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Texas Topples Tribe Late; Rangers 5, Indians 3

August 8, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians had a chance to finish their road trip on a winning note and looked like they were poised to do just that, winning by a score of 3-0 after seven dominate innings of pitching by Josh Tomlin. Then, in the blink of an eye, the Indians were losing after the Texas Rangers put a five-spot on the board in the bottom half of the eighth inning.

The Indians opened the scoring in the top of the second. Travis Hafner led off the inning with a single and Carlos Santana followed with one of his own. After Kosuke Fukudome hit into a fielder’s choice that moved Hafner to third, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field and Hafner put the Tribe up 1-0. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth inning when, with two outs, Ezequial Carrera got a base hit which was followed by a Michael Brantley triple, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Indians.

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Series Preview: Cleveland (55-54) vs. Texas(62-50)

August 5, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

After salvaging a split against the Boston Red Sox last night, the Indians left the Eastern Division leader and traveled to Arlington to take on the Western Division leading Texas Rangers.  Cleveland managed to not dip below the .500 mark for the first time since April 5th when the started their game against Boston with a 1-2 record.  They also clinched a victory in the season series with Boston, taking it 6-4.  This series with Texas looms large as the Indians prepare to face the Tigers at the end of this road trip.  The Rangers swept the Indians in their four game series at the beginning of June.

Quick Hits Notebook: Boston Series Finale Update

August 4, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

In DTTWLN?’s preview of the Indians vs. Red Sox, it was reported that Jon Lester would be pitching in the finale on Thursday evening.  The Red Sox have changed their rotation around a little bit and … Read More

Series Preview: Indians at Red Sox

August 1, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians begin a key seven game road trip tonight at Fenway Park in Boston taking on a team that, just like them, is fighting to win their division.  The Red Sox currently hold a two game lead over New York but the Yankees are staying hot on their heels, making the AL East a great race.  Meanwhile, in the Central, no one is taking a firm grip on the division but pretty soon, someone is going to make a move and put themselves in position to make the playoffs.  With the way the Indians have been playing of late, it’s not clear if they are up for that task.  These next seven games will tell us all we need to know about Cleveland’s future in the playoff picture.

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Even With Trades, Tribe Still Looking Towards Next Year

August 1, 2011 |

 

By Matt Van Wormer

A couple days ago, DTTWLN? writer Mike Brandyberry pointed out that this young Indians team does not seem to be quite ready for a pennant race. They are slumping under some of the heaviest pressure any of them has ever felt. Even with the addition of a veteran in Kosuke Fukudome and a young arm in Ubaldo Jimenez, it still seems that the Indians are doing things more for next year than this year.

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Pathetic Performance; Royals 12, Indians 0

July 30, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Optimism was in the air as the lowly Royals came into town Friday after a slugfest with the Boston Red Sox. The Indians had a new outfielder, who was brought in to shore up the outfield defense and provide a spark in the lineup, but the optimism was short lived as the Indians lost, 12-0 Friday evening.

Carlos Carrasco took a bit of the shine off that optimism in the top of the first inning. After retiring the game’s first hitter, the Royals got a single from Melky Cabrera and then a home run by Billy Butler made it 2-0 before the Indians could even take a swing.

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Series Preview: Kansas City vs. Cleveland

July 29, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

After being no-hit by the Angels, a day off may have been just what the Indians needed to get their act together. With the acquisition of Kosuke Fukudome, the Indians are hoping to ignite the offense with a guy who has a great on-base percentage, low strike out rate, good defensive skills and came for a measly $775,000 and two minor leaguers who wouldn’t be in Cleveland in the near future. They got this guy for pennies on the dollar and he waived his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland. Will he hit leadoff? I think it’s a possibility. Who will he see in his first American League series? Let’s take a look.

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Fausto Carmona: Cleveland’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

July 26, 2011 |

Anyone who has watched the Indians this season has had to notice that there seem to be two different Fausto Carmona’s pitching for the Tribe this season. Carmona has been brilliant in some games and downright awful in others. That’s not to say that all of Carmona’s losses have been horrible and all of his wins have been flawless. He has battled hard in most of his starts and has been a constant in the rotation, missing just a couple starts here and there. I can’t answer the question as to why he has these ups and downs, I can only examine them in detail.

Carmona started the season by throwing just three innings and giving up 11 hits and ten earned runs against the White Sox. Then, in his next three starts, he threw 21.2 innings, giving up just four runs and 11 hits in those three games, of which the Indians won two. The other was a battle with Dan Haren where he threw 7.2 innings giving up just two runs.

That stretch of brilliance was overshadowed by his next start in Minnesota where he gave up six runs and seven hits in just five innings of work against the Twins. But, in what we all thought was a turning point, his next three starts saw Fausto give up just three earned runs in 22 innings. All pitching coach Tim Belcher could have been thinking was “What is going on in this guy’s head?”

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Series Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians

July 25, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

After an extremely disappointing weekend, which saw the Indians drop two games to the White Sox (the 3rd being rained out), Cleveland now welcomes the Angels to town with their dynamite pitching staff looking to continue the Tribe’s trend of not scoring any runs.  The Indians, on the other hand, will be trying to get back into the Central Division race, one they are quickly falling out of.  I know they’re only two games out, but if you’re not scoring runs it might as well be twenty.

Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, Indians for a Time, Hall of Famers Forever

July 24, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Today, two great ballplayers have the honor of being inducted into the most selective brotherhood in all of baseball. Those men, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, both spent some of their careers with the Cleveland Indians. While Alomar only had to wait one extra year to get his invite to Cooperstown, it was a long journey for Blyleven to finally be able to sign “HOF” after his signature.

 

 

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Weekend Preview: White Sox vs. Indians

July 22, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians return home Friday evening for a nine game home stand after going 4-4 on their trips to Baltimore and Minnesota. The Indians have to be feeling a little disappointed about the trip though. After winning the first two games of each series (including sweeping a double-header against the Twins), the Indians could not find a way to capitalize on opportunities and ended up losing the last two games of each series. What could have been a week of building separation from the Tigers ended up being a trip that saw us still neck and neck with Detroit in the standings.  Read More

What The Tribe Should NOT Do At The Deadline

July 21, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Sports Anchors, Talk Radio Hosts and (worst of all) Callers to Talk Radio Hosts think they have all the answers when it comes to what the Indians need to do to make a push for the postseason this year.  While some of the ideas are good (get a good veteran starter, get another good bat), there have been many that shouldn’t have even been mentioned.  My goal here is to point out the things that the Indians should not even consider doing before the trade deadline approaches.
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