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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 28, 2020

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Corey Kluber

Looking Back: Kluber K’s 18 in Combined One-Hit Masterpiece

May 12, 2020 |

Five years ago this week, a struggling Corey Kluber took the mound still in search of his first win after winning the American League’s Cy Young Award for his outstanding efforts the previous season. He got that monkey off of his back in historic fashion in a game for the ages. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on his historic accomplishment in this week’s archives dive, going back to this story originally published November 24, 2015, by Bob Toth. – BT

In the defense of his first American League Cy Young Award, Corey Kluber looked a shell of his former self to begin the 2015 season.

It certainly was not entirely his fault. Through his first seven games, the Indians had been held winless in each outing and he took the loss in five of those games. While his 5.04 ERA in that stretch gave him a deserving chunk of the blame, the 18 runs of offense provided by his Cleveland teammates were enough to say that the losing skid was a united team effort.

Kluber took the mound on May 13th with a little something to prove to himself, to his teammates and fans, and to the rest of game of baseball. And prove it did he ever with a Herculean effort. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 10, 1986

April 10, 2020 |

Former Cleveland Indians ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is born in Birmingham, Alabama. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 28

February 27, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 28 days

If the Cleveland Indians handle Corey Kluber’s vacated number 28 (after trading him to Texas in the offseason) in the same manner as they did with Michael Brantley’s 23 last year, it will go unused in the coming 2020 campaign. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 34

February 21, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days

Zach Plesac will shed his rookie number 65 for the vacated 34 for the 2020 season, with the number made available when the team did not bring back reliever A.J. Cole after one season of work in the Cleveland bullpen. Read More

Not a Lot of Positives to be Taken from Kluber Trade

December 15, 2019 | | One Comment

Riddle me this, Tribe fans: What’s worse than dealing defending Cy Young Award winners in back-to-back years?

The answer may be dealing a two-time Cy Young Award winner and getting peanuts in return.

Corey Kluber’s headed to Texas, dealt to the Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Clase. Mets and Phillies reliever Tug McGraw referred to his fastball as the Peggy Lee, because it left him wondering, “Is that all there is,” the title of her most famous song (which Clevelanders can STILL hear at the end of “Big Chuck and Li’l John”). Read More

Kluber Dealt to Rangers for Outfielder DeShields, Reliever Clase

December 15, 2019 |

On the nine-year anniversary of the death of the team’s most prolific pitcher, Bob Feller, the Indians dealt another of Cleveland’s all-time pitching legends as the Tribe traded Corey Kluber and $500,000 to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields and reliever Emmanuel Clase.

In a corresponding roster move, the team designated infielder Mike Freeman for assignment. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 12, 2014

November 12, 2019 |

Corey Kluber edges out Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and is named the American League Cy Young Award winner for the 2014 season. Read More

Indians Make Decisions on Three Club Options

October 2, 2019 |

Cleveland’s Chris Antonetti shared with the media on Wednesday that the Indians will pick up the team option on right-hander Corey Kluber, bringing him back for the 2020 season.

In addition, the 2020 team options for second baseman Jason Kipnis and reliever Dan Otero will be declined, making the pair free agents. Read More

Casted Kluber Means Rotation Replacement Desperately Needed

May 3, 2019 | | One Comment

When a front office plans the entire offseason around purging money from the offensive side of the lineup because the team’s starting rotation is so dominant, the last thing needed is to lose one of those dynamic starting pitchers.

Two starts into his season, the Indians lost Mike Clevinger to an upper back strain. With injuries to top backup arms in the minors, the Tribe had little recourse but to call upon Jefry Rodriguez, who has only been needed for a pair of spot starts because of so many off days early in the 2019 schedule.

Now, the team is scrambling after ace Corey Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of the right ulna in his forearm after being struck by a 102 MPH line drive in Miami off of the bat of Brian Anderson on Wednesday night. Read More

Tough April for Tribe Ended with Winning Record

May 2, 2019 |

All things considered, the opening month of the season could have gone much worse for the Cleveland Indians.

With a lineup a shell of last year’s version and without All-Star Francisco Lindor‘s presence in the lineup for nearly three weeks, the Indians managed to put together a winning month. A 16-12 record is hardly something to brag about, especially for a team expected by most to run away with an American League Central Division constructed primarily with orange barrels and yellow caution tape, but for just the third time in the Terry Francona tenure in Cleveland, the Indians left the first month of the season with more Ws than Ls.

It didn’t come pretty. The +4 run differential was just one such stat to indicate the current state of affairs in Cleveland. Read More

Kluber Breaks Arm, Tribe Drops Finale in Miami; Marlins 4, Indians 2

May 1, 2019 |

Corey Kluber exited the game between the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins on Wednesday night after being struck in the right forearm on a line drive off of the bat of Brian Anderson in the fifth inning. Initially diagnosed a contusion, x-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture of the right ulna.

Down 3-1 at the time, the Tribe would fall in a 4-2 final from Marlins Park to split the two-game set with Miami.

It is another devastating blow to an Indians roster built around its strong starting pitching. Already without number four starter Mike Clevinger for several months with a sprained back, the team will now have to look for answers after losing its ace to yet another fluke line drive off of a starting pitcher. Carlos Carrasco has been a magnet for baseballs over the last several seasons, and last year, Trevor Bauer’s season was interrupted after he was struck by a line drive in Chicago against the White Sox’s Jose Abreu. Read More

Tribe Heads to Miami to Play Two More with Marlins

April 30, 2019 |

For the second week in a row, the Indians and Marlins will square up on the diamond as the Tribe heads to Miami for a quick two-game rematch with the fish from Florida.

The Indians (15-12) started their road trip strong with two solid pitching performances on Thursday and Friday to take the first two games of their four-game series with the Houston Astros, but with a chance to earn a series win over the final two days, the team could not deliver in a pair of close contests. The Indians dropped a 4-3 decision in ten innings on Saturday on a walk-off pinch-hit home run to the first batter of the inning, and a four-run Astros rally in the seventh inning on Sunday spoiled a strong start from Carlos Carrasco. The hitting woes have continued for the Tribe this season, as they own the worst batting average (.213) in the American League and have hit the second-fewest homers. The Indians start the series two and a half games in back of first place Minnesota in the AL Central. Read More