2018: Still Rallying Together
Indians catcher Yan Gomes had put up numbers deserving of an All-Star trip this season at the position, but was pinched out of consideration as Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos was named the American League starter through the voting process and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez earned a spot on the roster as the sole representative of the Royals.
That all changed late Saturday night, as Ramos pulled out of Tuesday’s All-Star game with a hamstring strain that will send him to the disabled list. Gomes was named his replacement on the American League roster.
One year ago, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was nowhere near the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Some wondered if he would survive the season as a starter. A move to the bullpen could have been in the offing. Some wondered if he would ever fulfill the promise of a young player selected third overall in the 2011 amateur draft.
On July 16, 2017, Bauer lost in Oakland in his first start after the All-Star break. It dropped his record to 7-8 and his ERA stood at 5.59. The Indians were on their way to a second straight American League Central Division crown. With the way Bauer was pitching, the prevailing thought in mid-July of last season was that he would perhaps be a reliever on the coming postseason roster if the team survived the rest of the regular season. It was a precipitous fall for a pitcher thrust into a high-profile role during the Tribe’s 2016 remarkable playoff run to the World Series.
A year ago, no one could have foreseen what was to come for the final two months of the season or that the late-season turnaround would serve as the coming of age for a pitcher who is now one of the game’s elite pitching talents.
Francisco Mejia’s plans to travel to Washington, DC, for Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game have been cancelled.
The Cleveland Indians recalled their top prospect, the 22-year-old catcher turned outfielder, ahead of their Saturday night contest with the New York Yankees from Progressive Field. The 22-year-old will bat sixth in the lineup and serve as the team’s designated hitter against another former Indians top prospect, 37-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia.
We will always have Game 5, and Ryan Merritt will always have the large return on his wedding registry due to the generosity of thankful Cleveland Indians fans.
The Indians activated the left-handed pitcher Merritt from the 60-day disabled list on Friday afternoon and in a somewhat surprising turn of events, designated him for assignment.
After another rocky start on Thursday night, Corey Kluber is prioritizing his health and being available for the Tribe through the second half of the season and on into October baseball.
On Friday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that Kluber has decided to skip his participation in next week’s 89th All-Star Game from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He has been replaced on the American League’s roster by Tampa Bay starting pitcher Blake Snell.
The New York Yankees storm into Cleveland for the first time since last October for a four-game series with the Indians to close out the first half of the 2018 regular season schedule.
The Battle of Ohio did not go in the favor of the Indians (50-41), but if nothing else, they ended the series with a very loud bang with a 19-hit, 19-run onslaught to avoid a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds. Such has been the case for the Indians during their homestand, as they have had two big bursts of offense wrapped around four disappointing losses to the A’s and Reds. The Yankees picked up a three-game sweep of the two clubs’ earlier series in May, winning the bookend games in walk-off fashion while outscoring the Indians, 19-12. They will need to slow down the top scoring home club in baseball, as the Indians have scored 282 runs in 46 home dates this year.
One day after allowing his 21st home run of the season, Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
Tuesday’s roster move was matched by the recalled of righty Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus.
The Ohio Cup will kick off this week as the Cleveland Indians host the Cincinnati Reds for three games beginning Monday night from Progressive Field.
The Indians (49-39) had few answers for the Oakland A’s for the second straight weekend, winning one game by a big result while dropping the other pair to lose the season series to the Athletics, four games to two. The Tribe started July with five straight wins before dropping the final two games of their set with the A’s this weekend and have outscored the opposition by a 46-28 tally. They have posted winning records in each calendar month of the season and are 7-4 in interleague play so far this season against the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals.
Fifty of the top prospects across the minor league landscape will get to shine on a worldwide stage as the rosters for the U.S. and World teams have been announced for the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game.
A pair of Indians farmhands – catcher Francisco Mejia and right-handed reliever Kieran Lovegrove – will get a chance to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual competition between some of the top young ball players around minor league baseball.
The Cleveland Indians squandered a three-run lead protected over seven innings by Corey Kluber as the bullpen surrendered six unanswered runs, including three in the eleventh inning of a 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon.
It marked a frustrating and disappointing end result for the Tribe’s five-game winning streak as the A’s used three long balls off of the Cleveland bullpen, with two coming to the first four batters faced by the bullpen in relief of their ace.
Hoyt, an undrafted 31-year-old out of Centenary College of Louisiana and Palomar College in San Marcos, California, has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. He worked in 22 games during the 2016 season, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. He spent 43 games on the mound in relief for the club during their championship season last year, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings. He was not part of the postseason roster.
As expected, the Cleveland Indians activated starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the 10-day disabled list on Friday to make the start against the Oakland Athletics. In a corresponding roster move, the team has designated right-handed reliever George Kontos for assignment.