All the stats and notes behind the Cleveland Indians 11-game win streak

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Kip scores the game’s first run on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

We are red hot. Really, really hot. Scoring a lot of runs, pitching really well.

And surely you’ve seen all kinds of crazy stats and notes about our 11-game win streak floating about, so we decided to put all of them in one place for your viewing pleasure.

FYI: Some are NSFW.

  • 11-game win streak is longest since May 23-June 4
  • Also longest streak in baseball this season
  • Last 12-game streak came in 1951, part of a club-record-tying 13-game win streak
  • 13-game streak happened one other time: 1942
  • Indians have outscored opponents 73-25 in this streak – average margin of victory is 4.4 runs
  • The Indians six-game AL Central lead is the team’s largest since May 29, 2011 (also six games)
  • At 46-30, team is 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season (92-70, finished on 10-game win streak)
  • 46-30 record is tied for fourth-best in baseball with Baltimore
  • Indians are 20-6 in June, marking the club’s eighth 20-win month in the last 51 years
  • Tribe is 34-7 when scoring first
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  • Lineup is hitting .317 overall (121-382) during streak
  • Jason Kipnis has a 10-game hit streak
  • Francisco Lindor is hitting .357 during the streak
  • Jose Ramirez continues to be the AL’s second-best hitter with RISP (.408); during the streak “JRam” is hitting .295 overall (13-44)
  • Jose Ramirez is the only player in Major League Baseball to hit in all 9 positions in the lineup this season
  • Club has hit 21 HRs during streak and 41 in June, third-most in the AL and MLB
  • Indians have stolen 15 bases in 11-game streak, most in MLB; overall, team’s 62 steals are T1 in AL and T2 in MLB
  • Rotation has a 2.07 ERA during streak
    • Corey Kluber: 2-0, 16 Ks in 17 IP, 1.06 ERA
    • Carlos Carrasco: 1-0, 13 Ks in 16.1 IP, 1.10 ERA
    • Danny Salazar: 2-0, 10 Ks in 12.1 IP, 3.65 ERA
    • Trevor Bauer: 2-0, 24 Ks in 22 IP, 1.64 ERA
    • Josh Tomlin: 1-0, 3.60 ERA

Source: Indians Baseball Information Department, Baseball Reference

Cleveland Indians last 11-game win streak was in 1982 — what else was in 1982?

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium in April 1982

The Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday to run the club’s win streak to 11, a streak in which the Indians have beaten opponents by a combined score of 73-25.

The team’s hitters are batting .317 during the stretch, while the team’s starters have a 2.07 ERA, helping the club match its longest win streak since 1982.

Some other facts about 1982, other than a red-hot Tribe squad from May 23-June 4:

  • Ronald Reagan was president
  • Average Income per year $21,050.00.
  • Average Monthly Rent $320.00.
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 91 cents.

During 1982’s 11 gamer: MAY 23-JUNE 4th

Indians second baseman Jack Perconte grew a winning streak beard: “Jack Perconte will have to keep his beard for another day. The Indians’ second baseman is looking scruffy these days because he has proclaimed, “I’m not going to shave until we lose.” That was 11 games ago.

“Listen, 11 in a row is 11 in a row no matter who you beat,” said the Tribe’s Toby Harrah

May 30th: Cal Ripken begins his consecutive game streak (May 30th)

May 30th: Gordon Johncock defeats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds in the Indianapolis 500

Past the win streak, but interesting nonetheless: June 11: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial is released.

–Indians curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians players Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others help a young fan in need in Atlanta

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Indians player Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others tend to a young fan in need in Atlanta/Photo courtesy of Matt Rowland

We’re playing great baseball, but a few of our guys made a larger impact at Turner Field on Monday night.

We received a tweet and a Facebook message about a couple of our relievers jumping to attention when a young fan suffered a health issue during batting practice on Monday night.

Matt Rowland, a fan from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was in the right-center field seats during BP and witnessed the encounter. He emailed this:

There was a young kid, maybe 13-14yrs old in the outfield trying to catch home run balls during the Indians BP. One came his way and he attempted to catch it but missed it. I’m not 100% positive on what the direct cause was but he either 1) was hit by the baseball in the head/neck area or 2) hit his neck/head on the railing making the attempt. Temperature and sun may have also played a role.

About 10 minutes passed by and I don’t think anyone thought anything of it. Next thing I know Tom (Gorzelanny), Joba (Chamberelain), and one other pitcher are on the field motioning for the medical staff that was situated above as the kid basically dropped. The players ran into the Braves bullpen and (Gorzelanny) immediately hopped into the stands to assist. Joba and the other pitcher are handing over cups of water and soaking towels in the water jugs for them while (Dan) Otero and (utility man) Michael Martinez were looking on from the field.

One of the medical personnel who attended to the young boy (and who asked not to be named) sent us a Facebook message confirming these details, and wrote:

I work at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. I’m part of the EMS crew and I just wanted to thank the players who helped me with the two boys on June 27 during batting practice by giving them cold towels and cups of water. I personally appreciate it and the concern that they had. I didn’t know how else to thank them.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Corey Kluber announced as a finalist for 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

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The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced its Major League Baseball nominees for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award today.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller.

