2014 Season in Review: September — #CyKluber, #Smooth200, home victories and more
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
Sept. 5 — Murphy notches final walk-off of 2014: David Murphy got his first – and the Tribe’s 11th – walk-off of 2014, a single to give the Indians a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.
Sept. 7 – Carlos Carrasco puts an exclamation point on his resurgence: Carrasco, whose return to the rotation was a major reason the Indians contended until the team’s 160th game, pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, falling one out shy of a complete game shutout.
Sept. 8 — Rocco Scotti returns: The longtime anthem singer was back at Progressive Field, as a version of his well-known, operatic anthem style was played as he stood at home plate with his grandson and sung along.
Sept. 11 – TJ House joins rotation mates in setting Indians history: House, called up earlier in the year, became the first Indians player with three consecutive start with 7 or more innings pitcher, 1 or fewer runs allowed and no walks. All this from a guy who didn’t know his way around Cleveland in May.
Sept. 16, Sept. 21 – Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in consecutive starts: In his second- and third-to-last starts of 2014, Kluber outdid himself (and in 2014, that’s saying something). By striking out 14 in back-to-back starts, Kluber became only the 15th player to accomplish the feat in MLB history. The previous guy to do it? Randy Johnson, in 2004 for the Diamondbacks. The only other Indians player to do it was Sam McDowell, who did it twice in 1968.
Sept. 26 – One more time with feeling, Corey: With an eight-inning outing against the Rays in his final 2014 start, Kluber improves to 5-1 in 43 September innings, with 56 strikeouts in 43 innings. He will finish first or second in the American League Cy Young voting; if you ask us, he deserves to win.
Sept. 27 – Brantley logs 200th hit of 2014: Michael Brantley became the first Indians player since 1996 (Kenny Lofton) with 200 hits in a season, with a single up the middle vs. Tampa after which he pointed to the sky to recognize his late grandmother. In all in 2014, Brantley:
- Became the only player in Tribe history with 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 steals and 20 homers in a season in club history.
- Ranked second in hits (200), 3rd in WAR (7.0) and average (.327) in the American League.
Santana’s big season: Carlos Santana became the only switch hitter in Indians history with 25 homers and 100 walks, and finished with 27 homers and 113 walks in 2014 – this after a rough start to the season in which Santana was hitting .136 on May 10.
Welcome home: The Indians went 48-30 at home, tied for sixth in Major League Baseball.
Two strong seasons: The Tribe’s 177 victories are the most wins in consecutive seasons since 177 in 2007-2008.