2019: Enjoy Him
Rain in northeast Ohio on Friday delayed the return of Francisco Lindor to the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster, while also giving the club a little more time to determine which player would be removed from the squad to make room for the three-time All-Star’s return from the 10-day injured list.
The Indians announced their decision on Saturday morning, as the team has elected to designate 35-year-old designated hitter Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
Even the addition of yearly interleague play has not substantially increased the number of trips taken to Cleveland by the Atlanta Braves, which visit the north coast this weekend for an abbreviated three-day trip.
The Indians (11-7) return home after salvaging a road trip that had taken a rough turn when the team was swept last weekend in Kansas City by the Royals. Instead of crumbling, the team responded by taking all three from the scorching hot Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park during the week. The sweep was the team’s second of the season, following a four-game defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the month. The 5-4 mark on the road trip moved the club to even at 6-6 away from home this season. During the Indians’ brief upcoming homestand, they will look to improve upon a 5-1 record at Progressive Field so far in April.
A solo homer from Jake Bauers in the fifth inning marked the only time a base runner crossed the plate on Wednesday night as Carlos Carrasco and Nick Wittgren combined on a three-hit shutout to complete the three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners in a 1-0 victory from T-Mobile Park.
With Carrasco’s sloppy start to the season, the dangerous and prolific home run hitting Mariners club seemed to be a bad matchup for the Tribe’s number three starter, but he came out firing heat while shutting down Seattle over seven fantastic innings of three-hit baseball. Bauers provided all of the scoring that he would need, while Wittgren worked two perfect innings of relief with closer Brad Hand unavailable to lock down Cleveland’s eleventh win of the season.
Shane Bieber allowed just one run while pitching into the seventh inning and the Indians offense scored four times with two outs to help defeat the host Seattle Mariners by a 4-2 final.
The Indians fell behind two innings in, as the Mariners got a gift run from Bieber in the second to give veteran right-hander Mike Leake the early lead to work with. After getting former Tribe sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce to fly out to center to set down his first five in a row, Bieber lost Tim Beckham on a four-pitch walk. A wild pitch to Ryon Healy allowed Beckham to motor all the way to third as catcher Kevin Plawecki could not find the ball. Healy drew a six-pitch walk to put runners on the corners and catcher Tom Murphy started his big game at the plate with an RBI-single to left to put Seattle up, 1-0.
The Cleveland infield and bench continued its shuffle on Tuesday afternoon, as the Indians announced that the contract of veteran utility man Mike Freeman had been purchased from Triple-A Columbus. Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Freeman on the 25-man roster.
It marked the second infield-focused move by the Indians in as many days. On Monday prior to the start of the club’s series against the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day injured list and formally designated utility man Brad Miller for assignment in a move that opened up a 40-man spot for Freeman’s arrival.
The Cleveland Indians held on to an early lead and used three late runs to fend off the Seattle Mariners in a 6-4 victory from T-Mobile Park on Monday night.
Trevor Bauer got back on track in a quality start, throwing 112 pitches over six and two-thirds innings. He struck out eight, gave up five hits, and walked three, but several of the walks were aided by an unpredictable strike zone behind the plate from umpire Tim Timmons. Five relievers finished the job, but several of them made the game much closer than it needed to be.
The winningest team in Major League Baseball will look to continue its incredible and unexpected start as the Seattle Mariners host the Cleveland Indians for the first and final time in the 2019 season.
The Mariners (13-5) have put on a hitting display far exceeding expectations as the team leads all of baseball in homers (39), runs scored (126), RBI (124), hits (178), and stolen bases (tied with 19). The M’s have been on a homer-hitting frenzy, going deep in each of their first 18 games to start the season, a Major League record to open a year. They are within striking distance of matching their club record for consecutive games with a homer (23 back in 2013) and are two-thirds of the way to equaling the all-time record of 27 set by the 2002 Texas Rangers. Despite the hot start, the Mariners are just a game up on the Houston Astros in the American League West after being swept in three straight at home over the weekend.
It might be a bad time for the Indians (8-7) to head to T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field). After turning things around during their first homestand when they swept the Toronto Blue Jays and started the road trip with a win in Detroit, Cleveland has now lost three straight after being swept over the weekend by the Kansas City Royals. While the losses have piled up for the Tribe and they will have to win the series to remain above the .500 mark, they are just a game and a half in back of the Minnesota Twins in second place in the AL Central.
The Kansas City Royals completed their three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday and used a little flare for the dramatics to do so, using a walk-off single from Hunter Dozier in the bottom of the ninth to capture a 9-8 win from Kauffman Stadium.
Things did not go as planned for the Indians, who swung through Missouri on the middle leg of a three-city, nine-game road trip while catching the Royals in the horrors of a ten-game losing streak. Instead of being able to beat up on a rebuilding and struggling division rival, the Indians became the punching bag for Kansas City, which took out some pent up anger in routing Cleveland in three straight.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Sunday morning that the contract of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been purchased from Triple-A Columbus.
In corresponding moves to get Gonzalez on the 25- and 40-man rosters, Saturday’s starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A, while injured starter Mike Clevinger was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.
Kansas City’s Homer Bailey channeled his former self for the Royals on Saturday night, blanking the Indians over seven innings of two-hit ball in a 3-0 shutout of Cleveland from Kauffman Stadium.
Bailey was masterful and kept the Indians off balance with a mixture of offspeed pitches down in the zone while using the upper portions of the plate as he pleased with a 94 mile per hour fastball. He struck out six and walked just two while giving up a single and a double to Tribe second baseman Brad Miller.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Saturday afternoon that pitchers Jefry Rodriguez and Cody Anderson have been recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Rodriguez is scheduled to make the start for the Indians on Saturday evening against Homer Bailey and the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium.
Carlos Carrasco was rocked again as he was charged with six runs on six hits while retiring just two Royals hitters as Kansas City rolled to an easy 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the series opener from Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.
The Royals’ offense broke out and ended the club’s ten-game losing streak behind an impressive first inning as the lineup jumped all over Carrasco, who lost for the second time in 2019. Carrasco made just 28 pitches while facing all nine Royals hitters, who put together a giant inning that proved far too much for the Tribe to overcome while dealing with a well-pitched outing from Kansas City right-hander Brad Keller.