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Home Opener Spoiled by Tribe’s Play; Tigers 8, Indians 4

April 10, 2015 |

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No. Zach McAllister lived dangerously in his first start of the year. He scattered 13 hits in four-plus innings, culminating in a Nick Castellanos two-run home run in the fifth to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

The Indians managed to push three runs across in the bottom of the sixth off Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, but gave three right back in the top of the seventh, including two unearned which could be attributed to a throwing error by Marc Rzepczynski.

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Lefty Rzepczynski Tries to Be Right in Tribe Bullpen

March 21, 2015 |

Like in any career, in baseball, promotions come through excellent production.

Two years ago Marc Rzepczynski was stuck in a logjam in the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen. Asked to pitch in a long relief role, Rzepczynski struggled and found himself battling to stay at the big league level when the Cardinals dealt him to the Indians at the July 2013 trade deadline.

A new location and new role welcomed Rzepczynski in Cleveland. Settling in as a match up left-handed reliever, focused on facing left-handed hitters, Rzepczynski shined. In 27 games in 2013, Rzepczynski pitched 20.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and a 0.836 WHIP. He helped solidify the Tribe’s bullpen from the left side and catapult them into their first playoff appearance in six years.

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Tribe Time Now #6: Dodging the Technical Rain Delay

March 18, 2015 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. DTTWLN.com will be represented along with Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and It’s Pronounced Lajaway … Read More

Tribe Bullpen Promising, but Has Much to Prove

February 7, 2015 | | 5 Comments

In the past couple of weeks it has been reported that the Cleveland Indians may be interested in adding one more proven arm to their bullpen. Such a move would certainly be helpful, and perhaps even necessary. However, standing pat with where the bullpen is right now may not hurt, either.

The trouble with projecting a team’s bullpen is that so many relievers go through up and down seasons. A lot of them are inconsistent. Other than closers and top-notch relief pitchers, many hardly ever have consecutive good or great years. It is why there are still a lot of known relievers on the open market teams tend to shy away from giving a lot of money or years to relief pitching.

As for the Tribe, the team has a number of worthy arms, in-house, to round out a potentially formidable relief corps. The bullpen was a strength for Cleveland last year. However, other than closer Cody Allen and setup man Bryan Shaw, there are not a lot of long track records among the players who will report to Arizona with a shot to be a part of the Indians Opening Day bullpen. Read More

Tribe Salaries to be Determined as Arbitration Commences

January 15, 2015 |

Earlier this week, Mark Shapiro admitted in an interview with WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno that the Indians have financial restraints holding them back from making too many big moves during this offseason. The statement can hardly be called “news”—the Indians are notorious for having a low payroll and being a small-market team—yet it can serve as a slap in the face to fans who have been hoping for something, anything, that will make their team better than it was before.

Thanks to hefty contracts like those of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, the Indians are virtually stuck in the position they are in now. They added Brandon Moss, sure, and bumped themselves from one of the lowest to number 23 in payroll in all of Major League Baseball. Unless the Indians talk another team into a sweeping trade for a big-name bat, there is little to no wiggle room to sign a big name to a big contract that will make a big impact. Read More

Bolstering the Bullpen

October 11, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

Despite all their struggles this season, the Indians had one thing working for them — their bullpen. Even when starting pitchers were shaky to start the season, there was always hope that the Indians’ relief pitchers would be able to enter the game and finish the task that had been started for them, as they boasted strong performances throughout the season.

There was juggling in the bullpen, to be sure, as pitchers who were once part of the starting rotation made their way to the later innings once they were shown to not be as strong in the early half of games. Terry Francona, it was proven, thrives on a deep bullpen, and this season was no different. Read More

Money Makes the Indians’ World Go Round in Building 2015 Roster

October 8, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

There are things in Cleveland sports that are synonymous with each team, whether they try to shake it or not.

The Cleveland Browns and quarterback play will always be a discussion point as will the Cleveland Cavaliers and their relationship with Lebron James. In both situations, the drama has taken many twists and turns, but each have been topics for nearly 15 years on the Cleveland airwaves.

For the Cleveland Indians, it’s always about payroll and spending.

