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Posts By Craig Gifford

Asdrubal Cabrera: This Generation’s Omar

July 21, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When it comes to shortstops, Cleveland Indians fans have been lucky over the last couple decades.

Between Omar Vizquel from the mid 90s to early 2000s and Asdrubal Cabrera now, Tribe followers have witnessed two of the best at their position. Even Jhonny Peralta, the guy in between then and now, was, at the least, a very good hitting shortstop for several seasons.

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The End of Grady Sizemore?

July 20, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Grady Sizemore‘s third trip the disabled list this season may well signal the end of an era for the Cleveland Indians. Frankly, it may be time for the Tribe to start thinking about life without its one time star center fielder.

From 2005-2009, Sizemore was one of the top players on the team. He was arguably the best center fielder in the game during that stretch and one of the top handful of players in the American League. When Sizemore was at his peak, he was one of the best to ever wear the Wahoo red, white and blue.

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Bullpen Mafia: Burying Games All Season

July 19, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Filthy, dominating, unhittable, down-right scary.

Those are all words that can be used to describe this season’s Cleveland Indians relief pitching corps – or as those players like to refer to themselves, “The Bullpen Mafia.”

While the starting rotation could be described as decent and the battling lineup, perhaps iffy, it’s the bullpen that has the Indians contending this year in the American League Central Division.

Even after a shaky weekend in Baltimore, the first bad stretch all season for the group, one has to be confident when one of those arms enters a game.

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Bullpen Lets One Get Away; Orioles 6, Indians 5

July 17, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Usually the strength of the Cleveland Indians, the bullpen let the team down Saturday night in a 6-5 loss at Baltimore. Rafael Perez and Frank Hermann combined to allow three runs in an eighth inning that proved to be the Tribe’s undoing. The loss dropped the Indians to 49-43.

Starter Carlos Carrasco, entering the game off two bad starts, was effective for seven innings. He struck out six and walked two batters. When he left the game, the Indians led 3-2. That’s when things got hairy.

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Don’t Give Away The Farm In Deadline Deals

July 15, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The second half of July provides some of the most exciting off-field moments in Major League Baseball. That is thanks to the July 31 trading deadline.

In the last several years, it has been hard for Indians fans to get too excited, however. Struggling to field a winner the last three seasons, the Tribe has spent those deadlines with an eye on the future. They traded off superstars like C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee for unproven, promising prospects to build for the coming years.

Much to the surprise of many, that future the Indians had been looking to appears to be now. The surprising Indians entered the second half of the season in battle with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central Division. It appears this year, the team could be making a deal or two for the present.

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Jays Spoil Tribe’s Vacation Plans; Blue Jays 7, Indians 1

July 11, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

After a mostly successful start to the baseball season, the Cleveland Indians are limping into the All-Star break.

The Tribe lost its third straight game Sunday to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, falling a half-game out of first place, behind the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland goes into the break at 47-42, with the Tigers standing at 49-43.

Following a dramatic comeback victory Thursday night against these same Blue Jays, the Indians fell short in the next three, all at Progressive Field.

Sunday’s game provided little for the Wahoo Warriors to be thrilled about.

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Bautista Bash; Blue Jays 5, Indians 4

July 10, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

There was late inning magic once again Saturday night at Progressive Field. Unfortunately, for the Indians, there was not quite enough for the home team.

The Tribe forced extra innings with a run in the ninth, but fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 in ten frames.

Cleveland, which slipped to 47-41, entered the ninth trailing 4-3. This time it was right fielder Travis Buck playing the role of hero. He hit a two-out, RBI double. The hit scored Austin Kearns, pinch running for Travis Hafner, who led off the stanza with a base hit.

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A Grand Finale; Indians 5, Blue Jays 4

July 8, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Thursday night was a grand night for the Cleveland Indians and their fans.

With one out and  the bases, the Tribe trailed the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth. Travis Hafner stepped to the plate and found a pitch to his liking. He hammered it to deep right field, sending the crowd of 18,816 into delirium and home happy.

After struggling to put anything together on offense for eight innings, the Tribe entered the home half of the ninth trailing 4-0. They were looking like sure losers in the first of a four-game series with the Blue Jays.

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Sizemore Snaps Slump As Tribe Reclaims 1st Place; Indians 8, Reds 1

July 2, 2011 | | One Comment

By Craig Gifford

During a June swoon that saw the Indians’ bats fall deafly silent, the offense busted out in a big way Friday night with an 8-1 pasting of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

The win moved the Tribe (43-37) back into sole possession of first place by half a game, as the Detroit Tigers fell to the San Francisco Giants last night.

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Austin Kearns, Where Have You Gone?

July 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

That must be what the Indians are asking themselves after signing the veteran outfielder to a one-year, $1.3 million deal in the offseason. The plan seemed simple enough – bring in a guy who could back up all three outfield positions and slug 10-15 home runs on young team that could learn from his experience.

Three months into the season that plan has not exactly gone to form and that is putting it mildly. Kearns, who had averaged nearly 13 home runs a year in nine seasons before this one, has seen a complete power outage.
The once formidable hitter is hitting this weekend’s games and the season’s halfway point with zero home runs, two runs batted in and a paltry .194 batting average. In 33 games played and 110 at bats, there has been nothing to indicate Kearns may soon find his batting stroke.

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