Manager David Wallace needs a big bucket, as his fishin' boat is starting to take on water...and a lot of it. The Mudcats could only muster up a 1-6 record with only two weeks left in the first half of the season. The Muddies are firmly in the Mud, with the worst record in the Carolina League. Luckily, lefty Shawn Morimando showcased some southpaw hope for the future. Join Jim Pete as he helps bail out Wallace and the Muddies with his weekly report.
Jose Alvarez struck out seven batters in his major league debut and the Cleveland offense mustered just one run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Indians 4-1. The Indians have now lost 7 games in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. They trail the Tigers by five and a half games in the American League Central and are two games below .500.
With Tony engrossed in coverage of the MLB draft, he called upon Jim Piascik to fill in on Tribe Happenings this week. Don't worry, it's only for one week. During this week's Happenings, Jim runs down why the selection of Frazier was the right one given the team's situation and what to make of yet another June swoon. He also takes a look at Carlos Carrasco rejoining the big league club as Zach McAllister hits the disabled list with a dreaded finger injury and much more.
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders at 9:00 P.M. Tonight, they'll talk how the end is near for the Cleveland Indians, and many other Tribe topics of note. They'll also jump into some Cleveland Cavaliers basketball, and focus squarely on the rumor mill. There are rumors that the CSI duo will sing a little, dance a little, and possibly do both at the same time! Tune in at 9:00...
And then it was six. For the second straight game, the Indians' late rally was too little too late as the Tribe dropped their sixth in a row losing to Detroit 6-4. Cleveland also drops their 10th straight ballgame on the road away from Progressive Field. Neither the offense or Carlos Carrasco could get going, making it hard for the team to get a win. Join Jim Berdysz as he gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss.
It could have been a better day for the Indians' organization. Two of the affiliates went into extra innings after leading in the ninth, but both teams ended up losing. There were several intriguing outings, including the organizations top pitching prospect, as well as a former #1 draft pick. Find out who and what they did, as well as all the rest today's top minor league performances. Join Jim Pete for Sunday's ATF.
With one day left and 30 picks to go, we are in for a mad sprint to the finish today in the MLB Draft. The IBI will once again be your destination for all the information you need on all of the picks the Cleveland Indians make as we post the picks minutes after they happen and put up draft profiles on each player later in the day. NOTE: The player draft capsules will not post to the front page, so to see them you will need to click on the "News" tab located to the upper left below the site header.
The humble hurler that is Justin Masterson has seen a return to his 2011 performance so far this season, which raises a few different questions, each equally important. Is this Justin Masterson the one who we will see for the next three to five years? Was 2012 just an outlier, a blip, or reason for concern? What do the answers to the aforementioned questions tell us about extending Justin for the long haul? In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery explores these questions and offers his answers.
After arguably his best start in an Indians uniform last weekend, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his way to an early exit on Friday night against the Tigers in a 7-5 loss. Nick Swisher had his worst game as an Indian with a few misplays in the field and is in a funk at the plate. The Indians have now lost five straight and 13 of their last 17. Times are tough right now, and Jake gives his second thoughts on another Indians loss.
All of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Friday night, and there was plenty of action to recap. Carlos Moncrief continued to show off some of his impressive tools while Quincy Latimore had arguably his best performance as a member of the Akron Aeros. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps those performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Eric Haase may be from “The State Up North”, but his dedication rests within the Buckeye State. Haase hails from Westland, Michigan, just east of Ann Arbor. Though he’s from the land of blue and maize, he had plans to move to the land of scarlet and grey his senior year of high school. That was put on hold, though, after he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2011. Stephanie Metzger spoke with Haase recently about playing in Lake County, his decision to leave Michigan, and much more.
Day 2 of the 2013 MLB Draft kicks up at 12:30 today. There will be no live running blog like yesterday and instead - as in years past - we will be posting draft capsules for every player drafted today within minutes of the pick. NOTE: These capsules will not post to the front page, so to see them you will need to click on the "News" tab located to the upper left below the site header or the link in the "Newswire" to the right.
The Indians selected prep outfielder Clint Frazier with their first pick last night, and it is a pick that Tony is very excited about. Unlike the selection of Tyler Naquin last season who many felt was a reach and he did not have much prospect sizzle, Frazier has all the glitz and sex appeal people look for in a first round pick. In his Day 1 recap, Tony shares his thoughts on the pick, provides commentary from Brad Grant on the pick, and even provides Frazier’s reaction to the selection as well. Also, with the help of Jeff Ellis he previews Day 2 with the top 10 players to keep an eye on at the start of round three where the Indians have the fifth overall pick.
Call to the Bullpen returns to the Cyberwaves tonight for a special MLB draft edition. Jake and Hayden will recap this year's Indians draft picks and discuss the future of first round pick Clint Frazier. In addition, they'll talk about Asdrubal Cabrera going to the disabled list and Chris Perez running into trouble with the law. It all goes live tonight at 10 p.m.!
The Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series tonight against the Detroit Tigers. While it's only June, the series could prove pivotal as the Indians trail the Tigers by 2 1/2 games and have now gone 4-12 in their last 16 games. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Tribe tonight in what could be the closest thing to a must-win series that a team can have in June. Jimenez has been impressive as of late, but can that continue tonight? And will it continue over the course of the season? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tackles that question in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!