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Posts By Mike Brandyberry

Indians Hoping Spring Success Equals Regular Season Wins

March 15, 2013 |

By Craig Gifford

It is hard to put a lot of stock into Spring Training statistics. For the first half of the preseason, teams are made up of a lot of players who will not be on Major League rosters come April.

Then there’s the pitching staffs for each squad. When spring begins, pitchers are throwing one or two innings. Hitters are facing a different hurler each inning. By the fifth frame it is often a thrower who will be in Triple-A to open the regular season. It’s tee off time shortly after.

Numbers are skewed for these reasons. A guy can look like the next coming of Babe Ruth or Cy Young in March and be a nobody when the games matter. Read More

Gomes Hoping to Catch On with Long Term Role with Tribe

March 14, 2013 |

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 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Mike Brandyberry

It isn’t rare in Spring Training for a player to hit his way on or off a 25-man, Opening Day roster. However, in the case of Yan Gomes making the Indians roster revolves more around his catching.

And to make it more confusing, the better Gomes catches, the more likely the Tribe sends him to Triple-A Columbus.

“We’re still trying to learn about him,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said on Sunday. “We’re hoping that we’d see enough that we’d want to keep catching him because if you happen to run into a guy, that’s quite a coup. We’ve seen nothing to deter that thought. We want to keep seeing him catch.”

The Indians are have been trying to learn about Gomes, his full skillset and where he fits in the organization since he was acquired via trade with Mike Aviles from the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 3 for Esmil Rogers.

“I was extremely surprised and excited,” Gomes said. “I was in the Dominican Republic playing winter ball. It was a weird thing. I couldn’t get service, so I just got a text saying, ‘call me’ (from Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos). He just told me we’re sad to see you go, but we’re trading you to Cleveland.”

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Rich Hill and the Lefty Relief Specialist

March 13, 2013 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

Left-handed relief specialists seems like a relatively new advent in Major League Baseball. The role of a southpaw pitcher coming out of the bullpen to face primarily left-handed hitters dates back to the 1960’s. Over the last 20 years, the role has really taken off and become a mainstay of the modern bullpen. On Monday, lefty reliever Rich Hill was added to the Indians’ 40-man roster. This move seems like a sure bet that Hill will be the Indians new lefty specialist.

Southpaw pitchers that come in to face mostly left-handed hitters have affectionately been given the nickname LOOGY (or Lefty One-Out GuY). These pitchers sit in the pen with the role of facing opposing left-handed hitters in order to counter offensive platoon advantages. In the traditional view point, it is tougher for a left-handed hitter to face a lefty pitcher as opposed to a right hander. In general, this old adage rings true, although as in many cases, there are a few exceptions to the rule. Read More

McGuiness a Mystery in Cleveland’s Plans

March 13, 2013 |

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 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Bob Toth

When the Cleveland Indians selected Texas Rangers minor league first baseman Chris McGuiness in the 2012 Rule 5 draft following the completion of the season, it was thought that he might be able to provide the team with a better option at what was a position of weakness at the time.

The team’s potential first baseman of the future, Jesus Aguilar, still appeared a couple of years away from being able to contribute at the major league level after just reaching Double-A Akron late last season. The team’s primary first baseman from last season, Casey Kotchman, was a free agent that the club did not seem particularly interested in resigning, despite his above average glove at first base. Matt LaPorta, another internal option with the team, had failed to hold down the job despite being handed it on several occasions during his tenure in Cleveland. Russ Canzler was dropped from the 40-man roster on two different occasions but was unable to pass through waivers unclaimed to remain an option for the team.

Now, a few months after acquiring McGuiness in that draft, his role with the club is still largely undetermined, but especially after the signings of Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher, and Michael Bourn. Those moves plugged any holes the club had in the lineup. His status as a Rule 5 pick only complicates matters further.

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Harlem Shake Newest Element in New Tribe Chemistry

March 13, 2013 |

By Christian Petrila

Anyone who is willing to compare and contrast the 2012 and 2013 Indians will notice one glaring difference – the 2013 squad already has more chemistry than the previous team and the season hasn’t even started yet.

On Monday morning, Twitter was flooded with tweets from everyone – players, media, etc. – about the Indians taking part in the internet sensation known as the Harlem Shake.

If nothing else, the recent team activity just goes to show how different Manny Acta and Terry Francona are. Acta was long considered to be a hands-off manager. After the firing, Chris Perez confirmed those thoughts by saying that there would be long spans where he and Acta wouldn’t talk.

From day one, Francona was more hands-on than a child with a brand new tub of Play-Doh. He was calling players right off the bat (no pun intended) to learn about his new cast. It helped Francona automatically earn the respect of the players already on the Indians. Combine that with the respect he already had entering Cleveland and suddenly, the Indians were a lucrative team to play for.

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Teammates Pestano and Aviles Face One Another Tonight But Not For First Time

March 12, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

If Mike Aviles digs into the batter’s box tonight in a late-inning situation against Vinnie Pestano, it might seem odd for Indians fans to see teammates facing off against one another, but Pestano should be comfortable in the situation—he’s done it since the first pitch of his big league career.

