Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days
Two future Cy Young award winners in Cleveland, one future league Most Valuable Player, and an American League Rookie of the Year all spent time in the number 34 for the Cleveland Indians on the way to taking home some impressive hardware.
None of those applied to the last player to wear the number for the Indians, pitcher Zach McAllister, nor reliever Justin Grimm, who is in camp with the Indians on a non-roster spring invite in the number 34.
The Zach McAllister era in Cleveland ended two months earlier than anticipated, as the pending free agent was designated for assignment by the Indians on Friday to make room for the return of left-hander Andrew Miller from the 60-day disabled list.
Miller has not appeared on the mound in an Indians uniform since May 25, when he was tagged with his third blown save and third loss in six May appearances when he allowed three runs on two hits with a walk in two-thirds of an inning against Houston. It capped off a horrific month for the All-Star reliever, who allowed seven runs on seven hits with six walks and six strikeouts in just four and one-third innings. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 26 with right knee inflammation and was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 24.
The Oakland Athletics remained hot, winning their eleventh game in their last 13 contests with a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
In a pitching matchup that favored the Indians, the Tribe offense was stymied by Oakland starter Paul Blackburn and the A’s bullpen. Trevor Bauer limited the A’s to just two runs over six and two-thirds innings, but the bats struggled to get going as the Tribe dropped their third game in the last four.
James Shields got back into the win column for the first time since Opening Day, limiting the Indians to just one run in seven innings of work as the Chicago White Sox handed Cleveland a 5-1 loss on Tuesday.
Shields had been on the losing end of seven straight decisions and had gone 13 games since his only win of the season to date. He had the Indians putting the ball in the air all night long, but unlike the results of his last two starts (when he allowed six home runs), Shields was able to keep the ball in the yard, collecting a personal-best 16 outs on fly outs over the course of his night. The 36-year-old right-hander would get all of the support that he needed within the first five pitches of the game from Indians rookie righty Adam Plutko, who looked to win a fourth straight start in his second season in the big leagues.
The road woes continued for the Cleveland Indians on Monday night as Niko Goodrum’s two home runs lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win.
An unexpected performance from Goodrum, who would drive in five runs on the day for the Tigers, helped push Detroit to a needed win, ending an eleven game losing streak against the Indians dating back to last season. It was the first win for the Tigers in five tries against the Indians after being swept in a four-game set in Cleveland in April.
Goodrum entered the game with two Major League homers and five RBI in his career (all provided this season) and he matched those totals with a career day at the plate.
The Indians could not protect an early 4-0 lead as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied with four runs in the fourth inning off of starter Mike Clevinger and tacked on four more runs late against the Cleveland bullpen to claim an 8-4 win in the series opener on Friday from Progressive Field.
Happy first day of Cactus League play for the Cleveland Indians as they start the spring schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. Join us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days
Two future Cy Young award winners in Cleveland, one future league Most Valuable Player, and an American League Rookie of the Year spent time in the number 34 for the Cleveland Indians. None of those apply to the current wearer of the number, Zach McAllister, but it does not take anything away from his role in the team’s bullpen for the year ahead.
The Cleveland Indians checked off a few more boxes from their offseason to-do list on Friday when the club came to agreements on one-year contracts with arbitration eligible players Zach McAllister, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Danny Salazar.
The trio of Tribe mainstays joined closer Cody Allen in taking care of a contract for the 2018 season, leaving only starting pitcher Trevor Bauer’s status up in the air as the team prepares to pack up for the trip to Goodyear, Arizona, for the start of spring training in just over a month.
The Cleveland Indians checked off another box on the offseason to-do list on Friday when it signed two players to one-year contracts and tendered contracts to their remaining five arbitration eligible players on the roster.
Reliever Dan Otero and outfielder Abraham Almonte each agreed to one-year contracts with the Indians to avoid arbitration. The Indians also tendered offers to pitchers Cody Allen, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister, and Danny Salazar as well as outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall.
The clock is ticking loudly around Major League Baseball as teams have until Friday night (8 PM ET) to decide whether or not to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players.
The decisions for the Cleveland Indians may be fairly easy this year, but keeping all seven of their arbitration-eligible players will shrink what little financial wiggle room the organization has all the more.
The Indians set a franchise record for salary spent last season, and with a significant amount of money due to returning players already because of the way many of the existing contracts on the roster are structured, Cleveland is already on the brink of equaling last season’s payroll, and that includes money subtracted by the culmination of the contracts of Jay Bruce, Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and other free agents following the 2017 season.
Things started well for the Indians’ offense when Francisco Lindor tied the game at one all with his leadoff homer off of Doug Fister in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for Cleveland, that would be the highlight of the night as the Boston starter allowed just three more base runners and no more hits on the way to a complete game one-hitter in a 9-1 Red Sox rout of the Indians on Tuesday night.
Fister, making his third start in his last four outings against the Indians, held the Tribe bats in check in throwing his first complete game since 2014. He worked quickly and efficiently and he was supported by more than enough runs from his teammates, who piled on against starter Carlos Carrasco.
The Kansas City Royals got to Danny Salazar for a career-worst 12 hits as the Cleveland Indians dropped the final game of their four-city, 11-game road trip, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon.
It was not the usual suspects in the Royals lineup who provided the bulk of the damage but instead, the bottom portion of the starting nine as Kansas City put up 15 hits in total and ended a long scoreless streak at the plate. Salazar struggled with his command, despite walking just one, but he allowed the dozen hits and a half-dozen runs in just four and two-thirds innings.