2013 Indians Season in Review: September
TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 21-6
- Overall record: 92-70
- Home record: 11-4
- Road record: 10-2
- Weekend record: 8-1
- Standings: 92-70, 1GB of Detroit
- High-water mark: 92-70. Sept. 29
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Michael Brantley: .345 AVG (29-84), 2 HR, 14 RBI, .828 OPS
- Matt Carson: .700 AVG (7-10), 3 RBI, one gigantic walk-off (see below)
- Yan Gomes: .309 AVG (25-81), 2 HR, 9 RBI, .824 OPS
- Jason Kipnis: .287 AVG (27-94), 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Matt Albers: 0.82 ERA (1ER in 11IP), 6 K, .139 opp. AVG
- Ubaldo Jimenez: 4-0, 1.09 ERA (5ER in 41.1IP), 51 K, .230 opp AVG
- Scott Kazmir: 3-2, 2.57 ERA (8ER in 28IP), 43 K, .268 opp. AVG
- Mark Rzepczynski: 2.08 ERA (2ER in 8.2IP), 10K, .172 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.79 ERA (1ER in 11.1IP), 11 K, .179 opp. AVG
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .267 AVG (239-894), 29 HR, 132 RBI
- Pitching: 2.84 ERA (76ER in 241IP), 262 K, .259 opp. AVG
- September 19, Cleveland: Matt Carson – who, as noted above, had a big September in a limited role – rescued the Indians in the 11th inning with a sharp single through the right side of the infield to start the Tribe’s season-ending 10-game win streak.
- September 24, Cleveland: After the White Sox hit two solo homers in the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a mammoth home run to right to again save the Tribe, with the club’s 11th walk-off of the season. A giant photo of the celebration now adorns one of the walls leading to the Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field.
OTHER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:
- A much-needed slam: Losers of five in a row, the Indians needed something good to happen on September 1 in Detroit. And in a scoreless game in the ninth, this happened, courtesy of the man who coined “Goon Squad” and also goes by “Handsome Mike”:
- Behind-the-scenes look at the Tribe: Fox Sports One aired its “Mission: October” series, a revealing look at teams contending for playoff spots, on Sept. 23 after filming throughout the previous weekend during the Indians home series vs. Houston. Here’s a snippet.
- Final out: It couldn’t have been easy, right? On the verge of winning a 10th straight and clinching a home Wild Card game, Jason Kipnis had to range to his left, dive and fire to a covering Justin Masterson. No big deal, right?
Sweep, it is: The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.
Streaking: The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.
Streaking, part II: The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.
Ubaldo flawless down the stretch: For his efforts – detailed above in the “Top Performers – Pitching” section – Ubaldo was awesome and won the Pitcher of the Month for September.
September sweets: The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.
Fine 90: The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.
Matching another club record: The Indians 92-70 record marked a 24-win jump over 2012, tying a club record; the other time the franchise accomplished the feat was from 1985 to 1986.
Fleet feet: Jason Kipnis logged his 30th steal on September 29, the last day of the regular season, and became the first Indians player since Grady Sizemore in 2007-08 to steal 30 or more in consecutive seasons. The Indians had 117 steals, sixth most in MLB.
What a relief: Bryan Shaw, in his first year with the club, didn’t allow a run 15 1/3 September innings; we would have included him above, but figured he deserved a callout.
Coach of the month – hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo: The Tribe had its best collective month at the plate, and for the year, the Indians offense ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (third, 3.95), walks (fourth, 562) and OBP (fifth, .327).