The Cleveland Indians season may be over, but the happenings in the minors continue on as usual as Fall Instructional League action continues for another two weeks. On Wednesday the young Indians were in action in Goodyear and beat the Rangers 10-4. The IBI's Arthur Kinney shares all of the details from that game with the complete stats from all of the players in the game and more. Clint Frazier, Elvis Araujo and others continue to impress.
A packed Progressive Field was rocking at the start of last night’s AL Wildcard game between the Rays and Indians, but it was not enough as the Indians fell short 4-0. With the win, the Rays move on to face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday in Fenway Par. With the loss, the Indians get set to pack their bags and head home for the season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his second thoughts on the game.
For a city that has endured countless pain and suffering when it comes to sports teams, Wednesday night at Progressive Field simply added more heartbreak. The Indians first trip to the postseason in six years ended before it really started, as the Tampa Bay Rays behind the arm of 25-year old right-hander Alex Cobb shutout the Tribe, 4-0 to win the one-game wild card playoff, ending Cleveland’s season.
The City of Cleveland is in the midst of a Indians' summer, and there's an all to familiar buzz surrounding the North Coast that's been absent for the past six years. The Indians are facing off against a fellow small market team tonight at 8:00 at Progressive Field, and many feel that the Indians are in over their head. Join Jim Pete as he talks about the history of Cleveland's October buzz, reminisces about Terry Francona's first press conference buzz on October 8 of last year, and looks at where this buzz may be going this year and beyond.
Join IBI's Jim Pete and Michael Hattery as they take a closer look at Wednesday's match-up between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Hattery and Pete talk all things wildcard, including what to make of the Indians line-up, should Jason Giambi start, the matchup between Salazar vs. Cobb (and why Salazar is truly elite), the Indians line-up and roster choices, why Carlos Santana at #4 and #5 in the order may prove to be key players offensively for the Indians, how Jason Kipnis could be the breakout star, why Michael loves Lonnie Chisenhall, and who will ultimately win this ballgame.
Tonight, two teams will battle for the wildcard and earn the right to play in the American League Division Series this weekend at Fenway Park. The IBI's DJ Sebastian thought it would be insightful to compare and contrast those two teams from a slightly different perspective and he does so as only he can. A nice read looking at the history, fans, makeup, managers, and how each team got to where they are today.
It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series. Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a heavy look and previews the A.L wild card showdown between both clubs.
The Indians were back at it on Monday with Instructional League, and Tony has the details from that game. Due to the playoff coverage at the IBI this piece is a day late - but never a dollar short. He has the stats from all of the players in the game, the pitch counts, and more and talks about the impressive play of Clint Frazier, Kenny Mathews and others.
The Indians have accomplished the near-improbable in 2013 by clinching not only a wild card berth, but home field advantage in the one-game playoff, As the fans and players celebrate before the Wild Card game on Wednesday, there are some unflattering theories about why they may not deserve to be playing in October. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he plays the role of "Mythbuster" in his pre-Wild Card Second Thoughts piece.
The Cleveland Indians will be facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, and while the Rays have a more storied recent history, the 2013 version of both teams will be like looking into the mirror. Which team will have the advantage in this one-game playoff? Join Jim Pete to see if the numbers separate the teams, or if they just muddy things up.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Dace Kime, Trevor Frank, Paul Hendrix, Kerry Doane and Jordan Milbrath. He explains why Kime has so much upside as a starter, why Frank might be another gem found in the bullpen, why Milbrath is so intriguing and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
Although the Indians' expanded roster was able to celebrate a playoff berth after their clinching victory in game 162, the harsh reality is that this journey into October means the end of the road for a number of players. When the team gets to Progressive Field on Wednesday, once again, only 25 players will be in uniform. The IBI's Kevin Dean looks at the possibilities with roster for the wildcard game.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to your PLAYOFF-BOUND Cleveland Indians! The Tribe won six games this past week as the team's win streak reached 10 games. As it turns out, the Indians needed every one of those 10 wins as they finished just one game above Texas and Tampa Bay to claim the AL's top Wild Card spot. All attention now turns to Wednesday when the Indians will host the American League Wild Card Playoff Game. Until then though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes one look back at the amazing week that was in the latest edition of Notes From the Wigwam.
The 2014 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!