Things were far from bright for the Indians on the Bright Side of the Bay Sunday afternoon. Tying the game at three in the fifth inning, Oakland rallied back to score four unanswered runs over their final four frames as they took the series finale against the Tribe, 7-3. No quality start from left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-6, 4.39 ERA) and more dismal production from anemic Cleveland offense easily led to another defeat, as the team has now dropped nine of their last 13 ballgames.
Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo each hit solo home runs off Scott Kazmir in the fifth as the A's beat the Indians 7-3 Sunday in the rubber match of the three-game series. With the loss, the Indians are now 3-3 on their current road trip. Cleveland is now seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and 4.5 games behind in the Wild Card. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the loss.
The next position to tackle in this series is that of left field. It is a position that bottomed out last year for the Indians and is now home to the one and only Dr. Smooth. Is he the answer this team needs or should they be looking to upgrade left field? The IBI's Jeff Ellis breaks it down to determine whether the Indians should stand pat or look to improve this position going forward.
Tribe fans filled the Terrace Club last Saturday for a special luncheon to celebrate Rocky Colavito’s 80th birthday. The IBI's DJ Sebastian was was fortunate to be in the audience to participate in the festivities, and provides all the fun and countless stories he shared throughout the event. There is no doubt that The Rock is still much loved in Cleveland.
There are victories, and then there are much needed victories. Saturday was definitley a much needed victory, as the Indians defeated the wild card leading Oakland A’s, 7-1. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he offers his Second Thoughts from the huge Saturday night victory.
Clint Frazier continued his run through the overmatched Arizona League, and even though it's an offensive league, you have to be impressed with the numbers he's been producing. Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar and Dorssys Paulino also all had big nights, showcasing some of the most promising prospects in the entire system. Join Jim Pete with another edition of Around the Farm.
Asdrubal Cabrera broke a 0-for-20 slump with two RBI hits and Ubaldo Jimenez took a no hitter into the sixth, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A's 7-1 Saturday night at o.CO Coliseum. Ubaldo Jimenez was effectively wild over five and two-thirds innings, walking five and striking out eight. He took a no hitter into the sixth inning as his pitch count ballooned.
There is no doubt that Yan Gomes has come out of nowhere to be one of the best players on the team. The big question is whether or not Gomes can sustain it going forward. So far in baseball history, there has not been anyone quite like Gomes, but that does not mean he cannot sustain this success. Jim Piascik analyzes Gomes' performance to date, why it is so unique, and takes a look at some possible outcomes going forward.
When your team gets eight hits and draws nine walks in a game, you expect them to score more than two runs. Such was not the case on Friday night as the Indians dropped the series opener in Oakland 3-2 to the A’s. When a pitching-sound team like Oakland gives you opportunities to not only score, but take complete command of a game, you must take advantage. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he offers his Second Thoughts and recaps a frustrating loss in the Bay Area.
Eric Sogard hit a two-out, run-scoring double off Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, as the Oakland A's beat the Indians 3-2 in the opener of a pivotal three-game series Friday. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action and provides all the play-by-play from the tough late night defeat.
While no Indians prospect has seen his stock grow more than Danny Salazar this year, unfortunately no Indians prospect has seen his stock fall more than right-hander Trevor Bauer. Bauer has been somewhat of an enigma as he's struggled with consistency and does not seem to be the near-finished Major League product that the Indians thought they were acquiring. How should the Indians handle him moving forward? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on the subject in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Minnesota series and really the last week and a half have been troubling even if you are a glass half full guy. On one hand you can say the Indians have won three of their last four games to hang around in the wild card race, but on the other hand you can say they have only won three out of their last ten games and fell out of the divisional race. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a quick look at the Indians playoff outlook this season and beyond...
The Indians starting rotation has been the driving force all season for the Indians and their struggles and successes has played a huge part in the streakiness of the team. In this week's Trend Spotting piece, which has moved to Thursday's, the IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at Zach McAllister and Scott Kazmir and breaks down their performances and what may come in their future performances...
On the heels of the two most disappointing series of the year, the Indians entered Wednesday's game with the Twins hoping to secure a series win and gain some momentum. It did not look good early, but they somehow managed to comeback and win the game and series and now move onto Oakland for a big three game set in a Wildcard showdown. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on a big win...
Come from behind wins continue to be a dime a dozen for the resilient Indians. Down 7-3 in the eighth, the Tribe offense outscored the Twins 6-1 over the final five frames as they defeated Minnesota in 12 innings, 9-8. The IBI's Jim Berdysz has the recap of a wild and important win for the Indians...
The Cleveland Indians have entered another August, and have found themselves struggling to win baseball games. No, it's not another 5-24 month like last August, but the Tribe has lost seven of nine, and are 5-8 overall this month. It couldn't have come at a worst time, as the Indians are falling further away from the Tigers and the wildcard. Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, as he ponders what's wrong with the August Tribe this year...if anything...
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!