The Indians lost their second straight game to the Royals Saturday as Kansas City earned a 5-3 win. Even worse was the performance of Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who again pitched poorly and earned his Major League leading 17th loss. IPI's Jim Berdysz offers his second thoughts after the jump.
And ATF rolls into the fall. It was another full day of action, with the interesting time share at short going on between Francisco Lindor and Dorssys Paulino. This will give us our first indicator of how close...or far apart the two are in their development, both offensively and defensively. Join Jim Pete, as he reclaims the reigns to ATF...fall-style...after the jump...
The Browns look to upend the Buffalo Bills in week three. Are the Browns ready to win, or...are they ready to disappoint? Is the Eastern Conference's Central Division ripe for the taking, or are the Bulls ready to run away and hide...with or without Derrick Rose? Do the Indians have anyone worth keeping in the rotation at this point, or is it time to just dump them all, and start guys off the street? Wild Thing?...you out there? Join Steve and Jim on CSI...tonight at 10:30
Missed “royal” opportunities could be one way to describe the Indians game on Friday night as the team struggled to score runs against division rival Kansas City. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 62-89 and is now the sole owners of last place in the American League Central Division. IPI's Jim Berdysz shares his Second Thoughts on the game after the jump.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers had an up-and-down season in 2012, but there were still several bright spots. The team competed well during the first half, and fans also got a first glimpse at several of the Indians' 2012 draftees. Take a closer look at the Scrappers' 2012 campaign as Matt Miller recaps the season that was.
Day two of the advanced Instructional League kicked off Thursday. A number of Indians players were in action, including the debut of recent Japanese signing Naoki Hashimoto. Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and provides all the stats from yesterday's game.
The Lake County Captains had a great 2012 season that they topped off with a postseason run sending them to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. They did something that is hard to do in the minors which is develop and win at the same time, something that is a testament to the coaching staff and players there this season. Stephanie Metzger recaps the season that was for the Captains.
The Indians were able to salvage the final game of their series with the Twins on Thursday afternoon winning in walkoff fashion in the 10th inning thanks to a Casey Kotchman RBI single. Corey Kluber turned in another solid starting effort, and the bullpen was dominant once again. Jason Ruggiero recaps a much needed Tribe win.
The minor league season may have ended, but that does not mean there are no more games to report on this year as Instructional League is in full swing and the first games were played yesterday. Tony recaps how every player did for both the Instructional League and Parallel League teams in today's ATF, and provides the stats and information from the games you won't find anywhere else.
The minor league 2012 season officially ended for the Indians over the weekend with Double-A Akron winning a league title, but the beat goes on with Instructional League already in session and other fall and winter leagues set to start in the next few weeks. Today, Tony checks in with another Minor Happenings piece and takes a deep look into first baseman Chun Chen's future with the Indians and also provides tons of comments from the Indians front office on the likes of guys named Salazar, Guilmet, Urshela, Radeke, and more. Also, be on the lookout for the first Instructional League game recap later today or first thing tomorrow.
The Indians officially moved into last place in the AL Central with their 6-4 loss to the Twins on Wednesday night, and now have the worst record in the American League. Once again the Indians did not get a good outing from their starting pitcher and the offense was completely absent for most of the game. It all added up to another Tribe loss and they are amazingly just 17-48 in their last 65 games. Adam McGavin recaps another loss...
Tony continues with his fourth piece of his six-part series recapping all six of the Indians' stateside affiliates. In Tony's review of the Indians' short season Single-A affiliate the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, he sat down with the Indians front office earlier this week and discussed their season, the exciting debuts from Tyler Naquin, Joey Wendle, Jacob Lee, and others, the big strides made by Charlie Valerio, Luis DeJesus, Luis Morel, and others, and the inconsistent years from Robel Garcia, Jake Sisco, and others.
With the Cleveland Indians "battling" the Minnesota Twins for the worst record in the American League Central, you have to ask yourself one question: Is this the worst Cleveland Indians team in recent memory? While there have been worse records and worse teams, a case can be made that this version of the Indians ranks near the top of really bad Indians teams...or would that be the bottom?
The Cleveland Indians used the most pitchers they have ever used in a single game last night, but it was not enough to defeat the Minnesota Twins as they fell 6-5 in 12 innings. The Indians had their chances, but more struggles with runners in scoring position and a boneheaded play at first base by Matt LaPorta did them in. Jim Piascik chimes in with his thoughts on the game.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. The Indians season is winding down, but the minor league season is already over after the regular season ended two weeks ago and the playoffs wrapped up over the weekend. Tonight, Jim and Tony step away from the big league team and recap the minor league season for all six stateside affiliates and discuss the biggest movers at each affiliate, the prospects rising and falling in value, and lots 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!