MICHAEL BRANTLEY NEWS

Status Quo is not how Tribe should go

Before the start of the 2014 season, the Cleveland Indians allowed 340.2 innings pitched from starting pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir to walk out their door, while only banking heavily on a natural progression from their young starting pitchers to shoulder the burden left behind. A somewhat inconsistent offense was also expected to become suddenly consistent, and the team...
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Tribe Happenings: There is a lot of blame to pass around

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… So who is to blame? The Indians went into Detroit this past weekend and were swept out of the Motor City. They played hard and were setup to win two games late, but due to the timely heroics once again from Tigers hitters they lost both games in excruciating fashion. The hangover from that sweep carried over into Monday night’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #149: Indians 1, Astros 3

McAllister a Bright Spot The last thing the Indians could have afforded was going 2-5 last week. For all intents and purposes, the Indians playoff hopes are over. Still, a four game stretch against the Astros seemed promising for the team to get back to their winning ways. As has been a constant and frustrating theme, the Indians offense didn’t do enough to support Zach McAllister...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley: 'We're in this thing until they tell me we're out of it'

The Cleveland Indians' slim playoff hopes are fading fast and they may be out of it entirely by the time they leave Houston if they can't contain Jose Altuve. Cleveland will look to avoid a fifth straight loss Tuesday night against the Astros. The Indians fell 3-1 in Monday's opener, a fourth straight loss that dropped them six games back of the AL's second wild-card...
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Brantley: 'We're in this thing until they tell me we're out of it'

The Cleveland Indians' slim playoff hopes are fading fast and they may be out of it entirely by the time they leave Houston if they can't contain Jose Altuve. Cleveland will look to avoid a fifth straight loss Tuesday night against the Astros. The Indians fell 3-1 in Monday's opener, a fourth straight loss that dropped them six games back of the AL's second wild-card...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

9/15 Recap: McAllister’s Triumphant Return To Rotation Not Enough

Player of the Game Zach McAllister did give up two runs when the Astros put together three hits in the third, but even so, he made his best start since getting called up for a double header on July 19th. He struck out five in the first two innings and six total over his six inning outing. Feathers Up Milestone Alert: For fans of round numbers, Michael Brantley hit his 40th double...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Out Hits Not Enough as Houston Shuts Down Tribe; Astros 3, Indians 1

Two out hits are the kind of thing a team needs to be successful, but not only two out hits. That was the case for the Indians on Monday evening in Houston, as they managed to register just seven hits in the game, all with two outs. Collin McHugh scattered five hits over six and two-third innings to best the Indians Zach McAllister and give the Astros a 3-1 victory. McHugh allowed...
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Brantley: 'We're going to have to get real hot real fast'

After getting swept by AL Central-leading Detroit, the Cleveland Indians are running out of time in their bid to reach back-to-back postseasons for the first time in 15 years. It doesn't appear to be getting easier as they face red-hot Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros. The Indians hope to put an end to their longest losing streak since early August while denying the Astros...
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Brantley: 'We're going to have to get real hot real fast'

After getting swept by AL Central-leading Detroit, the Cleveland Indians are running out of time in their bid to reach back-to-back postseasons for the first time in 15 years. It doesn't appear to be getting easier as they face red-hot Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros. The Indians hope to put an end to their longest losing streak since early August while denying the Astros...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians-Astros Preview

After getting swept by AL Central-leading Detroit, the Cleveland Indians are running out of time in their bid to reach back-to-back postseasons for the first time in 15 years. It doesn't appear to be getting easier as they face red-hot Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros. The Indians hope to put an end to their longest losing streak since early August while denying the Astros...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

9/14 Recap: Not a Replay, Shaw Blows Another As Tigers Sweep

Player of the Game The Indians attempted a small comeback in the ninth and it was spurred by the Tribe’s top player all season. Michael Brantley lead off the inning with his second hit of the game, then scored on a Carlos Santana double. Brantley also stole a base and knocked in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. This was his second Player of the Game in a...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

9/13: Shaw Blows Season

Player of the Game Michael Brantley took a note from Carlos Santana with a two run home run to right in the first inning that gave the Indians the early lead. He added another hit in the eight with a single, but it was the home run that provided the majority of the Indians scoring. Feathers Up The Indians started the game off hustling, which was a good thing since, in all reasonableness...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians shuffle rotation

