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With just a week left in the season and still six teams in the wildcard mix, things are setting up to be quite crazy this week.
At the moment the Indians sit at 85-70 and own a half game lead on the Rangers for the second wildcard spot. The Rays lead the way with an 85-69 record, the Rangers are a half game out (84-70), the Yankees are 3.0 games out (82-73), the Orioles are 3.5 games out (81-73) and the Royals are 3.5 games out (81-73).
Here are the remaining schedules for the six wildcard contenders:
Indians (7): ASTROS (1), WHITE SOX (2), at Twins (4)Rays (8): ORIOLES (2), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3)Rangers (8): at Royals (1), ASTROS (3), ANGELS (4)Royals (8): RANGERS (1), at Mariners (3), at White Sox (4)Orioles (8): at Rays (2), BLUE JAYS (3), RED SOX (3)Yankees (7): GIANTS (1), RAYS (3), at Astros (3)
The Rays, Indians and Rangers appear to bet setting themselves apart from the pack this weekend, a...
BEST OF MAXIM
We've officially reached the stretch run.
With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots.
Texas is close behind as the Rangers trail the Indians by just 1 ½ games.
The Tribe will face the Chicago White Sox twice this week before they head to Minnesota to...
With six games left in the season, the Cleveland Indians have reached a new high watermark in their playoff odds. The three major sites, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Cool Standings, all agree that the team’s odds are over 70 percent.
A week ago, after the previous four-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox, the team’s playoff probability was finally creeping up over 50...
As the Cleveland Indians continue their thrilling run to a postseason berth, they received a measure of good news on the injury front regarding starter Justin Masterson.
Absent since leaving a start on September 2nd with a left oblique strain, the All-Star will soon be cleared to return to Cleveland in a relief role in order to rebuild his arm strength, and prospectively return...
The Cleveland Indians' road to October is all but free of impediment, a parade of cupcake opponents that Terry Francona's boys are eagerly devouring as the season draws to a close.
Give the Indians credit - they're beating the teams in front of them. But make no mistake: The American League wild-card race isn't close to fair, not when the unbalanced schedule puts...
A playoff contender in September, the Indians drew their largest crowd in almost a month and gave fans something to cheer about.
Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as the Cleveland Indians, clinging tightly to a wild-card spot, became the first team in 52 years to post six sweeps of a four-game series in a season with a 9-2 win Sunday over the Houston Astros.
The Astros lost their season-high ninth straight.
Brantley hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning off Erik Bedard (4-12...
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana had a come from behind Player of the Game win, surpassing Michael Brantley and his second consecutive two RBI day in his last at bat. Overall, Santana went 2-5 with a double and a home run, knocking in two and scoring twice as well for a POG score of 5.68. He just nudged out Brantley who scored 4.25.
This series has been very...
A Win’s A Win
Earned runs, unearned runs, walks, hits, errors, extra innings, rain… In the end, it doesn’t matter how you win since they’re all chalked up the same in the win column. On Friday night, the Indians took game two of the four-game set against the lowly Astros 2-1 in a rain-shortened six and a half innings of play.
Both runs of the game were unearned...
With yet another four-game sweep, the Indians matched a feat last accomplished by the 1961 New York Yankees.
Now, they'd like to repeat something else those Bronx Bombers did in October.
Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland, clinging tightly to one of the AL's two wild-card spots with a week left, became the first team in 52 years to post...
Welcome to a brand new season of the Weekly Power Poll. The power poll is a piece that will show up semi-regularly here at Indians Baseball Insider, and will focus either on an important weekly topic for the Cleveland Indians, or look at something with historical perspective. Last season, we took a look at several issues, including the top players in the long history of the...
Player of the Game
Scott Kazmir looked great today, going from the first hitter in the game through the first batter in the fifth inning without allowing a base runner. This was Kazmir's second to last start of the regular season and he let it all out, striking out ten and allowing just five base runners in 7+ innings.
Milestone Alert: Playing in his 810th...
With the close wild-card battle going on between the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers heading down the stretch, an interesting scenario is emerging as a very real possibility. Tampa Bay and Texas finished their season series earlier this week. With that, should all three teams have identical records after Game #162, the following tiebreaker scenario between the...
The Indians continued to control their own wild-card destiny Sunday at Progressive Field with a big assist from the Astros.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead the Indians scored four runs in the sixth inning to complete a four-game sweep of the Astros with a 9-2 victory at Progressive Field. The Astros who have lost 105 games this season have lost nine straight.
The sweep was the Tribe'...
The 2013 Instructional League game schedule got underway on Saturday out in Arizona for the Indians minor leaguers. A total of 25 players played and Tony has the full details on how each player did, the box score from the game, and provides some insight and analysis into their performances and what they are working on out in Arizona.
Once the entire baseball season is over, we here at IBI will be running an Indians-centric award roundtable. So as to avoid a hopelessly lengthy read because of the number of participants and categories, written responses will have to be kept short. Because of that, and because this isn't an actual award that we will be voting on (they will be split into most valuable hitter...