Welcome to Tribe Talk, where our panel of Cleveland Indians fans weigh in on the ups and downs of the club each week throughout the season.

This week, as is our custom during the All-Star break each year, we make a departure from our usual format and examine how the first half of the season went for the Indians and assess the state of the team at the halfway mark in general. Then we go home and cry when we see the results.

So here's hoping the Tribe has a better second half than the Tribe Talk panel seems to have predicted here. 

I would like to thank this week's participants Dan Tylicki, Dale Thomas, Lewie Pollis, Scott Miles, The Coop, and Nino Colla for their contributions. This discussion is open to all, so please feel free to comment below and pitch in your thoughts on the questions we're addressing this week.

Go Tribe!

 

1. Team MVP, First Half of 2010:

Shin Soo Choo - 7 votes

Yep, it's unanimous. Well...duh? 

It should be noted that we did receive one vote that read as follows: Jhonny Peralta (just kidding, Choo). 

 

2. Team Cy Young, First Half of 2010:

Fausto Carmona - 7 votes

I know you all secretly wanted to vote for Hector Ambriz. Someone actually did (in jest, of course). 

 

3. Player Who Has Been The Biggest First-Half Pleasant Surprise:

Mitch Talbot - 5 votes

Carlos Santana - 2 votes 

Why does Mark Shapiro still have a job? See above. 

 

4. Player Who Has Been The Biggest First-Half Disappointment: 

Grady Sizemore - 2

Luis Valbuena - 2

Michael Brantley - 2

Justin Masterson - 1

Travis Hafner - 1

Clearly, no one expected anything out of Peralta.

 

5. First Player To Be Traded After The Break: 

Austin Kearns - 5

Kerry Wood -2 

For all interested parties, I'm offering Trevor Crowe free with the purchase of Kerry Wood. 

 

6. Area In Which The Tribe Needs The Most Improvement In The Second Half:

Samantha Bunten: Defense

Scott Miles: Consistency

Lewie Pollis: The Wins Column

Dan Tylicki: Improve? At this point, just let the young guys play and look to next year.

Dale Thomas: Attitude

The Coop: Scoring more runs than the other team...Their offense is offensive. 

Nino Colla: Defense

 

7. Predicted Finish Order For The AL Central: 

Samantha Bunten: 

1. Minnesota

2. Chicago

3. Detroit

4. Cleveland

5. Kansas City

Scott Miles: 

1. Minnesota

2. Detroit

3. Chicago

4. Kansas City

5. (sigh) Cleveland

Lewie Pollis: 

1. Chicago

2. Minnesota

3. Detroit

4. Cleveland

5. Kansas City

Dan Tylicki:

1. Detroit

2. Minnesota

3. Chicago

4. Kansas City

5. Cleveland

Dale Thomas: 

1. Chicago

2. Detroit 

3. Minnesota

4. Kansas City 

5. Cleveland

The Coop:

1. Detroit

2. Minnesota

3. Chicago

4. Kansas City

5. Cleveland

Nino  Colla:

1. Chicago

2. Minnesota

3. Detroit 

4. Cleveland

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