The Indians are fresh off one of their best weeks of the season as the team went 6-1 and swept a four-game series against the White Sox while also winning a three-game set against the Marlins. With last week out of the way, all attention is now turned to the big four-game series against Detroit, which is set to begin tonight. Before that though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the Tribe's successful week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Another great pitching performance combined with a few timely hits was more than a good recipe for success Sunday, as the Tribe won the three-game series shutting out Miami, 2-0. Two runs was all the Indians offense needed as the team blanked the last place Marlins to improve to 6-9 all-time against them. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz as he shares his second thoughts on another Indians victory.
Even though two of the Indians minor league affiliates were off there was still a lot of notable action among the four affiliates that played on Sunday. One very notable performance came from lefty Matt Whitehouse who is coming on strong at Mahoning Valley and who may be a sleeper from this year's draft. Tony steps in and recaps the night around the farm and discusses Whitehouse and several other players.
The Cleveland Indians took the finale of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins with a 2-0 victory and solid start from Scott Kazmir on Sunday. Thanks to RBI singles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley, the Tribe offense was able back up another shutout effort by the pitching staff. Join the IBI's Stephanie Metzger as she recaps the Indians' Sunday win in South Beach.
It’s not often that a player can lead a team in batting average, home runs and runs batted in after missing a month of the season, but Carolina Mudcats second baseman Joey Wendle is doing just that. What a first full season in the minors Wendle is having and he has jumped into the mix with the other talented middle infielders in the organization. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with Wendle and talked about his success this season.
The Indians have made an interesting change to their starting rotation in advance of the big four game series with the AL Central Division leading Tigers which starts on Monday. They have announced that Ubaldo Jimenez has been pushed back to Friday and that Danny Salazar will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start the game on Wednesday.
It was a nail biter finish, but the Indians escaped and hung on to beat the Marlins 4-3 to win their first game in Miami since June 14, 2007 on Saturday. Zach McAllister had another strong performance for the Tribe while the offense was led by Jason Kipnis' bat and Michael Bourn's speed. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he looks back at the contest and offers his Second Thoughts on what ended up being a very exciting Tribe win.
Two of the hottest players in the Indians' farm system continued their hot streaks on Saturday as Bryson Myles' hit streak moved to 16 games while Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched one of his best games of the season. Also, Akron's Jesus Aguilar continued to show signs that his power may be returning as he hit his third home run in eight games. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Indians rotation like the Tribe in general has been a streaky and on the whole a productive bunch. Well, productive may be a bit bold. The instability of production, however, has leveled out to something fairly respectable and over the last month something dominant. The IBI's Michael Hattery breaks down the Indians rotation with a deep look into how sustainable their recent run of success is going forward.
The Indians have had their struggles in the bullpen this season with the likes of Rich Hill, Scott Barnes and David Huff. Another who has struggled is Nick Hagadone, but he is a pitcher they still believe in and one that is a part of their future that they are trying to get more consistent in Triple-A. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins recently talked with Hagadone about the struggles of going up and down between the big leagues and minors and what he is working on.
I hope no one had any traumatic memories of the 1997 World Series dredged up on Friday night as the Indians saw their eight-game win streak come to a screeching halt against the now-Miami Marlins. Young phenom Jose Fernandez continued his stellar rookie campaign pitching eight shutout innings against the Tribe. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his second thoughts on how South Beach has once again haunted Cleveland.
Some guy named Danny Salazar was brilliant again Friday night for Triple-A Columbus. He pitched five no-hit innings with eight strikeouts and was an error away from being perfect in his outing before being removed. The IBI's Arthur Kinney shares his great outing as well as several other good (and bad) outings around the farm on Friday night.
Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Indians over eight innings as the Miami Marlins ended the Cleveland Indians' eight-game winning streak with a 10-0 blowout. Ubaldo Jimenez, on the other hand, needed 107 pitches to get through just four innings while errors by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and a rough outing by Matt Albers put the game out of reach. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps Marlins rout of the Tribe.
The MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, and it ended up being a quiet trade season for the Indians as the team only acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Some fans had been clamoring for other moves, but Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti ultimately decided to make the safe move, which could be better for the long haul. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses the Indians' approach at the deadline in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Indians won their eighth game in a row on Thursday afternoon and swept the White Sox out of town in the process with a convincing 6-1 win. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again as he picked up his 13th win of the season, and Ryan Raburn was the offense with two homers and four RBI. The IBI's Michael Hattery looks at Masterson's emergence and also looks at the dynamic catching duo of Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes.
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