There is perhaps no Cleveland Indians player that receives more criticism than Ubaldo Jimenez. The right-hander has been a colossal disappointment since coming over in July 2011 from the Rockies, yet he put together a solid start on Wednesday and was a key reason behind the Indians' 3-2 win. So, was Wednesday's start just smoke and mirrors, or could Jimenez actually be poised to rebound? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
Goodbye Goodyear. Hello Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians officially completed Spring Training with a strong 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The win ensured that the Indians finished the spring season with a winning record, and the Tribe left Goodyear with a 17-16-2 record. With that said, let’s take one close look back at Goodyear before the Indians officially begin the Major League season on Tuesday…
Zach McAllister had some unexpected success during the 2012 season. With the 2013 season now just days away, how can fans expect McAllister to perform? Could he perhaps be the cog that holds the Indians' rotation together? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on McAllister's future in the first edition of a new IBI weekly staple appropriately titled Orbiting Cleveland.
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first appearance since being resigned by the Indians to a minor league deal, and the right-hander impressed as he allowed just two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. On the offense end, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall also continued his tear and led the Indians with two hits. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Wednesday's game and offers some key takeaways.
With the start of the regular season less than a week and a half away, it seems as if things are finally becoming clear in regard to the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster. One of the players who unfortunately may not make the Major League club is Cord Phelps, but that hasn't stopped the switch-hitter from leaving an impression at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on all of this past week's moves and recaps some top performances in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
It wasn’t long ago that Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the true can’t-miss prospects in baseball. Armed with solid power, projectable defensive skills and a swing straight out of the movies, Chisenhall was atop many Cleveland Indians’ fans’ top prospects list. They weren’t the only ones enamored with Chisenhall. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued him some the past two seasons, and this is a big season him.
Ubaldo Jimenez recorded his second straight solid outing on Monday to lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Jimenez was back by Lou Marson and Drew Stubbs, who recorded two hits apiece to lead the Tribe. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the contest and offers some key takeaways.
The Indians lost their second straight game on Friday as right-hander Brett Myers allowed four earned runs in four innings of work. Despite the loss, there were some positive performances as Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes each recorded two hits apiece. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more.
The Indians completed another week of Spring Training games this past week, and the team's record of 12-7 is now tied for second in the Cactus League. Lonnie Chisenhall continues to heat up at the plate while the Indians received some unfortunate news this week after it was announced right-hander Frank Herrmann had undergone Tommy John surgery and would be out for a year. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on both of these points and many more in this week's edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
As has been the case in each of the past four seasons, left-hander David Huff entered this year's Spring Training as a candidate for a spot in the starting rotation. However, Tribe skipper Terry Francona has since said Huff is no longer competing for that spot and can only make the team as a member of the Indians' bullpen. So, what does the future hold for Huff? Take a look as the left-hander is featured in this week's edition of Then & Now.
It's only Spring Training, but new acquisition Nick Swisher is already making his presence felt as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The switch-hitting Swisher had a great week for the Indians, who are currently 10-5 in the Cactus League. Ubaldo Jimenez also looks to be on the rebound and Jason Gimabi, yes 42-year-old Jason Giambi, hit his first home run of the spring this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
The good Justin Masterson was on display Wednesday as the right-hander pitched four shutout innings to lead the Indians to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yan Gomes and Mark Reynolds each recorded two hits for the Indians in the contest, and 42-year-old designated hitter Jason Giambi recorded his first hit of the spring. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all the action and offers some takeaways.
Nick Hagadone has gotten off to a torrid start this spring, and it looks as if he could be positioning himself as a front-runner for one of the Indians' open bullpen spots. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Hagadone's career and touches on what the future may hold for the left-hander in this week's edition of Then & Now.
The Indians had a dominant performance on Monday and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Nick Swisher and Lonnie Chisenhall each had three hits, and rotation hopefuls Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer were in action. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the action and also offers some takeaways from the contest.
It's been an incredible week at the plate for Ryan Raburn, who could now be positioned as a frontrunner for one of the Indians' bench jobs. Also, roster hopefuls Trevor Bauer and Yan Gomes continue to impress, but does either player have a legitimate shot at making the Major League roster? The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on these players and more in this week's edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
The once-hot Cleveland Indians don't look so hot anymore as the team lost its third straight Spring Training game on Thursday. Pitching was a major problem for the Indians as right-hander Zach McAllister allowed five runs in his two innings of work. Vinnie Pestano and Daisuke Matzusaka also had so-so outings, but there were a few positive takeaways. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all the action and offers some positive points.
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