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Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.4: Indians 1, Tigers 0

Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.4: Indians 1, Tigers 0
May 12, 2013
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Say hello to your first place Indians.

That's right ladies and gentlemen, after taking two of three from the first place Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians have joined Detroit at the top of the standings in the A.L. Central with a 20-15 record. The Indians are 6-1 since last week's episode of CSI, which matched their 6-1 record the week prior. With Michael Bourn returning, are we finally seeing who this Cleveland Indians team really is, or have they yet to reach their ceiling?

Some other things to keep in mind prior to tonight's show. Yes, the Indians are tied for first place here in 2013, but there are some interesting connections to the past. In 2012, the Indians were 19-16, in first place, and two games ahead of the Tigers at this point last season. In 2011, the Indians were 23-12 and in first place and 4 1/2 games ahead of the Tigers at this point. Are the 2013 Cleveland Indians a different team, or are they finally built to win?

Steve and Jim will jump on board with this topic, as well as the return of Michael Bourn, the mysterious disappearance of Chris Perez, and many other Indians topics as well.

We are an equal opportunity Cleveland Sports talk show, and plan on talking about the NBA draft targets for the Cavs, as well as jumping into some discussion about the revamped Cleveland Browns defense.

We may have to table the Browns and Cavs talk until next week though, as the Indians will be on deck and ready to go for tonight.

Feel free to call us at 1-347-202-0338 or email us at or at to talk about anything on your mind.  Thanks again for listening!

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Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

May 13, 2013 - 8:44 AM EDT
The metrics actually go with the record at this point. That couldn't be said of 2011 or 2012. The key is McAllister, Masterson, Kazmir, and Ubaldo continuing to pitch well. We've known since the season began that the starting pitching was out biggest concern. It looks like it has come together; like Mickey Callaway has helped these guys figure things out. Kluber has been more up and down, but hopefully Myers will get healthy and fill the #5 slot. I don't expect a meltdown this year, though there will be more bumps in the road - there always are for every baseball team. It's a streak sport and a long season. But I think the Tribe will be in the thick of things in September. I think it's worth remembering that Tribe fans aren't used to the intensity of a pennant race. In the 90s, it wasn't much of a race until the end of the decade. We've had a couple of races since then, but it's not something Tribe fans are used to. Hopefully we'll get in on the excitement of a tight race that sees the Indians come out on top.
May 13, 2013 - 8:03 AM EDT
As long as they keep going 6-1 every week they should be OK.
May 12, 2013 - 9:58 PM EDT
The team is way for real IMO. Ask Jim Leyland. He just got served notice. The AL Central has quietly become one of the better divisions in baseball. As of last night 4 out of the 5 teams were over .500- And the Indians aren't afraid of any of them. I would love to see them wipe the conceited smirks off the clean shaven Yankees faces now and exact some payback for the earlier whipping. Go Tribe!
May 12, 2013 - 9:17 PM EDT
I have to admit...that for the first time in at least 4-5 years i got really pissed off sat. night when we blew the big lead. I reached the point of almost breaking a radio. Last time I remember getting that mad Buddy Bell was in his rookie year. IS THIS TEAM FOR REAL?

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