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End Of Season Grades: Starting Pitchers

September 29, 2011 |

Today begins a two week, end of season grade and breakdown by each position. Certainly after the wild ride the 2011 Cleveland Indians took fans on, grades, projections and areas of improvement are all sought for 2012, with the goal being a playoff team next season. Today, we examine the mainstays of the 2011 starting rotation.

Justin Masterson
12-10, 3.21 ERA, 216 IP, 65 BB, 158 K’s
Grade: A

Masterson, who entered the year as a middle of the rotation starter, quickly grew into the staff ace by the summer months. I would be the first to admit when they acquired him from Boston for Victor Martinez, I thought it was a great mistake to make him a starting pitcher. He had already had success in the Boston bullpen and I thought he could be a clutch eighth or ninth inning arm. Certainly, growing in to a front of the rotation starter raises his value for now and years to come.

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Today in Tribe History: September 29, 1986

September 29, 2011 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

The Cleveland Indians hit three home runs off of Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven, giving him 49 on the year. The total breaks the major league record of 46 set by Robin Roberts in 1956. Blyleven played … Read More

Indians Lose Finale, Look Forward to 2012; Tigers 5, Indians 4

September 29, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The greatest moment on the final night of the season had nothing to do with what took place between the lines. Manny Acta was ejected in the middle of the first inning for “arguing balls and strikes.” In reality, what he did was make sure that his Bench Coach, Tim Tolman, got a chance to manage a big league game.

Tolman suffers from Parkinson’s disease and will take a front office job with the Tribe in 2012. The rigors of the road have become too much for him. It was a class act by the man who is the best man for the job as Indians skipper. Acta and Home Plate ump, Dan Bellino, were all smiles during their “confrontation” that ended Acta’s night early.

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Game Preview: Cleveland (80-81) vs. Detroit (94-67)

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

One-hundred sixty-one down, one to go.  The Cleveland Indians will wrap up the 2011 campaign trying to hold second place in the division outright and finish at .500 while the Detroit Tigers will be playing as hard as they can to earn first round home field advantage in the playoffs.  The Tigers need a win and a Texas Rangers loss to host the Wild Card instead of playing the Yankees in the first round.
 
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Today in Tribe History: September 28, 1986

September 28, 2011 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Cleveland pulls out a 5-4 extra inning win over Seattle at the Kingdome. Rookie sensation Cory Snyder gets the game winning hit in the top of the 12th when he drives in Joe Carter with … Read More

Manny Acta and Ozzie Guillen – Opposites in Every Way

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

On Monday, the Chicago White Sox relieved manager Ozzie Guillen of his duties of leading the south side team.  This came after the loud-mouthed Guillen demanded a contract extension.  A couple things that are important to this story; First, Guillen still had a year on his current contract that would have taken him through next season.  Second, there is still one game left in the 2011 season.  Third, Guillen’s team is going to finish under .500.  Fourth, this will be the third season in a row that the White Sox are going to miss the playoffs.  Does this sound like a man that should be demanding a contract extension?
 
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Sizemore To Have Knee Evaluated Monday

September 28, 2011 |

After having microfracture surgery on his left knee in May 2010, and working all the way back to play this season, Grady Sizemore is again heading to Colorado for a consultation with Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday. This time … Read More

Game Preview: Cleveland (80-80) vs. Detroit (93-67)

September 27, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians did not get the outing they had hoped for from Ubaldo Jimenez as he struggled mightily and ended up giving up six runs on nine hits in just five innings of work.  Short time members of the Bullpen Mafia, Corey Kluber and Josh Judy, both struggled as well, giving up four runs each.
 
The Tigers, on the other hand, got exactly what they needed from Doug Fister.  It was a dominate outing which kept the Indians off balance, off the base paths and off the scoreboard.  Fister threw eight innings of three hit, shut out baseball and struck out nine Indians hitters, walking none in the process.
 

Today In Tribe History; September 27, 1940

September 27, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On September 27, 1940 – 71 years ago today – Floyd Giebell was supposed to be a sacrificial lamb.

The Indians were beginning a three-game series at home against Detroit – the final series of the year – and were two back of the Tigers with three games to play. One Tigers win would clinch the pennant for them.

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Jimenez Drubbed In Final Start; Tigers 14, Indians 0

September 27, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Detroit Tigers are a baseball team that has been on a three-month roll and will waltz into the Major League Baseball playoffs this weekend easily the class of the American League Central Divison. They showed just how wide the gap between themselves and the second place Indians is on Monday night, beating Cleveland every which way in a 14-0 drubbing at Comerica Park.

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Game Preview: Cleveland (80-79) vs. Detroit (92-67)

September 26, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians closed out the home portion of their 2011 season with a loss to the Minnesota Twins, but even so, with a loss by the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland is guaranteed at least a share of second place in the Central Division.  One win in their last three games would guarantee them sole possession of second as well as a .500 season.
 
Jim Thome, who may have played his last game at Progressive Field, got one last chance to salute the fans when he pinch-hit in the 8th inning and even played at his original position, 3rd base, for a pitch in the ninth.  While the Indians dropped the game in extra innings, 6-4, it was a fitting end to the regular season at the Jake.
 

Today in Tribe History: September 26, 1967

September 26, 2011 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Luis Tiant picks up his 12th win of the season as he goes the distance against Boston. Unlikely hero Chico Salmon leads the way with three RBI, including a double and his second home run … Read More