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IBI Digest: 9/14/13 - 9/21/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 9/14/13 - 9/21/13
September 21, 2013
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It's coming down to the wire in the American League as six teams are vying for one of the two available wild card spots. Here in Cleveland, the Indians currently hold possession of one of the wild card berths, but it's still too early to guarantee a playoff appearance for any of the ball clubs.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 2: In the second of several installments, Tony Lastoria reviews select players drafted by the Indians in 2013 and also gives Indians scouting director Brad Grant's take on them.

Minor Happenings: Lugo took a big step forward in 2013: Tony Lastoria recaps the progress made by starting pitching prospect Luis Lugo as well as updates readers on Francisco Lindor's injury and more.


Regular Content


Second Thoughts Game #147: Indians 3, White Sox 1: Tribe pitching holds off White Sox in afternoon affair. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the victory for the Tribe on the South Side.

Indians attendance numbers hit new lows with lack of support: Could the box office be to blame for lack of attendance in a playoff race? Jim Berdysz examines the Tribe's attendance problems in 2013.


Second Thoughts Game #148: Indians 8, White Sox 1: Jimenez continues to pitch like an ace as Tribe wins three straight over ChiSox. Jim Berdysz gives his thoughts on the action.

Tribe Happenings: A healthy Tomlin gives the Indians options: Tony Lastoria discusses Josh Tomlin's comeback from Tommy John Surgery, Vinnie Pestano's struggles in 2013 and the AL Wild Card race.

The Price was right this year: For relief prospect Bryan Price, it's been a long journey working his way up through the Indians' minor league system as he's battled through multiple injuries. Addrienne Robbins catches up with Price in an exclusive interview.


Second Thoughts Game #149: Indians 7, White Sox 1: Tribe completes series sweep and inch closer in wild card race. Jim Berdysz recaps another victory over the Pale Hose.

Notes From the Wigwam: Tribes moves to a half-game back: Indians go 5-2 during the week to come within a half-game of the Wildcard lead. Steve Orbanek recaps the week for the Tribe.


Second Thoughts Game #150: Royals 7, Indians 1: Despite leaving Chicago with a four-game sweep under their belts, the Indians couldn't do much to stop the red-hot Royals. Kevin Dean gives his thoughts on the loss.

2014 MLB Draft: My Way too early Big Board: Join the IBI's resident draft expert Jeff Ellis as he gives his early-bird preview of the 2014 draft.


Second Thoughts Game #151: Indians 5, Royals 3: Tribe offense roars back to life after Royals turn to bullpen with Michael Bourn leading the charge. Jake Dungan recaps the victory.

Finding balance at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: As cliche as it may sound, the Indians right now are built to win as a team and lose as a team. Jim Pete explains why in his weekly feature.

Who will be Tribe's Cody Ross or Edgar Renteria?: As the Indians prepare to make their final push, who will be the guy to step up and lead the way to the postseason? John Mast speculates and throws it to the fans with a poll.


Second Thoughts Game #152: Indians 2, Royals 7: The Indians could not build off their comeback win on Tuesday night as the Royals took the series with a 7-2 win. Michael Goodman gives his thoughts on another rough night for the Tribe.

Trend Spotting: Run scoring trends and what they mean: Exactly what have been the tendancies of the Indians' offense this season? Michael Hattery explores when when and how the Tribe has scored runs in an average game in his weekly feature.


Second Thoughts Game #153: Astros 1, Indians 2:  Ubaldo getting it done, an offense that struggles and the wild card race. Join Michael Hattery as he recaps a dramatic win for the Tribe.

Orbiting Cleveland: A 2007 vs. 2013 comparison: The 2007 team looks better on paper but 2013 squad should not be ignored. Why? Steve Orbanek explains in his weekly feature.

What if the Tribe made the Richardson trade?: As the Cleveland Browns drew the ire of many fans this week with the surprise trade of star running back Trent Richardson, John Mast speculates what the reaction would be if the Indians made a similar move.


Second Thoughts Game #154: Astros 1, Indians 2: Rain washes Tribe to victory and possession of wild card spot. Jake Dungan recaps a rain-shortened victory for the Indians as they take their next step toward the playoffs.

IBI Power Poll: Who are the American League wildcard teams?: Jim Pete takes an in-depth look at all the teams contending for the two AL Wild Card spots before asking the fans who they think will take the two berths.

Friends of the Feather

Ubaldo Jimenez will make money, but first wants to make playoffs: Terry Francona and Mickey Callaway have helped turn Jimenez back into a top of the rotation starter, but what does that mean for him in the offseason?'s Danny Knobler expects a big payday for the right-hander.

Indians finding creative ways to walk-off in 2013: After Matt Carson delivered a walk-off RBI single for the Indians earlier this week, T.J. Zuppe revisits all ten of the Tribe's walk-off wins and lists some interesting facts about them in his latest blog post.

Will nerves, lack of experience spell September doom? Cleveland Indians Insider: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer speculates whether playoff experience or lack thereof will play a major factor in the Tribe's push for the postseason.

Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.

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