The Indians bats were dominated by Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer (6-0) on Tuesday night, as the Tribe breaks their five game winning streak by dropping their contest with the Tigers by a score of 5-1.
The Indians came into the game as the hottest team in baseball, going 18-4 since April 28 while averaging 5.9 runs per game with a .286 team batting average. Scherzer put a hold on the Tribe’s hot bats and all of those numbers for the evening.
The Detroit right hander was outstanding after allowing an early run in the first inning. He set down 22 straight Indians from the first inning through the eighth, using pinpoint control and a mid-90’s fastball. For the game, Scherzer pitched eight innings allowing one run on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
The Indians looked to gain a series victory against the Detroit Tigers on Mother’s Day. On the hill for the Tribe was Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.63) who was opposed by Rick Porcello (1-2, 7.52) for the Tigers. It was a game where both teams missed key opportunities at the plate but the Indians were able to put together the late-inning magic to secure an extra inning victory.
The Tigers got the hitting started when Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera ripped back-to-back singles to left with one out in the first. Prince Fielder then hit a sinking line drive that Ryan Raburn managed to scoop off right above his shoe tops for the second out and then McAllister rung up Victor Martinez to end the inning.
A good number of names and faces may have changed during the offseason, but the bullpen still remains the biggest strength of the Cleveland Indians. Gone from last year are mainstays Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp. Also sent away in the winter was Esmil Rogers, who became a key contributor to the 2012 relief staff.
Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti spent the offseason collecting relief pitchers the way some people collect baseball cards and stamps. He held fast to that old saying of never having enough pitching. Newcomers to this season’s pen include Matt Albers, Rich Hill Bryan Shaw. Nick Hagadone and Cody Allen, a pair of 2012 rookies, have been key contributors so far this season.
The Indians climbed a little closer to .500 with a white-knuckler of a game that the Indians emerged victorious 5-4, thanks to a plethora of long balls and a nerve wracking ninth inning.
For the Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound in perhaps his most important start in recent memory with his job in the balance. He was be opposed by lefty, Erik Bedard for the Astros. The Indians put in an early threat against Bedard with runners on first and third with two outs in the first inning after Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher singled but Bedard was able to strike out Mark Reynolds to end the threat.
Many fans and players claim that baseball has healing powers—that even in a time of great anger and great sadness it can bring back a sense of normalcy. It was difficult to say if a baseball game that was over 600 miles away could bring a smile to the faces of a city that experienced a terrible tragedy less than 30 hours prior…but the Red Sox did their damnedest to try.
The day following the tragic and senseless bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox flew to Cleveland and defeated the Indians by a score of 7-2. The Indians made sure that Boston fans got to smile early, as starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez spotted the BoSox seven runs in the second inning.
Prior to the game, the teams honored the victims of the tragedy by standing on the baselines and holding a moment of silence. The giant American Flag in centerfield was flown at half-mast in remembrance and the Indians took the field to the Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline, which is the Red Sox unofficial anthem.
By Christian Petrila
Nothing was quiet on the northern front, as the Indians and Blue Jays played home run derby with Toronto coming out on top, 10-8 in the series finale.
Facing a familiar foe in Mark Buehrle, the Indians struck in the first inning after recording two quick outs from Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera, but Jason Kipnis stretched a single into a double on a play that could be characterized as pure hustle. Nick Swisher followed it up with an RBI double that hopped over the wall in left field to score Kipnis. That would be it, though, as Buehrle got the red-hot Michael Brantley to ground out to first.
Brett Myers’ first inning as an Indians didn’t go too well. After walking Jose Reyes on four pitches, he got Melky Cabrera to ground out, but Reyes advanced to second on the play. Jose Bautista followed it up by swinging at a hanging breaking ball and parking it into the second deck in left for his second home run in as many nights. Myers settled down and got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out and Adam Lind to ground out to end the inning with the Jays up 2-1.
During this week’s podcast Ronnie Tellalian, Mike Brandyberry and Steve Eby talk about players having outstanding Spring Trainings including Lonnie Chisenhall, Ryan Raburn, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir and what roles they will have come Opening Day. They also discuss …
By Mike Brandyberry
The picture that is the Indians’ Opening Day 25-man roster is starting to become clearer by the day.
Friday night, WTAM’s Nick Camino tweeted that Cody Allen will open the season in the Tribe’s bullpen and that Indians’ Manager Terry Francona told him last week. Allen has had an electric spring, with Francona commenting how he came to camp with something to prove.
“He obviously knows he’s coming to camp with something to prove,” Francona said earlier this month. “He looks like he is in midseason form. You never tell a guy to back off, but it’s obvious he worked hard and prepared for Spring Training because his stuff is electric.”
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 12 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.
By Mike Brandyberry
Good teams have depth and better teams are deep enough to have good players who can’t make the roster.
It may remain unclear just how good the Cleveland Indians as a whole will be in 2013, but their bullpen has been a team strength for the last two seasons. This season could be the deepest and most talented bullpen of right-handed pitchers the Tribe has had in recent history. It could be so deep that there isn’t room for everyone.
One of those right-handed relievers battling for one of the final spots in the bullpen is Bryan Shaw. Shaw was acquired with Matt Albers, Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs on Dec. 11 in the three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. A year ago, Shaw emerged in the Diamondbacks bullpen as a quality middle reliever, going 1-6, with a 3.49 ERA in 64 games and 59.1 innings.
During this week’s podcast Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian, Mike Brandyberry and Bob Toth talk about the Tribe’s bullpen. The quartet discuss the locks for the back end of the bullpen in Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith and then …
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the players on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.
By David Roberts
When a young minor leaguer starts the season in High-A, visions of a major league debut don’t often cross their mind. For Cody Allen, 2012 seemed like another year for him to improve his stuff and rise through the ranks of the Indians farm system. Little did he know that his rise would be of the meteoric kind, as he found himself pitching in the big leagues in just his second professional season. Fast forward to this spring and Allen looks to be in the mix with several other arms vying for an Opening Day spot on the 2013 Indians roster.
The Cleveland Indians made Allen a 23rd selection in the 2011 draft out of High Point University in North Carolina. The young righty did not waste any time and quickly signed with the club to start getting his feet wet in professional baseball.
After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze how salary arbitration this winter will affect the bullpen.
By Mike Brandyberry
Like any good mafia, you could see the breaks in the group’s cohesion before it became a problem. The group that was once, one unit, split into two groups, and now it’s about to get worse.
But most likely, by Opening Day 2013, The Bullpen Mafia will be a thing of the past.
With Chris Perez seeming to be one of the Indians’ largest trade pieces this offseason the bullpen is headed for a shake up. Perez stands to garner about $8 million in salary arbitration this winter—a rather steep price for a closer on a team that didn’t have many games to close in the second half. Meanwhile Vinnie Pestano seems to be a suitable replacement for Perez if he is dealt. Pestano would be an easy move from his eighth inning role to the ninth inning.