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 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!