April 24, 2014

Trevor Bauer could be in line for first start of 2014

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With Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres washed out by Mother Nature, Tribe pitching prospect Trevor Bauer could be in line for his first start of 2014 when the two teams lock up in a traditional double-header on Wednesday. Zach McAllister (who wound up with a no-decision last week) is scheduled to start one of the games of the doubleheader, with the Indians expected to promote a pitcher from Columbus to start the other. Bauer, who fresh off of a two-hit gem late last week, would be in line to take the bump.

In his debut for the Clippers, the heady Bauer frequently saw his fastball settle in around 95 miles-per-hour, fanning nine and walking just two in six innings of work. The kid’s struggles are well-documented, but at just 23 years old, things may finally be clicking for the former highly touted prospect.

The Indians could certainly use some clarity at the bottom of the rotation as Carlos Carrasco was anything but solid in his 2014 debut this past weekend. Similarly, Josh Tomlin had a debut to forget, allowing five hits and four earned runs (walking three) in just six innings in a loss to Indianapolis.

Carlos Carrasco wins the fifth starter job; Josh Tomlin sent to Columbus

Carlos Carrasco

The Horseshoe Casino be on Ontario and Prospect, but they’re rolling the dice two blocks south. In addition to Carlos Santana being named the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day third baseman, per multiple reports, Carlos Carrasco has won the fifth starter job.

While it may appear that it’s a great week for Carlos’, it could be argued that both men landed in their positions more out of necessity. While Lonnie Chisenhall made the 25-man roster, his role will be more versatile this season, splitting time between third base, designated hitter and sporadic pinch-hitting roles—all predominantly when a right-handed pitcher is on the mound. In Carrasco’s situation, the flame-throwing hot head is out of options while Josh Tomlin (who was optioned to Triple-A Columbus) is not. Rather than Tomlin being handed the fifth starter role (after a solid Spring Training) and crow-barring Carrasco into the bullpen at the expense of a more-worthy arm, the Indians took the business route that will allow for flexibility at a future point if the 26-year-old can’t figure things out.1

Carrasco finished the spring with an ERA north of 5.00 but did manage to strike out 16 (while walking just three) in 15 2/3 innings. He can miss bats with the best of them, but it’s the mental state that has gotten the best of him. Tribe fans should get their first glance at Carrasco when the team hosts the Twins next weekend. Let’s hope it’s a prolonged one.

(Image: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

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Footnotes:

  1. They’re widely expected to carry eight bullpen arms, meaning that both Scott Atchison and Blake Wood will make the final cut. []

Raburn Rocking, Bauer Rocked: Tuesday Tribe Notes

Josh TomlinWe are now two weeks into the game portion of Spring Training, so it is time to take stock of what we have learned thus far. There are plenty of intriguing battles going on. Some players have made statements, while others are still trying to make up ground. I have kept my ear to the ground and as always, I’ve tried to stay on top of all the goings-on in Goodyear. With just 20 days until the opener in Oakland, I file this report….

While Raburn sizzles, Murphy isn’t ready. Of all of the pleasant surprises of the 2013 playoff season, perhaps none was bigger than the renaissance of Ryan Raburn. A big reason that the former Tiger was so good was the genius of manager Terry Francona. Tito played Raburn perfectly; he didn’t overuse him, picking and choosing his spots, yet he knew when to ride him when he was sizzling. Midway through the season, Raburn smartly signed a two-year extension with the Tribe for $4.75 million. Knowing Ryan is at his best in the role he played last season, GM Chris Antonetti signed David Murphy from Texas to a two-year deal. The rightfield platoon was all set. [Read more...]

Indians, Justin Masterson pause extension talks, focus on one-year deal

mastersonstWith their scheduled arbitration hearing approaching, the Indians and ace Justin Masterson have shelved discussions of a long-term deal and are focusing on a one-year solution.

The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reported the update on Monday evening. Discussions are continuing between the team and Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley.

The filing difference between the two parties — $11.8 million from Masterson, $8.05 million from the Indians — was the largest in baseball this offseason. That’s what has led the Indians to say it’s “very likely” their 23-year run of avoiding arbitration will soon end. Masterson’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

MLB Trade Rumors expected Masterson to receive $9.7 million for 2014. There had been previous speculation of a five-year $75 million extension, including his final arbitration-eligible season of 2014. That would then equate to a four-year deal of about $65 million.

