Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Nope. After the Indians tallied 13 runs on Friday night, Trevor Bauer ate something that made them just as contagious for him. After trying to give it a go, he had to be scratched prior to game time and T.J. House was a last minute replacement.
House struggled early, allowing a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the third. The soft-tossing, left-hander only survived three innings despite having not pitched since last Sunday. The Tribe’s bullpen only allowed one run over the final five innings, but Alfredo Simon shut the Indians’ offense down. After banging out 15 hits on Friday evening, Simon allowed just six over 6.2 innings and the Tigers snapped their four game losing streak, beating the Tribe 4-1.
WP: Simon (4-0) LP: House (0-3) SV: Soria (6)
Key Inning: Bottom of the first inning. With short notice and preparation, House took the mound against a Tigers lineup that knocked him around the park 13 days ago. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but it could have been much worse.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! The Twins made the most of a three-run second inning, putting T.J. House in a major hole and Torii Hunter put the exclamation mark on a 7-2 victory with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, sending the Tribe to a series loss.
Minnesota took control of the game early and used it to coast to an easy victory. The Tribe’s poor defense again reared its ugly head and did the Indians no favors. It was a game that made you quickly turn to watch the Cavs playoff game.
Trevor May tossed six innings, allowing just a run and four hits versus the Tribe to send them to their seventh loss in their first 11 games.
Key Inning: Bottom of the second inning. After a three-up, three-down first inning, the Twins attacked House in the second frame. Kennys Vargas walked and Trevor Plouffe doubled to set the table in the inning. After Kurt Suzuki walked, the bases were loaded. Oswaldo Arcia hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Vargas and give the Twins an early 1-0 lead.
It took a little longer than hoped, but the Cleveland Indians got off the schneid and finally notched their first home win, just in time to hit the road. The club travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Twins this weekend as the Indians face their third AL Central foe in the first two weeks of the baseball season.
The Indians split their two-game series with the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week. The Tribe got a scare on Tuesday night, as starter Carlos Carrasco exited the game after just two batters after being hit by a line drive. Cleveland could not get to Sox starter Jose Quintana, who was shaky at best on the mound, and Chicago held on to a 4-1 victory. Behind another strong start from Trevor Bauer, the Indians claimed the short set finale on Wednesday afternoon, holding on for a 4-2 win to break the team’s four game losing streak.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! Detroit picked up right where they left off Saturday night. Sunday afternoon the Tigers posted three runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning to chase T.J. House out of the game after just four recorded outs. It was all the Tigers needed to coast to a 8-5 victory and a three game sweep of the Indians in their season series opener.
Until Tuesday, T.J. House’s chances of making the Indians rotation from the start of the season lay to chance. Heading into Spring Training, it seemed the Tribe only had one opening. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer were shoo-ins to start, and with the addition of Gavin Floyd who, if healthy, would command a starting spot, House, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, and Zach McAllister were the candidates for the fifth spot.
House may have had an edge solely due to the fact that he would have been the only southpaw in the mix. However, his chances of making that starting five rose astronomically earlier this week when Floyd was found to not be fully healed from his injury-plagued seasons of the past.
Now, the Tribe’s starting rotation has two spots wide open. And it’s House’s time to prove that one of them belongs to him.
The Cleveland Indians’ 2014 season would have been far less successful if not for the emergence of several key young contributors within the starting rotation.
The offense lacked consistency from some of the biggest names and highest paid members of the organization. The defense, for lack of better and more appropriate terms, was downright atrocious with the glove and arm while leading the free world in errors. The pitching staff, and in particular those in the rotation, kept the Indians competitive and on the outskirts of the playoff picture until mid-September, while both the offensive and defensive woes should have eliminated them far earlier.
If Cleveland is going to live up to some of the developing hype being generated by the media around the club, it is going to be this same group of young and generally inexperienced starters who are going to have to lead the team in the year ahead.
