The Tribe had a chance to sweep Minnesota out of town on Sunday, but the Twins had other ideas defeating Cleveland, 5-3. Rookie left-hander Pedro Hernandez kept hitters guessing for most of the ballgame as the Indians would tag him for just two runs on three hits through five innings, but the Indians were never able to breakthrough. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game...
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders at 9:00 P.M. They'll talk Jason Kipnis, the Indians run of series' wins, Scott Kazmir and the rest of the pitching staff. They'll also talk Cavs' Draft, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Steve's favorite topic...LEBRON JAMES. Has Steve been found, or will the Hangover, part 4 continue! Tune in at 9:00 to find out...
Of all the All Star games in sports, the mid-summer classic in Major League Baseball is by far the best. With this year's All Star game fast approaching, it means the selection process will occur in the next two weeks. James Keene takes a look at the Indians players that have the best shot of being named to the All Star team.
The Indians this season have been extremely streaky and been a rollercoaster ride all season, and Tony says they remind him of another Indians team from the past 10 years. He also touches on the emergence of Corey Kluber, some poor decision making by one of their draft picks, runs down several injury updates, and more.
More home cooking was in full effect for the Tribe on Saturday night as the Indians pushed by the Minnesota Twins for an 8-7 victory. The win increases Cleveland’s win streak to four straight now having won their last four series. Offensively, Cleveland hitters would walk a total of eight times, where six of them would come in the first inning against Twins starter P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88 ERA).
One of the many ideas emphasized throughout the Indians offseason was that the front office truly believed that it had developed a core group of players that they could build around in order to compete for division titles. They even made some acquisitions by signing free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to expand to that core. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at whether or not Michael Brantley truly should be part of that core...
Some were starting to question the future of Scott Kazmir as a starter for the Indians after his last start against Washington, when he served up five runs, four hits and three home runs in just two and two-thirds innings of work. Whether it was the rain, a mechanical issue or just another example of the inconsistency that the left-hander has dealt with so far this season, he had nothing working for him that night.
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run bloop single and the Cleveland offense posted three runs in the seventh inning off three different Minnesota pitchers, as the Indians beat the Twins, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
It's hard to believe it, but we're now more than halfway through the month of June, which means the MLB Trade Deadline is just over a month away. While the Cleveland Indians trail the Detroit Tigers by four games in the American League Central, as long as the team maintains that pace, they should be buyers come the deadline. And who should the Indians look to buy at that point? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his thoughts on the topic in the lastest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
Prior to last night, it had been sixteen years since a Miami team won a decisive Game 7 in a major championship series. If you’re hazy on the details of that prior occasion, just recall the color teal and recoil in disgust. Yes, there are worse feelings than watching a regret-free LeBron James dance around in bliss. The IBI's Andrew Clayman takes a look at MLB's awful postseason setup with determining home field advantage.
The Indians entered this game trying to win a series in which they blew the first game late and came back late in the second game to steal the win. At 35-35 a win would get them back over the .500 mark and mark their third straight series win. So there was a lot riding on this game and the team came through, led by Justin Masterson and Michael Brantley. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on the big win.
Things couldn’t get any smoother for the Indians on Wednesday. Coming from behind to for the second-straight night, Cleveland (35-34) defeated the Royals 6-3 to take the three-game series over their division rivals. The victory moves the Tribe above the .500 mark for the first time since June 6. The Indians got yet another solid pitching performance ace Justin Masterson (9-5, 3.48 ERA) as the right-hander allowed just two runs on nine hits through 6 1/3 innings. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win.
The Cleveland Indians have been about as consistent as badly cooked oatmeal. The team wins and loses in streaks that only Will Farrell running to the Quad would enjoy. While that might add a few more grey hairs to most Tribe fan's heads, it's unfortunately part of a process to build a team from the depths to the playoffs. Jim Pete takes a look at the reality of the 2013 Indians, and shares his love of the Tribe's rock solid (huh?) rotation, from his weekly perch at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
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!