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IBI Digest: 9/29/13 - 10/5/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 9/29/13 - 10/5/13
October 5, 2013
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It was a turbulent week for the Indians as they clinched their first playoff berth in six years. The euphoria of October baseball returning to Cleveland spread to IBI as we prepared for the one-game wild card playoff against the Rays. Unfortunately, the celebration was short-lived as Tampa Bay shut out the Tribe at Progressive Field on Wednesday night to bring their storied season to an abrupt end.

As the IBI staff prepares for off-season Tribe coverage, here is what happened this week to wrap up a great season of Indians baseball.

Subscription Pieces

Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 4: In the fourth installement of his 2013 Indians draft pick analysis, Tony Lastoria analyzes five more prospects from the 2013 draft and compares them to Amatuer Scouting Director Brad Grant's scouting reports.

Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 5: Tony Lastoria concludes his five-part scouting report on the Tribe's 2013 draft picks and their performance in their first professional season. Scouting Director Brad Grant also weighs in on the player analysis.

Regular Content

Sunday

Second Thoughts Game #161: Indians 5, Twins 1: Kazmir, Tribe win their ninth straight and take over top wild card seed. Jim Berdysz recaps the action.

Tribe Happenings: The Indians are the ultimate "team": Tony Lastoria explains how the Tribe's accomplishments this season have all been a team effort as well as speculates the various playoff scenarios and postseason roster possiblities for the Indians.

IBI Power Poll: What should the Indians do with Chris Perez?: As arguably his worst major league season comes to a close and the postseason draws near, the Indians have to make a decision with Chris Perez. Jim Pete speculates and throws it out to the fans in this week's Power Poll.

The Cleveland Indians get ready for a TribeTown October!!!: After Ubaldo Jimenez led the Tribe to 5-1 win over the Twins, the Indians clinched their first playoff berth in six years. Celebrate with this collection of photos assembled by Jim Pete.

Monday

Second Thoughts Game #162: Indians 5, Twins 1: Tribe clinches their first playoff berth since 2007, close out season winning 10 straight. Jim Berdysz is here to cover all the day's excitement.

Around The Farm: Instructs September 28, 2013: Despite Eric Hasse and Erik Gonzalez each recording two RBI's, the Indians were unable to hold off the Reds in a 7-6 loss. Arthur Kinney recaps the action in Arizona.

Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe clinches Wild Card spot: Indians' win streak reaches 10 as the team grabs top AL Wild Card spot. Steve Orbanek recaps the final week of the regular season for the Tribe as they move on to the postseason.

Tuesday

Second Thoughts: The wild card roster: As the Indians await their wild card matchup at Progressive Field, Kevin Dean speculates who will make the one-game playoff roster and who will be left off.

Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays: The Tale of the Tape: Jim Pete breaks down both Tampa Bay and Cleveland's roster and does a position by position comparison as he tries to prove why the Indians could have an advantage.

Wednesday

Second Thoughts: Mythbusters Edition: Quelling general misconceptions about the Indians and their playoff run. Jake Dungan attempts to prove why the Tribe deserves to be where they are.

Around The Farm: Instructs September 30th: The Indians got themselves back in the win column with a 6-3 win over the White Sox thanks to strong pitching and a strong performance at the plate by Bryson Myles. Tony Lastoria recaps the day's action in Arizona.

AL Wildcard Preview: Rays vs. Indians: Tribe will look to keep their momentum alive in one-game wild card showdown. Jim Berdysz gives a very detailed preview of the matchup.

The Indians and the Rays - A tale of two franchises: DJ Sebastian compares the Indians and Rays franchises and analyzes how they are both similar and different as they prepare to battle in the impending wild card playoff.

There's a playoff BUZZ at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: October baseball is back in Cleveland and Jim Pete is here to get those who aren't already excited fired up as the Tribe hopes to make a push deep into the postseason.

Thursday

Second Thoughts: AL Wildcard – Rays 4, Indians 0: October baseball in Cleveland ended before it barely even got started as the Indians were shut out by Alex Cobb and the Rays in the one-game wild card playoff. Tony Lastoria recaps a disappointing end to an otherwise great Indians season.

Around The Farm: Instructs October 2, 2013: Led by Jordan Smith and Francisco Mejia, the Indians crushed the Rangers 10-4 on Wednesday night. Arthur Kinney recaps the victory in Arizona.

Trend Spotting: Finding the value gap, position by position: Advanced stats guru Michael Hattery reviews the Indians' performance in 2013 on a position-by-position basis and comparing them to 2012 to find how they've improved or regressed.

Friday

2013 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents: With the offseason officially underway, Tony Lastoria updates readers on who is or is likely to hit the free agent market both on the big league roster and down in the minors.

Orbiting Cleveland: Putting things into perspective: Indians' loss to Rays should be celebrated as the first step toward a bright future. Steve Orbanek points out what fans can look forward to next season.

Saturday

A deeper look at Yan Gomes: Emergence of Gomes has the Indians in an enviable situation at catcher. In his debut piece for IBI, Matt Rose examines how Gomes came in an under-the-radar trade and emerged as a starting-caliber catcher for the Tribe.

Around The Farm: Instructs October 4th: The Rangers returned the favor on Friday by blowing out the Tribe 12-3. A rough day for the pitching capped off by Trevor Frank's meltdown handed the Indians the loss. Tony Lastoria revisits the highlights.

Friends of the Feather

A Loss and a Win for the Indians: MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince looks back at the Tribe's performance in the Wild Card game and how even though it was a disappointing loss for them, there is still a bright future ahead of them. 

What Tribenomics Face Antonetti Heading into Winter: Now that the season is over, what lies ahead for Indians GM Chris Antonetti and the front office as they attempt to improve this Indians team for next season? Mike Brandyberry from Did The Tribe Win Last Night examines the Indians offseason to-do list.

 It wasn't the outcome he desired, but Danny Salazar offers glimpse of a bright future in Cleveland: Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com takes a look at how Danny Salazar overslept and was nearly late for his debut big league start, but how fans should not sleep on the future of the young hard-throwing right-hander.

Giambi Says He Would Love To Return To Indians In 2014: Jason Giambi's impact both on and off the field was invaluable to the Indians in 2014. Now the question is, will he be back next season. Giambi hopes to, but will the Indians oblige? Matt Loede from 92.3 The Fan speculates.

A Field Trip to Believeland: Andrew Sharp of Grantland.com relives his visit to Cleveland during Indians playoff baseball and meaningful Browns football. An outsider's take from someone who actually "gets it" as far as life as a Cleveland sports fan.

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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