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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 1, 2014

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A Royal Disappointment

September 29, 2014 | 1

Today begins DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

 

This wasn’t the plan when the Indians entered spring training.

After a breakout 2013 season, finishing with a 10-game win streak, the Cleveland Indians were a surprise member of the American League playoffs a year ago. And despite a quick exit after a 4-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians had new expectations around the league, with their fan base and in their own locker room.

The 2014 season was a simple theme: Unfinished Business.

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House Closes Curtain on Tribe Season; Indians 7, Rays 2

September 28, 2014 |

The Indians season came to a close Sunday afternoon in a game different than most played throughout their September fight for survival.

The eliminated Indians finished the business of the 2014 season in front of 21,400 fans at Progressive Field in a quick, 2:28, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2. Cleveland used another solid outing by rookie, surprise T.J. House for five innings and three relievers put the Tribe’s season in the record books.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

September 28, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART THREE:  HOMETOWN HERO

By Steve Eby

The 1997 All-Star break was more than just a meaningless, exhibition baseball game for the city of Cleveland.  It was days of festivities that engulfed the downtown area and brought positive, national attention to the great city.  The game itself brought some of the biggest names that the game has ever seen into town, but it was all of the “extras” that packed the downtown streets and bars to capacity.

In the days prior to the game, Cleveland featured an All-Star Gala at The Powerhouse at The Nautica Entertainment Complex, the Pinnacle All-Star FanFest at the Cleveland Convention Center and a celebrity softball game and an All-Star workout at Jacobs Field followed by batting practice.  Following both squads batting practices were the “main events” of the pregame festivities as the first ever Rookie Homerun Derby and the All-Star Homerun Derby took place on Monday afternoon.

Boston rookie Nomar Garciaparra highlighted the “Rookie Derby” by blasting three homeruns and earning his way into the “regular” Homerun Derby.  Competing against the Boston shortstop were some of the bigger sluggers in baseball.  Colorado’s Larry Walker, Houston’s Jeff Bagwell and Atlanta’s Chipper Jones highlighted the National League side, as Oakland’s Mark McGwire, Seattle’s Ken Griffey, Jr., and Cleveland’s hometown-boy Jim Thome represented the favorites for the American League. Read More

Making a Case Against Kluber for the Cy Young Award

September 28, 2014 | 1

Now before Cleveland Indians’ fans and supporters of Corey Kluber jump down my throat and tell me that I must be crazy for the title of this post, hear me out. It does not have anything to do with me not wanting Kluber to be given the honor nor does it have anything to do with the Indians’ history of trading away young star Cy Young winners, I assure you that.

Anyone can throw out the numbers that Kluber has put up in this breakout season to make a case for him to be in consideration for the American League Cy Young Award. Kluber has made it extremely easy with the incredible season he has put together.

Numbers speak volumes. They confirm what has already passed the eye test. But there are plenty of other numbers from other pitchers around the league that merit consideration, too. Does Kluber have enough to overcome where his numbers lack and where others’ numbers may excel? What obstacles stand in the way for the new Indians ace in his pursuit of the top pitching award in baseball in just his first full season in the Major Leagues?

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Brantley’s 200th Hit, Carrasco’s Ten K’s Not Enough; Rays 2, Indians 0

September 27, 2014 |

It was business as usual for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, as a strong starting pitching effort was wasted by defensive blunders and an absence of offense as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a 2-0 shutout.

In the first game since being mathematically eliminated from the postseason Friday night by an Oakland win, the Indians took the field looking towards the future while taking care of a little business in the present.

Carlos Carrasco took the mound for one final time, one of the biggest bright spots and resurgence stories on the club or even around the league. He would not disappoint, but both his offense and defense came up short again, just as it had done five days prior when Carrasco publicly criticized his teammates.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

September 27, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWO:  FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT

By Steve Eby

The 1997 regular season started on April 2nd as the Indians traveled to Oakland to face the Athletics.  The game was the first Opening Day that the Indians had played on the road since the opening of Jacobs Field in 1994.

