A rough start for McAllister, a lost fly ball by Bourn with the bases loaded, wild pitches and more missed scoring opportunities did the Indians in again on Friday night in Detroit even with Miguel Cabrera taken out of the game early with an injury. The rain provided some relief to the torment, but ended up forcing the game to be called to hand Cleveland their fourth straight loss. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan for his thoughts on the game.
With September callups around the corner, one of the possible names being discussed is infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has had an excellent 2013 campaign with the Akron Aeros, and there seems to be a belief that he could immediately help the Major League club as a utility man... But what if he can be more? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses that very notion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Indians' struggles offensively continued on Thursday night as they dropped another close one 3-1 to the Braves. Once again the Indians held the Braves to three runs or less, but once again they lose because of an offense that scored just three total runs the entire series. The IBI's Michael Hattery looks at the offensive struggles to see if a turnaround is coming and also has high praise for Ubaldo Jimenez's great night.
Hoping to help their offensive woes, the Indians have reportedly acquired outfielder Jason Kubel in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a minor league pitcher and cash. The deal is expected to be announced on Friday and the IBI's Jim Berdysz gives some quick notes on the trade.
A roadtrip that had the chance to become a nightmare for the Tribe is starting to turn into a reality. It was another forgettable night for the Indians offense Thursday, as the Braves edged Cleveland, 3-1 to sweep the three-game Interleague series. Although they outhit Atlanta 22-21 in the series, the Tribe was outscored 8-3 in 27 innings, never getting that big hit offensively.
Lost amidst the substandard performance of Asdrubal Cabrera, the mercurial stay of Mark Reynolds, and the mildly subpar performances of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, the struggles that Lonnie Chisenhall has had in his second stint with the Indians this year have been passed by. The IBI's Michael Hattery looks at those struggles in his latest and even offers up a suggestion that it may be time to bring up Jose Ramirez.
The Indians offensive funk in August continued on Wednesday night as the Indians lost in heartbreak fashion on a walkoff hit in the bottom of the ninth. Once again the pitching way there for the Indians in a game that with just another hit here or there they could have won it. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on a frustrating loss.
The stymied Indians offense may be the coldest thing in the heart of Hotlanta. Tribe Bats fell in a deep freeze again at Turner Field Wednesday, falling to the Braves in a nail bitter for the second straight night, 3-2. Right-hander Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.49 ERA) gave his team another quality start, allowing two runs on five hits through six innings.
The Cleveland Indians have weaved their way through the 2013 season with a MacGyver-like precision. Terry Francona has used duck-tape, chewing guy, a paperclip and a toothbrush to carry the Indians into late August with a real chance at a playoff run. With the next eight games against teams in or fighting for the playoffs, Tribe Time really is now.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed outfielder Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left Achilles tendon (retroactive to August 19th). To fill his roster spot they have purchased the contract of outfielder Matt Carson from Triple-A Columbus.
Since the start of August, the Indians offense has been next to last in the major leagues in production. Tuesday night was more of the same, unfortunately as the Indians scattered six hits and five walks without plating a run. One fateful pitch to Elliot Johnson was the difference in an otherwise well-pitched game. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his second thoughts on the Tribe's 2-0 loss in Atlanta.
Even a few knocks on wood couldn’t cure the struggling Indians offense. Playing at Turner Field for the fourth time since Game 6 of the 1995 World Series, the Braves blanked Cleveland Tuesday night, 2-0. The Tribe outhit the Braves 6-3 in the contest, but unfortunately squandered multiple scoring opportunities. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action from the tough Tuesday night loss.
The Indians players enjoyed a much needed off day on Monday, but the organization was still hard at work in the offices at Progressive Field and on site at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus evaluating September callup options for the stretch run. Tony checks in and goes through a list of 21 players at Akron and Columbus that are being considered for callups and provides insight into why they will or won't be called up by the Indians. Will Jose Ramirez fill a utility role? Does Jesus Aguilar get called up? What about Kyle Crockett or Bryan Price? He answers all of that and more in his latest...
On Tuesday the Indians announced that four position players have been named to the Arizona Fall League. Outfielder Tyler Naquin, second baseman Joey Wendle, catcher Jake Lowery and infielder/catcher Tony Wolters were all named to the team.
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!