Daisuke Matsuzaka kept his former team quiet over five and and two-thirds innings and Chris Perez gave up a tie-breaking RBI-double in the ninth, as the Mets beat the Indians 2-1 Sunday at Progressive Field. Cleveland entered the game trailing Tampa Bay by one game for the second wild card spot in the American League, but failed to capitalize. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the Tribe's failed attempt at a sweep.
It's been a very "developmental" year in Carolina, and while the Mudcats weren't a winning ballclub with regards to wins and losses, they sure did have a boatload of offensive talent come through Five County Stadium. Was the season a successful one? It depends on what your definition is for success? If you're an Indians fan looking for a bank of players, Carolina was the place to be. Join Jim Pete for one last fishing expedition for the 2013 season.
The Indians sit one game out of the playoffs with 21 games to go and they are set up for a wild finish these last three weeks. This is much to the surprise of many fans who have given up on them at various points of the season and the severe lack of support at the gates over the season. Tony talks about the disconnect the Indians have with their fans, the miraculous rebound of Ubaldo Jimenez, looks into his crystal ball at Jimenez's future, and more.
The Cleveland Browns are facing off against the Miami Dolphins today, but that will take a backseat to the Cleveland Indians quest to swallow up the Tampa Bay Rays in the wildcard hunt. The Indians have 22 games to go to prove themselves worthy of a playoff spot, and that starts today with Messing with Salazar, episode 7. We'll jump into the Indians quest, and talk Browns football. Call in and talk to the IBI staple, Cleveland Sports Insiders at 1-347-202-0338!
Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, step right up and BEAT the Mets! It was another offensive explosion for the Tribe on Saturday, as the team took down the struggling New York Mets for the second straight night, 9-4. Offensively, Cleveland continues to put up big numbers scoring 17 runs over the first two games of the three-game weekend series. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts....
After winning the team's first division title in team history, the Lake Erie Crushers came out flat against the Traverse City Beach Bums by dropping game one of the playoffs 8-0 Saturday night in Avon.
Cleveland struck for five runs in the first inning, establishing a lead they would maintain for the entire game, as the Indians beat the New York Mets 9-4 Saturday night. Corey Kluber was impressive in his return from the disabled list as he allowed just two earned runs while Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher each hit home runs to supply the offense. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he provides all the play-by-play from the huge Tribe win.
The 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers were defined by a couple of overriding themes: a lack of offense, dominant pitching, and a killer 12-game losing streak during which seemingly nothing went write for the boys of Niles, Ohio. The IBI's Hayden Grove chimes in with his review of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and touches on the good and not so good performances on the season.
A week ago, we were in the middle of a brutal 1-5 road trip. While some of the slumps this season have been particularly frustrating, this team has proven time and time and time again that they are not in this to roll over and quit. The visiting Mets were blown out 8-1 as Scott Kazmir's dominant start and Nick Swisher's grand slam paved the way for the Tribe. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan for his thoughts on the victory.
Scott Kazmir struck out 12 batters in six innings and Nick Swisher hit a grand slam as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Mets 8-1 in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians have won three games in a row as they continue their push toward a playoff spot and continue to strengthen their standing in the wildcard race.
The minor league season is over, but there is still a lot to wrap up. In today’s piece Tony looks at the sensational pro debut for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-hander Cole Sulser and his prospect future, looks at the exceptional season that Low-A Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington had at the plate, the amazing consistency of High-A Carolina outfielder Jordan Smith and what kind of prospect he truly is, and tons of comments from Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Tony Arnold on several of his pitchers such as Trevor Bauer, T.J. House, Bryan Price and others.
Of all the Indians' offseason acquisitions, Yan Gomes has arguably had the most unexpected impact. He was initially thought to be an afterthought in the Esmil Rogers trade, but he has since cemented himself as key member of the Tribe's roster. Gomes has been so good, in fact, that he could be on his way to becoming a Major League everyday catcher. But could his ceiling even be higher? Do the Indians have a potential star on their hands? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders that notion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
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!