Found July 17, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
Justin Masterson was a guest on MLB Network’s The Rundown yesterday. Here is the video from the show-
Justin Masterson on why the team can stay in the race this season:
“What’s great about this year is we haven’t really been playing our best baseball, but we’ve been able to stay at least close to the top. We’ve been up and down, but we’ve been consistent and I think that’s what’s helped us out a lot.”
Masterson on how close the team is to playing their best baseball:
“Some days we’re doing pretty good and other days we’re not. I think we’re on an upward trend. I think we have a nice, young team that has a lot of energy and love to play the game, love to be at the ballpark, love to be together. We’re slowly growing together and figuring out what makes us such a great team. I think that’s why we’re all excited to go into the second half and kind of lay it all out and say, ‘Hey, we know what it’s like to be in first place for a long time last year. Let’s be there at the end this year.’”
Masterson on his relationship with Derek Lowe:
“I always joke with him because when I first got drafted by the Red Sox, they were like, ‘Oh, it’s the next Derek Lowe.’ We do both throw sinker balls and we’re both about the same height, but aside from that, [we’re different]. He’s a short-armer, I got a long arm. But it’s just great to have the guy. He’s one of the best guys in the game, fun to talk to, fun to have around. [He] just brings a great attitude, not just on how to throw a sinker, but just how to approach the game when things are going well and when things aren’t going well.”
Masterson on getting left-handed hitters out:
“A lot of it is the ability for me to control the strike zone. When I’m able to mix and match my pitches in the zone, I’m good. When it happens that I’m throwing a few more balls and get behind in the count, it’s just natural [that] left-handers see right-handers a little better, especially me coming a little bit more from the side, so they get a few more hits.”
Masterson on the bullpen:
“I’m very confident in all of them. It’s one of the best bullpens. They’ve done a great job over the last three years. It’s pretty incredible the way that they can go out each year and be that good…When you hand the ball over, you know they’re gonna to keep it close.”
BEST OF MAXIM
In the shortest press release I’ve ever seen, the Indians today released AAA outfielder Trevor Crowe.
“Columbus transaction: OF TREVOR CROWE was released.”
Crowe was the Indians 1st round pick in the 2005 draft. He was the 14th overall pick. Crowe played 205 games for the Indians (bet you could make some money off that stat) and had a lifetime .245 average with 3 home runs...
The Cleveland Indians are reminiscent of folks doing one of those line dances at a country bar.
One step forward, two back, two sideways and another forward to end up at the exact same spot.
Then start all over again.
Following Tuesday nights loss to Tampa Bay another loss when a key hit could have meant a win they Indians are now 46-44 and four games behind the Chicago White...
The Indians got a much needed win Monday night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in a well-pitched game that also featured a new-look Cleveland lineup. Manager Manny Acta shook up the middle of his order, moving designated hitter Travis Hafner and catcher Carlos Santana down. Hafner and Santana have been struggling for much of the season, and in particular of late. One or the other...
Each and every Wednesday, I try to bring you all of the news and notes from the Cleveland Indians minor league system. Enjoy.
Last Thursday, I traveled off to Lake County to get the scoop on the Captains. Also included in this week’s edition of the Wahoos is the latest on some top prospects’ hot streaks, a no-hitter, some reliever promotions and a rehabbing lefty on his way...
The Cleveland Indians' Zach McAllister was in line for a third straight win earlier this month before running into trouble in his final inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The rookie right-hander will try for a better outing in his second consecutive start against the Rays on Monday night, while Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb seeks to build off a win in Cleveland just before the All...
While Matt Moore entered 2012 with very high expectations, he wasn't able to find much consistency during the first half of the season.
He could get off to a rough start to the second against a Cleveland Indians club that hit him hard just over a week ago.
Moore tries to avenge one of his more disappointing outings as the Tampa Bay Rays continue a four-game set with the visiting...
Four hits. That’s all the Indians could muster in this one. Even so, mix in five walks and they still had a chance. They just couldn’t get the big hit to push runners in. Bases loaded with no outs and all they got was one run on a sac fly.
Bot 1st: Tampa Bay
- C. Pena homered to deep right, B.J. Upton scored
- L. Scott tripled to shallow right, B....
Nick Hagadone had it made. He was a huge piece of the a trade that sent an Indians superstar (Victor Martinez) away and the Indians always over value the players brought back in such deals. He pitched well in a short time in 2011, and well enough this Spring to make him the first relief pitcher called up from AAA this year. In the pros he was good enough to earn the top left hander...
Big win for the Tribe tonight. The Indians scored all ten runs after the fourth inning, having fallen behind 4-0.
Bot 2nd: Tampa Bay
- E. Johnson singled to right, L. Scott scored, D. Jennings to third
- B.J. Upton hit sacrifice fly to right, D. Jennings scored
Bot 3rd: Tampa Bay
- L. Scott singled to shallow right, B. Zobrist scored, M. Joyce to...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-out singles off Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) before Jason Kipnis' RBI single against Jake McGee tied it at 4. After Michael Brantley had a run-scoring...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Zach McAllister took a line drive to the forearm and kept right on pitching.
The Cleveland right-hander shrugged off the scary moment to finish six solid innings Monday night, and the Indians held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
McAllister (4-1) said he was not affected by being struck by Jeff Keppinger's RBI single in the fourth inning. Unfazed...
7:06 PM – Three things that seem true:
“Matt Moore is Tampa Bay’s starter for this game.”
“Matt Moore pitches primarily with his left arm.”
“The Indians will lose this game.”
There’s a syllogism hiding in there somewhere, just waiting to be discovered.
7:30 PM – After Moore sends the Indians down in order in the top of the first, Josh Tomlin gets to work. Let’s...
Player of the Game
Tony Sipp pitched strong in relief today, which was enough to win him Player of the Game honors. Sipp came on with 2 outs in the 6 inning and continued to pitched through the 7th. He did not allow a single runner and struck one out, giving him a score of 1.82. After 90 games into the season, Sipp finally wins his first PoG.
Tribe hitters took advantage...