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As it currently stands, the Cleveland Indians’ .101 increase in OPS is the largest year-over-year increase from last season in Major League Baseball. Most of that increase is naturally from the team’s massive improvement in slugging percentage.
So I set out to investigate: What are the largest year-over-year increases in slugging percentage in MLB history? The Indians are at .089 over last year in SLG alone. I figured that that has to be some type of record. In fact, it is. As of right now, that would be tied for the second-largest increase in MLB history dating back to 1903.
Only four times has there ever been an increase of .080+. The best ever: .095 by the 1977 Chicago White Sox. Second-best: .089 exactly by the 1911 White Sox.
This obviously shows the historical significance of the Indians’ early-season slugging numbers, especially as it compares to the anemic 2012 Cleveland offense. But it also seems discouraging: This slugging probably won’t keep up at this leve 1 . It just hardly ever happens so suddenly.
The best-ever slugging increase in the last decade: the 2004 Detroit Tigers at .074. Only five teams since 2003 have had an year-over-year slugging percentage increase of .05+.
The best-ever slugging increase in Indians history: the 1994 team at .075. Of course, that was the strike-shortened season, but it also was the start of the successful streak of the mid ’90s.
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The Indians are currently owners of the fourth-highest home run-per-fly ball rate in baseball with 14.3 percent. In 2012, they were 26th with 9.4 percent. A different line-up, sure, but these numbers, if sustained, would be Yankee-like. Mark Reynolds and Carlos Sanatana, for instance, are both hitting HRs at a higher clip than their career averages.
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The Indians continue to be pleasantly surprised, each time they send Zach McAllister to the mound. Last night he pitched 7-2/3′s innings of shut out baseball. The Tribe has a new win streak started and they took 2 games in a row from the Oakland A’s. The Indians offense only scored one run in last nights game, with the way McAllister was pitching that was all they needed. The...
Akron Aeros’ right-hander Danny Salazar spent the offseason working out with Ubaldo Jimenez, but Tribe fans needn’t be concerned.
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Lackluster attendance and how tired we are of talking about it
Bud Shaw’s article about the long-term project
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Unless my admittedly questionable eyesight is failing desperately theAdam Rosales homerun/double call and later review may have been the most abysmal, egregious call I have seen in a long time.
How this crew failed to correct the call on the field and reward Rosales with a homerun is beyond me. However, fortunately for Chris Perez and the Indians this...
The Cleveland Indians just won their 3rd game in a row over the Oakland A’s giving the Tribe its 9th win out of their last 10 games. Tonight it was Justin Masterson who took to the mound for his Tribe. Masterson was struggling and so was the Indians offense. The A’s looked like they were going to take this game until Nick Swisher & Carlos Santana hit solo shots in the 6th...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians activated starting center fielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list after sweeping a four-game series from Oakland.
Bourn had been sidelined since slicing open his right index finger while diving into first base on April 14. He was eligible to return on April 30, but the cut didn't heal in time and Bourn needed some extra time.
CLEVELAND (AP) --Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice and Mark Reynolds hit one to the deepest reaches of Progressive Field, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Jason Kipnis and Cabrera hit consecutive homers in the first inning off Jarrod Parker (1-5). In the fifth, Cabrera homered again and Reynolds launched a 460-foot shot -- his 10th...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout and the Cleveland Indians scored an unearned run in the fifth inning for their eighth win in nine games, 1-0 over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
The IBI Hot List is back for another week and recaps the hot (and some cold) performances in the Indians system over the past week. The top 20 performances over the past seven days are ranked with some commentary, and the five worst showings are also ranked with some commentary there as well. This week I take a look at the hot showing by shortstop Francisco Lindor, outfielder LeVon...
Player of the Game
The Indians ace showed his stuff once again tonight, pitching seven innings and striking out seven to earn his fifth win of the season. Masterson wasn't perfect, giving up three runs, all in the fourth inning, but other than that was fantastic. His final POG score was 4.70, his best start of his last five.
The Indians needed some luck...
In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the rapid growth of Danny Salazar and his alleged promotion to Columbus and what he needs to work on. He also looks at the return of Matt LaPorta and if his showing to date is any different from last year, provides some detailed comments from the front office on Trevor Bauer’s progression as a pitcher as well as the 411 on extended...
CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball says the umpires were wrong.
That doesn’t help the Oakland Athletics.
One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse an obvious home run by A’s infielder Adam Rosales following a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an “improper call” was made in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game between the...
The Cleveland Indians have another winning streak going. They have now won 10 of their last 11 games. Today they beat former Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon and they beat him badly. The Indians knock Colon all over the park and out of the game in the 4th inning. By the time Colon realized his day was over the Indians had scored, 6 earned runs on the big man. Colon couldn’t get it...
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