Pestano’s Team USA will face off against Aviles’ Team Puerto Rico tonight at 8 pm at Marlins Park in Miami to open each countries second round in the World Baseball Classic. The second round is a double-elimination format, so the loser of tonight’s game will immediately find themselves on the brink of elimination.

Aviles helped his Puerto Rican team go 2-1 this weekend and advance out of pool play. He was 3 for 9, with a home run and six runs batted in. The team’s only loss was to the Dominican Republic on Sunday evening. Aviles’ two-run homer was the only offensive production in the 5-2 loss, setting up tonight’s game with the United States and Pestano.

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Stubbs Looks for a Fresh Start in Cleveland

March 12, 2013 |

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 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Ronnie Tellalian

Drew Stubbs is one of the newest additions to the Cleveland Indians. He made a mark in the Majors with his speed and glove, but his bat has been an inconsistent tool. Likely to spend his time in right field, the Indians are hopeful that he can continue to shine defensively as well as make strides at the plate.

Stubbs came over to Cleveland from the Cincinnati Reds. He was part of the three team deal that sent Shin-Soo Choo sent to Cincinnati and brought Trevor Bauer to the Tribe. Stubbs wasn’t too sure what to think when he got the news he was traded to Cleveland. Read More

In Battle for Bullpen Shaw is Left with Options

March 11, 2013 |

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.

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Bauer’s Role Still as Much of a Question Mark as Open Spot in Rotation

March 10, 2013 |

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 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Laurel Wilder 

Although this offseason for the Indians has been filled with major changes, noteworthy signings, and an unprecedented sense of excitement for the year to come, it has also left a number of questions in the minds of Tribe fans everywhere.  Perhaps most commonly is the question of what, exactly, is going to happen with the starting rotation?

With Tribe pitching very much in need of reconstruction following a shaky end of the 2012 season, the Indians have brought a number of candidates to Spring Training to compete for the open spots in the rotation.  The locks for the upcoming season are Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, with Brett Myers and Zach McAllister also showing incredibly strong promise of being given starting rotation positions.

The final spot in the rotation, however, remains wide open.  A number of both veteran and younger players have found themselves in competition for the fifth spot, but none have seemed as widely talked about as 22-year-old Trevor Bauer. Read More

AL Preview: Free Spending Edition

March 10, 2013 |

With Spring Training underway throughout baseball, we will take a look at the offseason moves made by the other American League teams. Two teams will be reviewed each Sunday until the beginning of the regular season. Previous previews include: TEX/HOU; OAK/LA; SEA/TOR

By Bob Toth

Two teams have dominated the American League East for the better part of the last 15 years. For fans opposing the deep wallets and free spending that has occurred on the East Coast for so long, it marks a long period of torture and frustration watching two teams frequently duking it out with one another, both on and off the field, in an attempt to one-up the other.

The Boston Red Sox have had just one first place appearance in that span but have finished in second place in ten other years, including seven Wild Card births. They ended an 86-year drought in 2004 when they won the World Series and claimed a second in that time in 2007.

The New York Yankees have been the juggernaut of baseball, finishing in the top spot in the East in 12 of those 15 years. In both seasons that the club finished in second place, they made the Wild Card. They reached six World Series and won four of those matchups, the last coming in 2009 following the only season that the team did not make the playoffs since the 1994 strike.

The Yankees stood pat in the offseason though, looking for one more ride out of their highly successful, playoff-tested crew. The Red Sox start anew with another new manager after purging significant funds midway through the 2012 season on their way to a fifth-place finish. Can either of these long-time rivals prevail in what has become a well-balanced, well-funded, and competitive division?

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Carrera Running Out of Options with Tribe

March 9, 2013 |

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 Christian Petrila

On the Indians roster this spring, Ezequiel Carrera falls under the category of, “out of options, possibly out of time.”

Carrera, the speedy outfielder acquired by the Indians in 2010 from the Seattle Mariners for Russell Branyan, enters Spring Training at a young 25-years-old. However, that may not necessarily be an advantage due to the fact that he is already out of minor league options.

“We absolutely love him, but I don’t want to start talking about the roster yet because someone else could read something into it,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said this week. “If everyone stays healthy, we’re going to have some difficult decisions. And one decision may lead to another because we have to make our roster fit.”

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Good Seats Available on ‘Jimenez Bandwagon,’ Including My Seat

March 9, 2013 | | 2 Comments

By Mike Brandyberry

When Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti traded for Ubaldo Jimenez on July 30, 2011 fans were either all on board, or off board with the controversial trade.

Cleveland decided to trade their top two pitching prospects in Drew Pomeranz and Alex White for Jimenez to give themselves a chance to win in 2011 and beyond. Jimenez pitched in the 2007 World Series and he was 15-1 in the first half of 2010. He was the ace pitcher the Indians had desperately needed so many times in the 1990s, but then-GM John Hart would not pull the trigger on someone like Jimenez to fill the top of the rotation.

Antonetti gambled on Jimenez and I was immediately all-in on the move.

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