We've officially reached the stretch run. With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots. It may be hard to believe, but the Indians actually control their own destiny moving forward. Things are certainly looking up for the Tribe and a lot of that has to do with the team's brilliant performance this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
Forget Tribe Town, how about Sweep City? In front of the largest Sunday crowd of the season, the Indians bats exploded for nine runs on 13 hits against the Astros to complete the four-game series sweep over Houston, 9-2. Sitting in the driver's seat for one of the American League wild card spots, the Indians (86-70) are now 16 games over the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 27, 2007. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts...
With a 9-2 victory over the Astros, the Indians swept their sixth four-game series of the season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1961 Yankees, a team that featured sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and won the World Series. Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn each had two RBIs as Cleveland clings to their possession of one of the two wild-card spots. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the victory.
One week to go. The Indians currently hold a half game lead for the second wildcard spot and control their own destiny, but a lot can change this final week. As the Indians, Rays and Rangers appear to be setting themselves apart from the pack, Tony goes over the wildcard scenarios and explains all of the tiebreaker scenarios. He also talks about the emergence of Yan Gomes as a core player, the potential return of Justin Masterson, the makeup of the postseason roster and more.
It felt like it was October at the corner of Carneige and Ontario Saturday night. Putting up three runs in the first inning, the Indians made quick work of the Houston Astros for the 4-1 win. Scoring four runs on 16 hits in the first two games of the series, the Tribe scored four runs off Astros starter Paul Clemens through the first four innings. That was far from being the storyline of another Cleveland win though, as Indians starter Scott Kazmir continued his quest for the postseason with another brilliant performance.
The Indians began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the second American League Wild Card spot and finished the day with the same lead thanks to Scott Kazmir who pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field.
The Cleveland Indians are in a fight for their playoff lives, but now the proud holders of one of the two wildcard slots, actually control their own destiny. The Tribe is one of six teams fighting or the final two slots realistically viable in the American League, and with a remaining schedule against teams that are a combined 7-23 over their last 30 games, seemingly have destiny at their doorstep. Take a journey through the final six, and pick your two wildcard slots, as IBI's power poll returns...
Earned runs, unearned runs, walks, hits, errors, extra innings, rain. In the end, it doesn’t matter how you win since they’re all chalked up the same in the win column. On Friday night, the Indians took game two of the four-game set against the lowly Astros 2-1 in a rain-shortened six and a half innings of play. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps how mistakes and mother nature helped usher the Tribe to victory.
Postseason ticket sales started for the Cleveland Indians on Friday morning, and the team offered fans another reason to invest on Friday night. The Indians moved into a playoff position with a 2-1 win on Friday night, thanks to some Houston Astros errors and some inclement weather.
This shocking trade the Cleveland Browns made earlier in the week where they shipped Trent Richardson off to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round pick doesn't bother the IBI's John Mast. Cleveland is a tough town for sports fans who have lived through many disappointing seasons, heartbreaking losses, and star players constantly being traded or leaving via free agency. He wonders what it would have been like had Justin Masterson been dealt by the Tribe in July.
With just nine games left in the season, the Indians now have a legitimate shot at making the postseason. Remember the last time we were here? In case you forgot, it was back in 2007, and the Indians came within a game of clinching a World Series berth. This current team may not be as highly regarded as the 2007 version, but as we've seen in the past, once a team makes the playoffs, anything's possible. How does this year's squad stack up to the 2007 one? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
It took a few extra innings, but the Indians found a way to come through with a much needed 2-1 win over the Astros on Thursday night in the opener of a long four game series. Ubaldo Jimenez was once again fantastic and the Indians needed a splendid outing from him as the offense struggled all night against the worst pitching staff in baseball. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on the game...
It took 11 innings, but the Carson show was on live at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario Thursday night. With the bases loaded and the game knotted at one apiece in the eleventh, right fielder Matt Carson knocked in the game-winning run with a walk-off base hit, giving the Tribe the 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
The Indians offense so far this season has been a paragon of inconsistency, a mercurial mess which leaves us with shelves full of empty bottles of antacid and a broken remote or two. The instability of production that this offense has shown because of the lack of any real anchor’s in the middle of the order and the run scoring trends as a result are interesting, and the IBI's Michael Hattery explains them in his latest Trend Spotting piece.
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!