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Indians Offense Struggling in August

August 15, 2013 | | One Comment

On August 13, the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2. They have gone 13 consecutive games without scoring more than five runs in a game; it is the longest such stretch of the season. The offensive woes the Indians have faced in those 13 days have had some hard consequences.

Since the beginning of August, the Indians have been in a nasty backslide. They have gone 5-8 in the month, and suffered through a rough six game losing streak. They went from a half game lead in the wild card and just three games back of the division, to three and half games back in the wild card, and a daunting six games back in the Central. They have been outscored by their opponents 62 -38, and it’s those 38 runs in 13 games that are the most alarming. The Indians cannot afford to have a major offensive laps; they don’t have the lineup to handle that kind of drought. Read More

The Humble and Talented Francisco Lindor

August 13, 2013 |

Recent memory does not recall an Indians prospect so closely watched and highly touted as Francisco Lindor. Since the 2011 draft day when the Indians made him the eighth overall pick, Lindor has been in the spotlight and on the radar of every Indians fan looking to the future. This season, at age 19, he made his debut at the Indians Double-A level in Akron. His emergence as one of the top prospects in all of baseball has been well deserved and hard earned from this humble and talented ball player.

Lindor played his first professional games at the Indians Short Season-A club in Mahoning Valley. He only played in five games, but for a 17-year old, he hit an impressive .316. He started the next year at Lake County where he spent the entire season. He impressed with his bat, with his glove, and with his attitude, showing all the skills of a future star. He batted .257 and showed incredible plate discipline and eye to post a .352 on-base percentage. He also stole 27 bases and handled the shortstop position like a pro. He made big improvements at the plate and in the field, and proved he deserved his status as a top prospect. Read More

Ugly Defensive Play Leads to Sixth Straight Loss; Angels 7, Indians 2

August 10, 2013 |

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez did his job, pitching into the seventh inning and keeping the Tribe in the game. Unfortunately, a lackluster offense and a several defensive gaffs led to the Indians dropping their sixth in a row – Los Angeles 7, Cleveland 2.

The Cleveland Indians came into the game on the heels of a five-game skid. Tribe starter Jimenez (8-6, 4.11) hoped to go deep into the game and give the beleaguered Indians bullpen a bit of a rest. The Los Angeles Angels countered with left hander C.J. Wilson (11-6, 3.46).

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Michael Brantley is Cleveland’s Mr. Reliable

August 8, 2013 |

Last night Michael Brantley singled in the sixth inning against Detroit Tigers Doug Fister. That single was his fourth hit in the three games against the Tigers, and his fifth hit in his last four games. He is the only Indians hitter to get a hit in all three games against Detroit this series. He has been one of the Indians best and most consistent hitters in 2013.

Brantley came to the Indians in the deal that sent CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. By most accounts, his addition to the deal was more of an afterthought than a key piece. In fact, under the conditions of the trade, Brantley would only be sent to the Indians if the Brewers made the playoffs that season. Brantley cruised through the Brewers system with a combination of speed and a consistently good batting average, and he continued that trend when he began his Indians career in Triple-A Columbus. He was called up to Cleveland in 2009 and he has carved his niche in the Indians outfield. He has not won a batting title, he has never made an All-Star team, but he has been steady and consistent for the Tribe year in and year out. That ability to remain reliable has made him a key player on the Indians team, and a fan favorite through the good and the bad. Read More

Paolo Espino Battling Through Struggles

August 6, 2013 |

In the first game of last season’s Eastern League Championship, Aeros starter Paolo Espino pitched seven shutout innings giving up just two hits and earning the win. He gave the Aeros a 1-0 series lead and Akron went on to claim the league title. This season, Espino has moved back and forth between Akron and Columbus, and struggled on the mound. He is having a tough season, but he has a solid history of success to fall back on.

Espino was a 10th round draft pick by the Indians in 2006. He began his minor league career at Lake County in 2007 at 20 years old. In 2010 he started the season at Akron and pitched well with a 9-4 record and a 4.00 ERA in 15 starts. He was called up to Columbus to end the season, but was back at Akron to begin 2011. It began a cycle of bouncing back and forth from Akron to Columbus year after year, a cycle that continues into this season. Espino began the season at Akron, making 10 starts before getting the call up to Columbus. For the Clippers, Espino struggled over the span of 12 games, making three starts. He posted a 1-4 record with a 4.91 ERA. He struck out 30 batters in 33 innings and walked only 14, but he gave up 38 hits. He was sent back down to Akron in early July and since then he has made five starts, winning only one of them. Read More

Indians Head into Interleague Play on Streak

August 1, 2013 |

On Friday night the Cleveland Indians will begin a three game series against the Miami Marlins in Miami. This will be their twelfth interleague game on the season, and it’s a series the Indians need to win in order to keep their position in American League playoff race. Looking at the Indians interleague record and the performance of the Tribe players, there is reason to be optimistic about this weekend’s series.

