No brooms were needed at Progressive Field after 18 innings on Monday afternoon.
Despite a 1-0 win in the first game, the Tribe could not muster any offense in the second game and New York took the second game 7-0. Trevor Bauer battled the Yankees into the seventh inning—in what might be his best start with the Tribe—but the bullpen, poor defense and a quiet offense was too much to overcome.
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 Boston Red Sox completed their three-game sweep of the Indians with their second 6-3 victory in as many nights.
For the third time in as many games, the Red Sox struck first in the second inning. After a Mike Napoli triple that simply kept carrying, Daniel Nava drove him in with a single to right field. The next two plays were for Mike Aviles, as Jonny Gomes grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out. Zach McAllister got out of the inning by striking out Stephen Drew.
By Mike Brandyberry
Thursday night the Cleveland Indians lost 10-8 in the series finale to the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the loss, Cleveland won the first two games of the series and the new look Tribe open a series tonight in Tampa against the Rays.
The Indians and fans alike continue to be excited about the season in front of them and happy to leave Toronto with a series victory. Toronto is a popular pick to win the American League East Division.
In a game with many twists and turns, and 18 runs, certainly the Indians had their chances to win the game and sweep the series, but what if that series sweep was even closer than it appears? The Indians may have lost last night’s game, in part, from a decision they made over a week ago.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Indians made several roster decisions on Monday afternoon, including naming Scott Kazmir the team’s fifth starter. However, Kazmir will not begin the season on the team’s Opening Day 25-man roster.
Cleveland informed Kazmir he has won the fifth starter’s job, but will not be added to the Indians roster until his first scheduled start. They also informed Jason Giambi he has made the roster, but he will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list and will not be eligible to be activated until April 9, one day after the team’s home opener against the New York Yankees. Ezequiel Carrera was designated for assignment to make room for Giambi on the 40-man roster.
Kazmir will make his first start for the Indians on April 6 in Tampa Bay, the team that he had so much success with from 2004-2009. He was an All-Star with the Rays in 2006 and 2008 and led the American League in strikeouts in 2007. He struggled in 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels before being released in 2011. Last summer he pitched with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League.
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 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 need of a major bounce back season from 2012.
By Craig Gifford
With the departures of relief pitchers Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp during the offseason, the Indians now have a huge opening in their bullpen for a lefty – preferably one who throws strikes and is not afraid of the later innings.
Nick Hagadone would seem to fit the bill, for the most part. In parts of the last two seasons with the Tribe, the left-hander has shown the ability to strike people out and hold opposing bats at bay. The problem for Hagadone is that he has also shown the penchant for melting down.
Last season, Hagadone was called to the majors in mid-April and started off well. He had a sub-3.00 ERA through May, covering 16 appearances. In his first extended shot at the big leagues, the then-26-year-old was looking like he would be in Cleveland for a while. Then, the leaks began.
By Bob Toth
The Kansas City Royals were hitless through eight innings. Francisco Lindor had given Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians a 4-0 lead after sending a pair of triples into the right field corner. In control, Lindor eyed the competition, cracked a smile, and said, “bring back the kid, you can’t hit me.”
Three pitches later, a seeing-eye single just under the glove of Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis ended Lindor’s no hitter. A brief sigh of disappointment escaped his lungs as he let go of the controller and took a temporary step away from the Playstation 3 “MLB 12 The Show™” display at Day One of Tribe Fest, having just fallen short of virtual immortality. Lindor’s five or so young challengers, who combined to control the Royals for nine innings, were only able to muster that one lone hit.
Lindor was just one of more than a dozen attractions at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon as the Indians played host to thousands of their fans for the first-ever Tribe Fest.
By David Roberts
Several weeks ago, we chronicled the Indians minor leaguers participating in the Dominican Winter League as members of several of the Dominican teams. Here is how the eleven Indians farmhands faired in the DWL.
The 27-year-old lefty who missed significant time during the 2012 season after a self-inflicted broken wrist after a rough outing with the big league club sought to make up some time in the Dominican Winter League.
He made six appearances for Aguilas Cibaenas logging six innings of relief to the tune of a 0-1 record and a 9.00 ERA. He struggled with his control as he struck out eight but walked five. The lefty has a chance to be an impact hurler in the Tribe pen in 2013 if he puts together a solid spring.
Salazar, the 20-year-old righty posted a solid 2012 season after getting healthy. The Dominican native looked to pick up some extra innings and continue his success.
He posted a record of 0-3 but that was deceiving record as the righty appeared in five games, three of which were starts. Over those five outings, he logged 14 innings and tossed his way to a 3.86 ERA for the Tigres del Licey. Salazar again demonstrated his ability to be a solid pitcher with a high strikeout rate as he struck out 17 and only walked four in his 14 innings of work.
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 a player that will most likely see an increased role in 2013, versus the role they had in 2012.
By Craig Gifford
Nick Hagadone has a world of potential and possibility. If his head is on straight, he could be a key player coming out of the Cleveland Indians bullpen for years to come.
In late 2011, combined with the early portions of 2012, Tribe fans saw just what the left-handed reliever could become. He closed 2011 with nine appearances and a 4.09 ERA. From April 27-May 26, this year, the ERA was a sterling 1.93. Then a slump, followed by anger issues, took over.
By Mike Brandyberry
Friday evening marks the start of the second half of the baseball season. It’s no longer early, scoreboard watching begins and the true race for postseason play starts tonight.
The Indians begin their second half one game behind the fifth and final wild card spot and three games in back of the Chicago White Sox for the American League Central Division. The Detroit Tigers are just one-half game behind the Tribe. The next couple weeks are important to not just the Tribe, but most of the American League since 11 of 14 teams are at or above .500. Many teams feel they are still contenders for October.