Lewie Pollis of Indians blog Wahoo Blues and I exchanged questions for the Cleveland's four-game set against the Twins over the next three days. He'll have my answers to his questions up on his site later today, but in the meantime here are his answers to my questions. Thanks to Lewie (who I've been inexplicably calling Lewis in our email exchanges) for coming back to us, and thanks to Lewie for his time!
I had Santana pegged as an All-Star for 2011 if he could stay, and while he didn't actually get picked for the Midsummer Classic, I'd say he's actually exceeded my expectations this year. He's a solid defensive catcher, with some very solid pop (.853 Power Factor). And then there's the legendary plate discipline—he's second only to Jose Bautista for the best walk rate (17.3%) in all of Major League Baseball. Yeah, he's only hitting .227, but he's got a .360 OBP.
I've sounded like Chicken Little about Hafner all season long because his career revival is coming courtesy of an inflated BABIP. It's already started to drop but it's still at .385. Given that he had a .323 hit rate in his best season (2006), I'm pretty confident in saying his current performance is unsustainable. That being said, his luck has lasted this long and it could carry him for a couple months, and even if it doesn't he'd still be an above-average hitter and a useful addition to the Tribe lineup if he can stay healthy (knock on wood).