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The Cleveland Indians will need to figure out their road woes in a hurry as they embark on ten road games in ten days, beginning this weekend deep in the heart of Texas.
The Indians (30-30) maintained their home field dominance this season by sweeping their third consecutive home series and posting a 6-0 record during this last homestand. Cleveland is the first team in the American League to reach the 20 home wins mark and just the second in all of baseball (Miami; 22-11). The problem for the club lies in their Major League Baseball worst .321 road winning percentage. They are the only team in baseball yet to reach double digit wins on the road and will need to rectify the problem if they hope to remain in contention in the AL Central, where they are three games out heading into the weekend.
Cleveland won a 3-2 decision on Monday night behind seven scoreless innings from Justin Masterson, who looked lost but then was found on the mound. The Indians broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double from Michael Bourn on the way to a 5-3 win on Tuesday night. They prevailed in 12 innings on Wednesday night, 7-4, on a three-run walk-off home run from Asdrubal Cabrera in a game delayed by nearly two and a half hours and overshadowed by the scheduled first pitch of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
It is only fitting that the Cleveland Indians would find their groove on the field again, only to welcome in a team playing even better of late. The red hot Red Sox head to Cleveland from Boston for a three-game set at Progressive Field beginning Monday night.
Home field continues to play at an advantage for the Indians (27-30). After a devastating three-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox that saw the Tribe score a total of five runs, the team returned home and swept the Colorado Rockies out of town, increasing their American League-best record at home to 18-11 (.621).
A four-run fifth inning, combined with yet another quality start with 12 strikeouts from Corey Kluber, powered the Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday. The bottom two hitters in the Tribe lineup drove in all seven runs, including the eventual game winner from Mike Aviles in the bottom of the eighth, as the Indians edged out a 7-6 win on Saturday afternoon. After surrendering an early three run lead, the Indians walked off a winner Sunday, 6-4, courtesy of Michael Bourn’s first career game-winning home run.
Home has been a sweet home for the Cleveland Indians so far this season. Unfortunately, the Tribe has not been so welcomed away from home.
After Saturday’s 7-6 victory over Colorado on a late RBI-single from Mike Aviles, the Indians improved to 17-11 at Progressive Field this season. It tied the club with the streaking Toronto Blue Jays for the most wins at home in the American League and tied the fourth-best mark in all of baseball. The Indians have the best winning percentage (.607) in the AL when reaping the benefits of home cooking and trail just Colorado (.696), San Francisco (.679), and Miami (.667) overall.
If only the Indians could play all of their games at home, the spotlight would be off of their sub-.500 record on the season and their underperforming stars and could once again return to a focus on the number of empty green seats at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Corey Kluber continued his dominance of Major League Baseball in the month of May, as his seven strong innings on the mound and 12 strikeouts, coupled with a four-run fifth inning by his offensive teammates, gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-2 victory on Friday night over the Colorado Rockies.
The win by the Indians (25-30) ended their four-game losing streak and extended their home winning streak at Progressive Field to four straight. The five runs scored tonight matched their entire scoring support provided during their three-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox in Chicago during the week.
It seems like every time the Cleveland Indians make some good strides in the win column, they unexpectedly crumble to pieces. They will look to gather themselves back up as they host the Colorado Rockies in a three-game interleague series this weekend.
Cleveland (24-30) had been playing better ball. After a surprise sweep of the Detroit Tigers, they split a four-game set with the talented Orioles in Baltimore. They then proceeded to get outplayed by the White Sox in Chicago, losing all three games and mustering just five runs of offense.
A three-run third, powered by a three-run home run from Dayan Viciedo, proved to be all the White Sox needed on Monday afternoon as they beat the Indians by a 6-2 final. The Sox edged out a 2-1 rain-soaked victory on Tuesday. Eight strikeouts from Cleveland rookie T.J. House were not enough on Wednesday, as Chicago walked off a winner, 3-2, despite closer Ronald Belisario blowing the save in the top of the ninth. A late error once again proved costly for the Tribe.
