Posts By Bob Toth
Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.
It is easy to go back over the course of a season and find games that a team should have won. Generally, there are plenty of options available, whether they come via errors, blown saves, lack of clutch hitting, or unexpectedly poor pitching performances.
When a team finishes on the outside of the postseason by just a handful of games, these games, these missed opportunities, become so much more significant.
If you watched the Cleveland Indians this season, you already know that they gave more than their fair share of games away to their opposition.
Future Indians star Sandy Alomar Jr. makes his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres. He pinch-hits for Jerald Clark in the ninth inning and strikes out against Houston’s Brian Meyer.
He will not play in the Majors again …
Now before Cleveland Indians’ fans and supporters of Corey Kluber jump down my throat and tell me that I must be crazy for the title of this post, hear me out. It does not have anything to do with me not wanting Kluber to be given the honor nor does it have anything to do with the Indians’ history of trading away young star Cy Young winners, I assure you that.
Anyone can throw out the numbers that Kluber has put up in this breakout season to make a case for him to be in consideration for the American League Cy Young Award. Kluber has made it extremely easy with the incredible season he has put together.
Numbers speak volumes. They confirm what has already passed the eye test. But there are plenty of other numbers from other pitchers around the league that merit consideration, too. Does Kluber have enough to overcome where his numbers lack and where others’ numbers may excel? What obstacles stand in the way for the new Indians ace in his pursuit of the top pitching award in baseball in just his first full season in the Major Leagues?
Backed by a strong six innings from Scott Kazmir, Cleveland’s 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins guarantees the Indians of at least a tie for one of the American League Wild Card spots.
It is the Indians’ ninth straight win …
It was business as usual for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, as a strong starting pitching effort was wasted by defensive blunders and an absence of offense as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a 2-0 shutout.
In the first game since being mathematically eliminated from the postseason Friday night by an Oakland win, the Indians took the field looking towards the future while taking care of a little business in the present.
Carlos Carrasco took the mound for one final time, one of the biggest bright spots and resurgence stories on the club or even around the league. He would not disappoint, but both his offense and defense came up short again, just as it had done five days prior when Carrasco publicly criticized his teammates.
For one final time in the 2014 regular season, the Cleveland Indians will play host, and again, it comes with the season on the line. The Tampa Bay Rays come to Progressive Field starting Friday night, looking to squash what little hope is left in a trip to the playoffs for the Tribe.
The Indians (83-76) had an opportunity to make a mess of the American League Wild Card race during the week. Instead, they may have played their way to an earlier start to the offseason. After holding on to win the conclusion of the August 31st suspended game, 4-3, they dropped two straight to the Kansas City Royals. They were blanked by Danny Duffy and the Royals bullpen in a 2-0 loss on Monday night. Five runs in the middle innings and two more in the seventh paced KC to a 7-1 win on Tuesday. After giving up the lead in the fifth inning on Wednesday, the Indians bounced back and held on to win a 6-4 contest to avoid the series sweep and to keep their Wild Card hopes alive.
Cleveland pitching completes its second consecutive one-hitter in a 6-0 victory at New York against the Highlanders. Rookie Heinie Berger is the victorious pitcher of the day, throwing his first career shutout. Addie Joss earned the win in a 3-1 …
Cleveland third baseman Bill Bradley hits for the cycle and notches five hits in a 12-2 win over the Washington Senators. He registers 12 total bases in the game with a second double in addition to his cycle.
Bradley will finish …