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Waiting For Next Year:
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Anytime FanGraphs writes about positive things in the Tribe organization, I’m thrilled. With this, I’m bouncing-off-the-walls ecstatic: “In 2013, the 27-year-old Santana might be becoming the superstar that some envisioned when he was a prospect. Despite having a poor May at the plate, his overall season line still stands at .294/.396/.503 (147 wRC+, second-best among qualified catchers, just behind Joe Mauer‘s 148). While it is still early, after 202 plate appearances, Santana’s better performance seems to be based primarily on two things: the return of his pre-2012 power, and a significantly higher BABIP. One or both may be an early-season blip, but there are at least some signs that Santana has made some important and perhaps long-term improvements.” [Matt Klaasen/FanGraphs]
This was a neat stat about Jason Kipnis’ short HR in Boston last week and more than you’d ever want to know about 2013 homers in general. [Jayson Stark/ESPN.com]
From earlier in the week, but still a fun and detailed read into the underrated value of Mark Reynolds: “You’ve probably heard of Mark Reynolds – he’s the 29-year old third baseman for the Cleveland Indians. He came up with the Diamondbacks, and then spent the last two seasons with the Orioles before coming to the Tribe on a 1-year, $6 million dollar contract. Yet, he’s vastly underrated because he strikes out a lot – which is nearly meaningless, considering what he does well.” [Matt Feinstein/Bloomberg Stats Insights]
More awesome stats about the Indians’ incredible success with two outs: “The category I’d like to draw your attention to is tOPS+, which compares a player’s production in this particular split to their own overall production. Asdrubal Cabrera has done very, very poorly with two outs, but all ten of the other players on the list have better numbers with two outs, even though overall production around MLB with two outs dips by 5% (to a tOPS+ of 95).” [Jason Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe]
Meanwhile, the big baseball news of the day on Friday was that no agreement had been reached on an MLB international draft: “Major League Baseball will not implement an international draft for 2014 and may not revisit the subject for another three years, temporarily allaying fears of those worried one would destroy the vibrant baseball culture in Latin American countries, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday. The league and the MLB Players Association are expected to announce Friday they did not reach an agreement and plan to table the idea of an international draft for the rest of the current collective-bargaining agreement, which ends following the 2016 season.” [Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports]
Making the case for the oft-regarded closer of the future in Cleveland: “So, we know that Perez will not be back closing until he’s healthy and if a case can be made that Pestano should not be closing, then who should be? That answer is an easy one — Cody Allen. Very few players have had a quicker rise through the system than Allen. Drafted by the Indians in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft, Allen wasted no time in making his presence felt. He joined the Mahoning Valley Scrappers shortly after he was drafted and progressed all the way to Double-A Akron by the end of the season.” [Steve Orbanek/Indians Baseball Insider]
Assigning grades to everyone on the Indians roster — in a slideshow, of course: “The saying for the month of March goes “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” This, of course, is referring to the weather pattern that is often seen during that part of the year. For the Cleveland Indians, however, it wasn’t March that came in like a lion and out like a lamb, it was May. The Indians came into May with their foot on the gas, winning 11 of their first 15 contests, including a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. The second half of the month saw the Indians slowing down a bit—save for the four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners—taking only seven of the last 14.” [Dan Diloreto/Bleacher Report]
Per MLBTradeRumors, the Phillies released former Tribe reliever Chad Durbin yesterday. Hoorah?
Previewing the potential Indians targets in next week’s MLB draft, beginning with the likely favorite at No. 5: “Colin Moran, 3B, UNC – Why you draft him: He is the best pure hitter in the draft. Most people think he is a future .300 hitter and that his hit tool could be near a 70. He has an excellent eye and approach at the plate taking walks and rarely striking out. He was undrafted out of high school and worked his way to the player he is, and you don’t have to worry about his work ethic at all. He should be quick to the majors as well. He could be another Joe Mauer bat-wise.” [Jeff Ellis/Indians Baseball Insider]
Finally, our friends from TiqIQ shared some more about the falling interleague attendance numbers: “Major League Baseball interleague play turns 17 this year, and like any 17-year-old, things are getting awkward. What was once a sure draw at the box office is now anything but, and prices for rivalry week, which began Monday, are at a four-year low, as measured by listing data tracked across the secondary market. Beyond just the usual bumps of adolescence, though, there are a few external factors affecting the weak box office for this year’s interleague week.” [Jesse Lawrence/Grantland]
BEST OF MAXIM
Last we heard from former Cleveland Indians All-Star Grady Sizemore, he was eyeing a mid-season return to the game when he was healthy enough to compete again.
