The Indians say goodbye to another old friend this week, as it certainly looks like Grady Sizemore is gone for good...or is he? There may be more goodbyes before the 2013 season...and a potential hello as well. Join me on the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, as we we continue to hate the Yankees, and hope for the best...
Another week of transactions is behind us and the pace of roster movement has not slowed down at all. Notable call-ups include Cole Cook getting the call to AA, Dorssys Paulino making the transition to playing in front of fans, and Matt LaPorta getting yet another crack (his last?) at the big leagues.
Nine in a row. 22 of their last 26. Times are tough for the Indians right now as they continued their month long tumble in the standings last night with a 3-1 loss to the hated Yankees. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game.
For as outstanding as Jordan Smith has been this season for the Captains, there has really only been one criticism: power or lack thereof. However, on Friday, the left-handed hitting Smith put together a "powerful" performance. Plus, Jacob Lee continues to impress for the Scrappers, and Jesus Aguilar hits his second bomb in three games. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
Eastlake, OH - The Lake County Captains (34-26, 65-64) used a walk-off two run homerun from the Milk Man Jordan Smith to defeat the South Bend Silver Hawks (30-30, 65-64) by a final of 7-5 in 10 innings. In the tenth, Francisco Lindor walked with one out to bring up Jordan Smith, and Smith won the ballgame, with his eighth homerun of the season, to right field.
ZEBULON - Behind a great outing by starter Mike McCarthy, the Salem Red Sox (21-37) beat the Carolina Mudcats (28-32) 8-2 on Friday night. The loss officially eliminates the Mudcats from playoff contention.
Will Manny Acta be fired before the end of the season, or will the Indians wait until the offseason to assess their manager and front office situation? Should Ezequiel Carrera be starting everyday in left field the rest of the season, or should others get a look in left? Should Justin Masterson remain in the starting rotation, or should he be move to the bullpen? Those are questions that Adam McGavin takes a look at both sides of the argument before sharing his thoughts on what should be done.
With the Indians in the midst of an 8-game losing streak, whispers can be heard that Manny Acta could soon be gone as the Indians' skipper. Acta even addressed that issue following the Indians 3-1 defeat to Seattle Wednesday. But IPI's Steve Orbanek believes that Acta should not shoulder all the blame, and he even gives Acta his own vote of confidence.
Three Trenton pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Thursday night, as the Thunder blanked the Akron Aeros, 3-0, at Canal Park. In a match-up of the current division leaders in the Eastern League, and thus a potential championship preview, the Thunder claimed the first game of the four-game weekend series.
Luckily for Indians fans, they were given a break from the heartbreak and pain of Cleveland baseball for one night. The action did not stop in the minors, however, as one of the Carolina middle infielders went deep, a Mahoning Valley pitcher continued his torrid season, and a recent draft pick had his way with the Arizona League. Welcome back Jim Piascik from his recent wedding and honeymoon as he takes you Around The Farm with all the action from last night's minor league games.
The AZL Indians split a doubleheader with the AZL Dodgers last night, winning the first game 4-2 and dropping the second 3-1. Pitching was the name of the game for the Indians, as the starters were both high draft picks for the Tribe in the 2012 draft (2nd round pick Mitch Brown and 3rd round pick Kieran Lovegrove).
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!