Surprisingly, the Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto also shared the Indians may be headed to arbitration with starter/reliever Josh Tomlin. He filed for $975,000, but the team filed for $800,000. It seems peculiar, considering the team’s long-time aversion to hearings. This one is scheduled for Feb. 14.

Eventually, Cleveland’s front office is expected to reach one-year deals with outfielder Michael Brantley and reliever Vinnie Pestano. Both are a couple years away from free agency and the filing differences — Brantley: $3.8 million v. $2.7 million; Pestano: $1.145 million v. $975,000 — weren’t that significant.

[Related: The Diff: What’s up with Justin Masterson’s Indians future?]

Photo: Chuck Crow/Plain Dealer

How badly do the Indians need more starters? – Cleveland Indians Roundtable

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Craig: Maybe I’m blinded by optimism, but I’m not overly concerned with a pitcher. The Indians have Masterson, Salazar, Kluber, McAllister and guys like Tomlin, Carrasco and Bauer to find five guys today. Yes it would be nice to insert a name in that list somewhere, but I’m not feeling desperate just yet. Look at me being a Tribe optimist!

Am I taking those top three for granted and overrating the Tribe’s own guys? How anxious are the rest of you to add starting pitching versus other roster needs?

Scott: Ubaldo Jimenez and Scot Kazmir were worth just a little less than six wins between the two of them. In just 10 starts, Danny Salazar was worth 1.2; Corey Kluber was worth 2.7 in 26 starts. Extrapolating is a dangerous tactic, but it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume that these two could help fill in the gaps that were left by pesky things like innings limits and injuries. [Read more...]

Starting rotation an unsolved long-term mystery for Indians

ubaldo twinsWhat a season for Cleveland Indians starters. After posting the American League’s 13th best staff ERA back in 2012, the Tribe turned it around magically this year en route to the playoffs, jumping all the way to the AL’s sixth best ERA.

Not many could have predicted that success, probably not even much-applauded pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Yet, after the team’s season ended abruptly last week, it’s worth noting that the composition of the 2014 rotation is now up in the air.

There are two likely-to-be high-priced free agents, one impending free agent after next year and a collection of still-yet-unproven youngsters and inexperienced veterans. Who will step up? What will the rotation look like? What moves are necessary?

Heading into 2013, it was assumed that the Indians would pick up a starter on the free agent market. They did so in the form of $7 million for Brett Myers, but that proved to be a disaster: Myers actually managed to have a -0.6 WAR in just 21.1 innings pitched.

With the below list, I count five likely starters for the Tribe as they begin the season: Masterson, Jimenez/Kazmir, Salazar, Kluber and McAllister. That would be maintaining the same list as this season, provided they can re-sign one of the two free agents.

But Trevor Bauer has to get consistent MLB duty at some point. What will the long-term status be of Carlos Carrasco or Josh Tomlin? Is there anyone else in the minors? And is it actually plausible for the team to re-sign just one of the two free agents? Let’s go name by name.

 

Justin Masterson
Turns 29 in March
Made $5.69 mil in 2013; likely to be $8-10 mil for 2014
Free agent eligibility after 2014 season

The de facto team ace is likely to return to starting duties for 2014. He had success out of the bullpen down the stretch, but that was due to his return from injury. The biggest long-term question mark is whether the Indians will be able to afford him past next year. He’s set to make a nice raise through arbitration.

Ubaldo Jimenez
Turns 30 in January
Made $5.75 mil in 2013; likely to receive $10+ mil offer
Free agent eligibility after 2013 season

Jimenez (finally) pitched like an ace over the last few months of the season. That will only make him more difficult to keep in a Tribe uniform. Some will say Jimenez owes the Indians front office for turning his career around, but unfortunately, that’s not how the open markets operate. Assuming he wants it, he’ll get at least four years and $50 million elsewhere.

Scott Kazmir
Turns 30 in January
Made league min. in 2013; likely to receive $6-8 mil offer
Free agent eligibility after 2013 season

The more affordable free agent option for the Indians would be Kazmir. He was a reclamation project this season, signing a deal just to join for spring training before making 29 starts and striking out 162. He’s not an ace, but a guy most organizations would love to have as a strikeout-prone lefty. My guess: $15 million over two years to stay in Cleveland.