The Cleveland Indians head to US Cellular Field on Monday afternoon to begin a three-game series with the fourth-place Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland (24-27) split a four-game set in Baltimore over the weekend. They won their fourth straight game and second consecutive 13-inning marathon on Thursday night as a Carlos Santana two-run double down the left field line proved to be the difference. Five unanswered runs in the second half of the game gave Baltimore an 8-4 win on Friday night. Cleveland rode a strong Saturday start from Corey Kluber and an offensive eruption to a 9-0 victory. The bats returned to a slumber on Sunday, as the Orioles limited the Tribe to five hits in a 4-2 final to earn a series split.
The White Sox (25-27) and New York Yankees split their four-game weekend series at two games a piece. Chris Sale won in his return from the disabled list on Thursday, 3-2, after allowing just one hit in six innings while striking out ten. They took a second straight from the Bronx Bombers in walk-off fashion on Friday, as Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run in the ninth to secure a 6-5 win. A three-run ninth inning and a Jacoby Ellsbury go-ahead home run in the tenth gave the Yankees a 4-3 come-from-behind win on Saturday. Chicago fell on Sunday, 7-1, as Masahiro Tanaka earned his seventh win of the season.
With all of the changes in the Cleveland Indians starting rotation over the winter, there were plenty of questions about how the starting staff would endure over the course of the 2014 season.
Losing two of the more veteran starting pitchers on the previous season’s staff in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir was going to be difficult enough to replace. Instead of searching the free agent market and buying one of the many overpriced pieces available there, the club elected to use internal options to fill the void around returning arms Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister, and Corey Kluber.
Masterson was supposed to be the ace. Except so far, that has not been the case. Masterson has struggled and given up runs in bulk. Kluber, however, has taken that crown and is taking the American League by force, even if casual fans do not yet know his name.
It is amazing how three games can change the entire outlook on a season. The Cleveland Indians look to ride the momentum of a huge three-game sweep as they head east to Baltimore for four games with the Orioles beginning …
The Cleveland Indians began arguably their most challenging stretch of games of the season over the weekend and responded in humiliating fashion. Demolished and demeaned by the Oakland Athletics, the Indians will now host the Detroit Tigers, the team with the best road and overall records in all of baseball.
Cleveland (19-25) was outscored 30-6 in their three games against the American League West leading A’s to fall ten and a half games in back of Detroit. Oakland trounced the Tribe 11-1 on Friday courtesy of an eight-run second inning. The Indians could not benefit from the early ejection of the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, losing a 6-2 final on Saturday night. Justin Masterson was shelled for seven runs on Sunday in a 13-3 Cleveland loss.
The Cleveland Indians wasted little time on Friday afternoon to announce that starter Trevor Bauer was selected to replace struggling pitcher Danny Salazar in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future.
The move comes as little surprise as Salazar has racked up high pitch counts while showing an inability to consistently throw several of his pitches for strikes. His problems have had a trickle down effect on the entire team, as his poor starts have led to losses in five of the eight games he has appeared in and have forced the bullpen to eat up extra innings while putting the offense in a position to press to make up for early numbers on the scoreboard.
Bauer, meanwhile, has earned the chance with a strong start to his season at Triple-A Columbus.
After an abysmal 0-6 West Coast trip the last time the Cleveland Indians hit the road, their just completed 3-3 trip through Tampa and Toronto looks a whole lot better. Back in the United States, they have returned home to begin a difficult six-game homestand against two of the top teams in baseball. It all begins Friday night with three games against the Oakland Athletics.
The Indians (19-22) dropped two of three to the Blue Jays this week. Tuesday night they fell 5-4, as Toronto put a three-spot on the board in the sixth that was too much to overcome. The bats awoke on Wednesday night, as Cleveland clubbed 22 hits and 15 runs in a 15-4 victory. The long ball tripped up the Tribe on Thursday, as they lost a 4-2 decision to lose the series.
Three consecutive series wins have the Cleveland Indians rolling in the month of May. They will look to continue their better play of late on the field as they open a three-game series at the Rogers Centre against the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be their final three games against the Jays this season.
The Indians (18-20) took two of three from the Rays over the weekend and have now won their last three series over Minnesota, Chicago, and Tampa after a dreadful winless West Coast trip to end April. Friday night, they rode a strong start from Corey Kluber and three home runs to a 6-3 victory. The Indians dropped a 7-1 decision on Saturday night, befuddled by the pitching of Tampa’s Erik Bedard. Cleveland held on for a 6-5 win on Sunday, despite three late inning runs from the Rays to make it a close contest.