It is amazing to think how different the Cleveland Indians starting rotation looks now after the completion of the season versus how it played out six months ago when the Tribe broke camp with two large question marks in the back end of the staff.
The revolving door that became the fifth starting spot was one of the handful of issues that would plague the Indians this season and ultimately cost them their shot of, at least, an American League Wild Card berth. While it may be a resolved issue for the time being, it took a while to get to that point and would take just one offseason trade or one in-season injury to put the team on the brink of disaster again.
Holy, Ciriaco! Columbus Clippers infielder Audy Ciriaco hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and lift the Clippers to a 6-5 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday in game one of the International League Governors’ Cup Finals.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Columbus plated four runs to tie it before Ciriaco’s game deciding bomb. Ciriaco also singled in the seventh to finish the night 2-4. Erik Gonzalez, who is batting .423 (11-for-26) in the postseason, went 1-4 with a RBI single while Zach Walters (1-4) hit a two-run single in the seventh.
Starter Ryan Merritt pitched 6.1 innings (6.1IP, 9H, 4R/ER, 2BB, 4SO, 102 pitches/65 strikes) before Joe Colon came on in relief. Colon pitched two scoreless innings (2.0IP, 0H, 0R 4SO) to pick up the win.
Now that Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez have been tossed down the Columbus Chute, Tribe fans are likely scanning the rest of the roster the way your wife walks around the house in early spring: looking for things to fix.
If only they can find the weak links, many fans believe, the Indians can turn this season around and become the type of team we (or rather, Sports Illustrated) expected them to be.
But here’s the thing: while the Indians haven’t been good, they also haven’t underachieved.
The Indians suffered a big defeat to the Cubs on Wednesday, 17-0, as Chicago jumped on Tribe starter Shaun Marcum and never looked back.
Chicago scored sixth in the second off Marcum, who was victimized by a couple defensive plays …
There was very little to celebrate this weekend for the Cleveland Indians outside of the arrival of top prospect Francisco Lindor to the 25-man roster. Otherwise, the party was spoiled and it rained on their parade.
Pitching may keep you in games, and it has for the most part this season for Cleveland (29-33), but offense wins it. That about sums up how the Cleveland Indians dropped two of three in Detroit against the Tigers over the weekend and head to Chicago for a home-and-home series with the Cubs, a little worse for the wear.
The Indians were roughed up all around by the Tigers, who outscored the Tribe 16-6 in the three-game set. Cleveland was blanked by David Price on Friday night, 4-0, as he struck out eight and allowed seven hits in his complete game win, spoiling a quality Cleveland start. The Indians evened up the series with a 5-4 win on Saturday, as the bats got to the Tigers bullpen for three runs after Justin Verlander departed from his first start of the season. Rain interrupted play on Sunday, but not enough to prevent Detroit from putting eight on the board, including six off of Scott Atchison and Ryan Webb, to give Corey Kluber his eighth loss of the season in an 8-1 final.
To talk about the Indians this season is to talk about spotty play and trying to figure out ways to make the current roster pop. You talk about inconsistent offense and, at times, horrible defense, and you talk about being strapped by huge contracts for players who aren’t really producing. You talk about a shaky bullpen.
You also talk about phenomenal starting pitching.
The Indians have what you can call the Big Four – four of the best starting pitchers in the game of baseball in Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar. Although their records don’t necessarily reflect it, these four pitchers are some of the best on the mound. They can compile strikes and hold opposing batters to minimal offense based on their skill alone, although the defense that is behind them can often try to paint a different picture. More often than not, the runs scored off these pitchers are the result of sloppy play in the field, and not their actual talent.
The Indians used a strong start from Shaun Marcum, a four-run third and Giovanny Urshela’s first career hit and homer to beat the Mariners, 6-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Marcum struck out five and allowed only two hits over seven innings …
Every time the Cleveland Indians seem to get going and approach the .500 mark, they stumble and fall painfully.
Lost in the shuffle of what has turned out to be an exciting playoff run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city’s Indians have played much better of late. While this past weekend’s series with the Baltimore Orioles ended with a tough, low-scoring series loss, the team has still been markedly better recently, especially when compared to the first six weeks of the season. This week, they wrap up their brief homestand with three games against the Seattle Mariners, a team who too has failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them prior to the season.
The Indians (27-29) somehow managed to avoid perennial Cy Young Award contender Felix Hernandez in a four-game series in Seattle that started just two Thursdays ago. Luck is again on their side, as they will avoid the dominant righty once again over the next three games.
The Indians rallied to tie Baltimore in the sixth, but Adam Jones hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh in the Orioles’ 5-2 victory.
Shaun Marcum pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs in taking the loss. After the O’s scored …
In case you have missed it, thanks to Cleveland Cavaliers fever overtaking much of the attention of the sports scene in northeast Ohio, the Indians have won a few games here and there and find themselves on the brink of breaking through to a winning record.
As a certain star athlete from the region reminded us in penning a homecoming for the ages, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.” The Indians are coming home, as #23 did, and will host the Baltimore Orioles in three games this weekend. They will look to improve upon their 10-14 home record by facing a team from outside of the division, a positive for an Indians team that is 14-9 against all non-AL Central division foes this year.
The Indians beat Seattle, 4-3, on Saturday night at Safeco Field, to register their ninth win in their last 12 games.
Cleveland got a sac fly from Nick Swisher in the first, a two-run homer from Jerry Sands in the …
Given their respective records and locations in their divisional standings, it is pretty easy to see how the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners are amongst the biggest disappointments in the American League after both were projected by many to have strong playoff-caliber showings in 2015.
It is hard to pinpoint just what has gone wrong for the Tribe this season because there just seems to be such an extensive list of possibilities. An inconsistent offense has been exposed, making many strong starting efforts for naught while forcing all pitchers to be nearly flawless. The bullpen, once a force for the club, has proven human and susceptible. The defense…well…there is not much left to say that has not been said before. On top of all of that, they have had some bad timing and some bad luck.
But luck might just finally be on the Indians’ side as they will miss one of the most dangerous pitchers in all of baseball and the man who finished second to their own Cy Young winner, Felix Hernandez (8-1, 1.91 ERA), as the two clubs square up for four in Seattle to wrap up the week.