IBI Digest: 8/24/13 - 8/31/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
As the calendar turns to September, the big league club is preparing to welcome numerous minor leaguers thanks to expanded rosters. The best way to familiarize yourself with the new callups -- including Akron Aeros infielder Jose Ramirez -- is to follow IBI. As always, IBI had all the coverage of the major and minor leagues you could possibly want.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Breaking down the September callup options for the Indians: Tony Lastoria breaks down the potential September callups for Cleveland, looking at every possible option and their chances of getting to Cleveland and helping down the stretch.
Home runs, McAllister lift Indians over Twins 7-2: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including home runs from Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, Zach McAllister getting on a roll, and more.
Around The Farm: August 24, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Kenny Mathews impressing despite a bad outing, Luis DeJesus' most dominant outing of the year, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #129: Indians 7, Twins 2: Jim Berdysz gives his Second thoughts on Saturday's win, including plenty of home runs from around the team, Zach McAllister looking like he's all the way back, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Ice cold bats are holding the Indians back: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Cleveland's ice cold offense is keeping the team from truly contending, looks at the schedule ahead, and much more.
A three year Indians review: Center Field: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the center field position in recent years, analyzing how similar the 2012 version of Michael Brantley and the 2013 version of Michael Bourn are in overall value.
Stubbs helps Indians overcome miscues with 3-1 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Drew Stubbs' big home run, Scott Kazmir overcoming a weak defensive performance, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #130: Indians 3, Twins 1: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Drew Stubbs reaching new heights, Scott Kazmir bouncing back, and more.
Notes From the Wigwam: Wildcard race heats up: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes From the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Zach McAllister's reemergence supporting the team, Michael Brantley hitting a cold streak, and much more.
Smith is finishing strong at end of long minor league season: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats outfielder Jordan Smith, who is getting hot as the season comes to an end.
Around The Farm: August 26, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Jose Ramirez putting icing on the cake of his great season, Shawn Morimando bouncing back, and more.
Second Thoughts: Swisher, Bourn have not been up to par: Kevin Dean gives his day-off Second Thoughts, including a look at Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn's seasons, how the team needs more from them, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 8/20/13 - 8/26/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Akron's dominant bullpen, Matt Packer and Carlos Moncrief getting back to their early-season success, and much more.
Braves blank struggling Indians offense in Atlanta, 2-0: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against Atlanta, including Danny Salazar not pitching at his best, the offense struggling against Alex Wood, and more.
Around The Farm: August 27, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Josh Tomlin making a strong case for a callup, Sicnarf Loopstok giving a go at left field, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #131: Indians 0, Braves 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including the offense looking for a spark, a breakdown of a few possibly available bats, and more.
2013 Instructional League roster and schedule: Tony Lastoria brings you the schedule and roster for Cleveland's 2013 Instructional League that will be starting in mid-September.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.20: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about the key stretch ahead, solutions to the offense, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 8/21/13 - 8/27/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about LeVon Washington continuing to hit, Dylan Baker remaining reliable, and much more.
It's the turning point at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about the need to win games now, analyzes how ragtag the rotation truly is, and much more.
Braves walk-off with 3-2 win, Indians offensive woes continue: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against Atlanta, including the offense continuing the stay cold, Justin Masterson's quality start being wasted, and more.
Around The Farm: August 28, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Jordan Smith continuing to show some power, Cole Sulser pitching well after Tommy John surgery, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #132: Indians 2, Braves 3: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including Justin Masterson giving the team what it needed, Mike Aviles getting more time at third base, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 8/22/13 to 8/28/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Ryan Rohlinger providing some clutch hitting, Jeremy Hermida knocking the cover off of the ball, and much more.
Trend Spotting: Chisenhall's struggles and Ramirez's climb: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the cause of Lonnie Chisenhall's struggles, offers some thoughts on what Jose Ramirez can bring, and much more.
Braves tomahawk Tribe out of Atlanta, sweep series: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday's game against Atlanta, including Cleveland getting swept, Ubaldo Jimenez pitching well, and more.
Indians acquire Jason Kubel from Diamondbacks: Jim Berdysz writes the breaking news story on Cleveland acquiring Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a minor league pitcher to be named later.
Second Thoughts Game #133: Indians 1, Braves 3: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, including Ubaldo Jimenez pitching well, the offense staying lethargic, and more.
Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging Jose Ramirez's value: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the impending callup of Jose Ramirez, argues he will be better than a utility infielder, and much more.
Around The Farm: August 30, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Jose Ramirez getting a September callup, Juan Diaz potentially getting designated for assignment, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #134: Indians 2, Tigers 7: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Zach McAllister's rough start, the team taking a step back, and more.
Armstrong's season derailed by injury, but he's still on right track: Stephanie Metzger profiles Akron Aeros right-hander Shawn Armstrong, who used an injury to get himself back on the right track going forward.
Friends of the Feather
Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana come through for child: Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com recounts how Niko Lanzarotta, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy, asked Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to hit home runs for him, and how they did.
How A Shoulder Injury May Have Improved Swisher's Swing: Eno Sarris of Fangraphs breaks down how Nick Swisher's shoulder injury just might have set him up for more success in 2013 and beyond.
Cleveland Indians a playoff contender in late August, who would've guessed?: Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer opines that despite the ups and downs, Cleveland is still in the playoff hunt late into the season.
Cleveland Indians could use more from their highest-paid position players, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Asdrubal Cabrera: Dennis Manoloff of The Plain Dealer writes that Cleveland needs its high-paid position players to start coming through if the team is going to win.
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