Corey Kluber
Turns 28 in April
Continues to make min. salary
Arbitration eligibility after 2015 season; free agent after 2018

As we discussed in Friday’s roundtable, the development of these next two starters are key for 2014. Kluber was a big surprise this season, jumping into the rotation and dominating for three months. But an August injury set him back to end the year. Indians have to hope he can recover that success and stay in the rotation.

Zach McAllister
Turns 26 in December
Continues to make min. salary
Arbitration eligibility after 2015 season; free agent after 2018

Two full seasons, 46 starts, ERA of 3.99. Another impressive yet relatively inexperienced starter, McAllister also wasn’t great down the stretch. He wasn’t the same pitcher after a six-week injury absence in June and July. He seems to be a fairly reliable No. 4 or No. 5 starter, but won’t be a huge difference marker.

Danny Salazar
Turns 24 in January
Continues to make min. salary
Arbitration eligibility after 2015 season; free agent after 2018

The up-and-coming Salazar supplanted the guy below as the team’s best pitching prospect. He went from Double-A prospect to playoff game starter in one season, just like 1997’s Jaret Wright. Hopefully Salazar’s next few years are brighter however, thanks to the Indians’ watchful eye throughout the season. No questions asked, just let him go full throttle now.

Trevor Bauer
Turns 23 in January
Continues to make min. salary
Arbitration eligibility after 2015 season; free agent after 2018

Remember this guy? The perhaps too-eccentric-or-maybe-ground-breaking prospect? He had a 5.29 ERA in four Cleveland starts and a disappointing 4.15 ERA in 22 starts for Columbus. The statistics are brutal: 73 walks, 106 strikeouts and 119 hits in 121.1 innings pitched. Those are Triple-A No. 5 starter stats. I’d assume he stays in Columbus to start 2014. He’s not ready yet.

Carlos Carrasco
Turns 27 in March
Made $0.5 mil in 2013; likely to be $1 mil for 2014
Free agent eligibility after 2016 season

All the evidence you need: 9.00 ERA in seven starts, 1.32 ERA in eight relief appearances. With the likely departure of Joe Smith out of the pen, Carrasco can slip into a long-term long-relief role and perhaps some sixth-inning duties. That will keep his cost low and perhaps harness his innate strikeout ability.

Josh Tomlin
Turns 29 in October
Made $0.5 mil in 2013; likely to be $1 mil for 2014
Free agent eligibility after 2016 season

The Little Cowboy appeared in only one Cleveland game this season as he recovered from August 2012 Tommy John surgery. He’ll have the offseason to fully recover, potentially returning into a bullpen role as well. It’s also possible that he doesn’t return to Cleveland, considering the lack of available innings.

 

Conclusion: So there you go, nine possible starters and a whole lot of questions still yet unanswered. I’m sure there will be more discussions on available free agent starters over the coming months, just like we had last season. Almost all of these players have had long-ish periods of major league success. Now it’s just a matter of money and composition as 2014 preparation begins soon.

As I shared earlier in the week, my optimism isn’t high. Jimenez’s emergence was a key reason for Cleveland clinching a playoff spot; my odds are probably 75-80% that he’s elsewhere next season. Kazmir would be a nice returning candidate, but who knows how much his value is right now. Then, Masterson’s upcoming availability also casts into doubt how much the Indians are willing to break the bank.

In the end, Bauer and Salazar have to develop as future leaders of a rotation. If that can happen, which certainly is a possibility, then the Indians are in much better shape with a back-end led by Kluber and McAllister. But the young guys could need to step up soon.

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfel

Tribe Weekend Recap: Sloppy play somehow produces a key series win

Nick SwisherSloppy baseball doesn’t usually produce a winning weekend. Then again, you also don’t always have the luxury of playing a team devoid of offense who was already without its best player. They say it is better to be lucky than good and your Cleveland Indians most certainly would agree with that statement. They didn’t hit well most of the weekend and played some of the worst defense you will ever want to see at times, yet somehow they scratched and clawed their way to a series win over the Minnesota Twins.

The ragged weekend performance looked like it would come to a head Sunday, when four Tribe errors and a big mental mistake should have cost them the game. However thanks to some stellar pitching and a late inning blast, the Indians pulled out a game they had no business winning. “We know we’ve got to do better,” Terry Francona said. “But I’d rather talk about it after a win.”

