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September 25, 2013   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #157: White Sox 4, Indians 5
Tuesday night will go down as one of the more memorable finishes in the 20 year history of Jacobs/Progressive Field. Given the circumstances and what had just transpired in the top of the ninth inning, pinch hitter Jason Giambi sent all of Cleveland into a mardi gras like celebration with a clutch two-out two-run homer to give the Indians the win. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on an amazing come from behind win and avoid a devastating loss the final week of the season.
September 25, 2013   (2 comments)
Giambi walk-off homer sends Tribe to biggest victory of the year
There are moments in baseball that make you believe something special is happening, especially in a pennant chase. For the Indians, their most special player just may be a 42-year old with a .181 batting average. With the Tribe trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Jason Giambi took White Sox closer Addison Reed deep for a game-winning walk-off homer to give the Indians a remarkable 5-4 win.
September 24, 2013   (4 comments)
The playoffs for the Indians start tonight
We are now down to the final six days of the regular season. Less than a week remains in a season that many did not consider the Indians as having much of a chance of making the playoffs let along contending for them, yet, here we are. Tony takes a look at the scenarios and matchups this final week and what the Indians need to have happen to get into the playoffs and even host a postseason game.
September 24, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs September 23, 2013
The young Indians were back in action on Monday out in Arizona in another Instructional League game, beating the White Sox 7-6. In another special edition of ATF, Tony recaps what happened in the game with the complete box score and talks about each player's performance. Young catching phenom Francisco Mejia and others shined.
September 24, 2013   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts: Who is the Indians' Most Valuable Player?
Once the entire baseball season is over, we here at IBI will be running an Indians-centric award roundtable. Responses will be kept short, so the IBI's Kevin Dean decided to use his last Second Thoughts (of the regular season) to try and sort out who the Indians' most valuable overall player has been.
September 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 3
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Casey Shane, Adam Plutko, Sicnarf Loopstok, Cole Sulser and Justin Garcia. He explains why Plutko and Garcia did not pitch this season, provides some scouting notes on each player, and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
September 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Indians control their own destiny
We've officially reached the stretch run. With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots. It may be hard to believe, but the Indians actually control their own destiny moving forward. Things are certainly looking up for the Tribe and a lot of that has to do with the team's brilliant performance this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
September 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #156: Indians 9, Astros 2
Forget Tribe Town, how about Sweep City? In front of the largest Sunday crowd of the season, the Indians bats exploded for nine runs on 13 hits against the Astros to complete the four-game series sweep over Houston, 9-2. Sitting in the driver's seat for one of the American League wild card spots, the Indians (86-70) are now 16 games over the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 27, 2007. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts...
September 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians rout Houston 9-2 to maintain wild card possession
With a 9-2 victory over the Astros, the Indians swept their sixth four-game series of the season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1961 Yankees, a team that featured sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and won the World Series. Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn each had two RBIs as Cleveland clings to their possession of one of the two wild-card spots. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the victory.
September 22, 2013   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs September 21, 2013
The 2013 Instructional League game schedule got underway on Saturday out in Arizona for the Indians minor leaguers. A total of 25 players played and Tony has the full details on how each player did, the box score from the game, and provides some insight and analysis into their performances and what they are working on out in Arizona.
September 22, 2013   (10 comments)
Tribe Happenings: A wild wildcard finish is upon us
One week to go. The Indians currently hold a half game lead for the second wildcard spot and control their own destiny, but a lot can change this final week. As the Indians, Rays and Rangers appear to be setting themselves apart from the pack, Tony goes over the wildcard scenarios and explains all of the tiebreaker scenarios. He also talks about the emergence of Yan Gomes as a core player, the potential return of Justin Masterson, the makeup of the postseason roster and more.
September 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #155: Indians 4, Astros 1
It felt like it was October at the corner of Carneige and Ontario Saturday night. Putting up three runs in the first inning, the Indians made quick work of the Houston Astros for the 4-1 win. Scoring four runs on 16 hits in the first two games of the series, the Tribe scored four runs off Astros starter Paul Clemens through the first four innings. That was far from being the storyline of another Cleveland win though, as Indians starter Scott Kazmir continued his quest for the postseason with another brilliant performance.
September 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians jump on Astros early to win, keep lead in wildcard
The Indians began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the second American League Wild Card spot and finished the day with the same lead thanks to Scott Kazmir who pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field.
September 21, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 9/14/13 - 9/21/13
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
September 21, 2013   (3 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Who are the American League wildcard teams?
The Cleveland Indians are in a fight for their playoff lives, but now the proud holders of one of the two wildcard slots, actually control their own destiny. The Tribe is one of six teams fighting or the final two slots realistically viable in the American League, and with a remaining schedule against teams that are a combined 7-23 over their last 30 games, seemingly have destiny at their doorstep. Take a journey through the final six, and pick your two wildcard slots, as IBI's power poll returns...
September 21, 2013   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #154: Astros 1, Indians 2
Earned runs, unearned runs, walks, hits, errors, extra innings, rain. In the end, it doesn’t matter how you win since they’re all chalked up the same in the win column. On Friday night, the Indians took game two of the four-game set against the lowly Astros 2-1 in a rain-shortened six and a half innings of play. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps how mistakes and mother nature helped usher the Tribe to victory.
September 21, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians win rain shortened game 2-1, move into wildcard lead
Postseason ticket sales started for the Cleveland Indians on Friday morning, and the team offered fans another reason to invest on Friday night. The Indians moved into a playoff position with a 2-1 win on Friday night, thanks to some Houston Astros errors and some inclement weather.
September 20, 2013   (3 comments)
What if the Tribe made the Richardson trade?
This shocking trade the Cleveland Browns made earlier in the week where they shipped Trent Richardson off to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round pick doesn't bother the IBI's John Mast. Cleveland is a tough town for sports fans who have lived through many disappointing seasons, heartbreaking losses, and star players constantly being traded or leaving via free agency. He wonders what it would have been like had Justin Masterson been dealt by the Tribe in July.
September 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A 2007 vs. 2013 comparison
With just nine games left in the season, the Indians now have a legitimate shot at making the postseason. Remember the last time we were here? In case you forgot, it was back in 2007, and the Indians came within a game of clinching a World Series berth. This current team may not be as highly regarded as the 2007 version, but as we've seen in the past, once a team makes the playoffs, anything's possible. How does this year's squad stack up to the 2007 one? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #153: Astros 1, Indians 2
It took a few extra innings, but the Indians found a way to come through with a much needed 2-1 win over the Astros on Thursday night in the opener of a long four game series. Ubaldo Jimenez was once again fantastic and the Indians needed a splendid outing from him as the offense struggled all night against the worst pitching staff in baseball. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on the game...

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