The Value Of Roberto Perez And The Backup Backstop

Baseball writers often observe that the sport’s extended schedule more closely resembles a marathon than a sprint, but at least one position player on the field would be hard-pressed to compete in a race of any distance. Beginning in Little League, catchers are selected for their girth, arm strength, and tolerance for pain and discomfort, with little consideration to fleetness...
Via Burning River Baseball
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolters Looks To Bounce Back After Injury-Ridden Season

Going into the 2016 season, the catching depth for the Indians is pretty thin. They’re lucky enough to have two outstanding catchers at the major league level in Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez. Behind the pair though, there are no viable options at Triple-A Columbus. The next player to be on the depth charts behind these two would be converted catcher Tony Wolters, but last season...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Perez a Strong Candidate to Be Part of Trade Discussions

Cleveland Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez was pressed into extended playing time during the first half of the 2015 season as starter Yan Gomes was out with a sprained MCL. Perez showed that he may not have the hitting ability of the 2014 Silver Slugger Gomes, but can hold his own as well as or better than any catcher in the league. Before the 2014 season the Indians identified...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Gomes Injury was Detrimental in Every Way

Every team has injuries, but the Indians’ injury-bug bit perhaps their most valuable piece and ruined his—and effectively their—season in 2015. On April 11, in the top of the ninth inning of just the fifth game of the season, catcher Yan Gomes was trying to keep his foot on home plate for a force out as Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis slid in and clipped his right foot. The play...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Top 10 Offensive Plays of 2015

It took awhile for the Indians to bring the excitement this year offensively (the first play worth noting was in mid May), but eventually a few good things did happen this year. There were only a couple walk-off hits, few grand slams and no real monster jacks, but even so, there are some plays worth watching a second time. Here are the ten most exciting offensive plays for the Cleveland...
Via Burning River Baseball
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

10/4 Recap: Indians Finish Strong With Sweep

Player of the Game Jesus Aguilar’s two hit performance earns him POG. Nice end to a season that likely didn’t go the way he’d hoped. Feathers Up Roberto Perez got the Tribe started in the second with a double down the left field line, he would later come around to score on a Giovanny Urshela single. The Indians got back on the board in the 3rd when a wild throw to first...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Boston Closes Out 2015 Season With 3-1 Loss To Indians

CLEVELAND — That’s a wrap. The Boston Red Sox suffered a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in their final game of 2015. The Sox, who dropped their final three contests, finished the season with a 78-84 record. GAME IN A WORD Over. It’s been a long season for the Red Sox, who essentially have been out of contention since early July. They made great strides...
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Bats Cold in Minnesota; Twins 4, Indians 1

The Indians bats went silent in a 4-1 loss on Saturday, a game that ended a stretch of seven games in which the Tribe had 10 hits or more. Twins rookie Tyler Duffey allowed just one hit over six innings, and the Twins hit three homers (Rosario, Hermann, Dozier). Roberto Perez singled home Carlos Santana in the ninth for the Indians only run. Despite the loss, the Tribe’s rookie...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ball played: Indians win Game 2 two in only nine innings

Not only did the Cleveland Indians defeat the New York Yankees, 2-1, in Game 2 of their three-game series Wednesday night, and not only did they manage to get the job done in nine innings and in a shade under three hours, they also knocked the Yankees out of first place in the AL East. The game began with the Yankees hanging on at the top of their division, but just before Cleveland...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar combine for highlight reel play (Video)

Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar combined for one heck of a defensive highlight on Tuesday night. During the 9th inning of Kansas City’s 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, Infante went up the middle to the shortstop side of the field, backhanded a grounder by Roberto Perez and flipped to Escobar, who made a barehanded...Read More
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on the wrong set of data, and that we should instead be looking at...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mariners terrible, horrible, no good, very bad catchers

By Liam McGuire To say Seattle Mariners catchers have been “abysmal” is disrespectful to the word abysmal. Just how bad have Mariners backstops been? The club’s collective catchers are batting .150. The Mets (.176), Reds (.174), Giants (.165) and Nationals (.160) pitching staffs (> 100+ plate appearances) all have better averages at the plate. That’s horrendous. Seattle...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Bottoms Out in Seesaw Battle; Athletics 5, Indians 4

The A’s rallied for three runs in the eighth to end the Indians four-game win streak with a 5-2 win on Saturday night. The crowd of 28,733 was the second-largest of the season and followed one of 28,539 on Friday night. Carlos Carrasco allowed just two runs in seven innings, but the A’s scored three in the 8th off the Tribe bullpen on Billy Butler’s three-run double. Carlos...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Sputters in Road Trip Finale; Pirates 5, Indians 3

