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How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

October 4, 2013 | | One Comment

Like many things, the Cleveland Indians season ended too soon.

After a wild ride that ended with a 10-game winning streak to complete the regular season, winning the first Wild Card spot and hosting the Tribe’s first playoff game in six years, Cleveland finished the season as Major League Baseball’s hottest team. However, Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays needed just one win to extinguish the energy and enthusiasm behind the Tribe. Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Tampa ended the Indians’ season while it was at its peak.

The Indians exceeded most projections for the 2013 season. After hiring new manager Terry Francona, the organization openly discussed and created a new culture. Francona spent last winter traveling to personally meet players and sell them on his ideas, while general manager Chris Antonetti reconstructed a roster that was embarrassingly short when it went 68-94 in 2012.

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Jimenez Strikes Out 13 to Return Tribe to October; Indians 5, Twins 1

September 29, 2013 | | One Comment

Sometimes it works out just the way it was planned.

As Ubaldo Jimenez carved up the Minnesota Twins for a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon to earn their first postseason birth since 2007, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti had to feel like the fruits of his labor were finally paying off. Antonetti, who made the controversial and blockbuster trade for Jimenez on July 30, 2011 watched him toss one of his best games as an Indian in likely his biggest game as a Wahoo.

“It’s a testament to these guys to win 10 in a row and we needed everyone of them,” Antonetti told SportsTime Ohio after the Indians clinched a wild card birth. “It will be fun to come back to Cleveland and win some games.”

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Spectacular September Spurs Indians’ Postseason Push

September 29, 2013 |

If, at the beginning of the season, someone would have told me Ubaldo Jimenez would be on the mound for the Cleveland Indians at the end of September with an American League Wild Card spot on the line, I would have cringed at the thought.

It is amazing how six months can completely change your mind.

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The Glass is Half Something—Random Thoughts from the Month of September

September 28, 2013 |

“It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder to lose one.” —Chuck Tanner
Wow. This has certainly been a fun ride.

No matter what happens, this is a team to be proud of. Hang your hat on the Indians, Cleveland…they deserve it.

The Indians are the second most improved team in baseball behind only the Boston Red Sox and have proven to be the best show in town. Hopefully this fun ride isn’t going to end any time soon, but even if it does Cleveland has something to be extremely happy about.

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Series Preview #53: Cleveland Indians (88-70) at Minnesota Twins (66-92)

September 26, 2013 |

With the 53rd and final series preview of the 2013 regular season, the Cleveland Indians have a magic number of four to clinch an American League Wild Card spot with four games remaining.

The Indians (88-70) swept their entire homestand, winning the games that they must win to stay in playoff contention. With two more wins against Chicago, they improved to 17-2 on the season against the White Sox, including 14 straight wins. The win total for the season equaled the most wins by a team against any one opponent in the division era.

The Twins (66-92) will be the last obstacle standing in the way of Cleveland’s postseason chances. Luckily for the Indians, they catch the Twins at a particularly rough patch in an overall disappointing season. In the last 15 games, the Twins are 3-12. They have struggled to score runs (2.6 per game in that stretch) and have not limited the opposition from crossing the plate (team ERA of 6.60).

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Series Preview #52: Chicago White Sox (62-94) at Cleveland Indians (86-70)

September 24, 2013 |

Cleveland picked a good month to play some better baseball. They are in full control of their playoff future, thanks to posting the third-best record in all of baseball in the month of September.

The Indians (86-70) completed their sixth four-game sweep of the season on Sunday, becoming the first team since the 1961 New York Yankees to accomplish the feat. With a 15-6 record in the month, Cleveland has played itself into the second American League Wild Card spot. They trail the Wild Card-leading Tampa Bay Rays by a game and are a game up on the Texas Rangers. While it may be too little, too late, they have gained four games on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central this month as well.

The White Sox (62-94) will be the last team to come to Progressive Field for the 2013 regular season and may be glad to leave Cleveland for the year when the series ends on Wednesday night. They have won just two of the first 17 contests against the Indians this season and were victimized three different times by four-game sweeps. They have been outscored 106-51 by the Tribe this year and have the third-worst record in all of baseball.