In 283 interleague games, the Indians are just below .500 with a record of 139-148. At one time the Indians were one of the top interleague performers in all of baseball. What brought them down was a poor record from 2009-2012.  Over that time they played to a very poor record of 29-43. In 2013, they have improved upon their record with seven win in 11 games thus far on the season. As a team, they have a .274 batting average this season against National League opponents. Their .808 interleague OPS is the third highest of any American League team, and their .465 slugging percentage is third as well. Read More

Four Run Eighth Sends Tribe to Sixth Straight; Indians 7, White Sox 4

July 30, 2013 |

Some good hops and a big inning propelled the Indians to a 7-4 victory. The win kept the Indians streak alive and pushed it to six straight games; they improve to 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

The Indians (58-48) hosted the White Sox (40-64) for game two of their four game series. Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96) took the mound to face off against Chicago rookie Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00). Rienzo becomes the first Brazilian born player to pitch in a Major League game, and joins Indians catcher Yan Gomes as the only Brazilian born Major League Players. The Indians entered today’s game 2.5 games behind the Tigers for the Central Division lead, and just 0.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second Wild Card spot. Read More

Alex Monsalve, Another Young Akron Backstop

July 30, 2013 |

On July 21, the Aeros got a boost from their new 21-year old catcher as he smacked out two hits including a double, two runs and two runs batted in. Two starts later, he got two singles to help lead the Aeros to a victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Alex Monsalve has played only five games with the Akron Aeros, but he has already made a good impression on his new team. Playing the position of catcher, Monsalve is batting .250 in his short Double-A stint and is showing some skills for his young age.

Monsalve signed with the Cleveland Indians out of Venezuela in 2008 at the age of 16. At 17, he began his professional baseball career in the Dominican Summer League. He started in the rookie leagues the next season at age 18. He moved up to the Lake County Captains the next season and performed well. He played in 117 games, hit five home runs, and batted .264. He split last season between Lake County and the Carolina Mudcats. He hit seven home runs and was batting .265 before getting the call-up to Carolina towards the end of the season. This season began rough as he missed the first half of the year with injury, but he is now catching with the Akron Aeros, making the Double A level at the young age of 21. Read More

Masterson One Ups Yu; Indians 1, Rangers 0

July 27, 2013 | | 2 Comments

Pitching ruled the day and one mistake was the key to the game as the Indians edged out the Rangers 1-0. Ace faced off against ace as the Indians Justin Masterson took the hill against the American League strikeout leader, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish. The game was billed as a pitcher’s duel and it did not disappoint in this low scoring game.

Masterson struggled with his control in the top of the first inning. After striking out leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler, Masterson gave up a single up the middle to Angel Beltre. After falling behind Nelson Cruz 3-0, he induced the groundout to third. Masterson again fell behind Adrian Beltre 3-0 before coming back and getting the strikeout to end the inning. He threw 23 pitches in the inning, but got out of it unscathed. Read More

The Nearly Irreplaceable Value of Carlos Santana

July 25, 2013 |

With the trade deadline looming, rumors are flying about who the Indians might looking to deal, or make a deal for. One player that has been mentioned a great deal in these trade rumors is Carlos Santana. He takes a lot of heat for striking out too much, not hitting for average, and playing poor defense. Some seem to think that the Indians should move him and make an upgrade behind the plate, but is an upgrade from Santana plausible?

Being in the top five among players at a given position would make it a monumental task for a team to replace that kind of value. That means that there are only four players in the entire league that would be an upgrade for that team. Those players are likely not available at all, and if they are for some miraculous reason, they will come at a very, very high cost; most likely way too high for anyone to entertain that kind of move. To be considered one of the top seven players in the American League at any position is to put that player at a high value.

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Abraham Returns to Akron as the Aeros Climb Back into Contention

July 23, 2013 |

Not every player on a minor league team’s roster is a prospect destine for the major leagues. Some guys are just baseball players, career minor leaguers trying to make it in the ultra-competitive baseball world. Some guys, like the Akron Aeros Adam Abraham, are just guys you see on the field when you go to the park. They play hard, they have fun, but you will not find their name any further than the box score in the local paper. These are the guys that make up most of a team minor league system, good ball players, good guys, but for them their game ends in the minor league parks.

Abraham was drafted by the Indians in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He played his college ball for the dreaded Univeristy of Michigan, and he is a Michiganite born and raised. He showed some power early on, hitting 13 home runs for the Lake County Captains in 2010, then 17 more for the Kinston Indians (now the Carolina Mudcats) in 2011. He was steadily advancing through the Indians system, moving up to Akron in 2012, but at age 25, time was not on his side. He played ok in Akron, batting .259 with 13 home runs, but he failed to really blow anyone away with his bat. On the defensive side, he showed a solid glove with a career .979 fielding percentage. Read More

Adjustments Help Kazmir Find Success

July 18, 2013 | | 2 Comments

Tomorrow night Scott Kazmir (5-4) will face off against the Minnesota Twins Mike Pelfrey (4-7). Coming off a win and a fine performance against Kansas City on July 13, Kazmir will look to continue his hot streak and keep the winning going for the Cleveland Indians. Kazmir is no longer the fire-balling strikeout king he was six years ago. He was a pitcher in exile; his career was on the brink. He signed with the Indians with nothing but question marks, but he has fought through it all to win his spot in the Indians rotation.

Kazmir has been inconsistent through his first 11 starts of the season. In five of those starts he’s given up two earned runs of less; in six of those starts he’s given up four earned runs or more. Over his last five starts however, he has really pitched consistently well. He gave up only one run in seven innings against Minnesota on June 21; he gave up no earned runs on one hit in seven innings on June 26 against the Orioles. He gave up three runs against Kansas City on July 3 not walking a single batter. He pitched into the sixth inning giving up just two runs and striking out five against Detroit on July 8, and he gave up two runs with six strikeouts in a win against Kansas City on July 13. This represents his best five game stretch of the season, and he dropped his ERA over a full run in those five starts from 5.89 to 4.60. Read More