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Could the Indians Retool Instead of Rebuild?

August 19, 2012 |

by Bob Toth

Manny Acta made some headlines earlier this week when, as a guest with ESPN’s Jim Bowden on “Inside Pitch” on Sirius 209 & XM 89, he shared his belief that the Cleveland Indians could not contend with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division going forward without acquiring three solid hitters and a pitcher.

Easier said than done. It sounds like a pricey endeavor, and one that would require the Dolan family checkbook to be stolen and used without their consent.

Acta, though, may be on to something. Even the casual observer can see the gaping offensive deficiencies that the Indians have consistently displayed throughout the 2012 season. If not for the above-average defensive efforts by Casey Kotchman and Jack Hannahan, fans would have clamored for upgrades at first base and third base as much as they have at the left field position all season long.

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Getting Acta His Requested Help Could Mean Making Major Trades This Winter

August 17, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

On Tuesday, Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said the Indians were three solid hitters and a strong pitcher away from being a true contender. Yesterday, Acta talked to reporters about the second half struggles of Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis. He said their struggles are magnified because they, along with Michael Brantley and Shin-Soo Choo, have been the only sources of consistent offense this season.

The shock is not in the revelation. The shock is in the fact Manny Acta said this at all, coming from a team that does not usually talk in detail about player personnel and making moves. There is no question to the validity of what Acta said. Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley and Choo have been nearly all the offense this season. Carlos Santana has started to hit of late, but what was in a horrendous slump much of the year.

Those five players have the ability to be good to very good. The problem is, the Indians have gotten nearly laughable production from first base, designated hitter, third base and left field. You could deal with a glove-first guy like Casey Kotchman at first or team-first guy like Shelley Duncan in left if not for the fact that the other spots are so weak. That’s why Acta’s number of three makes sense. Shore up three of those spots and let a defensive-minded guy take up the other.

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Angels Ruin Roberto’s Return; Angels 8, Indians 4

August 16, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

Roberto Hernandez made his 2012 debut for the Indians on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Unfortunately for him and the Indians, the Angels didn’t welcome him as kindly, and took the series finale, 8-4.

After Hernandez encouraged fans with a 1-2-3 first inning, the optimism went down the drain in the second. The frame began with back-to-back singles from Kendry Morales and Mark Trumbo. They each advanced 90 feet after a wild pitch from Hernandez. Alberto Callaspo singled to left to drive in Morales. The next batter, Vernon Wells, was safe when a potential double-play ball was booted by Brent Lillibridge. Trumbo scored and it was 2-0 Angels. Read More

Finally! Tribe Snaps 11-Game Skid; Indians 6, Twins 2

August 8, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

Finally, the Cleveland Indians and their fans can smile.

The Indians just went through one the worst stretches in team history during an 11-game losing streak. They snapped their skid, one off the club’s worst-ever 12 straight defeats in 1931, with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon in front of 18,805 in attendance at Progressive Field.

During the rough stretch, the Indians were let down by all facets of the game. The offense, defense, starting pitching and bullpen all took a turn or two in contributing to the streak. The pitching was most suspect, allowing 96 runs and registering a rotund 7.54 earned run average.

Justin Masterson, who had two bad games during the streak, pitched like an ace Wednesday, which was key in turning around the Tribe’s fortunes. He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, while striking out seven. He made one mistake, a fifth inning homer, the entire way.

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Kansas City Royally Frustrates Indians Offense Again; Royals 5, Indians 2

August 1, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

The Indians started August the same way they ended July: The offense couldn’t get going and it resulted in another loss as Kansas City took the second game of the three-game series, 5-2.

Just like the previous game, Kansas City drew first blood in the bottom of the first. After Alex Gordon flew out to center, Zach McAllister walked Alcides Escobar on four pitches. A seeing-eye single from Lorenzo Cain moved Escobar up 90 feet. With Billy Butler batting, the Royals put on a double steal. Carlos Santana’s throw to third ended up being a throw to Johnny Damon in left. Escobar scored and Cain moved to third on the error. Butler’s at bat ended with an RBI groundout to Jason Kipnis. He then got Mike Moutakas to ground out to Kipnis as well to end the inning. Read More

Game #103: Cleveland Indians (50-52) at Kansas City Royals (41-60)

July 31, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sunday the Indians may have hit the low point of their season to date, losing 5-1 and being swept by the Minnesota Twins. As Manager Manny Acta said, “I guess the off day comes at the right time. We need to get our act together.”

The Indians enjoyed Monday’s off day while trade speculation swirled around the Indians. Once thought to be buyers in at the trade deadline, the Indians spent Monday exploring options to be sellers. Rumors swirled around the possibility of Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Perez or Justin Masterson being traded to a contender for near ready MLB talent. None of the three were dealt and the Indians will have the same 25-man roster they had when they left Minnesota on Sunday.

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Indians Can No Longer Afford Mediocrity on Field or Budget

July 30, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The view through the Indians’ window isn’t as sunny as they originally forecasted for this season.

When Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti made the trade for Ubaldo Jimenez a year ago today, the trade was made to open a window of contention for the Tribe through 2013. This season was to be the one in which the Indians hopefully would be a playoff team and contend for a World Series.

Instead, Cleveland wakes this morning at 50-52, five and one-half games out of first place after being swept by the Minnesota Twins. The Indians, as they are currently constructed, aren’t a playoff team. They probably aren’t a playoff contender by September. The offense appears average on paper and below average with the eye test. Their all-left-handed-hitting lineup doesn’t work. They hit .220 as a team against southpaws and are 10-22 when a lefty starter opposes them. Casey Kotchman and Jack Hannahan have struggled most of the season, while the Johnny Damon and Shelley Duncan platoon has been a failure.

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Tribe Beaten and Embarrassed for Second Straight Night; Twins 12, Indians 5

July 28, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

If the Indians management is looking for a sign as to whether they should be buyers or sellers, the sign has been clear over the last two days. After an embarrassing 11-0 defeat last night, the Indians followed it up with a 12-5 beating Saturday evening.

Justin Masterson started so promising, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced in the game, but couldn’t overcome questionable umpire calls or two out base hits.

It appeared as if the Indians had life in the top of the first inning when Shin-Soo Choo singled to right field and stole second base to start the game. After Michael Brantley walked, Jason Kipnis moved both runners to scoring position, Carlos Santana grounded to third base to score Choo and give the Tribe an early 1-0 lead.

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With Browns Camp Opening, Tribe Still Giving Reasons To Watch

July 27, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

Struggling out of the All-Star break and falling four games and multiple teams behind in both the wild card and divisional races is not a good way for the Cleveland Indians to boost a lagging attendance at Progressive Field.
The Indians, with the worst average attendance in Major League Baseball, get another challenge to the hearts and minds of Clevelanders, tomorrow. That is the first day of Cleveland Browns training camp to be open to the public. It is the first day of full-squad training camp for the city’s favorite team. The Indians are loved but the Browns are loved multiple times over in the city on the shores of Lake Erie.

It will really be tough for the Tribe to keep the attention of its fans now, barring a run of wins that gets the team into prime playoff position. If the Indians do not get hot soon, Cleveland’s attention is going to turn toward the Browns. Granted, that’s with good reason. The Browns have a bright outlook for the first time since their 1999 rebirth. Still, whether the Indians make a postseason run or not, this is no time to completely turn away from the baseball team and the two months it has left.

For a number of reasons the Indians should remain on the minds of Cleveland sports fans.

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Scherzer Stymies Tribe Offense; Tigers 5, Indians 3

July 25, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

For the seventh consecutive game, the Indians couldn’t break that magic number of three runs. For the fifth time in those seven games, they took the loss as Detroit won the second game of the three-game set, 5-2.

Detroit struck in the very first inning, taking advantage of Indians starter Derek Lowe’s inability to hit his spots. Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry both singled off of Lowe to lead off the game. Miguel Cabrera drove in Jackson and moved Berry to third with a single, but Cabrera was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. After hitting Prince Fielder with a pitch, Lowe limited the damage by striking out Delmon Young and getting Brennan Boesch to pop out.
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Trade Deadline Poses Big Decisions on Direction for Tribe

July 25, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

With under a week until MLB’s trade deadline, trade rumors are more than swirling. They’re like tornadoes that have touched down and are wreaking havoc on the sanity of any fan. The Indians are obviously in the thick of those rumors. Let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of the Indians pulling off a big trade, both as buyers and sellers.

There are plenty of pros to the Indians being buyers. Entering Wednesday, they are coming off of a big series-opening victory overDetroit. They are three games out of first place in the AL Central, and 3.5 games out of the wild card. Someone could make the case that they are one bat and/or arm from making a serious push for the playoffs. They have shown signs of capability throughout the season, with Ubaldo Jimenez’s span of solid outings (Tuesday’s start included), Justin Masterson’s good starts, and the emergence of Zach McAllister as a reliable starter. Another starter in the rotation could give the Indians an added comfort level they would need down the stretch. Another bat, preferably a right-handed one, would also help to take pressure off the hitters who are underperforming, primarily Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner.

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Masterson and Choo Help Shut Down O’s, Avoid Sweep; Indians 3, Orioles 1

July 23, 2012 |

By Dave Roberts

The final game of the Indians and Orioles series was a big one for the Tribe as they just dropped below.500 the previous night for the first time since April 11. They sent Justin Masterson to the mound against Tommy Hunter in an attempt to stop their losing streak at four. What resulted at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario was a classic pitcher’s duel but thankfully Masterson was had a leg up and Choo hit the ball when it really counted.

Justin Masterson took the mound with hopes of turning it around after his shaky start in Tampa and he did just that. Over 7.1 innings, Masterson allowed just one run on seven hits while striking out six and walking just one. Masterson benefited from solid defense including double plays in the fourth and seventh innings. The one blemish that marked Masterson’s otherwise dominant performance was the Omar Quintanilla double that scored Ryan Flaherty from first in the fifth.

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