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Indians Giving Cleveland What It Needs – A Winner

September 22, 2013 | | One Comment

Meaningful September baseball this season sure beats what fans of the Cleveland Indians had to digest in the final stretch of the 2012 campaign.

While many of the pieces have changed from the squad that finished 2012 at 68-94, 20 games out of first place and in fourth place in the American League Central, the dramatic turnaround has given the city of Cleveland its first team with a winning record since the 2009-2010 Cavaliers and its first on the baseball field since 2007.

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Questions and Options are Plenty for Playoff Rotation

September 21, 2013 |

There’s nothing quite as fun as counting your chickens before they hatch.  No, this is not another article about Cody the Rally Chicken, but one that examines the Indians options as they hopefully head toward another fun October run in the playoffs.

While the Indians have not clinched any kind of spot in the postseason, it is certainly interesting to think of the possibilities for a potential playoff starting rotation.  The questions are numerous and the options are even more so for Manager Terry Francona, who could go a number of different ways depending on a couple of different variables.

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Carson is Clutch as Tribe Walks-Off in Extras; Indians 2, Astros 1

September 19, 2013 |

Sometimes the biggest spotlight brings out the best in people. That is exactly the case for Matt Carson, who has hit in seven of nine at bats this season as a Cleveland Indian and was able to get the biggest hit of his career in this game, a walk off single in the bottom of the eleventh inning to give the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Astros.

The game started off with the Indians looking solid both pitching and swinging the bats in the first inning. Ubaldo Jimenez started the game off with a one-two-three top of the first inning, including two strikeouts. The Indians were able to get on the board thanks to a one out double from Nick Swisher followed up by a single from Jason Kipnis.

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Series Preview #51: Houston Astros (51-101) at Cleveland Indians (82-70)

September 19, 2013 |

After a 5-2 road trip through Chicago and Kansas City, the Cleveland Indians return home for their final homestand of the season, beginning Thursday with a four-game set with the Houston Astros.

This week, the Astros (51-101) successfully completed their third consecutive 100-loss season when they were swept at home by the Cincinnati Reds. They will play their first series in Cleveland this weekend since joining the American League West. They will finish out their season with three games in Texas against the Rangers and in the Big Apple with three against the New York Yankees.

The Indians (82-70) remain a half game in back of the American League Wild Card race after dropping two of three to the Kansas City Royals during the week. Cleveland will play ten more games on the season – all against teams with records below the .500 mark. They will finish up their home schedule with two more games against Chicago before moving on to Minnesota for four to end the season against the Twins.

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Series Preview #50: Cleveland Indians (81-68) at Kansas City Royals (78-71)

September 16, 2013 |

If you are a Cleveland sports fan and you are not following the Cleveland Indians at this point, shame on you.

With their four-game weekend sweep over the Chicago White Sox, the Indians (81-68) pulled within one-half game of the top spot in the American League Wild Card hunt. They have taken care of their own business, improving to 10-4 in September. They have also received some major help from the slumping Texas Rangers, losers of six straight and eleven of 13 in the month.

The Royals (78-71) are still hanging on in the Wild Card race, but are on the outside looking in. After dropping two of three in Detroit over the weekend, they have fallen to three and a half games in back of Texas and Tampa Bay at the top of the pack. They continue a difficult stretch of baseball this week, with three games against Cleveland and three against Texas over the weekend before finishing the season on the road in Seattle and Chicago.

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Jimenez Shuts Down Sox to Keep Pace in Race; Indians 8, White Sox 1

September 14, 2013 | | One Comment

Meet Ubaldo Jimenez.

He’s the pitcher the Cleveland Indians traded for in July 2011 to help bolster their staff and lead them to the playoffs. The proclaimed top of the rotation starter was supposed to be a difference maker for the Tribe over the next two and a half seasons.

Better late than never.

After two seasons of inconsistency, Jimenez has found his stride and seems to have taken the reigns as Tribe ace as soon as Justin Masterson was injured on Labor Day. Tonight, Jimenez manhandled the Chicago White Sox, 8-1 to keep the Tribe in the midst of the wild card playoff chase. His effort seemed to exude confidence with every pitch.

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