Nobody said it was easy. For 24-year-old Danny Salazar (0-3, 7.85 ERA), the fast-pace of the big leagues is slowly beginning to wear on the Tribe starter in 2014. His growing pains continued Tuesday night, as the Indians fell to Kansas City, 8-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from a very empty Progressive Field.
Even Meat Loaf knows that two out of three ain't bad. The Indians and Padres split Wednesday's traditional doubleheader, as pitching was the game of the game in the twin bill. Despite a win and loss on the day, the Tribe was still able to take the three-game series improving to 8-4 all-time against San Diego since 2003. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action from the ballpark.
There's no place like home. Back at Progressive Field for the first time in over six months, the Indians wouldn't let a few raindrops get in the way of Cleveland's most unofficial holiday. Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the sixth, the Tribe outscored Minnesota 7-0 over the final four frames, defeating the Twins, 7-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
All good things must come to an end. After a great spring, the Indians dropped their final Cactus League game Saturday to San Diego, 9-8. Tribe outfielder Matt Carson belted a pair of homers, but the offense could not overcome a shaky outing by Danny Salazar. The right-handed phenom went just four innings allowing five runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
You would think they were playing Friday night football at the University of San Diego. Scoring seven times in the first and second innings, Cleveland trounced the Padres for an easy, 16-4 victory. Five Tribe players collected at least two hits as the team scored 16 runs on 13 hits through the first three innings of play. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
The future is always a tough thing to predict. Sure things can become question marks just as quickly as the impossible can turn into reality. The same could be said for a new baseball season. It's the fresh start and warmer weather that seems to bring out a heavy dose of optimism in all of us. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz gives his 10 bold predictions on the 2014 Cleveland Indians.
It was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. Things looked good early on for the Tribe, as Indians hitters jumped to a three run lead through the first four innings against Oakland. Despite a fast start, that would be all the scoring for the Wahoo's in this one, as the Athletics outscored the Tribe 13-0 over the final five frames to pickup an easy 13-3 win. After yielding five earned runs in the ballgame, could Carlos Carrasco now be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cleveland rotation? IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
Pitching was the name of the game for the second consecutive day Friday afternoon, as the Tribe defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. Indians bats tagged Chicago starter Edwin Jackson from the very first inning and Cleveland hurlers combined for 16 strikeouts in route to their eighth straight Cactus League victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps and shares his thoughts on the action.
It wasn't a good start for Indians minor league right-hander Travis Banwart, but that wouldn't stop Tribe bats and bullpen from going quietly. Trailing 5-1 after six innings of play, Cleveland relievers helped the offense outscore Seattle 7-0 over the final three frames to trounce the Mariners, 8-5 for their sixth straight victory this spring.
In the weeks leading up to Opening Day, the IBI's Michael Goodman is going to explore several Indians whose performance will be key to the Indians' success in 2014. Last year’s list was highlighted by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, knowing the importance those two pitchers would have on stabilizing a rotation that was full of question marks. With Jimenez off to Baltimore, Danny Salazar will step into his rotation void and spot on the 2014 Cleveland Indians Key Players list.
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.
The 2014 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!