It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series. Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a heavy look and previews the A.L wild card showdown between both clubs.
The Indians were back at it on Monday with Instructional League, and Tony has the details from that game. Due to the playoff coverage at the IBI this piece is a day late - but never a dollar short. He has the stats from all of the players in the game, the pitch counts, and more and talks about the impressive play of Clint Frazier, Kenny Mathews and others.
The Indians have accomplished the near-improbable in 2013 by clinching not only a wild card berth, but home field advantage in the one-game playoff, As the fans and players celebrate before the Wild Card game on Wednesday, there are some unflattering theories about why they may not deserve to be playing in October. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he plays the role of "Mythbuster" in his pre-Wild Card Second Thoughts piece.
The Cleveland Indians will be facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, and while the Rays have a more storied recent history, the 2013 version of both teams will be like looking into the mirror. Which team will have the advantage in this one-game playoff? Join Jim Pete to see if the numbers separate the teams, or if they just muddy things up.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Dace Kime, Trevor Frank, Paul Hendrix, Kerry Doane and Jordan Milbrath. He explains why Kime has so much upside as a starter, why Frank might be another gem found in the bullpen, why Milbrath is so intriguing and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
Although the Indians' expanded roster was able to celebrate a playoff berth after their clinching victory in game 162, the harsh reality is that this journey into October means the end of the road for a number of players. When the team gets to Progressive Field on Wednesday, once again, only 25 players will be in uniform. The IBI's Kevin Dean looks at the possibilities with roster for the wildcard game.
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!