One flip of the calendar, and the Indians have already picked up their first victory in the month of September, defeating the Rangers on Saturday night 4-3. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak and was the first time since August 11 that Cleveland won a ballgame where Justin Masterson was not the starting pitcher.
The Tribe's woes continue as the team dropped its sixth straight Friday. Even worse, the loss tied the franchise mark for the worst month in team history. On the positive side of things, a new month is upon us, but just in case any of us forgot about just how bad August was, IPI's Jim Berdysz goes over Friday's conclusion to the month, a 5-3 loss to Texas.
The streak is finally over! The Indians would need just four hits against rival New York on Saturday night to snap their second nine game losing streak of the season, defeating the Yankees 3-1 picking up just their fifth victory in the month of August. Tribe starter Justin Masterson became the first Cleveland starter with double-digit victories in 2012, giving his team another quality and dominant start.
Nine in a row. 22 of their last 26. Times are tough for the Indians right now as they continued their month long tumble in the standings last night with a 3-1 loss to the hated Yankees. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game.
Through six innings last night it was an impressive battle between Felix Hernandez and Roberto Hernandez, but things unraveled quickly for the Indians in the seventh inning and they lost to the Mariners 5-1. The loss is the Indians 17th loss in their last 18 road games and their 20th loss in their last 24 games. These are not good times of late for the Indians or their fans. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game.
Somewhere, both Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro were smiling last night as newly acquired utility man Brent Lillibridge and the Indians defeated Red Sox on Saturday, 5-2. After a slow start to the ballgame, the Tribe bats warmed up late scoring four of their five runs over the last four innings of the game.
The Indians ran into a tough pitcher last night as Clay Buchholz was on his A-game and threw a complete game two-hitter in a 3-2 Red Sox win. The Indians actually got a surprisingly solid start from lefty Chris Seddon, probably his last before Roberto Hernandez is activated this week. Jim Berdysz provides his second thoughts on the game.
The Indians lost their seventh game in a row, and are now 8 1/2 games behind the Chicago White Sox. Their run differential is the worst in the American League (fourth worst in all of baseball, behind Houston, Colorado and Miami) right now at a crazy -88 runs, and the big league club is beginning to look a lot like the Columbus Clippers did back in April. Check out Jim B. and his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
And the losing streak continues. After being swept by the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals this past week, the Indians dropped their seventh game in a row to Detroit on Friday night, 10-2. It marked just the third time the team was defeated by the Tigers in 10 games this season.
Coming into the game having just beaten the American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in Justin Verlander, the Indians made Twins left-hander Scott Diamond look like a Cy Young candidate himself, getting embarrassed and losing to Minnesota 11-0 on last night. Jim Berdysz does his best to sift through the carnage in today's Second Thoughts.
The Indians are in a free fall, and at the wrong time. The Indians lost to the Baltimore Orioles last nigh, their fourth in a row, and fell under .500 for the first time since April. The Indians rallied in the ninth, behind 4-0, but fell a run short, losing to the Orioles, 4-3. Is this the end, with the Tigers playing so well? Jim Berdysz asks "What if," after the jump...
Toronto sent 13 men to the plate against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, and scored eight runs on eight hits. Cleveland would make a late comeback in the ballgame after being down 10-2 by the top of the fourth, but it was too little too late as the Jays would still cruise to a 11-9 victory. Join Jim B with his Second Thoughts on Saturday night's ballgame...
Justin Masterson entered the second half of 2012 with perhaps a chip on his shoulder. While much of his season has resembled his much heralded break-out season in 2011, he's had moments of struggle where his velocity was down, and his control was erratic. That wasn't the case on Friday Night, as Masterson dominated. Jim Berdysz shares his "Second Thoughts," after the jump.
Cleveland entered the game struggling against left-handed pitching, and facing one of the best young left-handed pitchers in the American League in Tampa Bay's Matt Moore. Cleveland unleashed a doubles barrage on Moore early and often, plating five runs in the second and third innings, then watched Ubaldo Jimenez lock down Tampa for the 7-3 victory. Jim Bierdysz rolls out his 'Second Thoughts' on the game-time action.
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