The Cleveland Indians are starting to get back on the right track and went 4-2 this past week while earning series victories over the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. Perhaps no players was more impressive than right-hander Corey Kluber, who went 2-0 in two starts and allowed just one run in 16 innings of work. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek he looks back at Kluber's performance and more in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
Tony is back with a special Monday edition of Tribe Happenings to get caught up on all the things happening with the big league team. He discusses how the Indians are only at .500 but thanks to a favorable schedule the rest of the way how they may be in line to make a playoff push. He also talks about how Carlos Carrasco and Nick Hagadone can really impact the roster, why Lonnie Chisenhall should be up now, and has a full infirmary report on all of the injured big leaguers.
The 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers are certainly an eclectic bunch. A combination of fresh draft picks, older free agents, and rising prospects, the Scrappers embody their nickname perfectly; they are the personification of scrappy. Just trying to scratch and claw their way to the next level, each Scrapper has a different story. The IBI's Hayden Grove talked with several of the Scrappers over the weekend and sets the stage for the start of their season tonight!
The Indians inked more players over the weekend, this biggest being 1st round pick outfielder Clint Frazier to a $3.5 million deal. The Indians have now signed 14 players from their 2013 Draft and more will filter in over the next three weeks before the signing deadline passes on July 12th. The signing news is slowing down, but Tony checks in today with a few updates on some players.
Now that’s how you pitch! Indians starter Corey Kluber pitched the best game of his life on Sunday as the Tribe shutout Washington, 2-0 to take the three-game series. Pitching out of a bases loaded no out jam in the seventh inning and another two innings with runners on first and third and nobody out, Kluber earned every bit of that victory. The IBI's Jim Berdysz gives his second thoughts on the game...
You really have to love the nights when all of the affiliates lose. Tonight was such a night, but one player really stood out as a potential break-out candidate if he can continue to play at the high level that he's been performing at over the past month. Join Jim Pete as he takes a look at Lonnie Chisenhall, Jordan Smith, Chris Perez and even Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Sunday edition of ATF.
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders at 9:00 P.M. Tonight, they'll talk Corey Kluber, the latest streak, the next few weeks, 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 announce their latest finishing move! Tune in at 9:00...
The Mudcats offense continues to hit the cover off the ball. Unfortunately, it's rarely with runners in scoring position, and rarely makes much of a difference in the overall scheme of things. The Mudcats pitching continues to dive into mudholes, and runners continue to get stranded. Join Jim Pete as he goes fishing for those missing runs.
Left-handed Shawn Morimando has enjoyed a successful first half of the season at High-A Carolina. With the All Star break here, the IBI's Jacqueline Kantor had a chance to catch up with him to see how his first half went and what adjustments he has been working on that have helped him improve this season.
Cleveland Indians President, Mark Shapiro often talks about his love for the game of baseball and how it all stems from his relationship with his dad. He could have been talking about DJ Sebastian and his dad. As we celebrate Father’s Day, DJ shares the story of how he and his dad shared a love for the game of baseball.
For the Indians, Saturday was a tale of the bad, the good, and the ugly. Cleveland was left stunned on Saturday night as the Washington Nationals scored twice in the final two innings to secure a 7-6 victory over the Tribe. This came after the Indians offense battled their way back from a 5-0 deficit to be up 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts...
It was business as usual down on the farm for the Indians on Saturday night. Cord Phelps remained hot, Lonnie Chisenhall is making it very difficult for the Indians to keep him in Columbus, and more. The IBI's Michal Hattery chimes in with his thoughts on the action in the minors.
After the Cleveland offense mounted a five-run comeback against Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann, the Tribe bullpen allowed lead-changing solo homers in the eighth and ninth as the Nationals beat the Indians 7-6. The Indians were unable to get lockdown performances from their bullpen mates, and on Sunday they will focus on starting a new streak.
The draft has come and gone, and now it is time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to post his annual post-draft review. It was a very interesting draft and as always had a lot of trends that he found while following it. He touches on the Frazier pick and why the negatives on him are a bit overstated right now, the Indians approach in the draft with selecting several smaller sized players, and their "safe" approach with their bonus pool to maybe save money to strike and sign later round guys.
Basking in the Indians third consecutive win, a quick rebound from an absolutely horrendous stretch, the Indians peak and valley tendencies have shown their ugly head. And as with many streaks, when it rained it poured, something which we can actually see manifested statistically in BABIP. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at the statistical trends at third base with Mark Reynolds and wonders when Lonnie Chisenhall will be called up.
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!