Its been said many times late last week, but taking this series was of the utmost importance to the Tribe with what is coming up after Monday’s day off. While the A’s and Orioles were beating each other, the Rays were beating down the Yankees. All the Indians needed to do was take care of their own business against an inferior team. [Read more...]

MLB News: Indians activate Josh Tomlin from 60 day DL, option him to AAA Columbus

The Indians have announced today that Josh Tomlin has been activated from the 60 day disabled list and will remain in AAA Columbus.

The Cleveland Indians today recalled RHP JOSH TOMLIN from his 30-day rehab assignment, activated him from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned him to AAA Columbus.

The Indians 40-man roster is again at 40.

Tomlin pitched Friday in Columbus, 12 months after Tommy John surgery ended his 2012 season. In Friday’s outing Tomlin gave 5 solid innings, but fell victim to a rocky three run fourth inning.

Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal reported on Friday that Tomlin could be less than two weeks away from returning to the big leagues. The plan according to manger Terry Francona is to have him pitch through the remainder of the minor league season and then evaluate where he’s at.

“Hopefully, Josh will get two more starts before the minor-league season is over, and we can decide what we want to do,’’ Francona said.

Francona had previously stated he does not see Tomlin in a bullpen role with the Tribe as it would cause too much stress on his arm day in and day out, and that Tomlin would be best served filling in for any spot start that the club may need.

[Related: TD's Five for Friday]

 

 

TD’s Five For Friday

Josh TomlinIts Friday. A big weekend of sports is upon us with two of our teams. We have the Indians welcoming in the Minnesota Twins and the Browns travel to Indianapolis for the “dress rehearsal” preseason game Saturday night against the Colts.

It was an interesting week for our teams. The Tribe swept the Angels and thanks to losses by the teams in front of them, now sit just two and a half games back of the Wild Card and five games back in the AL Central. Brandon Weeden was officially named the Browns starting QB. Things are starting to come around. So what should we be looking for this weekend? Here are five things for you to ponder. [Read more...]

Josh Tomlin Makes Season Debut In Rehab Outing

It’s been quite a while since we saw Josh Tomlin on the mound. On Friday night, however, the right-hander made his season debut following Tommy John surgery less than one year ago. Per his own Twitter account as well as Tony Lastoria of IBI, Tomlin pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Rookie League.

Tomlin struggled before the injury last season, going 5-8 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 games (16 starts). He was a big part of the team’s early success in the 2011 season, where he 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 1.1 hitters per nine innings.

There’s an outside chance that Tomlin could help the team in late August or September. His low-walk, strike-throwing style could work out of the bullpen where he would be less susceptible to long balls from hitters seeing him a second or third time in the game. Even in his best year in ’11, Tomlin allowed 24 dingers. He has allowed 52 homers total in 59 big league appearances.

WFNY Stats & Info: Danny Salazar’s magical debut

For all those at Thursday afternoon’s Indians game, you witnessed history in the making. Danny Salazar, a 23-year-old right-handed prospect, delivered a standout performance in his MLB debut, among the best in franchise history.

The final line for the Dominican Republic native: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He had 89 pitches in the contest — as many as he had delivered in his 17 minor league games this season — and carried a no-hitter into his final frame.

Per the Game Score statistic, it was tied for the sixth-best MLB starter debut since 2010, according to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index Tool. Some of the other names on the top-10 debut list are among the best prospects in baseball in the last few years (Wacha, Strasburg, Harvey) along with a fellow Cleveland Indian (Tomlin).

best debuts since 2010

What was more notable, however, was where Salazar’s performance stood out on the list of all-time Cleveland Indians starter debuts. He also ranked sixth in this list, per Game Score, among all Tribe starter debuts dating back to 1916.
best indians debuts

The stat that was being thrown out all around yesterday afternoon on Twitter was this: Salazar’s 7 strikeouts were the most by an Indians starter in a debut since Luis Tiant’s 11 in 1964. Herb Score had 9 in his 1955 debut and Floyd Weaver had 8 in 1962. Then, Salazar ranks fourth.

