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IBI Digest: 9/22/13 - 9/28/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 9/22/13 - 9/28/13
September 28, 2013
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As the regular season draws to a close, the Indians are hoping to be playing baseball beyond game #162. This week we saw heroics, dramatics, but most importantly, wins in their push for the postseason. Jason Giambi became an instant folk hero with one swing of the bat while now ex-closer Chris Perez may be left off the potential playoff roster.

In other words, playoff baseball in Cleveland!

Subscription Pieces

Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 3: Tony Lastoria is back with another installment of his scouting series where he updates readers on the progress of various players selected in 2013 draft by the Indians.

AZL Indians Insider: 2013 season review - The pitchers: In his first of several review pieces looking back at the seasons of each of the minor league affilliates, Tony Lastoria starts off reviewing the Arizona Rookie League season by taking a look at the pitchers.

Indians 2013 Rule 5 Draft eligibles: Tony Lastoria gives a preview of all the Indians prospects who are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft over the offseason.

Regular Content

Sunday

Second Thoughts Game #155: Indians 4, Astros 1: Dominant performance by Kazmir leads Tribe to third straight victory. Jim Berdysz gives his thoughts on the win.

Around the Farm: Instructs September 21, 2013: Tony Lastoria takes a look back at the day's action in the Arizona Instructional League where the Indians beat the White Sox 5-2.

Tribe Happenings: A wild wildcard finish is upon us: As the regular season nears its conclusion, Tony Lastoria gives an overview of all the wild card possibilities in his weekly Indians notebook.

Monday

Second Thoughts Game #156: Indians 9, Astros 2: Tribe completes four-game series sweep, gain ground in wild card. Jim Berdysz recaps and gives his thoughts on the game.

Notes From the Wigwam: Indians control their own destiny: The Indians are in the driver's seat as they begin final week of regular season. Steve Orbanek recaps the week for the Indians.

Tuesday

Second Thoughts: Who is the Indians' Most Valuable Player?: Kevin Dean speculates who has been the MVP for the Indians during their amazing playoff-contending season.

Around the Farm: Instructs September 23, 2013: In game two of the Fall Instructional Leagues in Arizona, the Indians fell to the White Sox 7-6. Tony Lastoria recaps the action.

The playoffs for the Indians start tonight: What do the Indians need to do to guarantee clinching a playoff berth over the next week. Tony Lastoria points out what fans can look forward to as the Tribe makes their final push.

Wednesday

Second Thoughts Game #157: White Sox 4, Indians 5: Jason Giambi sends Indians to their best victory of the season with a 2-run walkoff homer. Michael Goodman recaps the 9th inning dramatics at Progressive Field.

A tale of two moments at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Jim Pete quotes classic literature as he analyzes Chris Perez's struggles and Giambi's heroics in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game.

Thursday

Second Thoughts Game #158: White Sox 2, Indians 7: Salazar effective as Swisher and Brantley power offense. Jake Dungan recaps the Indians' 14th straight win over the White Sox.

Where the aces are: Resident draft expert Jeff Ellis analyzes where ace pitchers can and cannot be found in the draft.

Friday

Second Thoughts Game #159: Indians 6, Twins 5: The Indians held off the Twins on Thursday night, but no thanks to Chris Perez, who gave up five runs in the ninth in a failed redemption effort. Michael Hattery recaps the game.

Around The Farm: Instructs September 26, 2013: Arthur Kinney recaps the day's action in Arizona as the Tribe beat the Rangers 6-5.

Orbiting Cleveland: A 2007 vs. 2013 comparison part 2: Numerous similarities exist between this year's team and the 2007 squad. Steve Orbanek speculates.

Saturday

Second Thoughts Game #160: Indians 12, Twins 6: Tribe crests 90-win mark, moves into tie for first wild card spot. Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the game and the milestone.

A one and done playoff, the Indians have been here before: One-game playoffs are not unfamiliar to the Tribe. In fact, the eventual World Series champion Indians in 1948 played a one-game playoff for the AL Pennant. Rick Lamborn looks back.

Friends of the Feather

Tribe's surge toward playoffs putting fans in the seats: Indians, who have won nine of 11 games, draw largest home Sunday crowd of season. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince talks with Tribe star first baseman Nick Swisher about the game and season thus far for the Indians.

Chris Perez replaced by closer-by-committee: Cleveland Indians insider: After his latest meltdown, manager Terry Francona elects to relieve Chris Perez of closing duties and go to a closer-by-committee system. The Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes explains.

Indians aren't in playoffs yet, but dream will live beyond Game 162: After beating Minnesota 5-1 on Saturday, the Indians guaranteed their season would not end on Sunday. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports looks back over what has been a magical season for the Tribe.

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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