Posts By Bob Toth
Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball was joined by John Coppinger (@metstradamus) of Metstradamusblog and Chris Burnham (@CMB1979) of It’s Pronounced Lajaway to speak on many things, like take out slides and error filled innings and bat flips made by kings. Seriously though, this is the playoffs and, with or without the Indians, they have been as entertaining as ever.
Things didn’t quite go as hoped this season for Tribe fans. Instead of celebrating another “October to remember”, fans of the Indians instead get to jump on to another bandwagon to wrap up the month, or indiscriminately root for anybody but the Royals. Yeah, I said it.
If you are in need of knowing which team to throw your support behind, maybe knowing some of the Cleveland connections to the four remaining playoff contenders will help.
The World Series begins from Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, where the National League champion Florida Marlins host the Cleveland Indians and defeat them by a 7-4 final.
Florida’s Livan Hernandez gets the better of veteran Orel Hershiser in front of more than 67,000 fans. Hernandez wins his third game of the postseason, while Hershiser is tagged for seven runs on six hits and four walks in four and one-third innings.
Normal logic would dictate that the removal of five veteran players from a team within the span of just over a week would leave the remaining members of the roster in a bit of a state of shock.
Somehow, if there was a negative result from the trades of those familiar faces from the Cleveland locker room at the end of July and the first week of August, the effects did not show on the field nor in the standings.
After a purge of a large chunk of money from the roster, fans would have understood a subpar result for the rest of the season. Instead, a 16-12 August gave the Indians their second-best month of the season (May: 17-12) and threw their name back into a large mix of teams fighting for their postseason lives.
The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League pennant for the first time since 1954 by winning their third consecutive game over the Seattle Mariners. Dennis Martinez and two relievers combine on a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
Sometimes, good puns write themselves and are much too difficult to resist. Good seasons for Major Leaguers can sometimes be harder to find, especially when talking about efforts by relievers.
It was no secret early in the 2015 season that the Cleveland Indians bullpen was not quite the crisp product that it had been the season before. Cody Allen had a rough April, posting the second-highest ERA on the pitching staff while walking the third-most batters on the club. Bryan Shaw avoided big run totals, but allowed small villages to occupy the bases. Zach McAllister landed in middle relief after a one game failed experiment in the rotation. Kyle Crockett walked one-third of the batters he faced before relocating to Columbus. Scott Atchison pitched his way out of the bullpen and off of the roster by the end of June. Anthony Swarzak ate innings and mopped up. The two primary lefty relievers, Marc Rzepczynski and Nick Hagadone, spent the first half of the season continually flirting with a plus-five ERA.
Help was needed and, surprisingly, the Indians found it less than two hours away.
The 86-75 Cleveland Indians punch their ticket to the World Series for the second straight season as they knock off the American League Wild Card 98-64 Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The game was a tale of two uniquely different pitching performances from the starting pitchers on each side. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy threw seven and one-third scoreless innings, striking out four but giving up three walks and nine base hits. A pair of double play balls helped him escape damage. Baltimore’s Mike Mussina was brilliant over eight innings, striking out ten Tribesmen while walking a pair and giving up just one hit – a double to David Justice to lead off the fifth inning after retiring the first 12 hitters in order.
The Cleveland Indians use six runs over the first three innings pace to roll to a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The win tied the series at two wins each as the teams trade off wins.
The dangerous Tribe lineup was powered at the top today, as Kenny Lofton started the bottom of the first with a single. Prior to an Omar Vizquel walk, he stole second and moved to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Carlos Baerga knocked in Lofton with a grounder to second before Eddie Murray’s two-run blast off of Andy Benes gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.
The Cleveland Indians bullpen is a work in progress and will always be a machine of moving and interchangeable parts as long as Terry Francona resides within the Tribe dugout. As the game of baseball has evolved, bullpens have become much more specialized and utilized. Francona is one of those in the game who firmly believes in the need for a deep bullpen, consistently using a 13-man pitching staff while keeping a steady flow of bullpen traffic heading back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus to keep his arms fresh.
That said, Francona also has his workhorses and Cody Allen has become one of Tito’s most talented and reliable arms on the staff.