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After losing the first two games of a four game series in spectacular fashion to the Tigers, and then ultimately losing three of the four games in the series, Indians fans at least subconsciously recognized what they already suspected: this year’s Cleveland Indians are not at the same level as the Tigers and will be hardpressed to win the AL Central.
There is no question that the Indians are much better than last year. The offense is scoring many more runs, the base running has improved, and even the starting rotation has been more consistent. However, despite these improvements the team’s warts have and will continue to stop the team from finding consistent success.
Despite improvements, the Tribe pitching staff has not been good enough and lacks the consistency needed to make a run at the playoffs. Yes, Justin Masterson has definitely improved and made the All-Star team. Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister have been effective for extended periods of time, and even Scott Kazmir ha...
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Tony takes a look at 10 of the hottest hitters in the organization from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona – some names you know well and some you don’t. The players are not ranked, but are listed by level and include the likes of Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez, Joey Wendle, Jeremy Lucas, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Logan Vick, Nellie Rodriguez, Clint Frazier and Joel...
In the midst of a stellar season at Triple-A Columbus, relief pitcher Preston Guilmet has finally been given the opportunity that he has sought since being selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft - a shot in the majors.
After right-hander Carlos Carrasco was optioned back to the Clippers following his disastrous outing against the Detroit Tigers on...
Danny Salazar, one of the best pitching prospects in the Cleveland Indians system, will make his major league debut on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Tribe announced the somewhat-expected decision on Tuesday afternoon, with a final rotation spot left open with the most recent demotion of Carlos Carrasco. It will be a tough first test for the 23-year-old Salazar, as he’ll...
The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week’s topic was reader-recommended, as I looked into some key differences with the 2013 Indians. Now, it’s back to prospect talk.
As much as I love talking about the Indians and their increasingly annoying major league team, my original...
The Bullpen Mafia is no more.
The once-strong bullpen for the Cleveland Indians has gone from one of the most reliable units in baseball to one of the worst.
At the forefront of the bullpen issues is right-hander Vinnie Pestano.
Others have had their struggles with performance or injuries, but the key member to the unit has always been Pestano. However, this season he has lost himself...
COLUMBUS- The last time Clippers' left-hander T.J. House saw his name in the win column was May 13. Going up against the International League West-leading Indianapolis Indians Tuesday, it looked like that statistic wouldn’t change. Wrong.
In undoubtedly his finest performance at the Triple-A level, House cruised through six scoreless innings to steer the Clippers toward a 4...
Even when he's struggling, Cleveland's Justin Masterson can usually be relied on to pitch deep into games.In his last start, the right-hander failed to provide even that.Masterson tries to bounce back from one of this worst starts of the season by continuing his dominance over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Cleveland.After tossing a six-hitter in a 4-0 win over...
credit frrole.com We’ve seen it time and time again when a little dribbler rolls up third base line and both the third baseman and catcher watching roll until it reaches foul territory. Not this time. Detroit Tigers catcher, Brayan Pena made a heads up play with the score tied at two in the eighth inning; while Cleveland Indians first baseman, Nick Swisher taught a lot of...
1) A few days before the Tigers series started, my good friend Dave from Westlake (hes the guy who used to correctly predict the Browns drafts) texted to ask how many games the Indians would win in the four-game series. One or two was the pithy response. This guess was based on the Tigers starting pitchers, the Indians starting pitchers and the Tigers lineup, which is very reminiscent...
Bro, could you have had a worse night?
At least Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher doesn't think so.
First, with the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers Monday night, Swisher hit a slow roller that initially went into foul territory. He got careless when it looked like the ball was rolling out, and Tigers catcher Brayan Pena...
If the Indians don’t end up winning the AL Central title, all they will have to do is point to their performance against the rival Detroit Tigers as the key reason why. They had every chance to take last night’s 4-2, 10 inning, rain-soaked loss, but just could never capitalize on their bevy of chances. The Tigers and Indians have now played twelve times this season – Detroit...
Surely Nick Swisher played Little League. Where was he on the day when they teach the kids to always run, even if the ball looks foul?
Swisher could only shake his head Monday night when he failed to run after Tigers catcher Brayan Pena made a heads-up play at the dish. Swisher tapped a ball into the dirt along the third base line that was clearly foul — until it wasn’t. Pena...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers combined on a shutout and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Tuesday night. Jimenez (7-4) dodged constant trouble in six innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez blanked Toronto over the final three innings. Perez allowed two hits in the...
Sitting just 3 1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians still have a good shot at the AL Central title. A good starting pitcher might just give them the edge they need to keep up with Detroit and that's exactly what they're looking for, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. However, Heyman says the Indians don't just want any arm in the rotation; if...
The Carolina Mudcats came back from a Tuesday night shutout to beat the Lynchburg Hillcats 15-8, at Calvin Falwell Field. The Mudcats improved to 9-10 this half and 31-58 overall and the Hillcats dropped to 5-12 this half and 41-45 overall.
Right-hander Nick Pasquale started for the Mudcats and pitched two innings with two hits and one run. The Hillcats bullpen had a very different...