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Rajai Davis might not have been the longest to wear 20 for Cleveland and was hardly the best to do so, but with one magical swing in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, he permanently etched his name into Indians lore.
The veteran outfielder provided a surprise jolt to the Indians lineup last season and his absence will be felt in the coming season as no player on the roster currently will replace his league-leading 43 stolen bases and electric attitude and effort that he provided the club, both on and off the field during the Indians’ run to the final moments of the 2016 season. His high-flying high-fives with teammates after wins became a common sight as the season went on and the team kept winning. He brought with him years of experience, including years of struggling to latch on to roster spots in the early portions of his career.
Rajai Davis and his 43 stolen bases have gone off to Oakland. Superstar left fielder Michael Brantley is not a 100 percent guarantee to rebound from multiple shoulder surgeries to regain his form that made him an MVP candidate in 2014.
Cleveland, looking to bolster its outfield depth, could end up with a major steal – pardon the pun – in this free agency class. Veteran outfielder Austin Jackson was inked to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training on Wednesday. If he can rebound from a knee injury that cost him the second half of the 2016 campaign with the White Sox, he will be a fine replacement for the 36-year-old Davis.
Jackson, who will turn 30 on Wednesday, does not steal quite as many bases as Davis, but has proven to be good for 20 or so per season throughout his seven-year career. He has exhibited a little more power and ability to get on base than the elder Davis. An ability to play all three outfield spots, as he showed in 2015, makes him a great fit in an outfield that will see a lot of platoon play, regardless of whether or not Brantley is fully healthy all year.
The Indians are saying “goodbye” to a pair of popular veterans who played integral roles in helping the Tribe reach Game 7 of the the 2016 World Series. It was the first Fall Classic for the Tribe in 19 years. Gone are the power-hitting Mike Napoli and base-stealing Rajai Davis. Both veterans were signed to one-year deals before last season and both proved there was still a little something in the tank.
Napoli has yet to sign on the dotted line with another team. However, Cleveland’s big free-agent addition of first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion means there is no room for Napoli. Encarnacion, who is a more consistent hitter over his career, is an upgrade there. The middle of the Tribe’s batting order got better on Thursday with the official announcement of the contract agreement.
Davis and his 43 stolen bases are also gone. The Indians did not sign an upgrade or a similar player as they did for the first base/DH job. Instead, the speedy 36-year-old shortstop inked a one-year, $6 million pact with the Oakland Athletics last week. Unlike Napoli and his power, it is unlikely the Tribe will reach outside the organization for a replacement to Davis’ feet.
The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over and the Chicago Cubs are World Champions as they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a dramatic Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
It’s heartbreak time in Cleveland once again as the Indians were up three games to one before the effects of an injury-depleted starting rotation finally surfaced against the top team in baseball. The Indians battled down to the wire with the Cubs in a Game 7 that will go down as one of the all-time greatest games in the history of the national pastime.
For the Cubs, their 108-year title drought is over. For the Indians, the void in the baseball championship landscape will grow to a 69th year.
With their 103-win season and 108-year championship drought at stake, the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Cleveland Indians by a 3-2 final in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night in the final game at Wrigley Field in the 2016 season.
The Cubs, who have made fans wait a long time for a return to glory, waited until the third and final game in Chicago to get their first World Series win secured at Wrigley Field since 1945. They avoided a home field sweep by the Indians, who had their sights set on clinching the championship on the road in dramatic fashion. The win keeps the hopes alive for the Chicago media darlings, who now trail the best-of-seven series, 3-2. The Fall Classic now returns to Cleveland for the remaining games, as necessary.
The Indians pitching staff contained the Cubs lineup once again, limiting the power-packed bunch to just three runs on the night. The bigger story line for Cleveland, however, was the team’s inability to deliver in the clutch as they missed countless opportunities throughout the contest, all of which loomed large in the one-run defeat for the Tribe.
For the second time in four months, the city of Cleveland stands on the doorstep of history.
Opportunity is knocking loudly, and the Indians are poised to answer the call.
Game 5 of the 2016 World Series is set to take place Sunday night shortly after 8:00 PM ET from Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The beloved classic baseball home of the Cubs has become a home away from home for the Indians through two road games in the best-of-seven series, as the underdog Clevelanders invaded Chicago and have taken two from the friendly confines of the Cubs.
Now, the Indians will look to do something that they have done just twice in their history – win the final game played of the Major League Baseball season and come home to a celebration unlike anything seen in Cleveland…in four months. The Cubs will be fighting for their lives, backs against the wall, nothing left to lose but their closest opportunity in 71 years to end the suffering and a World Series drought 108 years in length.
Just two more wins.
Say it again. The more you say it, the more you can believe it. The Cleveland Indians are just two more wins away from winning the World Series.
Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe in 2016, first raining destruction on a 52-year championship drought when the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in June. Now, the Indians are looking to end a four-month title hangover and their own 68-year drought by supplying the city of Cleveland and its fans with another championship parade.
In Friday’s 1-0 Game 3 victory that gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series over Chicago, the Indians used some clutch hitting and some dynamite pitching from all four men to step on the mound against the Cubs to quiet a Wrigley Field crowd hosting its first game in 71 years. But the offense had its struggles, leaving base runners all over the place through the first five innings. The team needs to play more consistent and complete games if it wants to leave the Windy City up in the series or even with the Commissioner’s trophy.
Dreams became reality on Tuesday night as the city of Cleveland hosted one ring ceremony and raised a championship banner while playing for another title next door.
A strong start from Corey Kluber set the tone in Game 1. He worked into the seventh inning, giving up four hits while striking out nine in a performance rivaled by only Bob Gibson and Allie Reynolds before him. Despite the high strikeout rate, Kluber was economical with his pitches overall, needing just 88 to get through the six-plus innings while conserving his arm some in the event that manager Terry Francona would turn to Kluber in a Game 4 situation on short rest as opposed to working him on normal rest in the Wrigley finale on Sunday.
The Indians now lead a World Series for the first time since winning Game 7 of the 1948 season, a memorable year for Tribe fans who can recall that season and hold it high as one of two years in franchise history that the team claimed the championship of the world. A win by the Indians would give them a two-game advantage or better in the World Series for just the fifth time in franchise history (Games 6 and 7, 1920; Games 4 and 6, 1948).
The moment baseball fans across the world have waited for is finally here – the 2016 World Series kicks off from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday night as the Indians play host in the Fall Classic to the Chicago Cubs in the annual best-of-seven competition.
In a series chock full of storylines, most notably the lengthy droughts both clubs have suffered through in the pursuit of a world’s championship on the diamond, two teams who have proven to be the best of their collective leagues will take the field with one goal in sight – to bring home a championship to their long suffering fans.
For the Indians, their return to the World Series is just 19 years in the making, but the club has lost each of its previous three trips to the big show after winning in 1920 and again in 1948. The journey for the fans at Wrigley Field is significantly more public knowledge as the lovable losers, owners of the top record in all of baseball this season at 103-58, have reached the promised land ten times now since becoming the Cubs in 1903, but not once since 1945 until this month. Chicago won back-to-back World Series in 1907 and 1908 before losing in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945.
For the first time since September 28, the Cleveland Indians lost a game when they were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-1, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. In the span to follow, they won each of their final three games to close out the regular season (and missed a game due to rain in Detroit), then swept the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series before taking a commanding three-game lead in the ALCS over the Blue Jays.
Now, in order to claim the American League pennant and advance to the World Series, the Blue Jays will have to do something to the Cleveland club that has yet to happen to them in 2016 – the Indians must lose four consecutive games. With their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays got enough offense and a dominant pitching effort on Tuesday afternoon in the 5-1 victory over the Indians to extend the ALCS to a Game 5. Aaron Sanchez outlasted Corey Kluber, and the productive Indians bullpen was touched for three runs in the late innings to make a close game a little bit more lopsided at the end of the day.
The season is on the line for the Blue Jays. The Indians know that they need just one win over the next three games in four days to clinch their first pennant since 1997.
The Cleveland Indians have cornered the Boston Red Sox, who find themselves with their backs against the wall after their best two pitchers have thrown in the first two games of the American League Division Series.
If there is a bright spot for the Red Sox, the series has shifted to Fenway Park, where the club was 47-34 during the 2016 season, one game better than their efforts on the road. Cleveland struggled at times on the road, but finished the season with a 41-39 record away from home. The Red Sox were 4-2 against the Indians during the regular season, outscoring them 31-18 in the process, but they are in a deep hole in the ALDS after two losses while their high-powered offense has been outperformed, 11-4.
If it feels like every time the Cleveland Indians are in the postseason that they face the Boston Red Sox, you are only partially right.
For the fifth time in 12 playoff trips, the Indians will meet up with the Red Sox. Previous series have not been short of some entertaining ball games for both sides, and this season should prove no different.
The Indians (94-67) enter the series as underdogs against the mighty Red Sox (93-69) lineup that finished tops in the Majors with 878 runs scored while leading the game in all three triple slash numbers (.282/.348/.461) as a team. While the Boston lineup got plenty of hype and credit for what they did, the underrated Cleveland lineup scored the second most runs in the league while putting up a .262/.329/.430 slash. The Tribe pitching staff was slightly better than the Sox, finishing second in the league in ERA as a team, for starters, and for relievers, while their ALDS opponent was third in starting ERA, fourth in team, and fifth in relief.