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When everything seems to be going right, it's almost inevitable that something will suddenly go wrong. Just ask the Cleveland Indians.
The Tribe was riding high this week as the team was fresh off a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox and had reclaimed sole possession of the top spot in the American League Central.
The Indians had an opportunity to build an even more sizeable lead in the division when they faced the Kansas City Royals this week, but let's just say things did not exactly go according to plan.
The team got off to a decent start with a 6-5 win on Tuesday, but unfortunately followed up that effort with a 6-5 loss and 10-7 loss on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. In the big scheme of things, two losses may not seem like all that big of deal, especially considering the Indians still just trail the Detroit Tigers by 1 ½ games in the division, but these losses seemed a tad different from the others.
For the past couple years, even when the Indians have bee...
BEST OF MAXIM
MLB All-Star voting ended last night at 11:59 p.m. The rosters are set to be announced on Saturday. In all likelihood, there will probably be one or perhaps two Cleveland Indians in the 2013 exhibition at Citi Field. But, according to the statistical projections of the Elias Sports Bureau, there should be three.
Starting pitcher Justin Masterson, second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher...
GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians extended their win streak to four games on Friday night, cruising by their complex rival AZL Reds by a count of 11-3. The offense propelled the AZL Indians, as Tribe hitters pounded out 13 hits and managed to put together a seven run, two out rally in the third to push the game out of reach early.
Juan Santana took the mound for the AZL Indians and...
June 1st started off ok for the Cleveland Indians, they won against the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 behind a great outing from Ubaldo Jimenez. They were only .5 games out of first.
Then the wheels came off via an 8 game losing streak. The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers took turns sweeping them by a combined score of 34-21. After the losing streak finally ended against Texas they...
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
What more is there to say about Lindor? Really, so much ink is spilled over how great of a prospect he is, how he...
The losing ways of the Columbus Clippers continued this past week as the team finished below .500 again at 2-6. The month of June will be one to forget for Columbus as the team wound up with a 8-20 record in that span without winning a single series. July has gotten off to a slightly better start for the Clippers who are currently 2-2 in the month.
Overall, the team stands at 39...
TOLEDO- The Toledo Mudhens shutout the Columbus Clippers on Independence Day Thursday afternoon. Columbus’ five pitchers weren’t enough to hold the Mudhens, while the Clippers offense could not make up the deficit the Clippers’ pitching caused, losing 7-0.
The Mudhens held Columbus’ offense to shameful numbers, only allowing four hits the entire game. Center fielder Ezequiel...
The Indians bullpen has been it's greatest asset for at least the last three seasons and for most of the years since 2005. There has been some transition among players over the years, but the current incarnation of the relief corp or "Bullpen Mafia" started in 2011 with the rookie year of Vinnie Pestano, the moniker being named mostly after him and Justin Germano. Since...
Not So Nasty Masty
After pitching a complete-game shutout against the White Sox last weekend, Justin Masterson couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning before giving up six of the Tigers’ seven runs of the night.
In the first inning, it appeared as if it would be another strong performance by the Tribe ace as he set down the side in order with ease, but Detroit struck first...
After a week off, the IBI Digest returns to catch you up on anything you missed in the past two weeks.
Considering the heft of this piece, let's dive right into things.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Minor Happenings: Prospect whereabouts and more: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about there...
Overarching trends have come to define the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2013. A few include dominant pitching, below average performances at the plate, and walk-off losses.
The offensive woes began right away. The Scrappers wouldn’t add their first run of the season until the third game against the Jamestown Jammers, ending a 33-inning scoreless streak dating back to last year...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jason Kipnis rounded the bases at full speed and scored easily for an inside-the-park homer. He then returned to the dugout and waited for Alex Gordon to move.
The second baseman had just given the Cleveland Indians a lead in the sixth inning, but his entire team was left waiting to see what would happen with Gordon, who hit the wall hard and remained on...
Fireworks are calling. Let's get right to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians - N/A seconds [video]
It's almost unheard of to have an inside-the-park home run and be able to get a reliable time for the trot. Even if the camera doesn't follow the batter-runner perfectly around the bases live, there's usually seven or eight replays...
If the Cleveland Indians are to again overtake Detroit atop the AL Central, they'll need Justin Masterson to continue his home success and help end their recent struggles against the Tigers.
Masterson and the Indians look to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat to the visiting Tigers, who'll try to win their fourth straight in the opener of a key four-game set Friday night....
ZEBULON, N.C.- The Carolina Mudcats finished their series against the Lynchburg Hillcats Wednesday night at Five County Stadium, defeating the Hillcats 5-4.
Starting right-handed pitcher Michael Peoples tossed 5.1 innings for the Mudcats, allowing four earned runs on five hits.
Reliever RHP Rob Nixon (2-3) took the win thanks to the rally after holding the Hillcats off the board...