Zach McAllister and the Indians dominated the Rays for much of the game on Sunday, looking like they were going to run away and hide early on. With the Indians leading 5-0, things began getting hairy in the sixth inning, as the Rays would put four on the board. Staying resilient, the Indians would score another before All-Star Chris Perez imploded in the ninth. Join Kevin Dean with his "Second Thoughts" on the final game before the All-Star break...
No matter what the outcome of this game, the Indians were guaranteed at least a split of the long series in Baltimore. Paced by another strong outing from their ace and more early offense, they were able to win the series outright and salvage a once-disastrous road trip. The White Sox also lost, and the Indians found themselves only a game and a half out of first place. Join Kevin Dean with his Second Thoughts of Sunday's ballgame.
The Indians were swept out of the Bronx on Wednesday as the Yankees beat them 5-4. The Indians are reeling as they have now dropped five straight and are 1-5 on a road trip that still has four more games in Baltimore to go. The Indians are in a crucial stretch of their season, and Kevin Dean chimes in with his "second thoughts" on yesterday's game.
The Indians kicked off their ten game road trip against the lowly Houston Astros, and were promptly kicked to the curb during a weekend in which Cleveland's weeknesses were firmly taken advantage of. The Indians were dominated by another left-hander, leaving many fans to wonder if there's much more to this season if the Indians can't address their right-hand deficient line-ups.
The Indians lost another series as the Pirates clubbed them 9-5 yesterday, sending them to their fifth loss in their last six games. The Indians are reeling right now, and tonight the Reds come into town for a three game set after sweeping the Tribe in three games at their house last week. Kevin Dean provides his "second thoughts" on yesterday's disappointing Father's Day loss.
On Thursday the Indians ended a once promising road trip in disappointing fashion as the Reds finished off a three-game sweep with a 12-5 mauling of the Tribe. Josh Tomlin was banged around, the bullpen got touched up again, and Votto-Phillips continued to torment the Indians. Kevin Dean shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
Sunday's rubber match between the Indians and Cardinals played out a lot like the previous game early on. Both teams received great outings from their starters, and the Cardinals took an early lead. However, the Indians tied the game on this day, and they were the team that eventually added on in a later round. And in dramatic fashion.
With a tough road schedule facing the Indians, a series win against the Twins was a must. With staff ace, Justin Masterson, taking the hill, the Indians looked to have an advantage. Unfortunately, it's 2012, and not 2011. Kevin Dean returns for his Sunday "Second Thoughts" on Sunday afternoon's game.
The Indians were looking to avoid the sweep against the Chicago White Sox, but Ubaldo Jimenez was responsible to be the stopper. Those days are long behind him, and the White Sox proved it by pummeling the struggling "ace" of the Tribe rotation. Kevin Dean joins the fray to give his Sunday 'Second Thoughts' on today's sweep by the Pale Hose...
It is Monday afternoon, and that means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" to get caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Kevin Dean recaps the action from last week with thoughts on each game, transactions, stats, and his Clipper pitcher and hitter of the week.
Jared Goedert continues to overwhelm the Eastern League with his bat. Tony Wolters has been woeful on offense in Carolina. A starter returned tonight, to Huff, and puff, and mow down the Reading Phillies. Kevin returns to IPI's original Around the Farm, a spotlight on several top prospects in the Indians' minor league system.
Cord Phelps continues to hit well against Triple-A pitching, Mike Rayl put forth one of the best starting pitching performances in the Indians' system in the early stages of this season, Wright dazzled with his knuckleball, and lots more! It is the IPI's original "Around the Farm" which provides a snapshot of all the highlights from yesterday's minor league action.
Time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" again as Kevin Dean wraps up the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. They are off to a good start at 7-4 and in first place in the Western Division of the International League, and Kevin gives all the updates on what is going on there.
Runs were at a premium in the Indians' minor league system on Friday night as all four affiliates managed to score a total of five runs on the night. Even with the lack of offensive production, some players contributed offensively, and there were plenty of good pitching performances to boot. Kevin recaps the highlights from last night's action in IPI's own "Around the Farm".
The fourth and final game of the series between the Indianapolis Indians and Columbus Clippers had an 11:35am first pitch, but Columbus' bats were awake and ready. The Clippers bounced back from their first loss since Opening Day on Wednesday night with a 5-4 win on Thursday, taking three games of the four-game set.
Might a Crowe be perched in the outfield in Cleveland? Might there be a new Cook in Akron? Which top prospect drilled his third home run and fourth multi-hit game of the season? Kevin take a tour of the minor leagues from last night's games in the latest and greatest installment of Around the Farm, originated right here at IPI.
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!