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Can Pestano Return to the Vinnie of Old?

October 20, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Major League bullpens can be known as fickle and inconsistent beasts, oftentimes proving difficult to tame.

The season of Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano helped to contribute to that feeling in Cleveland this year. Once one of the better setup men in all of baseball, Pestano found himself on the disabled list, demoted from his role, and pitching in Triple-A for the first time since 2010, leaving a void in the back end of the Indians bullpen.

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Will Smith Remain a Member of the Bullpen Mafia?

October 17, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Occasionally, the pending free agency of a player will have a negative effect on his results on the field.

That did not seem to be the case this season for Cleveland Indians reliever Joe Smith.

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Can Salazar Crack the 2014 Cleveland Rotation?

October 13, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

The 2013 baseball season will undoubtedly be one that Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar never forgets.

After all, it is not too often that a professional baseball player starts his season in Double-A and finishes it starting center stage in the biggest baseball game for the Indians in six years.

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Will Cleveland Re-sign Scott Kazmir?

October 10, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Some gambles pay off.

The decision last winter by Chris Antonetti to sign Scott Kazmir turned out to be one such move. At the time, it was more of a head scratcher and was largely overlooked. Kazmir instead pitched like a player deserving of votes for Comeback Player of the Year.

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Doby’s Transition Far From Complete

October 7, 2013 |

May 3, 1948

The transition of Larry Doby from infielder to outfielder has hit its first significant bump in the road.

The 24-year-old Indians right fielder was one of a handful of options Cleveland considered during Spring Training to fill several voids in the outfield. Doby, a middle infielder off of the bench last season for the Tribe, had two giant obstacles in Lou Boudreau and Joe Gordon that he simply was not going to move past on the depth chart.

With significant needs in the outfield, Doby made the transition while beating out several of the nine different players brought into camp to compete for opportunities patrolling the pasture.

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Tribe Bats Silenced by Tigers Three-Hitter; Tigers 4, Indians 2

October 6, 2013 |

May 2, 1948

The Detroit Tigers took a second straight game in Cleveland from the Indians behind a strong starting effort from Fred Hutchinson, as the Tigers won 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Hutchinson (1-1, 6.35 ERA) rained on the Indians’ parade on a dreary afternoon at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. He was solid on the mound for the Tigers, allowing just three base runners on the day in a complete game effort. Both runs scored on a pair of home runs and he gave up only one other base hit. He issued no free passes and struck out four.

It was a significant improvement over his previous outing against the Indians this season, when he allowed six runs on nine hits (including four home runs) in five and two-thirds innings for the loss.

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Will the Francona Effect Continue Into 2014?

October 6, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

One of the Cleveland Indians’ best acquisitions for 2013 never once threw a ball, swung a bat, or wore a glove during a single at bat or out of a Major League Baseball game this season.

Rarely, when looking back at all of the offseason moves made by a ball club, is one transaction as significant and as influential as Terry Francona was on the 2013 Indians season.

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Tigers Stop Tribe Streak at Six; Tigers 10, Indians 3

October 5, 2013 |

May 1, 1948

With a five-run fifth inning against Cleveland starter Bob Feller and the aid of six errors, the Detroit Tigers handed the Indians their first loss of the season with a 10-3 victory on a sloppy Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Out of the gate, the matchup between Feller and the Tigers’ Paul “Dizzy” Trout appeared to be a stellar pitchers’ duel for the crowd of 52,249 in downtown Cleveland.

Detroit proved to be the day’s victors, thanks to a solid outing by Trout (1-1), who pitched eight and two-thirds innings to earn his first win of the season. The Tiger starter, rumored to have been offered to the Indians in the offseason, finished just one out shy of the complete game and allowed three runs on nine hits. He struck out four.

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AL Wild Card Preview – Rays (92-71) at Indians (92-70)

October 2, 2013 |

For the first time since 2007, Progressive Field will be host to a postseason game.

The Cleveland Indians will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League Wild Card game on Wednesday night at 8:07 PM ET at the landmark still affectionately referred to as Jacobs Field by a large portion of the Cleveland fan base. The contest can be seen on TBS and heard on ESPN Radio.

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Masterson an Ace in the Hole for Indians in October

October 1, 2013 | | 2 Comments

Since the return of Justin Masterson from a left oblique injury sustained in an early September start, there have been questions about how Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona would use his number one starter.

Cleveland received a giant shot in the arm last week when Masterson rejoined the pitching staff after missing three weeks with the injury. The team was cautious with the starter after he left in the second inning of his September 2nd start against the Baltimore Orioles. He faced just five batters in that appearance, walking the leadoff hitter in the first and giving up a single to start the second to his final batter.

After being shut down for nine days, he threw several sessions from 90 and 120 feet before throwing a 33-pitch bullpen session and a simulated game on Sunday, September 22nd. He rejoined the team that week as a member of the bullpen, with many believing that the Indians would use the opportunity to have him pitch in live games while stretching him back out to starter innings in the event that the Indians made the playoffs.

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Spectacular September Spurs Indians’ Postseason Push

September 29, 2013 |

If, at the beginning of the season, someone would have told me Ubaldo Jimenez would be on the mound for the Cleveland Indians at the end of September with an American League Wild Card spot on the line, I would have cringed at the thought.

It is amazing how six months can completely change your mind.

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Indians’ Win Guarantees At Least 163; Indians 5, Twins 1

September 28, 2013 | | One Comment

For three perfect innings, Cleveland Indians’ fans were left scratching their heads asking, when did Cole De Vries become a future Hall of Famer?

After the first eleven batters were retired in order, including five on strikeouts, a Jason Kipnis single up the middle and a monster home run to right by Carlos Santana woke the sleeping offense, as the Indians went on to win by a 5-1 final over the Minnesota Twins on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The win pushed the Indians’ season record to 91-70 and put them in the driver’s seat in the American League Wild Card race with one final game remaining. They are 20-6 in the month of September.

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