By Mike Brandyberry
Yesterday the Indians finished their seven game road trip with a lackluster defeat, being shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-0. Rays’ starter David Price threw seven innings, allowing only two hits, while Ubaldo Jimenez struggled to find his accuracy. Tampa finally got the best of Jimenez when they exploded for a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a bases clearing B.J. Upton double down the left field line.
The Indians enter a key seven game homestand trailing the Chicago White Sox by three games in the American League Central Division. The streaking Detroit Tigers will embark in a three game series this weekend with the White Sox. The Tigers currently are in the lead for the final wild card spot in the American League. The Tribe trails Detroit by a game and a half in the standings. Meanwhile, Baltimore and Oakland are each a half game behind the Tigers and Boston and Tampa Bay are only a game behind. With the standings so tight, the Indians can ill-afford to fall further behind. Chasing so many teams becomes a very daunting task.
By Sean Tuttle
It isn’t often you see a player progress through the minor league system at the rapid speed of which Cody Allen has done in the Tribe’s farm system. It is even rarer for a pitcher to do so. In the short month of April alone, Allen has gone from Single-A Carolina, to Double-A Akron, and all the way up to top tier Triple-A Columbus.
The 23-year old righty, was born in Orlando,Florida, and was drafted by the Indians not once, but twice, first in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft, and again in the 23rd round last June.
Last year, Allen climbed the ranks after spending 14 games in Mahoning Valley, had a record of 3-1 an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work, struck out 42 batters and only allowed one home run. He spent seven games in Lake County going 2-0 with no ERA, struck out 28, and only allowed ten hits. He then spent one game apiece in Kinston and Akron before the season came to a close.