DETROIT -- Due to Thursday's doubleheader, Michael Brantley will be the designated hitter for only the seventh time this season as the Indians begin a pivotal three-game series against the Tigers. Brantley, who comes into the game sixth in the AL in batting average at .316, has done very well as the DH. He is 10 for 22 this season with a home run and six RBI. He was the DH in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians shuffle rotation

DETROIT -- Due to Thursday's doubleheader, Michael Brantley will be the designated hitter for only the seventh time this season as the Indians begin a pivotal three-game series against the Tigers. Brantley, who comes into the game sixth in the AL in batting average at .316, has done very well as the DH. He is 10 for 22 this season with a home run and six RBI. He was the DH in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Huge four-run fourth inning sends Twins over Indians, 4-3

CLEVELAND—They say baseball is a game of inches. Give Michael Brantley an extra inch on a sliding defensive play, and Trevor Bauer (5-8, 4.12 ERA) may have had himself a shutout Tuesday. Instead, the farther into September it gets, the farther it seems the Indians are fading out of contention. Opening up a three-game series with the last place Minnesota Twins, Cleveland was...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley on 12-game hit streak as Twins come to town

Although they've used an outstanding stretch from the rotation to stay in the playoff hunt, the Cleveland Indians are looking to bounce back after running into an offensive juggernaut. The Minnesota Twins have gotten little help in that area while plummeting to the bottom of the AL Central. After manager Terry Francona called him "stubborn" his last time out, Trevor...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley on 12-game hit streak as Twins come to town

Although they've used an outstanding stretch from the rotation to stay in the playoff hunt, the Cleveland Indians are looking to bounce back after running into an offensive juggernaut. The Minnesota Twins have gotten little help in that area while plummeting to the bottom of the AL Central. After manager Terry Francona called him "stubborn" his last time out, Trevor...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #138: Tigers 11, Indians 4

Detroit's hitters didn't bother to take much time to congratulate new father Josh Tomlin on Thursday night as they tagged him for five runs in a seven-run 11th inning, which allowed the Tigers to clinch the series win with an 11-4 victory. Trevor Bauer's first-inning struggles continued as he allowed four runs to start the game before settling in and pitching five and...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

After last September’s heroics, where are Cleveland Indians fans?

I wrote a similar piece last year and in 2012, but didn’t think I’d need to opine on the same topic again this season. I was wrong. Last September, the Cleveland Indians seemingly regained fan confidence when, under the stewardship of veteran skipper Terry Francona, they won their final 10 games to finish 92-70, capturing the top AL Wild Card spot. Not bad for a squad that...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players — Left Fielders

Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America When we get to the outfield, we get to the meat of most people’s fantasy teams. As I’ve said before, 100 runs created has been the standard for excellence in the past, and that is certainly true with the development of better pitching over the past few years. Still, there have been some incredibly good left fielders in the game this...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

August 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians had a generally positive month of August (17-9-1) and they did so despite being the fourth worst team in the Majors in terms of runs scored (just 3.7 per game). In order to win 65.4% of their games, the Indians pitching staff has had to have been fantastic and was even better. The team’s 2.40 staff ERA is the best in all of baseball for August, largely because the starting...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians seek seventh win in eight games

The Cleveland Indians are doing their best to remain a serious postseason contender. Seeking a seventh win in eight games, the Indians can record a series sweep by handing the host Kansas City Royals a fourth consecutive defeat Sunday night. One night after rolling to a 6-1 victory in the series opener, Cleveland (70-64) used RBIs singles from Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians seek seventh win in eight games

The Cleveland Indians are doing their best to remain a serious postseason contender. Seeking a seventh win in eight games, the Indians can record a series sweep by handing the host Kansas City Royals a fourth consecutive defeat Sunday night. One night after rolling to a 6-1 victory in the series opener, Cleveland (70-64) used RBIs singles from Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' slide continues with 3-2 loss to Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Kansas City has lost three in a row to fall into a first-place tie with Detroit, which split a doubleheader at Chicago. Cleveland is just 3 1/2 back in the bunched AL Central. The Royals...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians beat Royals 3-2 in 11 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Kansas City has lost three in a row to fall into a first-place tie with Detroit, which split a doubleheader at Chicago. Cleveland is just 3 1/2 back in the bunched AL Central. The...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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