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Michael Brantley | Outfielder

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored as the Indians outlasted the Brewers 11-6 on Tuesday.
Brantley swatted a pair of two-run homers in the 11-run outburst, and he stole a base in the contest for good measure. The big game was a continuation of a scorching month for the 28-year-old, who is now batting .410 with three homers, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored in August. Brantley is batting .320/.391/.483 with 11 homers, 72 RBI, 55 runs scored and 14 stolen bases overall. Aug 25 - 11:12 PM

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Michael Brantley homered in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Tuesday, finishing 1-for-4.

Brantley drilled an Eduardo Rodriguez offering over the fence in right field, making it a 7-1 game, but it was too little, too late. The outfielder has been on fire in the second half, batting .376 (38-for-101) in 26 games. Overall, Brantley owns a .313/.387/.468 triple-slash line with nine home runs, 65 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
Aug 18 - 10:20 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is back in the Indians' lineup Monday.

Brantley sat out all weekend with a sore left shoulder, but he's feeling better after a cortisone shot and is ready to give it a go. He's in the designated hitter spot Monday but should return to outfield duty shortly.
Aug 17 - 4:33 PM

Michael Brantley will miss the next 2-to-3 games due to his sore left shoulder.

The good news for Brantley owners is that his MRI came back clean, and it looks as though he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Brantley did receive a cortisone shot and should be ready to return in a couple of days.
Aug 14 - 6:43 PM

Michael Brantley will undergo an MRI on his sore left shoulder.

Brantley didn't travel with the Indians to Minnesota but is scheduled to fly there later Friday. That would suggest that the club doesn't think the ailment is serious, but we'll obviously know more after the test results come in.
Aug 14 - 5:24 PM

Michael Brantley ended 16 innings of baseball on Tuesday, hitting a walk-off single as the Indians topped the Yankees.

The Yankees scored twice in the top of the 10th to break a 2-2 tie, but the Indians responded with two of their own in the bottom half. Neither team scored until the bottom of the 16th, when Brantley brought in Jose Ramirez from second base with a single to right field. He finished 3-for-6 with a walk and two doubles on the evening. The outfielder is currently carrying a .316/.392/.466 batting line with eight home runs, 62 RBI, 48 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases.
Aug 12 - 12:18 AM

Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored as the Indians topped the Twins 8-1 on Sunday.

Brantley doubled in the third inning and came around to score in a four-run frame. It's his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fifth in his last six games. The outfielder is batting a terrific .313/.388/.460 with eight home runs, 61 RBI, 47 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases.
Aug 9 - 4:01 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Twins.

Brantley notched an RBI single against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey in the third inning. He would add a shallow two-run double an inning later to account for the rest of his ribbies on the night. While he's not mashing for quite as much power as he did last season, the electric outfielder's numbers are nothing to sneeze at. He's hitting .304/.381/.450 with eight homers, 60 RBI and 11 steals over 378 at-bats.
Aug 7 - 10:50 PM

Michael Brantley is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

It's a routine day of rest. Mike Aviles is in left field Wednesday in Brantley's place.
Aug 5 - 1:48 PM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Brantley's double off White Sox starter Chris Sale was his 29th two-bagger of the year. The dynamic outfielder isn't hitting for as much power as last season (or stealing at as high a clip, for that matter), but he's still posting some solid numbers and is currently hitting .301/.377/.451 with seven homers, 55 RBI and nine steals.
Jul 25 - 10:20 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the White Sox.

Brantley has come out of the All-Star break strong, hitting .423 (11-for-26) over seven games. Fantasy owners would surely like to see some more power, but he still has a .302 batting average on the year to go along with an .828 OPS.
Jul 24 - 10:26 PM

Michael Brantley posted a huge game in Wednesday afternoon's 7-5 win over the Brewers, finishing 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and four total RBI.

The Indians actually entered the third inning down 4-1, but Brantley turned the scoreboard--and possibly the game--around when he launched a three-run homer off of embattled Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. The dinger was Brantley's seventh of the season. His numbers are slightly off of a career-best 2014, but not by much, as he's currently slashing a lovely .302/.378/.451 with seven homers, 55 RBI, 38 runs scored and nine steals. Brantley's now hit safely in all five games since the All-Star Break and has driven in nine runs in that space.
Jul 22 - 6:11 PM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with three walks and two RBI, helping the Indians outlast the Reds on Sunday.

Both of Brantley's RBI came on bases loaded walks. At the time, they appeared to be the difference in the game until the Reds rallied late to send the game into extras. Brantley has hit safely in each of his first three games out of the All-Star break while knocking in five runs. He's batting .294/.371/.434 overall with six home runs, 51 RBI, 36 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.
Jul 19 - 6:21 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a walk Friday against the Reds.

Both hits were doubles. Brantley is batting .295 with a .369 on-base percentage, but he has just five home runs through 80 games so far this season. It was tough to expect him to duplicate the 20 homers he hit last season, but he might not even make it to double-digits this year. It's fair to wonder if his back has been a factor in that area.
Jul 17 - 11:35 PM

Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, helping the Indians fend off the Astros on Tuesday.

Brantley singled with two outs in the first inning and came around to score on David Murphy's double. He then clobbered a solo home run in the sixth inning to add an insurance run. Though he hasn't been nearly as dominant at the plate as he was last year, Brantley is still batting a productive .293/.365/.425 with five home runs, 43 RBI, 31 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.
Jul 7 - 10:46 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Mike Aviles
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Jose Ramirez
3B1Giovanny Urshela
2Chris Johnson
LF1Michael Brantley
2Zach Walters
CF1Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Jerry Sands
DH1Ryan Raburn
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Danny Salazar
5Cody Anderson
6T.J. House
7Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Austin Adams
4Zach McAllister
5Ryan Webb
6Jeff Manship
7Kyle Crockett
8Nick Hagadone
9Shawn Armstrong