Per a Boston Globe report by Nick Cafardo today, it appears that the 30-year-old has indeed resumed activities. Here’s his tidbit when discussing Boston’s plans and other notable acquisitions on the market:
6. Grady Sizemore...
Like most 20-somethings, Akron Aeros outfielder Carlos Moncrief enjoys playing video games, especially MLB The Show. He does not create himself in the game, though; instead he thinks about what could be.
"Every time I look at the Indians' lineup," Moncrief said. "I just hope that I'm in there one year, and I'll play with the Indians all the time when...
From the Bait Shop:
The Carolina Mudcats are clearly an enigma.
No, I wouldn’t say that I can’t figure out why Carolina doesn’t win ballgames. It’s fairly simple: when you score less runs than the team you’re playing, you just don’t win.
The big question is why. This team can hit. The Muddies are currently leading the league with a .269 average, which is 13 points above...
AKRON, OH -- Down 2-1 in the ninth inning, first baseman Jesus Aguilar tied the game with an opposite field home run, just out of right fielder Steven Souza Jr.'s reach at the "It's A Whole New Ballgame" sign.
After the two teams went six more innings, it almost literally was.
The Akron Aeros (24-30) won 3-2 Thursday night in 15 innings, defeating the Harrisburg...
Terry Francona has been ejected for the first time as Cleveland's manager.
Francona was tossed in the fifth inning Sunday against Tampa Bay. He was ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a strike call with Nick Swisher batting and the Indians trailing 5-3.
Welke called a strike, Francona yelled from the dugout and was quickly ejected. He came on the field and argued...
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers just can’t seem to catch a break these days.
After trailing 5-0 early in the game, the Clippers battled back to take a 8-5 lead but could not hold on to it as they collapsed against the Indianapolis Indians 10-9 in extra innings Saturday.
The Indians picked off right where they left off Friday, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning...
The Cleveland Indians have issued an apology to fans who attended Friday night's game with Tampa Bay that had nearly five hours of rain delays and ended at 2:53 a.m.
Indians president Mark Shapiro met with reporters before Saturday's game and said the team feels ''terrible'' about what took place Friday and will reach out to fans to show that.
Sitting at the Indians-Reds game last night with TD, I had planned to just spend a quiet inning away from my friends. Then, suddenly, Michael Brantley had a two-out RBI hit. And then Yan Gomes. And Ryan Raburn. And the beat continued to the top of the lineup.
All in all, I was away from my friends for nearly 45 minutes as the Indians demoralized Homer Bailey and the Reds for seven...
Indians manager Terry Francona had a rough afternoon.
His team's pitching staff wasn't any better.
The Tampa Bay Rays got 14 hits off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and four relievers, including home runs by Yunel Escobar and Evan Longoria, in an 11-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday.
If there was a bright side for Francona, he was able to watch part of the defeat...
COLUMBUS- In retrospective, the Clippers might have wished that the downpour prior to Friday’s action would have canceled the game all together. After the hour and 15 minute rain delay, Columbus was beat up in an 11-0 routing by the Indianapolis Indians.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate demonstrated why they are the best team in the International League, dominating...
May was about as good a month as is possible for a baseball team. While some of the offensive players tailed off a little from April, the pitching has been all around tremendous and the starting rotation in general is shooting up the rankings. The third rankings of the year see a new top player for the third time as well, with the Indians ace beating out the top hitters after a scorching...
Grady Sizemore has resumed baseball activities and may be available to teams by the middle of the summer. Sizemore underwent microfracture surgery last September in his right knee, and while his career was in doubt, he has yet to experience any setbacks.The former Indian was once a premiere outfielder but has seen his playing time derailed by injuries since the end of 2009.Playing...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday.
Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-run homers in the game that began about 10 hours following the conclusion of Friday night's contest that ended at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday after nearly five hours of rain delays.
Jimenez (4-3) gave the Indians...
One could say Friday’s game between the Indians and Tampa Bay Rays lasted two months.
While the box score may say the ballgame took two hours and 59 minutes to complete, it doesn’t account for four hours and 49 minutes of rain delays. Or the fact that play began in May and ended in June.
When it was all said and done, the Tribe fell just as hard as the rain did losing to the...
Tampa Bay Rays ( - ) at Cleveland Indians ( - )
Series 19, Games 54, 55 & 56
Progressive Field, Cleveland: Park Factor 96, Pitcher's Park.
Friday, May 31st 7:05 EDT (STO)
Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21) vs Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.57)
Brett Myers injury complications has granted Kluber a reprieve from the worry of being removed from the rotation, but the way he has pitched...