The lineup card that Manager Mike Hargrove filled out certainly was different, as Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Carlos Baerga and Eddie Murray were all missing and replaced with Marquis Grissom, David Justice, Kevin Mitchell and Matt Williams.  The new-look Tribe did not take long to show that their new lineup was just as potent as the old, however.

The Indians out-slugged the A’s to a final score of 9-7, as the Tribe used homeruns from Mitchell, Justice and Jim Thome to put their record at 1-0.  Justice’s blast was the big one, a two run shot in the top of the seventh that broke a 6-6 tie, in his debut for Cleveland. Read More

Kluber Tosses Award-Worthy Performance; Indians 1, Rays 0

September 26, 2014 |

If the goal was to make his final impression a lasting one, Corey Kluber did a pretty fine job.

Kluber, making a late charge to win the American League Cy Young Award, pitched a shutout for eight innings and scattered five hits in defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0 Friday evening. The Indians’ best pitcher—and possibly the American League’s best—only needed a solo home run from little sparkplug, Jose Ramirez, for a first inning run off Rays starter Chris Archer.

In his first full season at the big league level, Kluber has grown from an average starting pitcher to a dominant ace. Despite missing the American League All-Star Game, he has outpitched the rest of the league in the second half. On Friday, he narrowly outpitched Archer. The Indians’ former farmhand only allowed two hits on the evening. After Ramirez’s first inning homer, singles by Carlos Santana and Mike Aviles were all the offense the Indians could muster.

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Series Preview #51: Tampa Bay Rays (76-83) at Cleveland Indians (83-76)

September 26, 2014 |

For one final time in the 2014 regular season, the Cleveland Indians will play host, and again, it comes with the season on the line. The Tampa Bay Rays come to Progressive Field starting Friday night, looking to squash what little hope is left in a trip to the playoffs for the Tribe.

The Indians (83-76) had an opportunity to make a mess of the American League Wild Card race during the week. Instead, they may have played their way to an earlier start to the offseason. After holding on to win the conclusion of the August 31st suspended game, 4-3, they dropped two straight to the Kansas City Royals. They were blanked by Danny Duffy and the Royals bullpen in a 2-0 loss on Monday night. Five runs in the middle innings and two more in the seventh paced KC to a 7-1 win on Tuesday. After giving up the lead in the fifth inning on Wednesday, the Indians bounced back and held on to win a 6-4 contest to avoid the series sweep and to keep their Wild Card hopes alive.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

September 26, 2014 | 2

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART ONE:  LOWERED EXPECTATIONS

By Steve Eby

Heading into the 1997 baseball season, expectations for the Cleveland Indians were as low as they had been in years.  After two years of dominating the American League Central Division, cruising to 199 regular season victories, two trips to the post-season and a 1995 American League pennant, the Tribe was supposed to take a major step back and fall back to reality and into a pennant chase.

The roster coming into ’97 did not have the fire power of the previous two years.  Eddie Murray was traded away in July of 1996 and Carlos Baerga was shipped away a week later.  Jeromy Burnitz was dealt in August and Dennis Martinez and Tony Pena were let go at the end of the season.  During the offseason, Albert Belle signed a massive free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox and the Tribe traded Jeff Kent, Jose Vizcaino, Julian Tavarez and Joe Roa to the San Francisco Giants.

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Indians Rookies Have Opened Eyes This Season

September 26, 2014 | 1

When the 2014 Major League Baseball season began, the Cleveland Indians roster contained zero – yes you read that correctly – zero rookies. This was a veteran team with the distinct goal of getting to the postseason for a second straight season.

As the campaign wore on, the Tribe was besieged by injuries, ineffectiveness and trades. The veterans sputtered out of the gates and got off to a slow start.

While the calendar was flipping into summer and through the months of June, July and August, Cleveland was making a myriad of roster moves along the way. The Indians seemed to continuously get young. At this point, the Tribe has now employed 10 rookies during the season. Read More