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Vinnie Pestano

Pestano’s Success Has Him Hungry For 2012

November 21, 2011 | | 3 Comments

Despite a surprising 2011 season that had the Indians exceeding expectations, it didn’t end the way reliever Vinnie Pestano wanted it to and left him hungry for 2012.

“Last season was my first losing season I have been a part of since I was 13, and hopefully it’s the last for a long, long time,” Pestano said. “Taking the loss the last game of the year hurt a lot. That was the difference in us being .500 and still stings as I think about it now.”

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End Of Season Grades: Bullpen

October 10, 2011 |


By Mike Brandyberry

September 29 began a two week, end of season grade and breakdown by each position. Certainly after the wild ride the 2011 Cleveland Indians took fans on, grades, projections and areas of improvement are all sought for 2012, with the goal being a playoff team next season. Today, we examine the bullpen. Be sure to check out our previous features.

Previous Stories
Starting Pitchers     Fifth Starters     Catchers     First Basemen     Second Basemen

Third Basemen     Shortstops     Left Fielders     Center Fielders     Right Fielders

Designated Hitters

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Cabrera’s Two Homers Give Tribe Victory; Indians 9, Red Sox 6

August 2, 2011 |


By Mike Brandyberry

Shaky starts by both Josh Tomlin and John Lackey created a see-saw game at Fenway Park for the opener of a four game series on Monday, but Asdrubal Cabrera stole the show with two home runs, giving the Indians a much needed 9-5 victory to start a crucial seven game road trip.

Boston took an early second inning lead when Marco Scutaro singled home Jared Saltalamacchia to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead, but the Indians would respond in the top of the third inning when Michael Brantley doubled, with two outs, to score Ezequiel Carrera.

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Kipnis Completes Come From Behind Win; Indians 3, Angels 2

July 26, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Everyone needs a hero from time to time. The Indians found one Monday evening in Jason Kipnis and his first major league hit. His hit in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Carlos Santana and completed a 3-2, come from behind victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

A season never hinges on one game, but after a week of poor outfield play and an anemic offense the Indians were desperate for a victory and to keep pace with the now, first place Detroit Tigers. The Tigers entered the evening with a two game lead, the largest for any team in the division since June 6. As the offensive struggles have continued, the pressure to be perfect has seemed to increase for the entire team.

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Bullpen Mafia: Burying Games All Season

July 19, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Filthy, dominating, unhittable, down-right scary.

Those are all words that can be used to describe this season’s Cleveland Indians relief pitching corps – or as those players like to refer to themselves, “The Bullpen Mafia.”

While the starting rotation could be described as decent and the battling lineup, perhaps iffy, it’s the bullpen that has the Indians contending this year in the American League Central Division.

Even after a shaky weekend in Baltimore, the first bad stretch all season for the group, one has to be confident when one of those arms enters a game.

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