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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 21, 2014

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Is Jason Kipnis Just a One Hit Wonder?

October 18, 2014 | 8

Today continues 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 … Read More

Youthful Pitching Staff Struggled in Biggest Moments

October 17, 2014 |

Today continues 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.

The Cleveland Indians are a team with very little experience playing in big games. Most of the players on the club have played in one or less postseason games. For the majority of the roster, the lone postseason exposure comes in the form of one game – the 2013 Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay.

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Solving Carlos Santana

October 16, 2014 | 2

Today continues 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.

I’ve always thought the Cleveland Indians felt when they acquired Carlos Santana that he was the heir apparent to Victor Martinez. It’s a rather simple and easy leap to make.

The Indians acquired Santana on July 26, 2008 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake. C.C. Sabathia had already been traded to Milwaukee and Blake’s jettison to Los Angeles was just another step toward the deconstruction of the 2007 Cleveland Indians that fell just one game short of the World Series. At the time of the trade, Santana was a 22-year old at High-A, transitioning from being a third baseman to a catcher. He hit for high average and his power was developing, quickly. In 2007, Santana hit seven home runs in 86 games at Low-A. In 2008, he hit 21 homers in 130 games for three different teams. By the start of 2009, he was a pre-season, top-30 prospect according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 15, 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 FIFTEEN:  ALCS GAME 6—ONE FOR THE AGES

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”

-John Lennon

As the Cleveland Indians started batting practice before their Game Six showdown with the Baltimore Orioles in the 1997 American League Championship Series, Manager Mike Hargrove figured that everything was where it was meant to be.

Bip Roberts, a key midseason acquisition, was leading off and playing second base.

Tony Fernandez, an offseason free-agent signing that had lost his regular playing time when the team traded for Roberts, was penciled in as a reserve player on the bench.

It was all set.  The regular lineup was ready to face Mike Mussina…the hottest pitcher on the planet. Read More

Youth on the Horizon

October 15, 2014 | 1

Today continues 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.

At the beginning of 2014, the Indians did not really have any high end prospects that were just waiting to make it to the majors. Jose Ramirez had spent a small amount of time in Cleveland in 2013, but even after Spring Training this season, he was still not quite ready to take on even a bench role to start off 2014. This caused the Indians to have to go out and find some help in the free agent market to bolster some weaker positions left by players due to free agency, or trades. The Indians shouldn’t have this issue again in 2015, as they have plenty of players who are ready to take on the challenge of playing in the majors right now.

The Double-A Akron RubberDucks started off the season as one of the deepest teams in terms of depth that the Indians have had in a minor league team in quite a long time. This team who had previously consisted of Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief and Ramirez now consisted of Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Giovanny Urshela, and Joe Wendle. Lindor being the biggest name of them all, with also having the best chance of breaking the majors in 2015. If 2014 showed anything for these minor leaguers, it’s that they’re going to be breaking into the majors sooner rather than later. Read More

The Real Lonnie Chisenhall

October 14, 2014 | 1

Today continues 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.

Albert Einstein once said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” It often feels like the same can be said about the Indians starting third baseman.

Although it may seem like he’s been around for a long, long time, Lonnie Chisenhall only just turned 26 on October 4. He’s been in and out of the Tribe’s starting lineup for four straight years and has logged 345 games primarily at third base.  Chisenhall has provided results that have been anything-but-steady over that time, but he is coming off of the best hitting season of his young career. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 13, 2014 | 1

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 FOURTEEN:  ALCS GAME 5—BALTIMORE’S SPECIAL K’S

Game Five of the 1997 American League Championship Series was played on the evening of October 13 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.  Baltimore’s starter for the evening, Scott Kamieniecki, had become a solid number four starter for the Orioles over the course of the regular season, but was left out of the starting rotation for their postseason run and had not made a start since a September 24th victory in Toronto.  Due to the large number of quality, veteran starters in Baltimore, Kamieniecki was put in the bullpen and his only appearance had been his three shutout innings in relief of Jimmy Key against the Indians in Game Two.

After Key struggled through his first couple starts of the playoffs, Baltimore Manager Davey Johnson decided to go with Kamieniecki rather than Key to start Game Five, a game that Baltimore needed to win.  The decision turned out to be a brilliant one for the Orioles, who were down three games to one and facing elimination for the first time all postseason. Read More

Corey Kluber’s Road to Cy Young-Land

October 13, 2014 | 1

Today continues 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.

Where were you on July 31, 2010? A day I like to call “K-Day.” The day the Cleveland Indians traded Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres. The Cards sent the Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick and the Padres sent the Indians Class Double-A right-hander Corey Kluber. Yes, the same Corey Kluber who just completed one of the best seasons ever by an Indians pitcher. A season that has him a frontrunner for the 2014 American League Cy Young award.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 12, 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 THIRTEEN:  ALCS GAME 4—ALOMAR DELIVERS AGAIN

Through three games, the 1997 American League Championship Series was not shaping up to be anything that anyone thought that it would be.

During the regular season, the Cleveland Indians batted .286 as a team, third best in the American League and smashed 220 homeruns for second place in the Junior Circuit.  The Baltimore Orioles held baseball’s best record and averaged 5.01 runs per contests and only lost four games in which they held the lead after seven innings.

Yet, after three games, the Orioles entered Game Four batting a lowly .210 as a team with only eight runs scored in the series.  Not to be outdone, the Indians were batting a measly .160 and had only pushed seven runs across the plate in the ALCS. Read More

Gomes Going Forward

October 12, 2014 | 1

Today continues 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.

While the Cleveland Indians’ season fell short of the team’s expectations, it has been a great 2014 overall for catcher Yan Gomes.

Strong second half play at the end of 2013 earned him an opportunity to be the Indians starting catcher. It was a role that he looked comfortable in, especially after some early season errors were contained. His defense behind the plate and his ability to eliminate runners on the base paths, combined with his continued development in the batter’s box, made him one of the better catchers in the American League.

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