The Indians make a pair of trades to try to bolster their roster after falling just short of the playoffs in 2005, making transactions with the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cleveland sends catcher Josh Bard, outfielder Coco …
It’s not that I don’t care. Actually, I care immensely and if I have a fault concerning the Indians, it’s that I care too much.
But I’ve been asked since the news broke a couple weeks ago that Mark Shapiro was under consideration to become the new president of the Toronto Blue Jays if I thought this was a good thing or a bad thing for the Indians. The Indians and Shapiro made it official this afternoon, announcing that he will become the new top man in Toronto and a void is now created in Cleveland.
For me, I’m still meh.
Now that the champagne has stopped pouring and the celebration has subsided, the Indians have a winner-take-all, elimination game on Wednesday against the winner of the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers to prepare for. The two teams face off tonight in Arlington, Texas. The winner will advance to Progressive Field for Wednesday night’s Wild Card game.
One of the loopholes in the one-game Wild Card playoff is that Major League Baseball considers it its own round of playoffs, meaning teams can set their roster for the game as they wish, then if they advance, reset their roster for the Divisional Series.
After two straight losses to the wild card hopeful Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians came back with a vengeance as they clobbered the woeful Chicago White Sox by a score of 14-3.
The Indians offense exploded on lefthander John Danks (4-13, 4.73) and the Chicago bullpen while giving strong support to starting pitcher Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.55) in the meantime. With the victory, the Indians were able to keep pace in the wild card race as the current second spot holders—the Tampa Bay Rays—were also victorious over the Boston Red Sox by a score of 4-3. Because of this, the Indians remain 1.5 games out of the playoff picture as they were when play began.
The Indians made a number of roster moves at the end August. Between Major League Baseball’s Aug. 31 deadline to make trades with waivers and expansion of rosters to 40 players on Sept. 1, the Tribe was active.
Many fans were well aware of the trade Cleveland made with Arizona to bring in outfielder Jason Kubel. Despite injuries dragging him down, the hope is he can spend the season’s final month resembling the Kubel who blasted 30 home runs in 2012. Most fans probably also recognized names like Vinnie Pestano and Nick Hagadone being recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
With so much at stake, three separate innings cost the Cleveland Indians an opportunity to gain ground in both the American League Central Division race and in the AL Wild Card picture.
The Indians (71-62) were swept out of Atlanta to begin a tough six-game road stretch against the Braves and the Detroit Tigers. They will need to sweep a Tigers team to come back home even, which is no easy feat, seeing as they have a 3-13 record against their Central Division foe while being outscored 103-59.
The Tigers (78-56) did not take advantage of the Indians’ tough matchup, as they dropped two of three to the Oakland Athletics. They still hold a six and a half game lead in the AL Central and have the third-best record in the American League.