The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him and Carlos Carrasco this week.
The Cleveland Indians announced a number of decisions on Monday as a handful of players were reassigned to minor league camp. Also, the team informed non-roster invitees Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they would not break camp with the Major League club. How does this impact the team with the start of the regular season just two weeks away? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he ponders that thought and goes over all the news from a busy Monday.
Delvi Cid is far from what most fans would label a can't-miss prospect, but the young outfielder certainly had a can't-miss moment on Saturday. Cid's walk-off RBI-triple allowed the Indians to clinch a 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants. Along with Cid, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera also had impressive performances. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps all of these performances and more as he looks back on the Indians' 13th win of the spring season.
Scott Kazmir’s resume for the Indians’ starting rotation just got longer as the left-hander only allowed three hits and one walk and had four punchouts in four dominant shutout innings. Good pitching by both the Angels and Indians led to a scoreless tie at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday. The Indians move to 11-6-1 in Cactus League play this spring while Los Angeles is now 3-10-1.
The Indians and Royals were able to get in two and a half innings of play before Mother Nature drenched the Phoenix area and resulted in the cancellation of six Cactus League games, including the Indians and Royals game. Before the rains came Drew Stubbs was off to his best game this spring and Corey Kluber was solid in his start. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the abbreviated game and provides a few news updates on some walking wounded.
What is Jason Giambi doing here? Why would the Indians sign the aging first baseman/designated hitter to a minor league deal this offseason? Those are two of many questions that that a lot of fans have asked about the Indians signing of Giambi this offseason. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives some answers to those questions and gives his take on why the move makes some sense for the team.
Apparently hitting home runs was as viral as the Harlem Shake in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday as the Indians slugged their way to a 4-3 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Both teams collected their share of runs via the long ball as Cleveland hitters clubbed three solo blasts while the Giants belted two of their own. Tribe bullpen hopeful Bryan Shaw walked away with the win while starting rotation candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three shutout innings.
The power of Ryan Raburn enflamed Goodyear Ballpark once again on Saturday as the utility player continued to state his case for the Indians bench this season as he clubbed his fourth home run of the young Cactus League campaign as part of the Indians’ six-run first inning. But the fun did not last long as Ubaldo Jimenez and the pitching staff came unraveled in the third inning to allow seven runs.
The Cleveland Indians built off their already impressive spring start with two more strong performances on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the Tribe relied on its offense, but it was Tribe pitchers who led the charge in Sunday's contests. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps both contests and touches on the Indians perfect 4-0 start.
The Indians continued their offensive onslaught on their Ohio and Goodyear partnership by piling 13 more runs onto the Reds. It was the second consecutive game in which they scored 10-plus runs, and at the center of that was Ryan Raburn, who blasted another two home runs in his quest to make the Indians 25-man roster. Join Jake Dungan as he wraps up game #2 of spring training.
The Cleveland Indians made a handful of moves this offseason, but by no means does that make the Tribe the favorite in the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers are coming off a World Series appearance, and both the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox could be contenders in the division. So, how does the Tribe stack up when compared to the competition? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he ponders how the Tribe compares to its divisional rivals.
Last week's signing of Michael Bourn was the latest move in an especially busy offseason for the Cleveland Indians. With the signing of Bourn, the Tribe has now committed $117 million to free agents this offseason. The team's ownership has finally gone out and made a big commitment in spending this offseason, and the IBI's Jake Dungan believes it's now time for Indians fans to keep their part of the bargain and start attending games.
This is the final installment of this article series, which will break down the bench and utility players of 2013 compared to 2012. The IBI's Jake Dungan reviews the options for the bench and looks at the projected bench to open the 2013 season and compares the four-man bench with the bench that played most of last season with the Indians.
The Indians shocked the local and national baseball world last night when news came down the pipe that they had reached agreement on a four-year $48 million deal with free agent Michael Bourn. For days and weeks the Indians gave no indication they were in on him and that their payroll was maxed out, and they made a key strike at the start of spring training which improves the club in a lot of ways. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the signing and provides some thoughts on what the deal means.
Well now we get to the fun stuff. That’s right, today we will discuss the “The Bullpen Mafia” as Clevelanders have so affectionately branded the Indians relief corps. Outside of maybe Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo in San Francisco, the Tribe probably has the most unique, fun-loving bunch of characters to ever occupy a major league bullpen. The IBI's Jake Dungan continues his four-part series with a comparison between the 2012 opening day bullpen and this season's projected opening day bullpen.
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!