In this week's Tribe Happenings, Tony reviews the week that was for the Indians starting five in the rotation and wonders if we learned anything from each starter getting one start and if there are any encouraging signs or some areas of concern. He also touches on how the Indians will handle getting Kazmir back into the rotation, controlling and developing Bauer, surgery for Alex White, and much more!
The Indians lost a rough one to the Rays on Saturday night by a score of 6-0. They were shut out for the second straight game, Trevor Bauer really struggled with his control, and Lou Marson took a shot at home plate that he is still probably recovering from this morning. The IBI's Jim Berdysz chimes in with his "Second Thoughts" on last night's ugly loss.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer made his Indians debut on Saturday though is performance was less than spectacular as he walked seven batters across five innings of work. To make matters worse, the Indians' offense struggled to consistently get men on base, and the Tribe lost its third straight game, 6-0, to the Tampa Bay Rays. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all of the action from Saturday's contest.
The heavily-advertised Indians offense faltered a bit on Friday as no Indians were able to muster much offense other than Michael Bourn. Right-hander Zach McAllister made his season debut and allowed two earned runs across six innings of work, yet the Indians count never mount enough offense to challenge the Rays. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks back at the game and offers his Second Thoughts.
When going on a road trip, it’s easy to leave some necessary belongings behind. For the Indians, it looked like the team left their hitting shoes behind the Canadian border in Toronto, as Tampa Bay shutout the Tribe on Friday night, 4-0. The IBI's Jim Berdysz recaps a frustrating loss for the Indians.
A few days after the Indians announced that left-hander Scott Kazmir was sidelined with a rib cage strain, manager Terry Francona officially announced that rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make a spot-start in Kazmir’s place this Saturday the Rays. Additionally, Francona slated right-hander Carlos Carrasco to pitch next Tuesday in Cleveland against the Yankees.
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.
Brett Myers didn't make himself any friends amongst fans last night, surrendering three home runs and repeatedly giving the Blue Jays back the lead. The offense tried valiantly Thursday night, but it just couldn't catch up to the surging Blue Jays. IBI's Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, remarking on Myers' outing, a suddenly comfortable Carlos Santana, and more.
Cleveland dropped their first game of the season Thursday night as the Blue Jays won 10-8 in Toronto. Brett Myers was not on his game, allowing three home runs and seven runs. The offense was on for Cleveland, with Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds connecting on back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps Thursday's game.
Two games down, two W's in the win column. Ubaldo Jimenez was on last night, pitching deep enough into the game to turn things over to the bullpen. Chris Perez may have blown that lead Ubaldo gave him, but Mighty Mark Reynolds came in to save the day. Join IBI's Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's 3-2 extra innings victory.
Mark Reynolds hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning off of Toronto reliever Sergio Santos to give Cleveland a 3-2 victory at the Rogers Centre. The home run bailed out closer Chris Perez, who blew his first save of the season after allowing a home run to Jose Bautista in the ninth inning. Join IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the action in Wednesday night's series-clinching win.
The Cleveland Indians today have claimed right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians have moved right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
These 2013 Cleveland Indians aren't your normal Cleveland Indians. No, seriously, I'm not kidding. Take a look for yourself. The opening day roster in 2013 provided Indians fans with a look at the team that was completely reshaped with several big moves during the months that followed the 2012 season. Jim Pete takes a look at the 2013 roster, and takes one last look back on the team in 2012 that helped shape it.
When the Indians, first acquired Ubaldo Jimenez, the IBI's Michael Hattery was a gung ho believer in his abilities at the top of the rotation and thought that his struggles early in 2011 where just sample size issues, nothing to be concerned about. But what he has witnessed so far with Jimenez has been a complete unraveling of talent as a major-league starter. Michael takes a deeper look into Jimenez to see if there is any hope for him this season.
Finally, at long last, Cleveland Indians baseball is back. The Tribe opened up the 2013 season with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Justin Masterson settled down to help lead the Indians to some Opening Day revenge as the Jays defeated the Indians in 16 innings in last year's season opener. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks back at Tuesday's big win and offers some Second Thoughts...
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey and Cleveland starter Justin Masterson worked around early trouble as the Indians beat the Blue Jays 4-1 in Tuesday night's opening day. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action on what proved to be a very exciting Opening Day for Indians fans.
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!