There are occasionally some bizarre games scheduled into the regular season, as this week’s series between the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers is one of them. The Tribe will swing through “Cream City” for an evening game Tuesday night followed by a Wednesday getaway day afternoon start, leaving little time for the players to soak in the perks of being in the largest city in the state of Wisconsin.
As the trade deadline inches closer and closer, the Indians (44-47) have a decision to make on several players on the roster who may be valuable to other teams around the league while opening up playing time opportunities for some of the young players sitting in Triple-A Columbus waiting for their time to shine on the big stage. In the mean time, they continued to tread some water, keeping pace with the Royals at the top of the division and the leaders in the Wild Card race, remaining eleven games back in the division and five and a half out in the Wild Card chase.
Before heading west, the Indians headed south to Cincinnati to wrap up their season series with the in-state “rival” Reds. The Indians dropped their third straight and yet another series opener on Friday night in a 6-1 loss. They rebounded on Saturday, backing Corey Kluber with oodles of run support and three home run balls in a 9-4 win. They walked their way to victory on Sunday afternoon in extras, as the club drew an almost unheard of four bases loaded walks, including the go-ahead walk and a sacrifice fly in the eleventh of a 5-3 win.
Well Tribe fans, it’s officially the second half of the season. Gone are the days of, “it’s still early,” and looming closer is the end of the season and the much-sought-after playoff spot. The Indians are in a position to go a myriad of ways in the second half, depending on the maintained dominance of their starting pitching, a possible emergence of their offense, hopefully a redeeming bullpen, hopefully little to no more serious injuries, the trade deadline…. The list could go on and on.
Although frustrating that the Tribe’s success could hinge on such a high number of factors, it does give Tribe fans quite a number of things to look forward to as the season moves closer to it’s end. If you haven’t tuned in to the Tribe yet this year (and there’s a good chance you haven’t, as the Indians’ TV ratings are down 30 percent from last year), maybe one of these spots of interest will grab your attention for at least a handful of games in the second half. And, even if you aren’t watching, try to pay attention to some of these storylines that could shape the Tribe’s future:
It’s already the midway point of the season, and the Indians, who were rumored to have a team strong enough to appear in the World Series at the beginning of the season, have sunk to a 41-44 record. A sweep this weekend against the Oakland Athletics would send them into the second half of the season with a .500 record, though their chances of making the playoffs in anything other than potentially a Wild Card spot are likely few and far between.
The Tribe was able to send one player into the All-Star game in second baseman Jason Kipnis as a reserve player after a tumultuous fan All-Star vote this season. Despite that lone showing, however, the Indians are not without their strengths as the season’s midway point comes and goes. Despite not being recognized with any All-Star accolades, the Indians starting rotation is, undoubtedly, one of, if not the, best in baseball. It’s the rest of their roster that needs some retooling and revaluation as the season moves into its second half.
The Tribe’s starting rotation has always been their strongest asset this season, and has recently notched a new point of distinction: the Indians are the first club in Major League history to have four starters collect 100+ strikeouts before the All-Star break.
The Indians beat the Astros, 3-1, on Thursday night, to win the teams’ four-game series.
The Indians have won 8 of their last 11.
Houston led, 1-0, into the sixth, but Francisco Lindor led off that inning with a solo …
After ten road games in a ten day span, the Cleveland Indians have survived no worse for the wear. In a tough stretch against three teams near or in the top spot in their respective divisions, they managed to salvage a .500 trip after being swept out of Baltimore. A four-game sweep in Tampa and a win in a rain-drenched performance on Friday against Pittsburgh gave the club a chance to return home on the positive side of the script, but two tough performances against the Buccos ended those chances.
Now, the tough stretch will continue, but at the somewhat friendly confines of Progressive Field as the American League West leading Houston Astros come to town for the start of a four-game set to wrap up the season series between the two clubs.
