Found September 07, 2013 on Indians Baseball Insider:
The 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers were defined by a couple of overriding themes: a lack of offense, dominant pitching, and a killer 12-game losing streak during which seemingly nothing went write for the boys of Niles, Ohio. That 12-game stretch began on the backside of a doubleheader with the Jamestown Jammers on July 3rd and lasted until July 15th in a contest with the Vermont Lake Monsters.  Starting the season at a respectable 7-9 mark, the Scrappers were outscored by a tally of 76-31 during the losing streak and fell to 7-21. That lack of offense is what got the Scrappers off to a bad start and it never really picked up. The Scrappers finished the season with a combined team batting average of .233, good for 10th out of the 14-team New York Penn League. While the batting average wasn’t the worst, the Scrappers just couldn’t get runners home, as they finished last in the NYPL in runs (219).  The 219 runs the Scrappers plated was by far the worst in the NY-Penn League. Vermont w...

Cleveland Indians: Key players to watch down the stretch

As the month of August dragged on, it looked as if the Cleveland Indians were going to spoil all of the city’s optimism – yet again – by experiencing yet another late-season fade into obscurity. The Tribe posted a 12-16 overall record for the month. Seven days into the final month of the regular season, however, the Indians have now won four out of their last five. The Wahoos...

Brantley on leave for birth of child

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has returned to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to be with wife Melissa for the birth of their first child. Manager Terry Francona isn't sure how long Brantley, the Indians' everyday left fielder, will be away from the club. Brantley is batting .278 with eight home runs, 59 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 132 games. Brantley was in the...

Kazmir pitches Indians to 8-1 win

Scott Kazmir struck out a season-high 12 in six innings, Nick Swisher hit a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians continued their playoff push with an 8-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday night. Kazmir (8-7) struck out at least one batter in each inning, including the side in the first, third and sixth. The left-hander, who has been pushed back in the rotation for extra rest...

Young Indians fan returns to get home run balls

Niko Lanzarotta is becoming a fixture at Progressive Field. And that's just fine with the Cleveland Indians. The 8-year-old Indians fan with cerebral palsy had a special wish granted last month at the ballpark and returned to see his favorite team play the New York Mets on Saturday. Before the July 24 game against Minnesota, he asked Indians catcher Carlos Santana - his favorite...

Cabrera, Swisher power Tribe to win

The Cleveland Indians have found their stride again. Perfect timing, too. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher had a solo shot and the surging Indians beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Saturday night. Cleveland has won four in a row for the first time since it captured eight straight from July 24-Aug. 1. Swisher finished with two hits and two RBIs as the Indians stayed...

Indians down Mets 9-4 for fourth straight win

Cleveland, OH -- Cleveland struck for five runs in the first inning, establishing a lead they would maintain for the entire game, as the Indians beat the New York Mets 9-4 Saturday night. The Tribe has now won four in a row for the first time since winning eight straight from July 24 to Aug. 1.  Cleveland began the day just two games back of Tampa Bay for the second American League...

9/7 Recap: Mets 4 - Indians 9

Player of the Game This game was Swishalicious, Bro! With a sweet RBI double and monster home run to left, Bro-hio's own, Nick Swisher won tonight's Player of the Game, Dude. The award is his eighth of the season and his first in the Indians last 18 games. Feathers Up Corey Kluber returned from the DL today, just in time to take Justin Masterson's place in...

Mets may have seen something when they traded Kazmir

The Mets come into Cleveland tonight for a three game series against the Indians beginning with an interesting pitching matchup to kick things off.  23-year-old Zach Wheeler of the Mets faces 29-year-old Scott Kazmir in a duel of present and former top pitching prospects.  Wheeler — called up in June — is showing fans the talent and promise that made him so highly touted....

Q&A: Corey Kluber’s Repertoire, A Brief History

Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber entered the 2013 season as a 27-year-old with fewer than 70 major-league innings. He’s departing it, however, having established himself as one of the club’s — and perhaps the league’s — most effective starters, having recorded strikeout and walk rates of 23.3% and 5.2%, respectively, and a 74 xFIP- that’s fifth […]

Tribe Happenings: Indians are winning, but lack connection

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… A serious disconnect The Cleveland Browns kickoff their season today. I’m a huge Browns fan and will certainly be watching their game (I have season tickets), but you better believe that I will be paying just as much attention to the happenings down the street at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. These are the days where...

IBI Update: What we have in store for the offseason

The minor league season may be over, but the real fun is about to begin. Those who have been around the IBI in the past know that just because the games have stopped it does not mean the coverage stops too. In fact, there will be as much or even more coverage on the minor leaguers and major league team the next several months leading into next season. In September and October the...
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