Organizations and owners are always defined by certain actions or statements, and Paul and Larry Dolan will forever be linked to their comments about spending money when the time is right. The direct quote, and when it was specifically said, are tough to find anymore, but the comment has lasted a generation.

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Murphy Walkoff Caps House Money Effort; Indians 2, White Sox 1

September 5, 2014 |

The game was a mirror image from either side of the dugout.

Despite both teams being held to little offense by southpaws, T.J. House and Chris Sale, it was the Indians that made the most of their 10th inning opportunity and won 2-1 in extra innings. Yan Gomes tripled to start the inning and pinch-runner Chris Dickerson scored on pinch-hitter David Murphy’s single to center field with one out.

The game never would have reached extra innings without the effort of House. The rookie left-hander matched Sale for seven innings, keeping the White Sox offense stymied. The soft-tosser was just as effective with his change of pace as Sale was with his unorthodox delivery and fastball.

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Tribe Bullpen as Strong as Ever

August 29, 2014 |

In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Indians had a bullpen that was good enough to develop a nickname. The 2014 Tribe bullpen does not have any special monikers but may well be better than those pens that were the backbone of struggling baseball teams.

After a 2013 season of bullpen question marks and implosions, the Indians are enjoying a fantastic relief season this year. The pen is again arguably the strongest and deepest part of the club, this time a club that will go into September with playoff aspirations still alive.

Cleveland’s relief corps of 2011 and ’12 called themselves the Bullpen Mafia. Both seasons saw five relievers put up strong numbers. Those groups were headed by closer Chris Perez and setup men Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith. For two seasons, that trio was as good as any late-game group in the game. In 2011, Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez put up good numbers to complement the group. In 2012, it was Frank Herrmann and Esmil Rogers. Read More

Gomes, Holt and Bullpen Overcome Early Deficit; Indians 7, Twins 5

August 19, 2014 |

As a thunderstorm swept through northeast Ohio, cable and satellite dishes may have made Tuesday night’s Indians’ game even harder to believe.

Because if your satellite cut out after Trevor Bauer allowed five runs in the first inning to Minnesota in the first six hitters, it may have been quite a surprise to find out the Tribe chipped away against Kyle Gibson to come back and win 7-5 to take the first game of the series in Minnesota. After falling behind early, Cleveland used three hits from Yan Gomes and a clutch, pinch-hit double from Tyler Holt to score in four different innings for the comeback win.

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Free Passes Allow Yanks to Walk to Victory; Yankees 10, Indians 6

August 8, 2014 |

It started poorly and only got worse Friday night for the Cleveland Indians.

Trevor Bauer continued his road struggles and lacked control, while his defense continued to give the New York Yankees all the chances they needed to take advantage and coast to a 10-6 win. The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning off Bauer, then five more in the sixth against the weak, underside of the Tribe bullpen while former Indian Esmil Rogers was effective in a spot start for New York. Each time the Indians would scrape back into the game, they’d give the Yankees more runs via poor defense or walks.

The Indians played from ahead—if only for a moment—when they took a quick lead in the first inning. Jason Kipnis started the inning with a double to left field. Mike Aviles tried to bunt him to third base and could not, instead grounding to shortstop. After Michael Brantley lined out, Carlos Santana laced a two-out single to center field, scoring Kipnis and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.

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Another One-Hit Wonder; Mariners 3, Indians 0

June 29, 2014 |

For the second day in a row, Safeco Field in Seattle hosted a one-hit shutout.  Unfortunately for the Tribe, this time it came at the hands of the opposition rather than from one of their own.

Coming into the ballgame on Sunday, the Indians chances looked bleak as they were matching up rookie lefthander T.J. House (0-2, 4.54) against one of baseball’s best pitchers in former Cy Young Award winner “King” Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10).  Just as if it was according to a plan, the rookie was indeed outdueled by the Mariners ace as the M’s took the game and the series by a score of 3-0.  The dominant Hernandez worked eight innings and allowed just allowed just a Lonnie Chisenhall single and four total baserunners on the afternoon.

“Actually I just think it makes it a little bit more fun,” House said before the game about matching up against King Felix.  “It’s just another obstacle that I’ve got to overcome—going out there and facing one of the best in the game.  I’m going to elevate my level and try to match him.” Read More