On Wednesday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and outfielder Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lacerated right index finger (retroactive to April 15).
The hope for Ubaldo Jimenez to have a solid season has left the Corner of Carnegie after the enigmatic righty walked five, threw 59 pitches and gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. What will the Indians do now that their spring training project has regressed to perhaps his worst start since joining Cleveland? Is it time to cut their ties and move on, or can Jimenez give the Indians any value going forward?
Cleveland we have a problem. Once again Ubaldo Jimenez took the hill for the Indians, and once again he put up another poor showing, and last night might have been his worst one yet. The IBI's Jake Dungan shares his "second thoughts" on Jimenez and wonders if there are any solutions at the moment, and he also talks about the lack of clutch hitting and more.
Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound again for the Indians on Tuesday, but the only consistent thing about Jimenez's performances so far has been inconsistency and that was again the case on Tuesday. The right-hander walked five batters in one inning, and the Tribe never recovered, losing 7-2 to the Boston Red Sox. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action from what was a night that many Tribe fans would rather soon forget.
On Tuesday afternoon the Indians announced that they have recalled infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Columbus and optioned catcher Omir Santos to Columbus. The Indians also announced that right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Double-A Akron.
The Indians were off on Monday, but the IBI's Kevin Dean used the opportunity to dig into the team's advanced numbers 11 games into the season. Even though the sample size to date is small, you have to start somewhere when looking at stats. The information in the data so far aligns very much with what has been seen on the field.
This week started out very rough for the Cleveland Indians as they dropped two straight game to the New York Yankees in unimpressive fashion. However, the team was able to rebound nicely and excellent starting pitching helped the team earn a series win over the Chicago White Sox this past weekend. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all of the week's action in his weekly notebook, Notes from the Wigwam.
The Tribe bats were iced by a great pitching performance by White Sox right hander Jake Peavy on Sunday, as the Wahoo’s fell to Chicago 3-1. In the loss, Cleveland wasted a solid pitching performance by Brett Myers, who rebounded off his first two outings giving up just two earned runs on six hits through six innings of work.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy kept the Cleveland bats quiet for seven innings and Paul Konerko hit a two-run home run off Brett Myers as the White Sox beat the Indians 3-1 in the Sunday finale of a three-game series. Peavy looked like he might run into trouble after center fielder Michael Bourn hit his first pitch of the game into the visitor's bullpen, putting the Indians up 1-0, but
Indians righty Carlos Carrasco is as talented as any pitcher in baseball, but his antics on Tuesday night show why he has yet to live up to his hype. Tony takes a look at his composure issues on the mound and his chances of pitching any meaningful innings in Cleveland this year, and he also touches on Jason Kipnis' struggles and if a change may be in store at second base, the catching carousel and more.
Zach McAllister, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds led the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 victory over Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox, winning their second game in a row, and bringing their record to an even .500 on the season. The revitalized starting pitching has carried them far in the series against the White Sox, and they'll look to sweep in Sunday's tilt at Progressive Field. Join Jim Berdysz with his Second Thoughts on Saturday afternoon's game.
On Friday, the Indians did it with pitching. But on Saturday, they did it with a little bit of both. Mark Reynolds drove in five runs and Zach McAllister had a strong performance on the mound to lead the Indians to a 9-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action from what proved to be a very exciting Indians win.
There aren’t many starting pitchers, let alone aces in Major League Baseball who are pitching much better than Justin Masterson right now. On Friday night fresh off of taking out two consecutive Cy Young winners in his first couple starts of the young 2013 campaign, the right-hander shut down the Chicago White Sox in a complete game shutout effort leading to the Indians winning 1-0. Plus, Cleveland's back to their winning ways after a dramatic walk-off win. Join Jake Dungan as he gives his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
Boy did the Indians ever need that one. They got a fantastic start from Justin Masterson who shut out the White Sox through nine innings, and then Nick Swisher singled with two outs in the ninth to bring in the game winner. The IBI's Jim Berdysz recaps the the game and what was a big win for the Tribe.
Mother Nature once again decided that there should be no baseball in Cleveland Wednesday night, postponing the game for a second straight night. With no new baseball to write about -- and the bitter memories of Yankee blowouts in his head, Andrew Clayman takes a look at what the new-and-improved Travis Hafner is doing in pinstripes and whether or not it is sustainable. Join Andrew for his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
Wednesday night's rainout may have been the best thing to happen to Terry Francona and company this week. Still reeling from 11-6 and 14-1 losses Monday and Tuesday, last night's rain will hopefully give the team time to rest and regroup. With no game to write about, Michael Goodman shifts his Second Thoughts toward the starting rotation, focusing on the two pitchers he thinks need to step it up if Cleveland is going to right the ship.
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