September 8, 2014 (7 comments)
Things were far from normal for the Indians Monday afternoon at Progressive Field. Well, at least on the pitching side of things. Making up a rained out game initially scheduled for June 18 against the first place L.A. Angles, Tribe starter Danny Salazar was tagged for six runs on eight hits through 4 2/3 innings, as the Wahoos fell to the Halos, 12-3.
September 8, 2014 (17 comments)
Even coming off of a successful 2013 season where they made the playoffs, the Indians came into 2014 in somewhat of a transition year with a lot of question marks that needed to be answered. With three weeks left in the season, it is safe to say that the Indians answered a lot of those question marks and have set themselves up well for the next few seasons. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the strides they have made from a team and roster perspective, their chances of making the playoffs, why no Lindor is a good thing, gripes about Kipnis hitting fifth, and more...
September 8, 2014 (3 comments)
Carlos Carrasco followed up Corey Kluber's complete game victory on Saturday with nearly one of his own as he came one out shy of a shutout on Sunday while allowing only four hits and striking out eight. Scott Carroll, once again, handcuffed Cleveland's bats. However, the two runs they did manage to push across were enough. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the win.
September 7, 2014 (12 comments)
The Browns may have broken our hearts, but the Indians continue to stay in the playoff race. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Terry Francona's decision to not promote Lindor, the Rangers looking to hang onto their GM, and more.
September 7, 2014 (2 comments)
The first two games of the weekend series against the White Sox saw Cleveland face off against the formidable lefty duo, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana; Cleveland, through excellent performances by its own starters in T.J. House and Corey Kluber, both took two games from two very solid Chicago starters and also took the series. The IBI's John Grimm examines the Corey Kluber performance that buoyed Cleveland's fortunes on Saturday.
September 7, 2014 (11 comments)
For a season that has endured countless ups and downs, there has been one constant that has defined the Indians all year long. Pitching. Saturday night at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario was no different. Tossing his third complete game victory of the season, Corey Kluber and the Tribe edged the White Sox, 3-1 to win their second straight over Chicago in the series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
September 6, 2014 (0 comments)
Nick Maronde became the latest player to trade his halo for a block "C" or vice-versa this season as the Indians and Angels have now had multiple personnel change squads this year, including Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and, most recently, J.B. Schuck. After appearing in two College World Series and playing with some of the game's best in LA, the left-hander is ready for the next chapter in his career, as the IBI's Jake Dungan writes.
September 6, 2014 (0 comments)
After Thursday's defeat in extra innings, Cleveland returned to extra innings on Friday to defeat Chicago 2-1 in 10 and start the weekend series with a victory. Central to this victory was Yan Gomes, who has followed up a breakout 2013 and contract extension with continued excellence. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down Indians' catchers framing metric and considers one play in very particular depth.
September 6, 2014 (8 comments)
When it comes to walk-off wins, nobody in the American League does it better than the Indians. Activated off the disabled list just hours before first pitch Friday, outfielder David Murphy couldn't have had a better first at-bat back. Deadlocked with Chicago in a 1-1 tie in the 10th, Murphy notched a pinch-hit game winning single to center off reliever Maikel Cleto, edging the Tribe over the ChiSox, 2-1 in the series opener.
September 6, 2014 (3 comments)
With baseball AND football on tap for the weekend, this has to be considered the best time of the year! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Ron Washington announcing his resignation, two GMs learn their fate for next season while a decision on a third could come soon, the Blue Jays lose a key player for the remainder of the season, and more.
September 5, 2014 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated outfielder David Murphy from the 15-day Disabled List. They have also recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus.
September 5, 2014 (6 comments)
Detroit's hitters didn't bother to take much time to congratulate new father Josh Tomlin on Thursday night as they tagged him for five runs in a seven-run 11th inning, which allowed the Tigers to clinch the series win with an 11-4 victory. Trevor Bauer's first-inning struggles also continued as he allowed four runs to start the game before settling in. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the loss.
September 5, 2014 (13 comments)
For the second straight night, the Indians blanked Detroit through nine innings of play Thursday. There's just one problem. The game went 11 innings, and two of the innings combined to result in 11 runs for the surging Tigers. Deadlocked in a 4-4 tie in extras, Motown scored seven runs on five hits in the 11th, rallying them to an easy 11-4 victory in the series finale.
September 5, 2014 (6 comments)
Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's season may not be done just yet. He is expected to throw a bullpen session this weekend and manager Joe Girardi maintains that he will pitch again this season. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the update on Tanaka, surgery on the horizon for Homer Bailey, and more...
September 4, 2014 (1 comments)
It would have been a disaster if the Indians were swept in this series. They would have been behind as much as seven games in the Wild Card race, which would have put the playoffs almost entirely out of reach. Winning at least one game was an absolute necessity, and now the Indians have done just that thanks to the arm of Danny Salazar and a surge offensively. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the big win for the Indians...
September 4, 2014 (0 comments)
Danny Salazar was the headliner of the night with his dominant performance against the Tigers on Wednesday at Progressive Field. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news and notes from Wednesday and notes a new contract for Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, some injury notes around the league and more.
September 3, 2014 (9 comments)
Six weeks ago Danny Salazar was wearing a Columbus Clippers uniform, pitching in Triple-A after a disappointing first two months of the season in the big leagues. He's since returned to the majors and hasn't missed a beat. Wednesday night against Detroit proved to be the right-hander's best start yet, hurling his first complete game shutout to help the Indians blank their division rivals, 7-0. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
September 3, 2014 (58 comments)
A few months back the IBI's Jeff Ellis brought up what was then a more controversial view that the Indians should strongly look to trade Lonnie Chisenhall. At the time Chisenhall still looked like a breakout candidate and was not that far removed from being a potential all-star, but he held by the numbers which showed he was in for a massive regression, which we are seeing now. He looks into why the Indians should consider trading him and what they do with his spot in the lineup.
September 3, 2014 (0 comments)
Outfielder David Murphy appears to be close to returning to action with the Indians in Cleveland but first will be tested in a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes his plan of attack on his rehab assignment and provides all the other news around the MLB on the day.
September 3, 2014 (8 comments)
Coming into 2014, J.D. Martinez hit a combined 18 home runs over the last two years with the Houston Astros. He's already slugged 19 this season now as a member of the Detroit Tigers. And his last homer Tuesday night was his biggest one yet. Trailing the Tribe by one in the ninth, the Tigers left fielder took closer Cody Allen deep for a three-run homer, helping Motown comeback to stun the Indians, 4-2.