In a game of young starters, looking to solidify themselves in a big league rotation, it was the younger of the two shining on a sunny, but frigid afternoon at Progressive Field.
The Minnesota Twins took advantage of 27-year old Carlos Carrasco, in his 41st big league start, in the first three innings to even the series with a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, the Tribe could not get the timely hit against 26-year old Kyle Gibson, making just his 11th big league start. Both Carrasco and Gibson fought off contenders to earn spots as the fifth starter in the rotation out of spring training. The Indians bats did not come alive until the bottom of the ninth inning when they mounted a late rally.
Corey Kluber had a rough outing in Oakland and the Indians offense could never seem to get going as the Indians fall to the Athletics, 6-1.
While Cleveland was experiencing nearly perfect weather for baseball, the same couldn’t be said in Oakland on Tuesday, turning today into the first day-night doubleheader in Oakland in franchise history. The Indians were fitting opponents as they did not tally a run until the ninth inning.
This week, DTTWLN’s Laurel Wilder was in Goodyear, Arz. to take in Indians spring training and some sunshine. Between exhibition games, B games, minor league games and the rest of his day, Indians Assistant General Manager Mike Chernoff was able …
The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in need of a bounce back season after a poor 2013.
It probably could have gone worse for Vinnie Pestano in 2013, but last season provided all the personal struggle and disappointment he needs on the baseball field. For Pestano, this spring is all about proving himself to the coaching staff all over again.
“With the way things ended last year and the new moves we have made this year I do feel like I have to prove myself once again,” Pestano said. “It’s a task I welcome though because, just like in 2011, I know I can help this team win games no matter the capacity. I look forward to showing our coaching staff the player they thought they were getting heading into last season.”
It was one of the few Cleveland sports seasons in recent years that ended too soon.
Instead of crawling to another dismal 4-12 season or talking about how many ping pong balls are in the hopper, the newly rebuilt 2013 Cleveland Indians hung around the playoff race all season, then tore off a 10-game winning streak to end the season and secure a place in the American League Wild Card game. Winning: it’s something Clevelanders haven’t experienced a lot of recently.
It was the first playoff game of any kind in Cleveland since the spring of 2010. A sold out Progressive Field, waving towels and completely locked into the game went home disappointed, however. The Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the one-game playoff, 4-0. After 10-straight wins and building enthusiasm around the city, it was all over in just nine innings. It ended too soon.
The Indians bullpen has long been a point of strength for the team. Through a revolving door of pitchers, the Indians have managed to maintain a well-run pen for years. This season the revolving door continues as they lost several key pitchers. Few were sad to see former closer Chris Perez depart, but he did have some good seasons in Cleveland. Matt Albers left via free agency and signed with the Houston Astros. Rich Hill recently signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. Finally, side winding Joe Smith took his talents to Los Angeles to pitch for the Angels. Replacing those guys is going to be tough, but the Indians have some good arms in the fold.
The new addition to the closers roll is former Milwaukie Brewers closer John Axford. After leading the league in saves in 2011, Axford struggled for a season and a half until the Brewers finally traded him to St Louis in August of 2013. He found his place as a Cardinal, pitching very well in 13 games posting 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.74 ERA. He will be the Indians closer this season and the Tribe hopes he continues to mow down the competition.
You might not even want to take them with a grain of salt.
With less than a month until Spring Training camps open, preseason predictions will begin to surface and post from now all the way until Opening Day. With Sabermetrics and statistical analysis that’s better than ever, predictions have more hard data than ever to try and make them more reliable.
And while most predictions are doomed to fail, predicting the Cleveland Indians could be even more difficult of a task than most teams. A year ago most Sabermetricians felt the Indians were between an 80-82 win team. It was widely accepted that the Indians were much improved coming in to 2013, but most felt they still were not a playoff contender.
It was not business as usual for one of the three professional sports franchises in Cleveland in 2013.
What a year it was for the Cleveland Indians and their fans, at least those who still supported the Dolans and their franchise. Say what you will about the final results, the team took a gigantic step forward in 2013, improving their record on the field by 24 wins with an exciting new-look team and a brand new brain trust in the dugout.
Did The Tribe Win Last Night was there every step of the way and covered all of the highs and the lows throughout the season, with a few fun projects along the way.
Coming off a huge turn around season in 2013, one in which the Indians refused to lose down the stretch and bulldozed their way into the playoffs, there are a lot of holes to be filled in the new Indians roster.
With the loss of the excellent Joe Smith, as well as arms like Matt Albers and Chris Perez, the Indians have a lot of innings to replace before the start of the 2014 season. Internal options will arise in players like Preston Guilmet and a hopeful return to dominance from Vinnie Pestano, but the free agent market cannot go untapped. Several solid right-handed arms can be acquired at bargain prices, an aspect that will appeal to a small market team like the Cleveland Indians.
After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?
Major League bullpens can be known as fickle and inconsistent beasts, oftentimes proving difficult to tame.
The season of Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano helped to contribute to that feeling in Cleveland this year. Once one of the better setup men in all of baseball, Pestano found himself on the disabled list, demoted from his role, and pitching in Triple-A for the first time since 2010, leaving a void in the back end of the Indians bullpen.
After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, …