IBI's resident sabremetrics' specialist Michael Hattery takes a close up look at the Cleveland Indians offense in comparison to the Tigers, re-examines Lonnie Chisenhall's potential premature demotion earlier this year and subsequent promotion, and analyzes why the time may be now to pull the trigger on an Asdrubal Cabrera trade. Become a trend setter with Michael Hattery, IBI's trend spotter...
You have to give this young man credit. Here we are nearing the All-Star Break and not only has Corey Kluber filled a role vacated by the long-injured Brett Myers, he has taken tremendous strides practically out of nowhere to become a reliable and even at times dominant major league starter. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps another gem tossed by the right-hander.
Corey Kluber pitched scoreless baseball into the eighth inning and Michael Bourn had a two-run, pinch hit double as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the opening game of the final series before the All-Star break. As usual, the Indians struggled against Bruce Chen, but they did just enough to pull away with another win and more to 49-44.
With Steve Orbanek off getting married (congratulations Steve!), Orbiting Cleveland will be under new management for the next two weeks. Michael Hattery steps in, writing about the debut of Danny Salazar and how, in some ways, he is the anti-Carlos Carrasco. Michael breaks down the two pitchers, what their futures could hold, and much more in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster: Recalled RHP CHEN-CHANG (C.C.) LEE (#20) from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Optioned RHP DANNY SALAZAR to AAA Columbus.
Two things dominated the pre-game commentary for this game. The first being the major league debut of Danny Salazar, and the second being the chance to grab a series win against Toronto as the All-Star break approaches. As it turns out, Salazar was sensational and the Indians came away with a much needed 4-2 win. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
Almost 49 years to the day of Luis Tiant’s major league debut with the Indians, Danny Salazar flash signs of the three-time All-Star also in his first big league start on Thursday. Offensively, the arm the 23-year-old Dominican native was no match for Toronto as the Tribe defeated the Blue Jays 4-1 to win the three-game series. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Tuesday's 4-2 win.
In the midst of a stellar season at Triple-A Columbus, relief pitcher Preston Guilmet has finally been given the opportunity that he has sought since being selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft - a shot in the majors. The IBI's Ethan Day recently caught up with him and discussed the things that helped get him his first big league call.
After yet another bullpen implosion, Cleveland found itself on the losing end of a winnable game. Poor pitching from the pen, some untimely bad defense, and some missed opportunities early and late in the game offensively cost Cleveland. Justin Masterson also struggled, though Terry Francona leaving him in too long hints at a larger problme. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss.
They say baseball teams go as far as starting pitching takes them. Tribe ace Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.72 ERA) gave his team another quality start, but it was the bullpen that gave the game away late, yet again. Cleveland scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome another bullpen meltdown as the Toronto Blue Jays squeezed by the Tribe 5-4. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Wednesday night's loss.
Whether you like him or not, Ubaldo Jimenez has been a solid contributor to the Indians rotation this season. While we can all probably agree he’s far from being the Cy Young-contending ace he once was, he has been at least serviceable at the very minimum. Then again, being 7-4 with a 4.37 ERA is a tad better than serviceable. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Ubaldo's dominant start and the Tribe's shutout victory over the Jays.
Podcast with Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, as they talk Cleveland Indians baseball on the Tuesday Night staple, Smoke Signals. In this episode, the crew talked Ubaldo and his Houdini act, the scrappy bench, the Tigers/Yankees/Red Sox, the trade deadline, prospects and call-ins from a couple of IBI regulars!
Quality starts have been few and far between for Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Tuesday proved different for the right-hander, as he and the Indians shutout the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0 for their eleventh shutout of the year. The win was much needed after a disappointing loss to the Tigers the previous night.
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!