The Pirates erased a 3-0 deficit in a hurry, reaching Danny Salazar for five runs and six hits in the fifth that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Pittsburgh win. Despite the Pirates winning the final two games of the series (by a combined 6-3 score), the Indians went 5-5 on this 10-game road trip, their longest of the season. Michael Bourn, Roberto Perez and Michael Brantley...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Ball Played: Tigers continue mastery over Indians

The missing ingredient for the Cleveland Indians offense is often said to be a right-handed power bat. Perhaps a hitter capable of knocking around 50 extra base hits while winning a Silver Slugger Award would give them the necessary boost. Of course, the 2015 Indians expected to have such a hitter in their lineup, but catcher Yan Gomes has battled a slow start and multiple injuries...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

6/22 Recap: Murphy Pinches…Hard

Player of the Game A couple of late inning home runs by David Murphy and Roberto Perez weren’t quite enough support to bring the Indians victory over the Tigers. Perez contributed the most to the Tribe’s offense tonight with 2 extra base hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Feathers Up Trevor Bauer and the Indians started things off rough in the first today after Ian Kinsler and...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Walks Off a Father’s Day Winner; Indians 1, Rays 0

Cody Anderson made his Major League debut, tossing 7.2 shutout innings before the bullpen kept the Tampa Bay Rays stymied for nine innings and the offense finally tallied a run to give the Indians a 1-0 walk-off win on Sunday. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the game deadlocked at zero, Roberto Perez and Jason Kipnis started the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

David Murphy hits sac fly in 9th, Indians edge Rays 1-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Roberto Perez slid home with the winning run on David Murphy's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Sunday. Rays starter Alex Colome retired his first 16 batters, but Cody Anderson kept the game scoreless in his major league debut for the Indians. Murphy hit a 3-1 pitch from reliever Kevin Jepsen...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays hang tough until final out but fall to Indians on walk-off sac fly

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Roberto Perez slid home with the winning run on David Murphy's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Sunday. Rays starter Alex Colome retired his first 16 batters, but Cody Anderson kept the game scoreless in his major league debut for the Indians. Murphy hit a 3-1 pitch from reliever Kevin Jepsen...
Via AP on Fox
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

How to Score More; Clutch Hits or Walks?

It has been a matter of debate among Indians fans, particularly those writers who speak on the Tribe Time Now network of podcasts, why the Indians had trouble scoring runs early in the season. On one side, they weren’t getting hits with runners in scoring position. On the other, they weren’t getting many runners in scoring position. This is a solid old school versus new school...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

5/25 Recap: E1? Bingo.

Player of the Game It would seem more appropriate to pick the goat of the game after one like today (probably Zach McAllister), but for tradition’s sake, the Player of the Game was Roberto Perez with a score of 5.83. His three run, second inning home run gave the Indians their first lead of the game and he walked later one to go 1/3 on the day. While the rest of the offense generally...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ball Played: Finally, an Indians win

The Cleveland Indians came into the 2015 season supposedly offensively superior to the Kansas City Royals, especially when considering power hitting. The Royals invested so many resources into their defense and bullpen that it was thought to have left them a bit short at the plate. The Royals have been the better team at the plate so far, but Wednesday the Indians demonstrated some...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

8-9-1 Hitters, Salazar Help Tribe Snap Skid; Indians 7, Royals 5

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! 8-9-1 hitters (Roberto Perez, Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis) drove in all seven Cleveland runs to snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Royals on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar pitched six strong innings and struck out seven to improve to 3-0 on the year. After the Royals plated two runs in the first, Kipnis brought the Indians...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

4/29 Recap: Two Headed Monster of Perez & Kipnis Save Salazar

Roster Update: In order to shore up a weakening bullpen, one of many issues on the current Indians team, Cleveland has promoted newly acquired reliever Ryan Webb. Further information about his acquisition can be found here. To make room on both the 25 and 40 man roster, Jerry Sands was designated for assignment. Player of the Game It was a dogfight for the award tonight, but with...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Salazar and Perez a Winning Combo; Indians 4, Twins 2

Did The Tribe Win Last Night? Yes, they did! Danny Salazar had his first Major League start of the year on Saturday and faced Phil Hughes of the Twins. Despite his struggles during Spring Training, Salazar settled in on the mound and delivered strike out after strike out, giving up only two runs – including one home run – in just over six innings of work. Roberto Perez delivered...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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