Per Elias Sports at ESPN, Salazar is also only the fourth pitcher to defeat a reigning Cy Young winner (R.A. Dickey) in their MLB debut.

I’ve written plenty about Salazar already this season, most notably after his promotion to Columbus in early May and then his announced MLB promotion earlier this week. Overall on the season, even though he’s only two years removed from Tommy John surgery, he ranked 8th in the minor leagues with a 33.1% strikeout rate (min. 50 IP).

[Related: Indians 4 Blue Jays 2: Salazar dazzles in Tribe debut]

While We’re Waiting… MLB Payroll Increases And Success, Browns’ Year In Review, And Shurmur Reflections

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Leading off at The Hardball Times, Glenn DuPaul talks payroll increases and win totals. It doesn’t necessarily bode well for the 2013 Cleveland Indians, eh? “Last week, I discussed the issue of teams “going for broke” and how significant increases in payroll may affect overall success (win totals). One of the more interesting findings in that piece dealt with teams who had great success the season before they increased payroll. I found that from 2001 to 2012 there were 28 teams who won at least 88 games in the year before they increased payroll by at least 20 percent. Of those 28 teams, only 14 teams were able to get back to that 88-win threshold in the subsequent season. This result sounds surprising when taken at face value. In most cases, the assumption would be that the increase in payroll was an attempt to prevent regression and sustain, or build on, past success.” [The Hardball Times]

Dawgs By Nature has a phenomenal 2012 slideshow review of the Browns and some other happenings of interest to Browns’ fans. Also, check out their highlight of a mock draft that has the Browns taking Florida State DE Bjoern Werner with the sixth pick, “With the previous regime focusing much of their 2012 draft on the offensive side of the ball (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and right tackle), the majority of fans seemed to be interested in finding a defensive stud. Some of the suggestions included DE Damontre Moore, DE Bjoern Werner, OLB Jarvis Jones, and CB Dee Milliner. Our draft affiliate, Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft, posted their first mock draft now that the regular season is over. Out of those four defensive players recommended by fans, two of them — Milliner and Moore — were already off the board. Between Werner and Jones, Kadar decided to send Werner to the Browns.” [Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]

MLB News: Indians activate Carlos Carrasco

The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday that they have activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco, left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez and right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin from the 60-day Disabled List.

Also today the Indians claimed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood off outright waivers from the Kansas City Royals, bringing the total number of players under control on the 40-man roster to 38.

Wood, 27, missed the entire 2012 season after experiencing right elbow soreness in spring training that eventually led to reconstructive surgery on May 25. The Georgia Tech alum was KC’s 3rd round pick in the 2006 draft and owns a 2-year Major League career record of 6-6 w/a 4.30 ERA in 106 relief appearances (119.1IP, 120H, 57ER). The hard-throwing right-hander was a mainstay in the KC ‘pen in 2011, going 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 55 games (69.2IP, 66H, 29ER, 32BB, 62K).

Carrasco, acquired in the trade for former Cy Young-winner Cliff Lee, missed the entire 2012 MLB season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He is expected to be ready for the 2013 training camp.

[Related: The Tigers Get Swept, Your Boy Rejoices, And The Tribe Decisions Three Days Away]

Seven Straight Losses, Sizemore Done, Tomlin Going for T.J. Surgery, Just Another Day in Wahooland

So before last night’s date with King Felix Hernandez, beleaguered Indians manager Manny Acta and team trainer Lonnie Soloff met with the media. I am sure they had a blast discussing all of the great news they had to share (sarcasm font needed). In all seriousness, there is legitimately nothing positive going on in and around the Indians organization right now.

Nothing.

On the field the team has become an abject disaster, bereft of an offense while not knowing if their starting pitcher on any given day will go eight innings or make it out of the third. They have exactly three relievers they can count on. It’s enough to give any manager agita.

Acta and Soloff sat there and told the media that oft-injured CF Grady Sizemore had yet another set back and will not play in 2012. Apparently he has been experiencing right knee soreness during his rehab. In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet, and the Ubaldo Jimenez trade has been a failure. [Read more...]

Indians’ Josh Tomlin to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Following a consultation with long-time specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The ligament-replacing procedure will be performed by Yocum on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

“It’s something that he needed to get done,” Indians manager Manny Acta said of the surgery, “in order for him to be able to compete the way he was able to compete in the past.”

