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Just as Jose Ramirez found his missing hitting stroke last year, cruel fate intervened.
An All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2017 and 2018 and a third place finisher in the league’s MVP race both seasons, Ramirez lost his groove at the plate in the second half of 2018 and inexplicably carried the slump into the early stages of 2019. He hit .181 in March/April, .245 in May, and .216 in June with little to show in the power department. Had it not been for relatively high walk rates, his contributions to the lineup as a whole may have been minimal.
The 2019 Major League Baseball season is in the books and the Washington Nationals are first time World Series Champions, taking home an improbable title after entering the playoffs as a Wild Card contestant before later taking four road games from the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic.
What may have been a surprising MLB season to some ended much the same way as a very veteran and older club in the Nationals knocked off the playoff-tested Astros, which had just won the title in 2017. The Nationals had to fight their way through the entire playoff bracket, entering as the top Wild Card club in the senior circuit before squeezing by the Milwaukee Brewers late in the play-in game. They defeated the reigning pennant winners in the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round before sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. Despite taking a 2-0 series lead over the Astros by winning their first two World Series games ever, the Nationals went home and lost all three games in Washington, DC, before winning their fourth and fifth elimination games of the postseason back on the road in Texas.
Needing to win every game down the home stretch to improve its playoff odds, Cleveland was dealt a defeat as former Indians hurler Ross Detwiler scattered three runs on five hits over five innings while the Tribe bullpen let the game get out of hand late in an 8-3 loss.
The White Sox claimed the season series over the Indians, winning for the tenth time in 18 matchups this year. That could prove to be the difference for the Tribe, which fared well overall against the other three teams in the American League Central, going 18-1 against Detroit, 12-7 against Kansas City, and 10-9 against first place Minnesota. The White Sox used some early offense, capitalizing on a defensive miscue by the Tribe, and put the game away late with a key three-run long ball.
The loss for the Indians (93-65), coupled with a win by Minnesota in Detroit, officially eliminated the Tribe in the American League Central race, with the Twins taking the crown from Cleveland after a three-year run atop the division. Tampa was victorious prior to Cleveland’s loss and now leads the Indians by a game and a half for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The improbable return of Jose Ramirez, one month removed from breaking his right hamate bone, powered the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox, 11-0, on Tuesday night from Guaranteed Rate Field on the southside of Chicago.
One half of the heart and soul of the Tribe made a shocking return to action on Tuesday as the two-time All-Star third baseman was activated from the 10-day injured list and the move immediately paid off as Ramirez homered from each side of the plate in his first two at bats to post a career-high seven RBI in a story book comeback, powering the Indians to a big win from Chi-Town.
If anyone wants to question the heart, soul, or desire of members of the Cleveland Indians, that person should only look to the effort of Jose Ramirez.
Defying the odds and throwing conventional time tables out the window, the injured third baseman was activated by the Indians on Tuesday, ahead of the team’s six-game season-ending road trip through Chicago and Washington, DC.
The Indians’ climb up the standings was largely tied to the return to form of third baseman Jose Ramirez.
Now, the team will have to learn to do it without him, as the Tribe may very well be without Ramirez for the rest of the season.
The woes continued for Indians closer Brad Hand on Wednesday night as the New York Mets scored twice in the bottom of the tenth inning to stun the Cleveland Indians, 4-3.
For the third time in his last four appearances, Hand suffered a blown save. This one was a bit different than the others, however, as the Indians had just silenced the hometown crowd in the top half of the inning on a solo homer by Carlos Santana off of reliever Luis Avilan to take a 3-2 lead. The box score will show a Mets victory, but it was one key play and several questionable mental errors around the infield that led to a walk-off celebration for the home team.
Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the seventh inning and the Yankees bullpen fired two and two-thirds innings of hitless relief as New York held off the visiting Cleveland Indians by a 3-2 final.
The Yankees used a big first inning to back Tanaka’s strong quality start and take an early lead. Back-to-back singles by Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela put a pair on before a fielder’s choice force at second by Didi Gregorius put runners on the corners against Indians rookie starter Aaron Civale. Gary Sanchez jumped on the first pitch that he saw and singled to right, scoring Judge to make it a 1-0 game. Gleyber Torres battled the count full before singling Civale’s seventh offering into right for another RBI, making it a 2-0 game.
Shane Bieber pitched another gem for the Indians in a playoff atmosphere and the Cleveland bats beat up on Minnesota starting pitching again as the Tribe rolled to a 6-2 win on Friday night.
A big needed victory for the Indians moved the club to 70-46, matching the Twins for the top record in the American League Central for the first time since April 26. In doing so, they officially trimmed the deficit in the division that once sat at 11.5 games all the way to zero, with two games remaining in the four-game set from Target Field this weekend. The Indians have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games, while the Twins have dropped four straight. The Tribe is now 40-16 since sitting at the .500 mark on June 4, when they started their first home series of the season against the Twins.
The final two innings gave the Indians a pretty significant scare, but Cleveland came away with a 7-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins in game one of four from Target Field on Thursday night.
Clevinger contained the dangerous and pesky Twins lineup over seven innings, giving up just five base runners in a quality start (three hits, one walk, one hit batter). He allowed a pair of runs in the four inning on a pair of RBI singles, but he was already blessed with a 4-0 lead at that point as the Indians had attacked the ineffective and wild Twins starter Kyle Gibson.
It was a game dominated by pitching as the Indians and Rangers opened the day’s doubleheader with a pitchers’ duel between 23-year-old Jurado and the 24-year-old Zach Plesac. The two starters went toe to toe for six innings before the Indians finally struck through against the Rangers’ second-year right-hander.
With Saturday’s 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians rattled off their fourth straight win and guaranteed a series win over the fourth place club in the American League Central Division. But more importantly, they pulled within …