Playoff fever in Cleveland. It’s not often that the words ‘playoff’ and ‘Cleveland’ are mentioned in the same sentence. Yet the Indians have defied all odds and put together a magical season on their way to a potential wild card berth. With a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night, the Tribe improved their record to 88-70. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the game.
The last time Chicago beat the Tribe, Danny Salazar was in Double-A Akron. For the 14th consecutive time Tuesday night, the Indians took down Central Division rival White Sox, 7-2. Having won six straight, the team finishes with a record of 17-2 against the ChiSox tying the most victories versus an opponent in the division era. More importantly, they retained their one game lead over Texas for the final wildcard spot.
Last week Tony posted the first piece year end insider piece on the Indians minor league affiliates with a look at the rookie level AZL Indians hitters. This week he once again sat down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there this season such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Sean Brady, Juan Santana, Casey Shane, Anthony Vizcaya, Thomas Pannone, Luis Gomes, Kyle Bellows, Jordan Milbrath, Jose Zapata and Martin Alcantara.
In one five minute span of baseball, the Cleveland Indians went from the high of being three outs away from winning their fifth game in a row, to giving up a ninth inning lead and watching the Astros fall behind the Rangers. Another Cleveland implosion. Then something funny happened. Jason Giambi stepped up to the plate and launched the biggest home run at Progressive Field in recent memory...and the Indians won. Join Jim Pete as he looks at the two players that put the entire town in their own personal roller coaster.
Tuesday night will go down as one of the more memorable finishes in the 20 year history of Jacobs/Progressive Field. Given the circumstances and what had just transpired in the top of the ninth inning, pinch hitter Jason Giambi sent all of Cleveland into a mardi gras like celebration with a clutch two-out two-run homer to give the Indians the win. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on an amazing come from behind win and avoid a devastating loss the final week of the season.
There are moments in baseball that make you believe something special is happening, especially in a pennant chase. For the Indians, their most special player just may be a 42-year old with a .181 batting average. With the Tribe trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Jason Giambi took White Sox closer Addison Reed deep for a game-winning walk-off homer to give the Indians a remarkable 5-4 win.
We are now down to the final six days of the regular season. Less than a week remains in a season that many did not consider the Indians as having much of a chance of making the playoffs let along contending for them, yet, here we are. Tony takes a look at the scenarios and matchups this final week and what the Indians need to have happen to get into the playoffs and even host a postseason game.
The young Indians were back in action on Monday out in Arizona in another Instructional League game, beating the White Sox 7-6. In another special edition of ATF, Tony recaps what happened in the game with the complete box score and talks about each player's performance. Young catching phenom Francisco Mejia and others shined.
Once the entire baseball season is over, we here at IBI will be running an Indians-centric award roundtable. Responses will be kept short, so the IBI's Kevin Dean decided to use his last Second Thoughts (of the regular season) to try and sort out who the Indians' most valuable overall player has been.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Casey Shane, Adam Plutko, Sicnarf Loopstok, Cole Sulser and Justin Garcia. He explains why Plutko and Garcia did not pitch this season, provides some scouting notes on each player, and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
We've officially reached the stretch run. With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots. It may be hard to believe, but the Indians actually control their own destiny moving forward. Things are certainly looking up for the Tribe and a lot of that has to do with the team's brilliant performance this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
Forget Tribe Town, how about Sweep City? In front of the largest Sunday crowd of the season, the Indians bats exploded for nine runs on 13 hits against the Astros to complete the four-game series sweep over Houston, 9-2. Sitting in the driver's seat for one of the American League wild card spots, the Indians (86-70) are now 16 games over the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 27, 2007. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts...
With a 9-2 victory over the Astros, the Indians swept their sixth four-game series of the season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1961 Yankees, a team that featured sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and won the World Series. Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn each had two RBIs as Cleveland clings to their possession of one of the two wild-card spots. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the victory.
The 2013 Instructional League game schedule got underway on Saturday out in Arizona for the Indians minor leaguers. A total of 25 players played and Tony has the full details on how each player did, the box score from the game, and provides some insight and analysis into their performances and what they are working on out in Arizona.
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!