May 18, 2014 (3 comments)
The ingredients presented to Cleveland and Oakland were very much similar: an entirely comparable number of baserunners, an entirely comparable set of circumstances. Yet the X-Factor separating the two teams on Saturday was clutch, the ability to score with men on base. The IBI's John Grimm notes clutch's importance yet its fickle unpredictability, and makes notes of managerial decisions as well as the strength of Cleveland's offensive contact to date.
May 18, 2014 (7 comments)
Scott Kazmir wasn't too happy in his return to Progressive Field, but his team sure loves it here. Scoring six runs on eight hits, Oakland pitching continued to get the best of a stymied Indians offense Saturday, as the Indians fell to the A's, 6-2. It wasn't just a poor offensive showing either, but a lack of defense that continues to leave manager Terry Francona and his ballclub in limbo. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game at the ballpark.
May 18, 2014 (0 comments)
It's getting pretty hard to watch Tribe games with this defense... 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 Tony LaRussa's new gig with Arizona, the Padres losing a key piece to their rotation, and more.
May 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-handed reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
May 17, 2014 (8 comments)
What started out encouraging quickly transformed into disappointment after Zach McAllister allows eight runs in the second inning. On a night when the Oakland offense hit more home runs than did the Indians had total hits, the night became a prolonged, sordid failure - one so Epic that it merits Iliadic parallels. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the defeat with Homeric flair.
May 17, 2014 (2 comments)
It's finally the weekend! 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 an injury to Joey Votto, injury updates on Jason Kipnis and Nyjer Morgan, Heath Bell found a new team, and more.
May 16, 2014 (10 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett from Double-A Akron and have optioned right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.
May 16, 2014 (4 comments)
The 2014 season has been a comedown for Cleveland so far as the team has been below .500 after making the playoffs in 2013. As always there have been highs and lows for the team, but overall the team has gotten a few more negatives than positives. As always, Jim Piascik brings you a snapshot of each player's performance to date as he ranks the roster at the quarter mark.
May 16, 2014 (1 comments)
Will the rain ever stop in Northeast Ohio? 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 the process beginning to replace Bud Selig, an update on Michael Brantley, Hanley Ramirez is seeking an extension, and more.
May 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have recalled first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus and placed outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day Disabled List with a right knee sprain.
May 15, 2014 (7 comments)
In this week's edition of "Inside the Wigwam," IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim "The Birdman" Berdysz wonders if fans are starting to believe in the Indians again after a hot start to the month of May. He goes By the Numbers and gives the latest news and notes surrounding the big league club. John Axford out as closer? Don't miss Birdman's Final Call on Francona's tough decision to go to a closer by committee.
May 15, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians did something Wednesday they haven't accomplished since facing Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees almost 86 years ago. Tallying 15 runs on 22 hits, Cleveland blew past Toronto 15-4 to even up the three-game series in Canada at one game apiece. Six of the nine hitters in the Tribe lineup posted multi-hit games, including five-hit performances from David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he gives his second thoughts on the offensive surge.
May 15, 2014 (7 comments)
Corey Kluber continues to show his potential as a legitimate front of the rotation arm. 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 a serious blow to the pitching depth in Texas, an injury to a key member of the Rays, and more.
May 14, 2014 (5 comments)
The Indians have pitched better than their team ERA suggest this season. Thanks to a defense so extreme as to be the worst in the league by a large margin, the pitching has been greatly affected and resulted in the second-largest ERA-FIP gap in the league behind only the very sad Diamondbacks. The IBI's John Grimm breaks it all down in his latest...
May 14, 2014 (11 comments)
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Toronto Blue Jays last night by a score of 5-4. Justin Masterson couldn’t figure out a couple batters and exited having given up 5 runs. The Indians fell behind 5-1 and in the midst of scratching back to a one-run deficit, they lost many chances to complete the comeback, but didn’t get it done. The IBI's Charlie Adams reviews the game and goes into great detail about the baserunning error that Carlos Santana made on the game's most critical play.
May 13, 2014 (0 comments)
Injuries continue to dominate the headlines in the early going of the 2014 season. 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 a Yankees' star going down, the recommendation for Jose Fernandez's elbow injury, and more.
May 13, 2014 (3 comments)
We are just a few games from the "quarter pole," but the IBI's Kevin Dean decided to get the jump on it since there was no game to write about on Monday. He takes a look at the good (the starting pitching, Allen-Shaw, etc), the bad (Axford, Santana, etc) and the ugly (the defense) in his latest.
May 13, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians are about to open a series in Canada against Toronto. Will they continue their winning ways? 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 Jose Fernandez's worrisome injury, Baltimore could be in the hunt for catching, and more.
May 12, 2014 (17 comments)
Michael Bourn was brought in to be firestarter at the top of the Indians lineup, steal a lot of bases and play exceptional defense in center field. That's what the Indians him paid $48 million for - and potentially $60 million. With Nyjer Morgan up and doing exactly what was hoped of Bourn, it does bring about some questions if Morgan keeps up his good play and Bourn continues to struggle with performance and injuries. The IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on all of that and also talks about Josh Tomlin's nice showing to date, Axford's removal from closer, Chisenhall's growth and more.
May 12, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians have now won three straight series after taking the finale of their three-game set against the Rays. Strong starting pitching and just enough offense has attributed to the Tribe winning seven out of their last 10 games. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on Sunday's victory, including Tomlin's strong start, Morgan establishing himself as a key contributor and the first post-Axford save opportunity.