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Baseball returned to Cleveland yesterday. Optimism surrounding the Indians was in the air and everywhere to be seen downtown. That is, until Ubaldo Jimenez fell into a familiar set of bad habits, and a familiar face crashed the annual party.
Don't let an average spring and one start fool you. This is still the same Jimenez that we have seen before. He continued to be a mechanical disaster, as evidenced by a number of bounced pitches - both straight and breaking - early on in this game. He didn't have a feel for any one pitch, and anything that did manage to find its way around the zone tended to get hit hard and far.
It also didn't help that Jimenez's velocity was down from the first start in Toronto. He was sitting 89-91, as opposed to 92-94 then. Whether he is traded, released, or moved to the bullpen, I firmly believe that the Indians' number two starter will not finish this season in the Indians rotation.
A quick answerAfter a three-run top of the fi...
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The Akron Aeros got off to a stumbling start to their title defense this past week, dropping their first three games to the Binghamton Mets. The offense struggled, only mustering seven runs in those three games.
Akron bounced back in the final two games of the week, though, winning both games to salvage a 2-3 record for the week. Manager Edwin Rodriguez preached patience throughout...
CLEVELAND — New Indians manager Terry Francona said he got lost making a two-block walk to Progressive Field for the home opener.
Francona, who is living in downtown Cleveland during the season, was thankful there were people on the streets Monday morning “because I got lost three times.” Francona joked that he doesn’t have a good sense of direction and was glad someone finally...
The Indians have yet to make an official announcement on who will start tonight's game against the Yankees, but right-handed pitcher Corey Kluberis en route to Cleveland and will start the game tonight if it is played.
Kluber, 27, has made one start for Triple-A Columbus going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits, one walk and piling up four strikeouts. Over the last...
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. The one hour show airs every Tuesday and is hosted by IndiansBaseballInsider.com’s Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete and is brought to you by the Akron Aeros.
In tonight's show, Jim and Tony breakdown the first full week of the season for the Indians and give some early thoughts on anything to date that...
Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana exited last night’s
contest against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning after he was struck on
the thumb by a pitch from teammate Chris Perez, according to Jordan Bastian of
Correction: left thumb (not wrist) contusion for Santana. No update on X-rays yet. Will more know Tuesday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April...
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco has been ejected in the fourth inning after hitting Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder with a pitch.
Carrasco, who recently finished serving a five-game suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler in 2011, had just given up a homer to Robinson Cano, giving the New York Yankees a 7-0 lead Tuesday night, when he drilled Youkilis with his next...
Terry Francona’s always been known for having an up-to-date
managerial style inside the clubhouse. Some Red Sox fans might find it a little
lax but in the end Francona knows how to deal with today’s superstars and their
egos. The same can’t be said for his use of technology.
If Francona put the same amount of effort into utilizing
Google maps, GPS or an iPhone he could...
Terry Francona must have felt as if he was in a maze Monday morning.Why? Well, the first-year skipper of the Cleveland Indians reportedly got lost on his way to work.Francona, who lives about two blocks away from Progressive Field, attempted to walk to the stadium this morning ahead of Cleveland's home opener against the New York Yankees beginning at 4:05 p.m.Unfortunately, he...
I am not one to panic. Especially with 150-plus games left on the schedule. The hot starts for the Tribe the last two years resulted in nothing. But obviously you would like to see the lesser parts of your team do well early to give them confidence as the season starts to build.
It was no secret that the weak link of the 2013 Cleveland Indians would be their starting rotation. All...
Joe and Mike recorded another episode of Burning River Radio for your listening pleasure:
On this episode they discuss the Indians first week of baseball, including Ubaldo Jimenez's first start, Mark Reynolds power streak and Trevor Bauer's Indians debut. There is also an in depth discussion on the difference a manager can make in the game and how to quantify it...
The landscape of how we watched sports has been forever changed by the Internet and social media. Twitter in particular has made sporting events even more of a communal experience, especially with fans spread throughout the country (and the world for that matter).
I love being able to see what people inside of a stadium or an arena have to say about the game as it happens. Getting...
Player of the Game
With one at bat, Mike Aviles took the Player of the Game award from this miserable baseball game. As a late game defensive replacement, Aviles got one chance and hit a two run home run for a score of 4.50. Ubaldo Jimenez had the second worst game of any Indian this year with a final score of -7.63 for his 6 runs allowed in 4.1 innings.
Carlos Carrasco hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since 2011. After allowing a grand slam against the Royals, he threw at the head of Billy Bulter and was tossed and suspended for 5-games. However, he did not serve it … Continue reading →
The good news?
It’s only been eight games. Nothing is decided in eight games.
The bad news?
Those eight games have raised more questions than they’ve answered about the Indians’2013 pitching staff. The Indians are tied with the mighty Houston Astros for the most runs given up in the American League. The team has surrendered 48 runs in eight games, good for 6.0 per game. You...
Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook…
The Indians have now played five games and each pitcher in their starting rotation has made their first start of the season.
Not that a lot was going to be taken from one turn through the rotation, but through five games the rotation has been as advertised as a volatile unit that is a complete wildcard for...