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.
After losing the first two games of a four game series in spectacular fashion to the Tigers, and then ultimately losing three of the four games in the series, Indians fans at least subconsciously recognized what they already suspected: this year’s Cleveland Indians are not at the same level as the Tigers and will be hardpressed to win the AL Central. The Indians need pitching, and one of the ways they may try to get it is by trading Asdrubal Cabrera in some sort of package.
After dropping the first two games of this series to the Tigers in hopeless fashion, the Indians still had a chance to split the four-game wraparound on Monday. The offense managed just two runs, but were well within position to win it throughout, thanks to mostly quality pitching. Down the stretch, it was a series of questionable coaching decisions that helped lead to a brutal loss. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his "second thoughts" on the tough loss for the Tribe.
You could say it was the Indians offense rather than the rain that fell harder at Progressive Field on Monday. Entering the ballgame 5-0 in extra innings, the Tribe fell 4-2 in 10 innings to Detroit, losing the series three games to four. The Indians were unable to capitalize on several opportunities o score, and the Tigers ultimately got the big hit in extra innings.
The Cleveland Indians went through a rough patch this past week as the team lost its series against the Kansas City Royals and also dropped the first two games of a four-game series against the Tigers. The bullpen struggled mightily and played a big role in the Indians losses, and there now seem to be some major pitching questions moving forward. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the CC Sabathia trade to the Milwaukee Brewers back on July 7, 2008. Flash forward five years later, left fielder Michael Brantley (the player to be named later in that deal) had his best day as a member of the Indians against Detroit on Sunday. Slugging two home runs and picking up a career-high five RBI, Cleveland snapped its four game losing streak, as they edged the Tigers 9-6 at Progressive Field.
The Cleveland bullpen continued a disturbing trend, as Vinnie Pestano allowed a game-tying, three-run homer to Torii Hunter in the top of eighth, but the Indians came back with three runs of their own to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-6. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the Tribe's continuing bullpen issues, Corey Kluber's strong start and Michael Brantley's big day at the plate.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have selected the contract of right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Columbus and have optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Columbus.
In this week's Tribe Happenings, Tony compares the Indians and Tigers and sees a significant difference between the two teams that might be hard for the Indians to overcome. He also looks at the Indians pursuit of starting pitching in the trade market and potentially some bullpen arms, talks about new Tribe All Stars second baseman Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson, gives an update on the recovery and possible return of Zach McAllister, and more.
Still believe Tribe Town? Awesome Amazingness? More like Abominable Awfulness. A four run third inning and a three run fourth was more than enough runs for the surging Detroit offense as they took down the Indians 9-4 on Saturday. The IBI's Jim Berdysz has all of the gory details of yet another Indians loss to the Tigers, their seventh straight. Team Streak continues!
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!