Beginning Friday, June 24, in Texas and during the next couple of months, each team, along with foundation and military representatives, will honor the nominated players during a pre-game ceremony.

Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Thursday, November 17th at the United States Navy Memorial.

Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Jonathan Lucroy, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.

The 2016 MLB Player Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler

Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day

Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia

Chicago White Sox: David Robertson

Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber

Houston Astros: Scott Feldman

Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Fairly

Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn and Jeff Conine

Milwaukee Brewers: Jimmy Nelson

Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle

San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore

Texas Rangers: Bobby Jones

Kluber’s Nomination Letter: 

The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.

Throughout the 2016 season, Corey and his wife, Amanda, have committed encouraging and reaching out to wounded veterans at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VA Medical Center. Each month, Corey visits rehabilitating military veterans, spends time building personal relationships, and provides memorable experiences and autographed memorabilia for our servicemen and women. He will visit with veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Center, blind rehabilitation and other long-term care programs. Currently, there are six scheduled visits where Corey will invest time with over one hundred veterans throughout the season. In addition, the Kluber’s will look to host many of these rehabilitating veterans at Cleveland Indians home games whenever possible. The Kluber’s dedication to these hospital visits represents their personal passion and appreciation for our country’s veterans, in particular, showing support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

In addition to his commitment to serving our veterans, Corey hosts young patients from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital every Wednesday home game as part of his Kluber’s Kids program. Through this program, Corey spends time getting to know each special guest and his/her family personally on-field during batting practice. He also provides an autographed jersey and memorabilia, and hosts them during the game with 10 Club Level tickets including all-you-can-eat food.  With 12 events in 2016, Corey hopes to create special memories for young children and their families here in Cleveland.

It’s a genuine dedication and appreciation for the veterans and youth of our local community that makes Corey Kluber an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

Cleveland Indians were first MLB team to wear numerals on uniforms, 100 years ago Sunday

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3-5-14-18-19-21: The numbers of Tribe legends. Flash back 100 years and these numbers were nonexistent. Fans were not able to identify favorite players by number because players didn’t wear numerals. This changed on June 26, 1916. On that day the Indians management rolled out the new concept of numbered uniforms.

The day after the game, The Plain Dealer recorded a brief mention of this historic event:

“An innovation was sprung by the management when the Indians appeared with numbers upon their sleeves such as are worn by the drivers of race horses. It was the carrying out of an idea by Vice President Robert McRoy, and will, it is expected, be adopted by the league. Graney for instance, is No. 1, Turner, No. 2; Speaker No 3, and so on.”

And just like that, the Cleveland Indians became the first Major League franchise to wear uniform numbers. The pinstriped jersey with a blue block C on the breast featured a digit affixed to the sleeve.

Newspapers from St. Louis to Chicago to New York all covered the development. One paper noted: “The Indians wore numbers on the sleeves of their baseball blouses which tallied with those opposite their names on the scorecard. The innovation made a big hit. This is the first time in the history of baseball that this idea was tried out.”

The paper in St. Louis was not as excited, seeing the move as a stunt that forced fans to purchase scorecards: “The present system merely FORCES the fan to pay money for information that should be gladly given him gratis.”

The use of the sleeve numbers, however, gradually faded out during the season. No reason was given. Several years later, the Indians also claimed another first in the uniform world. In 1929 they became the first MLB franchise to wear a number on the back of the uniform. Often this achievement is traced to the New York Yankees, however the Yankees Opening Day was rained out, while the Tribe had clear skies and thus became the first club to don the numbered jerseys.

A replica jersey will be on display at the Corner Bar.

–Tribe curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians starters throw some of the nastiest pitches in baseball, according to FanGraphs

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At this point of the season it’s reasonable to expect that the stingiest pitching staff in the American League would be led by one of the game’s best starting rotations. And that is exactly what is happening in Cleveland this year, as the Tribe’s front five has been one of the most dominant rotations in baseball.

Indians starters have combined to post a 3.69 ERA, the second-best mark in the American League, while the Tribe’s current rotation of Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar has combined for a 3.14 ERA in 2016.

And just like a pitching staff is only as good as each individual piece, a pitcher is only as good as his pitches.

According to Fangraphs’ Pitch Value data, which can be found here, the Tribe’s starting five throws some of the most dominant pitches in the game.

Let’s begin with 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who owns both the best cutter and the best curveball in the American League. On a per-100-pitch basis, Kluber’s curveball has been the 3rd-most effective pitch in the AL this season, and opposing hitters are batting just .090 against it.

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Kluber also owns the AL’s best cutter, which is 50% more effective than the league’s second-best cut fastball. His cutter has so much movement that MLB’s PITCHf/x system actually classifies it as a slider, which might explain why opposing hitters have just a .488 OPS against.

