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Twenty-five years ago, when they were briefly teammates on a typically mediocre 1980s Cleveland Indians squad, John Farrell seemed to bring out the best in Terry Francona. I’m not just basing that on some random, hazy childhood memories, either. I actually went to the trouble of looking it up—which should say something about how entertaining last night’s ballgame was.
As it turns out, there were 10 games in which future managers Farrell and Francona were both in the starting line-up for the 1988 Tribe. And in those games—for reasons unknown to all but the parties involved—Tito hit a whopping .429 (18 for 42), including his lone home run of the season. In games in which anyone other than Farrell was Cleveland’s starting pitcher, meanwhile, Francona’s average dropped to .282.
On the flip side, John Farrell did not seem to find Francona’s presence mutually beneficial. In those same aforementioned 10 ballgames, the normally solid right-hander surrendered 38 earned runs in just 61.1 in...
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On Wednesday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and outfielder Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lacerated right index finger (retroactive to April 15).
Kluber has made two starts with Columbus this year (12.1IP, 14H, 9R/ER, 1-1 record) and was with the Indians last week from...
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.
Note: Both Carolina and Lake County were postponed due to inclement weather.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 SO.
Bauer’s start against Toledo was one of the most positive...
After watching Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday, I was happy to know Justin Masterson would be taking the hill in this game. In the last five games the Indians had only scored more than two runs once, Saturday’s 9-4 victory over Chicago. With the offense scuffling, a strong starting pitching performance seemed necessary to give the team a chance to even up the...
The Inside Pitch is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 8:00pm – 9:00pm EST. The one hour show airs every Thursday and is hosted by IndiansBaseballInsider.com’s Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis.
In tonight's show, Andrew and Jeff will dive into the Indians, Browns, and the Cavs. On the Indians front, how short of a leash should management have with Ubaldo? Who could they have...
WILMINGTON, DE- On Wednesday, the Carolina Mudcats dropped their season-high fifth straight game and were swept by the Wilmington Blue Rocks by a score of 6-2. The Mudcats struggled to get anything going offensively all day, ending the road trip 1-5 and 5-7 overall.
The game started out exactly like the Mudcats wanted it to. Designated hitter Tony Wolters slapped a double to...
The Indians lost to the Houston Astros. That pretty much sums it up.
The offense continues to struggle with runners on base and in scoring position. Brett Myers gave up two home runs, but still managed to keep the Tribe within striking distance over five innings. The bullpen was once again outstanding pitching four shutout innings. However, it all came back to the offense and lack...
With Friday night’s disheartening 3-2 loss at the Houston Astros, your Cleveland Indians are now 5-10 on the season. They’ve lost 110 of 13 since winning the first two ballgames of the season and have lost five straight dating back to Sunday afternoon against Chicago.
First, the important news: It’s sensationally early in the season. According to some preliminary math, it would...
The "Radar Report" returns this week, and Tony shares almost three dozen radar readings from players in the Indians' system that he has recorded over the past few weeks. This is a premium site feature which will post about once a month and provide the fastball - and at times the secondary velocities - and in this report he has the readings on several players such as...
“Wild Thing” [bum bum bah bah bah] You make my heart sing [bum bum bah bah bah]…” (
Cleveland Indians “farmhand” (really?) Daisuke Matsuzaka seems to be emulating the Indians fan favorite Rick Vaughn (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) in everyone’s favorite late 1980′s baseball movie “Major League”. After getting “red tagged” out of Spring Training, Matsuzaka figured...
Player of the Game
Lonnie Chisenhall provided the Indians with their only 2 runs, hitting a 2-run home run in the 4th innings. This is Chisenhall's first Player of the Game this year with a score of 4.18.
Though Brett Myers appeared to be pitching injured, he pitched 5 solid innings. Myers did give up 2 home runs, but limited the Astros to just 3 runs...
It’s that elusive, sometimes seemingly unattainable goal of trying to upgrade your seats once you get to a game. I’m now convinced that at least one fan of the Cleveland Indians has it figured out.
At Saturday’s contest against the Chicago White Sox, he shared the trick to all 11,422 fans (I was one of them) in attendance.
At first glance...
Cleveland Indians (5-9) at Houston Astros (4-11)
Series 6, Games 15, 16 and 17
Minute Maid Park, Houston: 0.883*, Pitchers park
The Astros are probably the worst team in the American League, maybe in all of baseball. The organization, led by new general manager Jeff Luhnow and assistant GM David Stearns, trimmed the payroll to $26.1 million...
What a 24 hours for the city of Boston, the Boston Red Sox and those connected to the Boston Red Sox!
In their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings, and just hours after the second bombing suspect was apprehended, Red Sox manager manager John Farrell led his Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. A few hours later, Luke Farrell, John’s son and Northwestern...