Posts By Bob Toth
There’s no place like home1, right? But with the Detroit Tigers in town, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night2, especially if the Cleveland Indians continue to slump at the plate and build upon an American League-worst 14-21 home record so far this season.
You can’t handle the truth3? The Indians scored three runs in three games while members of the 1995 100-win powerhouse squad were in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the city’s first World Series trip since 1954. Ouch4.
Cleveland, we have a problem5. O Offense, where art thou6? What we’ve got here is failure to touch home plate7.
2001 – The Cleveland Indians acquire the highly controversial John Rocker from the Atlanta Braves with a minor leaguer for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed.
Just a few years after becoming a household name across the country for all …
The old kings of the walk-off were in the house, the bags were juiced, and the script was written in story book fashion for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, as the legends of old watched the jinxed (jixed?) collection of the present with an opportunity to do something that their predecessors had done routinely and with ease at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario twenty years earlier.
Unfortunately, that magic of yesteryear did not rub off as the current Indians offense, not even remotely close to the powerhouse lineup of the 1990’s, stranded another small village of base runners and a strikeout by rookie Giovanny Urshela with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a three-run game spoiled the celebration of the Indians’ 1995 World Series reunion.
Fans have come out to see some of their favorites don that Indians uniform again in the center of the diamond of the home of the Tribe once known, and still forever for others, as Jacobs Field. A total of 22,811 came out Friday night, only to be topped by the 24,670 to fill Progressive Field with two of its larger home crowds of the season.
When your offense has been struggling and proceeds to get outscored 20-10 in a rain-shortened three-game series, odds are that your team took another step backwards or two in the standings.
That’s what makes baseball a funny game sometimes.
After rain postponed Monday’s series opener for the Indians (31-34) with Chicago at Wrigley Field, they took two of three from the Cubs despite being noticeably outperformed offensively. But, as has been the case quite a few times this season, the Indians made the runs count when they actually scored some.
1966 – Future Indians catcher and coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. is born in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
The son of Sandy Alomar, Sr., a 15-year Major Leaguer and longtime coach, both Sandy and his brother Roberto Alomar would reach the professional …
There was very little to celebrate this weekend for the Cleveland Indians outside of the arrival of top prospect Francisco Lindor to the 25-man roster. Otherwise, the party was spoiled and it rained on their parade.
Pitching may keep you in games, and it has for the most part this season for Cleveland (29-33), but offense wins it. That about sums up how the Cleveland Indians dropped two of three in Detroit against the Tigers over the weekend and head to Chicago for a home-and-home series with the Cubs, a little worse for the wear.
The Indians were roughed up all around by the Tigers, who outscored the Tribe 16-6 in the three-game set. Cleveland was blanked by David Price on Friday night, 4-0, as he struck out eight and allowed seven hits in his complete game win, spoiling a quality Cleveland start. The Indians evened up the series with a 5-4 win on Saturday, as the bats got to the Tigers bullpen for three runs after Justin Verlander departed from his first start of the season. Rain interrupted play on Sunday, but not enough to prevent Detroit from putting eight on the board, including six off of Scott Atchison and Ryan Webb, to give Corey Kluber his eighth loss of the season in an 8-1 final.
1958 – Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power.
The move was one of …