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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.

Indians Not Ready For A Pennant Race

July 30, 2011 |


By Mike Brandyberry

Your schedule might say the Indians have two months left in the season, and the trade deadline is a day away, but the Tribe’s season is over. There will be no playoffs. Hopefully, the team will not make another trade in the next 24 hours.

When the Tribe was off to their 30-15 start, I remember everyone considering their, “What If,” scenarios. What if the Indians just played .500 baseball? What if Shin-Soo Choo gets out of his slump? What if Grady Sizemore gets healthy? What if Carlos Santana’s bat comes around? The team will be in the playoffs.

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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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Kipnis Completes Come From Behind Win; Indians 3, Angels 2

July 26, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Everyone needs a hero from time to time. The Indians found one Monday evening in Jason Kipnis and his first major league hit. His hit in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Carlos Santana and completed a 3-2, come from behind victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

A season never hinges on one game, but after a week of poor outfield play and an anemic offense the Indians were desperate for a victory and to keep pace with the now, first place Detroit Tigers. The Tigers entered the evening with a two game lead, the largest for any team in the division since June 6. As the offensive struggles have continued, the pressure to be perfect has seemed to increase for the entire team.

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Carmona Returns To Help Sweep Twins; Indians 6, Twins 3

July 19, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Fausto Carmona, like most of the season, did not have his best stuff, but he did battle for six gritty innings, and more timely hitting gave the Indians a 6-3 victory in game two of the doubleheader. The victory gave the Tribe a sweep of the twin bill.

Carmona gave up a base hit to Alexi Casilla in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Kearns had to fall to his knees to keep the ball in front of him. Once Kearns made a sloppy throw to the cutoff man, Casilla turned his sure single into a hustle double. Joe Mauer followed with a base hit to score Casilla and give the Twins an early 1-0 lead.  Carmona struggled through the inning, but otherwise, left it unscathed.

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