By Christian Petrila
The old baseball saying says that “hits come in bunches.” Through five games for the Indians so far, the opposite must also be true.
The team is batting a collective .176. Now that that’s had some time to sink in, it should be pointed out that it is the worst batting average in all of baseball. In fact, it is a full .07 lower than San Diego, the team with the second-worst average.
Going in-depth on the Indians roster to see who’s producing isn’t much of a breath of fresh air. Jack Hannahan is hitting .313. Shelley Duncan is hitting a respectable .294. After that, the roster is overflowing with inconsistency. After Travis Hafner’s .267 average, no one on the team is hitting better than .250.
By Matthew Van Wormer
Just over a month ago, we brought you the story of RJ Breisacher, an Army Sergeant who had finished his time in the military and was now going to live the dream of many baseball fans; he was getting in a car, driving around the country and stopping at every baseball stadium or ballpark the country had to offer. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night wanted to make RJ’s trip to Cleveland as memorable as possible and I think we were able to give him a day that he won’t soon forget.
RJ’s day in Cleveland started at Melt Bar and Grilled in Lakewood. I had contacted Matt Fish, owner of Melt, a few weeks back to see if he would accommodate us and do something special for RJ. He agreed to take care of lunch for RJ and give him a taste of the best sandwich Cleveland had to offer. We sat down to eat, ordered our food (RJ got the Parmageddon, a Melt staple) and started talking about RJ’s trip so far. Cleveland is only his fourth stop so we talked in great detail about his favorite things at each of the three parks he had already been too; Comerica Park (Detroit), Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati) and PNC Park (Pittsburgh). None of them did what we had planned for RJ once we reached downtown.
By Vince Guerrieri
Johnny Damon’s 38. Last year he hit .261 for the Tampa Bay Rays, with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs.
But he’s still an improvement offensively for the Indians – there’s almost no place to go but up.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports isn’t alone in reporting that Damon is near a deal with the Indians, adding another left-handed bat to a lineup that’s full of them, but his veteran presence and experience as a winner – not to mention any offense he might be able to produce – could be just what the Indians need.
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
The Cleveland Indians acquire outfielder Tris Speaker from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher “Sad” Sam Jones, minor league infielder Fred Thomas, and $55,000 cash. This season, Speaker will lead the American League in batting (.386), …
By Craig Gifford
The offense of the Cleveland Indians, dormant through much of the team’s first four games, finally broke out Wednesday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox. This time, however, it was the pitching that faltered as the Tribe fell to 1-4 with a 10-6 home loss.
A sparse crowd of 9,072 fans watched the Tribe close out a disappointing start-of-the-season homestand that the team will have to quickly dismiss if it is going to begin building momentum for what seemed like a promising season just one week ago.
On Wednesday, it was an atypical struggle for ace Justin Masterson and fielding errors by usually slick-fielding first baseman Casey Kotchman and third baseman Jack Hannahan that contributed to the Indians’ undoing.
By Matthew Van Wormer
The weather in the great city of Cleveland is never what you think it will be. In the middle of March, it was 80 degrees. Yesterday, fans didn’t even want to be outside and neither did the players as the game was called due to impending snow that was ready to hit the city.
“It was going to be grueling,” manager Manny Acta said. “With the weather it wouldn’t be baseball, it would be survival.”
By Mike Brandyberry
Baseball is often a game of inches, but Monday evening it may have been a game of an inch of plastic. A plastic brace on Shin-Soo Choo’s hand may have been the difference between continue health or another lengthy trip to the disabled list.
In the sixth inning of Monday evening’s game, Chris Sale hit Choo on the hand, the same hand that he was hit on by Jonathan Sanchez last June in San Francisco. The hit-by-pitch last summer sent Choo to the disabled list for about six weeks. Once Choo returned, an oblique injury ended his season shortly afterward.
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
On Opening Day at RFK Stadium in a game between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators, Emmett Ashford becomes the first black umpire in major league history. Ashford, who had started his professional career 15 years …
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians and Carlos Santana announced Tuesday afternoon they have agreed on a long-term contract extension, keeping the slugging catcher in a Tribe uniform potentially through 2017.
“In a short time we’ve seen Carlos turn …
When Mark Buerhle left the Chicago White Sox, fans might think the Indians would be done having trouble against southpaws from the south side. Last night showed that today’s Indians offense isn’t that well equipped to handle any pitching right now. Brandon Sale, the reliever turned starter, shut down the Tribe as the White Sox beat the Tribe in their series opener, 4-2.
Tonight, the Tribe will look for win number two with Jeanmar Gomez (5-3, 4.47 ERA) taking the mound. Gomez earned the fifth spot in the rotation after a spectacular spring that saw him post a 1.37 ERA in almost 20 innings of work. While the sample size is small, the Indians are confident that Gomez has found a groove and will continue to get even better.
Gomez was a strong candidate for the fifth spot going into Spring Training and did nothing to give the Tribe a reason to believe he didn’t deserve to be in the starting rotation at the outset of the season. Hopefully he will be able to duplicate the performances of Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe in his first start of the 2012 campaign.
The throwing out of the ceremonial first pitch is a tradition that started in 1910 with President William Howard Taft. And it’s all because of a Youngstown native and former Cleveland baseball player and manager named Jimmy McAleer.
McAleer knocked around the minor leagues in the 1880s before breaking into the National League with the Cleveland Spiders in 1889. He was regarded as speedy on the basepaths and in center field. His batting was a little less solid. The Robisons, owners of the Spiders, also bought the St. Louis Browns of the National League (later the Cardinals) and essentially cherry-picked all the talent from Cleveland to St. Louis. McAleer opted to stay in Northern Ohio. The Spiders folded after the 1899 season, but McAleer latched on as player/manager for the Lake Shores, a team in the American League in 1900.
In 1901, the Lake Shores became the Blues, taking the name of an older team. The Blues, of course, would go on to be the Indians. McAleer was their manager, and participated in what is now regarded as the first American League game as part of the major leagues, an 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.