September 28, 2014 (4 comments)
Carlos Carrasco’s Saturday performance was, if not wholly and faithfully representative, at least emotionally representative of the Indians’ season to date. On one hand, Carrasco threw a gem, an eight-inning, ten-strikeout, three-walk performance that resulted in two earned runs. On the other hand, it coincided with a Rays’ shutout of the Indians and hence a pitcher loss for Carrasco’s efforts. Join John Grimm as he gives his Second Thoughts on Carrasco and Cleveland's loss on Saturday.
September 28, 2014 (15 comments)
Once upon a time, Tribe fans only knew Michael Brantley as a player to be named later. Six years later, they called him their most valuable player. Amidst loud chants of "MVP" around the ballpark Saturday night at Progressive Field, Brantley entered baseball record books by collecting his 200th hit of the season. The hit became the lone highlight for Cleveland in a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay, in what was the final night game of the regular season.
September 27, 2014 (0 comments)
Corey Kluber has been baseball's breakout story of 2014. That story and that 2014 came to a close for Kluber on Friday, as he emphatically delivered an eleven-strikeout, eight-inning shutout performance to cap a season that has been one of the most impressive in Indians' history. The IBI's John Grimm attempts to situate this historic strikeout season and explain the hallowed fraternity to which Kluber now belongs.
September 27, 2014 (7 comments)
It's official. The lights above Progressive Field will not shine bright come October. But for one more night on Friday, Corey Kluber shined the brightest. Hurling eight dominant innings of shutout baseball, Kluber led the Indians in the series opener past Tampa Bay for a 1-0 victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
September 27, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Corey Kluber reinforced his Cy Young candidacy. Mixed bag type of day! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Diamondbacks firing Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell, the Brewers exercise a starter's option, the viability of the Rays going forward, and more.
September 26, 2014 (8 comments)
Despite the Indians' playoff hopes currently running on fumes, they are fortunate to have a horse in both the Cy Young and MVP races in Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley, who each have put together historical seasons by franchise standards. The question now is will they each have a legitimate shot at winning? The IBI's Jake Dungan discusses.
September 26, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians begin their final series of the season tonight. How many days until Spring Training begins? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a fitting end to Derek Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium, the Diamondbacks hire a new general manager, Phil Hughes settles the dispute over his contract bonus he fell just short of, and more!
September 25, 2014 (79 comments)
Throughout the final two months of the season, the Cleveland Indians have boasted one of the best rotations in baseball. Unfortunately, a fried bullpen and impotent offense have cost them any realistic shot at the playoffs. The IBI's John Mast takes a look at the Indians lineup going into next year and how one or two big moves could put this team on the doorstep as a World Series championship contender.
September 25, 2014 (16 comments)
One win down...three to go. And then maybe, just maybe by some baseball miracle, the Indians will sniff the cool air of October. But that's for Oakland and Kansas City to decide. At least for now, the Tribe is still in the hunt for the postseason after a huge 6-4 win over the Royals Wednesday night. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a big win from the ballpark.
September 25, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians lived to fight another day on Wednesday as they beat the Royals by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday and every other team in the wildcard race lost. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all of the news and notes from another busy day around baseball and an AL Wildcard race where no one has taken the bull by the horns.
September 24, 2014 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians (82-76) were denied a must-win game by a lopsided 7-1 score at the hands of the Kansas City Royals (86-71) at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. And with that the season is over....well not officially but their elimination number is now one in the wildcard. The IBI's Michael Rich provides his second thoughts on the game...
September 24, 2014 (43 comments)
It was there for the taking. For the team that has clawed their way through a roller coaster of ups and downs all season, the ride just about came to a slow halt for the Indians Tuesday night. Offensive struggles continued and any hopes of a shot at October baseball were all but shattered, as the Tribe scampered to a 7-1 loss against Kansas City. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating loss from the ballpark.
September 24, 2014 (1 comments)
With a 7-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night, the Indians have all but officially been eliminated from the playoffs. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news for the Indians and around the league and notes how the Indians wildcard chances are critical, some GM changes around the league and more.
September 23, 2014 (42 comments)
You can't win if you can't score. Or can you? At least in one game on Monday, the Indians did just that. Making up the suspended game with the Royals originally played at Kaufmann Stadium back on August 31, the Tribe edged their division rivals for a 4-3 win. However, it was Monday's regularly scheduled game with K.C. that left a bad taste and lasting impact when the night was over.
September 23, 2014 (1 comments)
The Indians suffered a crushing loss on Monday night. Are their playoff hopes all but shattered? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Braves firing general manager Frank Wren, Major League Baseball forming a committee to speed up games, the Mets make a decision on their general manager, and more.
September 22, 2014 (17 comments)
Today marks the beginning of the final week of the regular season in baseball. With seven days of games remaining, there are still several postseason spots up for grabs and still unsettled. One of those spots is the AL Wildcard and the Indians will do their best this week to stay in the race and come out on top. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the playoff outlook for the Indians, the emergence of a strong trio of lefties in the bullpen, some help needed in the right-handed setup role, Kuber's Cy Young campaign and more...
September 22, 2014 (8 comments)
The Indians at least guaranteed themselves a second straight non-losing season on Sunday with their 81st victory of the campaign. Corey Kluber was as good as he's been all season fanning 14 Twins batters over eight innings of work. While he bolstered his Cy Young case, the Indians offense exploded again scoring seven runs for the second day in a row. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the win.
September 22, 2014 (8 comments)
Things are getting a little tight in the AL wildcard race. While the Indians and Yankees are still longshots, they have moved closer to the Athletics, Royals and Mariners and five teams are within 5.0 games of one another as the final week of the season gets underway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from Sunday around the league...
September 21, 2014 (21 comments)
After a late-inning bullpen collapse on Friday, the bullpen pulled through on Saturday. Delivering nine strikeouts in its four innings of work, the pen securely closed the 7-3 win that the offense, powered by Yan Gomes's 20th home run, provided in otherwise lopsided fashion. The IBI's John Grimm discusses T.J. House, whose process stats tell the story of a pitcher whose nascent major league success appears entirely sustainable.
September 20, 2014 (14 comments)
On September 19th, 2013, Cleveland began a ten-game winning streak that propelled Cleveland to its first playoff game since 2007. This September 19th, however, no such magic arose, and Cleveland fell to Minnesota in the 10th. Defining the game was an extreme and aggressive use of relievers, with 8 relief pitchers used to complete the final ten outs. The IBI's John Grimm discusses both the Indians' exceptionally aggressive bullpen use in the context of a game becoming increasingly reliever-heavy.