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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 …
The time has come. The future is now.
It’s Francisco Lindor time in Cleveland.
The much-anticipated call that many Indians fans have been clamoring for was made Saturday night, as news broke via social media that Cleveland would promote its top prospect Lindor from Triple-A Columbus in time for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Lindor received the word of his new destination during a rain delay in the Clippers’ Saturday evening contest.
1979 – The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Mike Hargrove from the San Diego Padres in exchange for third baseman/outfielder Paul Dade.
In acquiring Hargrove, the Indians received the former 1974 American League Rookie of the Year and 1975 AL …
Getting back to even just seems to be a glass ceiling that the Cleveland Indians have been unable to punch through. They will look to climb back closer to the .500 mark as they take on a struggling Detroit Tigers team in a three-game series this weekend at Comerica Park.
The Indians slipped up during the week, unable to score when needing it the most. They dropped a 3-2 final on Tuesday night, as two Yan Gomes solo home runs were not enough as the team continues the trend of failing to score for its number one starter. A four-run third on a Kyle Seager grand slam proved to be too much to overcome on Wednesday, as the Mariners defeated the Tribe and Trevor Bauer, 9-3. Seven impressive innings from Shaun Marcum on Thursday, combined with two perfect innings of relief from Zach McAllister and Cody Allen, provided the Indians with a two-hit shutout of the M’s, 6-0.
Every time the Cleveland Indians seem to get going and approach the .500 mark, they stumble and fall painfully.
Lost in the shuffle of what has turned out to be an exciting playoff run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city’s Indians have played much better of late. While this past weekend’s series with the Baltimore Orioles ended with a tough, low-scoring series loss, the team has still been markedly better recently, especially when compared to the first six weeks of the season. This week, they wrap up their brief homestand with three games against the Seattle Mariners, a team who too has failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them prior to the season.
The Indians (27-29) somehow managed to avoid perennial Cy Young Award contender Felix Hernandez in a four-game series in Seattle that started just two Thursdays ago. Luck is again on their side, as they will avoid the dominant righty once again over the next three games.