Found July 28, 2013 on
Waiting For Next Year:
To many, Nick Swisher’s big signing in the offseason was doomed to be a disappointment. Never much of a star – only one career All-Star game – he reached a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland just after turning 32 years old. The pomp and circumstance were exciting, but would he produce?
As an understatement, the new Indians slugger has underachieved in the minds of many fans thus far in 2013. While the Ohio State outfielder/first baseman got off to a hot start – including the walk-off in the year’s first home win – he’s been awfully cold of late.
Per the numbers, take a look at the exact discrepancy of his recent struggles:
Career through 2012: .256/.361/.467 in 1,209 games, 9.4% XBH/PA, 21.3% K/PA
Through May 26th: .280/.378/.510 in 43 games, 11.4% XBH/PA, 20.5% K/PA
Since May 27th: .204/.307/.293 in 44 games, 3.6% XHB/PA, 25.0% K/PA
Swisher has continued to be an effective on-base percentage producer. It certainly might make sense then for manager Terry Francona to try to get him ignited in the No. 2 hole with more at-bats.
But the most jarring aspect of Swisher’s struggles lie with his slugging decline. He has just three doubles and four homers in the span of 192 plate appearances since May 27th. For his career with nearly 7.5-seasons worth of games entering this stretch, he averaged 18 extra-base hits per 192 PAs.
Now displaying a season-long slugging percentage of .398, it’s a new career-worst for the former New York Yankee. Besides his rookie season, his two previous worst slugging years were his bad .410 of 2008 with the White Sox and .446 in his second year with Oakland in 2005.
In his first three tries against Texas’ Yu Darvish last night, Swisher struck out. While his K/PA rates have remained fairly consistent, it’s a wonder if his continued shoulder issues are affecting his power.
Certainly, the revitalization of Swisher – and any improvement from similarly struggling Mark Reynolds – would constitute a solid offensive boost down the stretch for the contending Indians.
[Related: Nick Swisher signing will backfire for Indians per Jim Bowden]
BEST OF MAXIM
With the glaring need for a left-handed matchup reliever, the Indians are apparently active in talks to acquire one. Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for The New York Post, indicates that the Indians have interest in Rockies pitcher Josh Outman.
Keep hearing #Indians are looking at LH rlf and have talked quite a bit with #Rockies about Josh Outman (.576 OPS v. LHs)
— Joel Sherman...
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AKRON, OH -- Akron Aeros starter Paolo Espino rebounded into form Sunday after struggling mightily in his last two starts.
Unfortunately for Espino and the Aeros, the Richmond Flying Squirrels and Edwin Escobar were even better.
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A Bench of Riches
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Player of the Game: Ubaldo Jimenez (8 innings, 2 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB / 6 SO)
For the first time in 33 years, the Indians have swept the Texas Rangers in Cleveland.
At the center of it all for the Tribe was another outstanding starting pitching performance, this time by right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (8-5, 4.17 ERA).
Jimenez went a dominant eight shutout innings against the...
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The win clinched a series win in Winston-Salem for Carolina. The series win was the...
The outlook for the Cleveland Indians changed considerably over the weekend.
The Indians shut out Texas for the second straight day, 6-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and give Cleveland its fourth straight victory.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8-5) allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings - matching his longest outing of the season - and the Indians recorded their major league-leading...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ryan Raburn's three-run homer in the 11th inning off Jason Frasor gave the Cleveland Indians a wild and sloppy 11-8 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
After Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana singled off Frasor (0-2), Raburn pulled a 2-1 pitch onto the home-run porch in left to rescue the Indians, who blew a 7-1 lead and nearly lost to a Texas team...
Catcher Carlos Santana said Justin Masterson's slider was perfect. Justin Masterson begged to differ.
"He's too kind" said Masterson. "Carlos likes to use the word perfect a little too often."
After Masterson out-dueled Yu Darvish on Saturday night in the Indians' 1-0 victory over Texas at Progressive Field Masterson was the only one objecting to...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Michael Bourn homered to lead off the first inning and Justin Masterson took a shutout into the eighth inning, outdueling Texas' Yu Darvish in the Cleveland Indians' 1-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
Masterson (12-7), an American League All-Star, struck out eight and allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings. That was enough to beat Darvish (9-5), who...
Man, I love this picture.
This Cleveland Indians team is amazing. There is no pegging them. Hasn’t been since the first month of the season and their certainly isn’t as we change the calendar to August this week. Just think, back in April the starting pitching was a serious question mark after Justin Masterson, the bullpen was still strong, and Mark Reynolds was being mentioned...
Loo... Loo... Looooooo...The difference in fate?Against Boston, Lou lost Jerry Remy's fly ball in the sun, but managed to catch it.Against Detroit, Nick Swisher lost it in the lights, and we're still lost.