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Following in Kluber’s footsteps, Josh Tomlin’s cutter ranks as the eighth-most effective cut-fastball in the AL this year, which he uses to setup the league’s 16th-best fastball. This combination allows Tomlin to work the edges of the plate as he has generated a 31.6% O-swing rate (percent of pitches outside of the strikezone that are swung on and missed), the 10th-best mark in the AL.

But it’s not all about the breaking balls with this group, because Danny Salazar owns the best changeup in baseball this season. Although he already possessed a mid-90s fastball when he debuted for the Indians in 2013, Salazar’s changeup has only improved with time. Opposing hitters batted .246 against his changeup in 2013, .179 in 2014, .155 in 2015 and a paltry .077 this season. A true strikeout-pitch, Salazar’s changeup generates an absurd 24% swing-and-miss rate.

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Now we turn to Trevor Bauer, who has quietly put together one of the most effective arsenals in the league this season. Each of Bauer’s five primary offerings are among the 20-most effective pitches of their kind this season. On a per-100-pitch basis, Bauer owns the League’s most effective slider, fifth-best curveball, 10th-best changeup, 12th-best fastball and 14th-best cutter.

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Among all of this, let’s not forget about Carlos Carrasco, who, due to injury, has not thrown enough innings to rank among league qualifiers at the moment. That said, his curveball would currently rank among the American League’s top-five hooks.

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Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year’s Michael Bode for the idea — give him a follow on Twitter.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

GALLERY: Trevor and Tribe sweep Rays, go undefeated at Progressive Field in June

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The Tribe started off the offense in the first inning in the series finale against the Rays, and kept it going. Behind big hits from Kip and Santana and a gem by Bauer, the Tribe collected their 6th straight win, sweeping the homestand with a perfect 6-0 record AND closing out an undefeated June at home.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win ninth straight at home, 7-4 over Tampa Bay Rays

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The Indians won the club’s ninth straight at home on Monday night, a come-from-behind 7-4 win over the Rays. The Tribe’s AL Central lead is at a game, with KC idle on Monday.

Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe hit homers in the eighth – Lindor a solo shot leading off and Uribe a two-run shot later – to break open a 4-4 game after seven. Uribe has hit homers in three straight games for the first time in his career.

The Tribe got on the board in the fourth, as Carlos Santana drove in Francisco Lindor with an RBI fielder’s choice; Lindor had singled, moved up on Mike Napoli’s single and stole third. Rajai Davis and Jason Kipnis later pulled off a double steal after Kipnis’ fifth-inning RBI single.

Carlos Santana hit his 15th homer in the sixth, again tying him for the team lead with Napoli; the homer traveled an estimated 440 feet, per MLB’s Statcast technology, landing above the shrubs in the center field batter’s eye at Progressive Field. In the seventh, Yan Gomes doubled and Davis got him home with a sac fly to tie it at 4.

Josh Tomlin pitched seven innings, allowing four runs. Bryan Shaw struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.

The Indians entered Monday’s game second in the AL and third in baseball in steals (51), and after stealing three more bases in three tries on Monday, the club’s success rate (now 79.4%) is third in the AL and baseball.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Chicago White Sox on Jose Ramirez’s walk-off single

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The Indians swept the White Sox on Sunday on Jose Ramirez’s 10th-inning walk-off single, the Indians second walk-off win of the weekend. (Carlos Santana hit a walk-off homer on Friday.)

The Tribe completed the sweep in front of 25,269. The Tribe drew 84,247 for the weekend series against the White Sox.

Rajai Davis – who had four hits and two stolen bases — led off with a double, and Jason Kipnis bunted him to third. The Sox intentionally walked Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli, and after Carlos Santana popped out, Ramirez singled past Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu.

Down 1-0, Napoli tied it in the first with a sac fly for his 36th RBI at home this year; he entered the game tied for second in the American League in that category. After the Sox took the lead on Melky Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth, the Tribe answered again, with Juan Uribe’s second homer in as many days after returning from an injury suffered last weekend in Anaheim.

Carlos Carrasco went 7.1 IP, his second-longest outing of the season, striking out six and allowing just two earned runs.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians hammer Chicago White Sox in 13-2 Saturday victory

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Mike Napoli, Juan Uribe and Tyler Naquin hit homers as the Indians pounded out 13 runs and 15 hits in a 13-2 win in front of 31,066 at Progressive Field on Saturday.

Napoli’s three-run homer in the first gave the Tribe all the cushion it would need, while Naquin fell a double shy of the cycle in reaching base five times (single, triple, homer, two walks). Juan Uribe added three hits and three RBI.

Danny Salazar, who entered the game leading the AL in ERA, K/9, hits/runs allowed, bWAR and more, allowed two runs in 6.2 innings, striking out seven. He’s 8-3 with a 2.23 ERA.

Other notes:

  • Napoli’s 15 homers are a team-high
  • Francisco Lindor had three hits, tying Boston’s Xander Bogaerts with a league-high 12 games of three or more hits
  • Naquin’s four RBI were a career high and his three hits tied a career high

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

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