That was the general consensus of many Indians fans shortly after Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers touched up Corey Kluber at Comerica Park on May 10th was that he was a short term option for the rotation and would soon go back to Columbus. Fast forward a month later and now Kluber has anchored himself in pretty well into the Indians rotation and looks to have solidified himself as a true major league starting option for the Indians.
The Akron Aeros found success despite being away from Canal Park all week, going 3-2 during their road trip to New Hampshire and Portland and moving back to .500 on the season. The offense put up some remarkable power and discipline as it carried the team, though the pitching for its part did not slouch. To read about all the action for the Aeros and the outfielder that just may be coming into his own, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
After a well-documented brutal 20-game stretch, the Indians had seemingly gotten themselves back on the right track, winning four out of their last five (and it could have just as easily been all five). They began a set against a surging Royals team Monday night, backed by a recently-freed Carlos Carrasco. He turned in one of the best starts of his young career, but the team was lacking in all other facets and another brutal loss was suffered.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. In tonight's episode, Tony and Jim talk about how the Indians have rebounded from a rough stretch to in late May and June to play much better over the past week, but still appear to be a step behind the competition. They will talk about Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber's brilliance over the last two games, wonder when Lonnie Chisenhall might be called up (or talk about his callup if it happens before the game), and look into the future with the Indians schedule and what moves they make around the deadline to shore up their team to help them be more consistent so they can compete for a playoff spot.
The Clippers lead the International League in runners left on base and they definitely demonstrated that Monday as they were shutout by the Pawtucket Red Sox in a 4-0 affair at Huntington Park. The Pawtucket pitching silenced the Clipper bats all night long in a masterful three-hit performance.
There are days when this job is fun, and there are days when you just want to call it a night. Tonight, unfortunately, it was the latter, as the only two Indians' affiliates that were playing combined for eight total hits, and were both shut-out. There really was no joy in Mudville tonight, but there was one multi-hit performance, and an interesting start of note for a potential high upside lefty. Join Jim Pete for Monday Night's ATF.
On Puppypalooza night at Progressive Field, the game itself belonged to the dogs.Up 1-0 after seven innings, the Indians dropped another tough loss late in the ballgame, falling to the Kansas City Royals, 2-1. After spending 24 days in second place in the American League Central, the loss now puts Cleveland (34-35) in third place for the first time since May 10.
The Cleveland Indians are starting to get back on the right track and went 4-2 this past week while earning series victories over the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. Perhaps no players was more impressive than right-hander Corey Kluber, who went 2-0 in two starts and allowed just one run in 16 innings of work. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek he looks back at Kluber's performance and more in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
Tony is back with a special Monday edition of Tribe Happenings to get caught up on all the things happening with the big league team. He discusses how the Indians are only at .500 but thanks to a favorable schedule the rest of the way how they may be in line to make a playoff push. He also talks about how Carlos Carrasco and Nick Hagadone can really impact the roster, why Lonnie Chisenhall should be up now, and has a full infirmary report on all of the injured big leaguers.
The 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers are certainly an eclectic bunch. A combination of fresh draft picks, older free agents, and rising prospects, the Scrappers embody their nickname perfectly; they are the personification of scrappy. Just trying to scratch and claw their way to the next level, each Scrapper has a different story. The IBI's Hayden Grove talked with several of the Scrappers over the weekend and sets the stage for the start of their season tonight!
The Indians inked more players over the weekend, this biggest being 1st round pick outfielder Clint Frazier to a $3.5 million deal. The Indians have now signed 14 players from their 2013 Draft and more will filter in over the next three weeks before the signing deadline passes on July 12th. The signing news is slowing down, but Tony checks in today with a few updates on some players.
Jumping on Rockford early and often, Lake Erie salvaged a weekend series with the Aviators with an 8-4 win on Sunday. After struggling all series long with the team's pitching, starter Alex Kaminsky came out and gave the Crushers a strong outing going seven innings and holding the Aviators to three runs on seven hits.
Now that’s how you pitch! Indians starter Corey Kluber pitched the best game of his life on Sunday as the Tribe shutout Washington, 2-0 to take the three-game series. Pitching out of a bases loaded no out jam in the seventh inning and another two innings with runners on first and third and nobody out, Kluber earned every bit of that victory. The IBI's Jim Berdysz gives his second thoughts on the game...
The Charlotte Knights sent the Columbus Clippers packing Sunday afternoon, winning 6-3 and splitting the four-game series 2-2. Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn’t able to get the win in his second start after a long stint on the DL.
You really have to love the nights when all of the affiliates lose. Tonight was such a night, but one player really stood out as a potential break-out candidate if he can continue to play at the high level that he's been performing at over the past month. Join Jim Pete as he takes a look at Lonnie Chisenhall, Jordan Smith, Chris Perez and even Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Sunday edition of ATF.
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!