, and two walks while striking out four in Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. It was another quality start for Civale who earned the win in this one. He is now 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 16 strikeouts across 20 2/3 innings pitched. Civale has had a tremendous start to the season and is returning serious dividends on his investment price. He will look to continue rolling next week against these same White Sox.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out two in Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians opted to use Emmanuel Clase for the save once again. It is anyone's guess who will eventually be the closer for the Indians, but it should be noted that Clase has been given the most opportunities and may have just been given the night off on Tuesday after pitching consecutive nights when Karinchak was given the save opportunity. In any event, the situation is still worth monitoring in Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a two-run shot in Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The two-run blast came off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning and gave the Indians a 2-1 lead, a lead which they would not relinquish. The home run was great to see as Ramirez had been hitless in his previous 19 at-bats up to that point. He will look to warm up in the Indians' next series this weekend against the in-state rival Cincinnati Reds.