The reported timetable for a full recovery is expected to be 12-18 months. It is believed that, in the event the team opts to bring Tomlin back as a relief pitcher, that he could return by August or September of 2013.

Tomlin has experienced on-and-off soreness over the last several years. The team feels that his regression from the 2011 season is largely due to the gradual deterioration of the player’s right elbow.

[Related: Comparing Manny Acta to Colt McCoy]

Indians Roster Notes: Lopez Released, Tomlin to Have Arm Evaluated

For the fourth time this month, the Indians announced today they have released a veteran player DFA’d 10 days earlier. This time, it was utility infielder Jose Lopez, following in the footsteps of, chronologically, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Accardo and Derek Lowe.

Indians beat writers, who had a nice Twitter fling with Lopez throughout the season, were saddened by the announcement:

In other notable Indians roster notes, recently-converted reliever Josh Tomlin will have his right arm examined in Cleveland this week. He was originally rumored to see well-known specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum while the team is in Southern California this week, but supposedly the doctor is unavailable.

According to various Twitter reports, Tomlin has fought elbow soreness dating back to last season, possibly resulting in his poor performance to date this year: 5-8 with a 5.82 ERA in 20 games (16 starts).

It’s very possible that Tomlin will be moved to the DL this week to make room for Roberto Hernandez, who is scheduled to start Wednesday. It is also possible that lefty Chris Seddon or righty Corey Kluber also could go back to Columbus, while outfielders Matt LaPorta or Russ Canzler could be activated from the Clippers roster (h/t @MLBastian).

[Related: Contention Windows and Depth Charts: Analyzing the Cleveland Indians’ Future]

Box Score: Indians 1, Red Sox 14

Well then, that got out of control quickly. Corey Kluber struggled in his third start for Cleveland and Josh Tomlin was no help in relief. At least the Indians managed to split the series with the Red Sox, who also have struggled in the second half.

Notable: Carlos Santana got switched from first base to left field late in the game. Notable: He didn’t look that awful. And no, there was no injury related to the strange move, as Manny Acta just said he wanted to give Shin-Soo Choo a little breather and a full day of rest for Michael Brantley.

 

Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Boston
- D. Pedroia doubled to right, C. Crawford scored
- A. Gonzalez homered to deep right, D. Pedroia scored
Bot 1st: Cleveland
- C. Santana hit sacrifice fly to center, J. Donald scored
Top 2nd: Boston
- C. Crawford doubled to deep right center, M. Aviles and J. Ellsbury scored
Top 4th: Boston
- K. Shoppach singled to shallow center, M. Aviles scored, K. Shoppach to second advancing on throw
Top 5th: Boston
- C. Ross singled to shallow right, D. Pedroia scored, A. Gonzalez to third
- J. Saltalamacchia singled to shallow right, A. Gonzalez scored, C. Ross to second
- D. Valencia hit sacrifice fly to left, C. Ross scored
- J. Ellsbury doubled to deep center, J. Saltalamacchia and M. Aviles scored
- C. Crawford doubled to center, J. Ellsbury scored
- A. Gonzalez doubled to deep center, C. Crawford and D. Pedroia scored
 Boston
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 .259
    C. Mortensen p 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
    A. Aceves p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C. Crawford lf 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 .280
    S. Podsednik lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .373
D. Pedroia 2b 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 .278
    P. Ciriaco 2b-cf 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .337
A. Gonzalez 1b 3 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 .309
    N. Punto 1b-2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .198
C. Ross rf 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .275
J. Saltalamacchia dh-1b 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .228
M. Aviles ss 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 .257
D. Valencia 3b 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 .192
K. Shoppach c 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 .250
    R. Lavarnway c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
 Totals 41 14 16 14 1 5 8 1 16
 Batting
2B – J Ellsbury (13, J Tomlin); C Crawford 3 (8, C Kluber 2, J Tomlin); D Pedroia (23, C Kluber); A Gonzalez (36, F Herrmann); M Aviles (25, F Herrmann).
HR – A Gonzalez (13, 1st inning off C Kluber 1 on, 1 Out).
SF – D Valencia.
RBI – J Ellsbury 2 (10), C Crawford 3 (16), D Pedroia (43), A Gonzalez 4 (80), C Ross (59), J Saltalamacchia (47), D Valencia (18), K Shoppach (17).
2-out RBI – J Ellsbury 2, C Crawford 3, A Gonzalez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Ellsbury 1, C Crawford 1, D Pedroia 1, C Ross 1, J Saltalamacchia 2.
GIDP – D Valencia.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – M Aviles (11, 2nd base off C Kluber/L Marson).
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Donald 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 .190
A. Cabrera dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .280
S. Choo rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .285
    C. Kotchman 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .223
C. Santana 1b-lf 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .241
S. Duncan lf-rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .213
B. Lillibridge ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .195
L. Marson c 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .243
J. Hannahan 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .226
E. Carrera cf 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .393
 Totals 31 1 5 1 0 3 14 0 10
 Batting
2B – E Carrera (1, J Tazawa).
SF – C Santana.
RBI – C Santana (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Donald 2, B Lillibridge 1.
Team LOB – 7.
 Fielding
E – J Donald (4, field).
PB – L Marson.
DP – 1 (J Donald-B Lillibridge-C Kotchman).
 Boston
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Lester (W, 6-10) 6.0 3 1 1 2 12 0 1.37 5.20
J. Tazawa 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.25 1.66
C. Mortensen 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.95 1.65
A. Aceves 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.18 4.14
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
C. Kluber (L, 0-1) 3.1 7 6 6 0 4 1 1.90 8.56
J. Tomlin 1.1 5 7 7 2 1 0 1.46 6.36
F. Herrmann 2.1 3 1 1 2 1 0 1.88 3.38
C. Allen 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.88 0.00
J. Smith 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.18 3.04