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.
Regression (n): the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion.
The definition is simple enough to understand, but avoiding it seems to be much more complex, especially when it comes to the Cleveland Indians starting rotation.
The Cleveland Indians entered 2013 with their starting rotation as their largest question mark. After a poor 2012, where Justin Masterson (2012: 11-15, 4.93) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2012: 9-17, 5.40) were first and second in the American League in wild pitches and the Tribe had three pitching coaches in two seasons, there was major reason for concern.
The Indians season came to a close Sunday afternoon in a game different than most played throughout their September fight for survival.
The eliminated Indians finished the business of the 2014 season in front of 21,400 fans at Progressive Field in a quick, 2:28, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2. Cleveland used another solid outing by rookie, surprise T.J. House for five innings and three relievers put the Tribe’s season in the record books.
When the 2014 Major League Baseball season began, the Cleveland Indians roster contained zero – yes you read that correctly – zero rookies. This was a veteran team with the distinct goal of getting to the postseason for a second straight season.
As the campaign wore on, the Tribe was besieged by injuries, ineffectiveness and trades. The veterans sputtered out of the gates and got off to a slow start.
While the calendar was flipping into summer and through the months of June, July and August, Cleveland was making a myriad of roster moves along the way. The Indians seemed to continuously get young. At this point, the Tribe has now employed 10 rookies during the season.
After being left for dead just a week ago, it appears the Indians still have a heartbeat.
It might be just a faint one, but Cleveland definitely has life as they enter the final week of the season. The Tribe doesn’t completely control their own destiny as they are 3.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot with seven games remaining, but for a team in must-win mode, they probably have more of the pennant race in their hands than they deserve to.
After taking three of four in Minnesota, the Indians return home for a three game series with the Kansas City Royals beginning tonight at Progressive Field. The newest, “series of the year,” opens with a new wrinkle. The Indians have a chance to get a pair of wins this evening, as they’ll complete the game started on Aug. 31 in Kansas City. The Tribe is three outs from a win, cutting their Wild Card deficit to 2.5 games before starting the key, three game series. Tonight becomes the newest, most important night of the season since a pair of wins would have the Indians two games back of a playoff spot with five games to play.
Yan Gomes remembers the Indians coming to Minnesota last year and clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.
Now Cleveland is back in Minnesota, trying to sneak into the postseason through the back door.
Gomes homered and drove in four runs to help the Indians advance in the AL wild-card race by beating the Twins 7-3 on a rainy Saturday night.
The Indians pulled to 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot after Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle all lost ahead of them earlier in the day.
Plenty of people have written off the Cleveland Indians this season, thanks in part to a horrific defensive effort, occasionally suspect pitching, and an absolutely anemic offense. Yet somehow, with ten games on the calendar to close out the season, they are lurking just outside of the playoff picture, waiting for a moment to strike. Their series in Minnesota this weekend with the Twins could keep the dream alive or eliminate all doubt.
Cleveland (79-73) stumbled out of the gate in a four-game series with the Houston Astros during the week. The Indians’ bats could not get going on Monday, supplying spot starter Zach McAllister (3-7) with just one run of support in a 3-1 loss. They recovered with four runs, two supplied by Yan Gomes, on Tuesday in an outstanding effort from the starting rotation in a 4-2 win. Carlos Carrasco’s two-hit, 12-strikeout complete game masterpiece was one for the record books on Wednesday, as the Indians blanked the Astros 2-0, powered by more runs from Gomes. Thursday’s game needed 13 innings, but the Indians avoided the split and won the series on a shallow sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles to score Jose Ramirez with the go-ahead run in a 2-1 win.
The Indians are five games in back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. They are four games in back of the free-falling Oakland A’s for the second Wild Card spot and just four and a half games in back of the Wild Card leading Kansas City Royals, with whom the Indians still have four games to finish on the docket. The Royals and Tigers square off for three this weekend.