The Indians (38-43) continued their impressive stretch of starting pitching over the weekend, despite the 1-2 trip through the ‘Burgh. An early Brandon Moss home run and timely hitting from Michael Bourn on Friday pushed the Indians past the Pirates, 5-2. A third straight strong start from Cody Anderson was wasted as the Tribe offense managed just three hits off of Pittsburgh lefty Jeff Locke in a 1-0 defeat Saturday afternoon. The NL’s win leader, Gerrit Cole, added a 12th win to his season total on Sunday in a 5-3.
Indians starter Cody Anderson continued a recent surge by the team’s rotation, allowing one run in eight innings in a 1-0 loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
Anderson allowed an RBI single to Neil Walker, but otherwise was stellar. In …
Indians rookie starting pitcher Cody Anderson has been welcomed into the rotation by his offensive teammates with the same lack of run support afflicting several of his new pitching teammates.
It is not the only similarity for Anderson with his new staff cohorts, as he has been as locked in on the mound as the other four have been, not over the course of this last week, but for the majority of the season. The rotation has carried the team all year long and this week’s 5-1 record heading into the finale with Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon can be directly linked to the staff’s utter dominance at nearly historic levels.
It all started with Anderson on Monday.
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The Cleveland Indians (37-41) put on one of the more impressive extended pitching performances in the history of baseball in rebounding from a devastating three-game sweep in Baltimore by claiming all four games against the Tampa Bay Rays during the week.
Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Indians staff limited the Rays to just three hits in a 7-1 win on Monday. Danny Salazar was just as brilliant the next night, retiring 15 straight to start the game and getting three home runs of support in a 6-2 win. Carlos Carrasco flirted with the record books on Wednesday, taking a no-hitter within one strike with two outs in the ninth inning before Joey Butler, who had ended his perfect game, broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a single over the leaping Jason Kipnis at second base in an 8-1 final. Corey Kluber overcame some initial struggles to strike out 14 Rays over eight innings and Mike Aviles sent the Indians packing for Pittsburgh with his solo blast in the tenth in a 5-4 extra inning win.
When it comes to truly evaluating a draft pick that was or was not made or a trade that was or was not made, fans, the media and the organizations typically can get a gauge on whether the move was right or not after about two years. Two games or so into a career for any player is impossible to really judge how his career will eventually work out.
That said, two games into Cody Anderson‘s young Major League career, the Tampa Bay Rays have to feel like they really let one get away. At least their record this season against the Cleveland Indians might be a little better.
Anderson was initially drafted by Tampa, out of California’s little known Feather River College, in the 17th round of the 2010 amateur draft. Anderson and the Rays could not come to a contractual agreement by the league’s deadline and he regained his amateur status.
Tribe rookie Cody Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before settling for his first big-league win in the Indians bounce-back win over Tampa Bay.
Anderson, who made his debut last Sunday against the same Tampa team, had …
This weekend could be the precursor to a very difficult road trip.
The Cleveland Indians (33-41) were bashed this weekend, had to deal with a rainout Saturday, got into Tampa Bay much later in the night than anticipated because of the need for the second game Sunday, and on shorter rest and jetlagged, will get to play on turf for the first time this season against the first place Tampa Bay Rays. If that were not bad enough, they will deal with the Rays for four straight before heading to Pittsburgh for three more over the holiday weekend against the second place Pirates, who are nine games above .500 entering play Monday night.
A really famous guy once said, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned.” The Indians are going to have to work really, really hard to earn some wins over the next week.
The Indians were disassembled over the weekend and hopefully have hit rock bottom, as frustrations mounted from the players to ejected manager Terry Francona. The O’s needed just three pitches to three batters from reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the bottom of the eighth to break up a 3-3 tie in a 4-3 win. Baltimore used three long balls to defeat the Indians, 4-0, in the first of two games on Sunday. A six-run fourth inning gave the Orioles plenty of cushion in the nightcap as the team rolled to a sweep with an 8-0 victory.