Rotation Situation Is A Disaster

And I thought being swept back to back by the Twins and the Royals was rock bottom. I obviously thought wrong.

I seriously couldn’t decide where to go with this piece. The weekend in Detroit was an abject disaster. However, it was a mere add-on to a week that was a complete house of horrors from our Wahoos. Whatever could go wrong for this team, has gone wrong. The Tigers outplayed the Tribe in every single aspect of the game. They out-hit, out-pitched, out-ran, and out-defended the Indians. It was more of the same.

The Wahoos have lost nine in a row, going 0-fer during this nine game make or break road trip through three AL Central cities. It was the first time in the history of the franchise they have gone 0-9 on a road trip.

GM Chris Antonetti, who to me is dangerously close to losing his job with the way his moves last season (the Ubaldo trade) and this past winter (re-signing Grady Sizemore and then not properly backing that mistake up, not giving a third year to Josh Willingham, etc) have backfired, built this team with pitching and defense as its defining characteristic. Instead of flourishing and watching this staff grow, we are witnessing one of the worst rotations in the American League. How does a 36-49 record with an ERA of 5.15 sound to you? [Read more...]

Shake-up Coming to the Tribe Rotation After Another Dismal Start

The bottom of the seventh inning included a conversation between Underwood and Manning which eventually made its way around to “sometimes the best trade you can make is not to make one.” Um, not in this case boys.

You had to wonder how the team would react last night. Not just because of the trade deadline that came and went with nary a change in the clubhouse, but also because of the embarrassment of the Minnesota series. I was hoping we might see a little fire. Then I saw Lowe was the starting pitcher, and I realized that the fire may just be coming off the bats of the Royals.

Derek Lowe is either in a severe slump, or it is the end of the line. Let us let some of the Tribe’s scribes describe the scene from twitter- [Read more...]

A Lost Weekend In Minnesota Sends Tribe Spinning Back To Reality

I don’t even know where to start.

Every single time you think you have this Indians team pegged, they go out and perform to a level that you just don’t expect. Its not as if I didn’t think the Tribe could get swept by the lowly Minnesota Twins, I just didn’t see it in the manner it occurred.

First let me start with a little back story. Each summer, my friend Jeremy, my brother Matt, and I embark on a weekend “Tribe Trip.” We take a look at the schedule in February or March, pick a ballpark we haven’t seen the Indians play in, and spend the weekend in that city, watching our boys and exploring what that city has to offer. This summer, we picked this weekend in Minneapolis.

After Thursday night’s dramatic comeback win against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers, the Indians were riding high. We thought it couldn’t be a better weekend to be going to see our team. But as we have seen way too many times this season, after the highest highs, come the lowest lows.

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