By Mike Brandyberry
After the three game sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, the Indians find themselves at 70-70 and 9.5 games out of first place with only 22 games to play. Even the most eternal of optimists have to accept the fact that the Indians hopes of a Central Division crown and playoffs in October are over.
With 22 games remaining on the schedule the Indians find themselves “playing out the string,” in a season that had them in first place for most of the first half of the season and in contention for most of the second half. While the organization, players and fans alike have every reason to be disappointed, the Indians need to use the final stretch of the season to work toward the 2012 season, one that will come with much loftier goals than the 2011 version.
By Vince Guerrieri
The Indians are still mathematically alive in the American League Central, but that might be about it.
The Tribe got to Tigers ace Justin Verlander early, but Justin Masterson and the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead as Detroit came back to win 8-6 Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians.
By Matt Van Wormer
Last night, the Tigers put the final nail in the Indians’ playoff coffin. Today, they will try to start shoveling dirt on top of the Tribe’s season. After Detroit jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, the Indians lost all hope of taking the last two games of the series and crawling back into the Central Division race. Now, they take on the ace of the Tiger’s staff hoping to avoid a sweep at the hands of the division leader.
By Cody Gunselman
That’s it. You can throw in the towel. The “Here we go Brownies” chants can officially start. With their backs against the wall in a must win situation, the Indians refused to show up for the biggest game of the year. With an embarrassing 10-1 loss Tuesday night, the Indians fell 8.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers.
Just when Tribe fans were thinking Fausto Carmona may have returned to his all-star form of a season ago, he reverted back to his early 2011 ways. Carmona started off the game looking sharp, recording two quick outs before surrendering a walk to Delmon Young. Miguel Cabrera singled to set up the inning for disaster. The debacle began when Carmona balked and sent the runners to second and third.
By Matt Van Wormer
By Craig Gifford
That trio is one that can be as good as any in baseball when it comes to outfield play. The three have the ability to hit for a good average, all can hit the home run ball 15-20 times a season and all three have strong base-running and fielding abilities. It is an outfield most teams would like to have – including the Cleveland Indians.
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
In a Sunday game at Cleveland Stadium, Seattle relief pitcher Mike Schooler gives up a 2-out grand slam to Tribe third baseman Carlos Martinez in the 12th inning. The walk-off blast gives the Indians a 12 – 9 win. The grand slam was …
By Mike Brandyberry
Monday the weather cooled, the skies became gray and Cleveland seemed to have the feel that summer had ended on this Labor Day. Just like the weather, the Indians summer also probably came to an end when the Detroit Tigers defeated the Tribe, 4-2.
After three scoreless innings, and nearly a dominant performance by Ubaldo Jimenez, he allowed his first hit, a single to center to Delmon Young. After Miguel Cabrera walked, Victor Martinez sent a three-run home run deep into the right center field seats. It was the only two hits Jimenez would allow over his seven innings of work.
by Matt Van Wormer
The Indians have won seven of their last ten games as they try to claw their way back to the top of the Central Division. Unfortunately for them, the Tigers have also won seven of their last ten. Today, Cleveland and Detroit battle each other and if the Indians want to win this Division they will have to take this opportunity very seriously and battle as hard as they can.