The Indians are in a stretch of 30 games in 30 dates, caused in part by a rainout on June 18 at home vs. the Angels. According to Elias, it would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).
With a 2.42 ERA since Aug. 1, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 2nd-lowest figure in the Majors this month (13-8 team record)…that includes a 2.57 ERA by the rotation (2nd in MLB, SEA: 2.26) and a 2.17 ERA by the bullpen (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB).
Cleveland’s rotation owns a 1.71 ERA (15 ER/79.0 IP) over the club’s last 13 games since Aug. 9 (9-4 record), collecting 87 strikeouts against 22 walks while holding opponents to a .176 clip (49-278).
Over the same 13-game span (since Aug. 9), Cleveland relievers have reinforced the rotation’s performance by posting a 1.29 ERA (6 ER/42.0 IP).
Northbrook, Ill., native Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 22 of his 24 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .382 (34-89) with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).
The Tribe is 13-8 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 6 games remaining, as club is seeking to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month.
The Indians have begun a stretch that will see the Indians play 28 of their final 39 games against A.L. Central foes
You can own a piece of Progressive Field history, as a limited number of the ballpark’s turnstiles are available for purchase!
The turnstiles have been used for 20 years, and are a must-have for any hardcore Indians fan – and would be a perfect addition to any Man Cave.
They’ve been authenticated by Major League Baseball and are available by calling or visiting the Progressive Field Team Shop at 216-420-HITS.
–Photos by David Cleveland (and if you get the reference from a popular sitcom that’s not off the air, kudos to you!)
Lots of new faces in the Tribe clubhouse these days, so we’re going to help you get to know some of the guys in a new “Get To Know” feature. We’ll ask about baseball stuff, non-baseball stuff and more.
Next up – TJ House, who earlier this season had a wild couple days in his second callup to the bigs. TJ was born in Slidell, La., and resides in Picayune, Miss., thus the southern flavor here.
Born: Slidell, La.
Resides: Picayune, Miss.
College/school: Committed to Tulane before signing with Indians
How acquired: 16th-round selection in 2008 MLB Amateur Draft
Best memory in an Indians uniform?: Pitching at Fenway Park – lot of history there
Other sports played?: Played soccer and swam in high school, but quit them each for baseball
Favorite visiting city/ballpark?: Yankee Stadium or Safeco Field (Mariners)
Favorite non-baseball activity?: I like to travel overseas; my favorite spot I have visited is London, and I really want to go to Italy.
Favorite place to visit/restaurant in Cleveland?: Urban Farmer Steakhouse in the new Westin hotel – really good. Awesome.
Favorite TV show?: Not a whole lot of time, but it’s Homeland right now.
Favorite non-baseball teams?: New Orleans Saints, of course. (I will have my Saints stuff on – a Jimmy Graham jersey — when they play the Browns here on Sept. 14.)
Favorite band/music artist?: Garth Brooks
Favorite Twitter account you follow?: @Saints, @DrewBrees
Funniest teammate?: Tyler Holt (Holt, by the way, was featured in Get to Know earlier)
Best dressed teammate?: Michael Brantley … no, Nick Hagadone
Who has the best hair/worst hair?: I would say Kip but he cut his off … OK, Kipnis.
Who has the best tweets?: I’ll say Kipnis again. (Follow House, by the way, at @THouse25)
–Photos by David Cleveland
Lake County Captains reliever Justin Brantley had a doctor in the stands during his outing on Monday, and it wasn’t because he was injured.
Justin’s cousin and Tribe outfielder Michael Brantley spent his day off at Classic Park, watching the Indians minor leaguer compete. Dr. Smooth was not so much there to coach his cousin as he was to cheer him on as a fan.
“I’m kind of almost watching a younger brother play,” Michael, 27, said. “Watching his development from just a year ago or two and how well he’s doing now and how successful he is now — it’s like watching your younger brother develop.
“He looked great out there, very composed. His mechanics were fluid; he wasn’t overthrowing the ball. He’s a competitor. I get excited when I watch him pitch.”
25 game-worn jerseys will be auctioned; autographed Mystery Baseballs also for sale
WHAT: The Cleveland Indians Wives Association will auction off game-worn Tribe jerseys on Saturday night before and during the Indians game vs. the Houston Astros. The auction will take place outside Section 156 and will feature jerseys worn by all 25 members of the active roster during Friday night’s game against the Twins. Autographed Mystery Baseballs also will be for sale.
Proceeds from “Shirts Off Their Backs” and the association’s previous “Tribe Treasures” auction benefit various Cleveland-area charities.
WHEN: Saturday, August 23; 4:30PM-top of the 7th inning
WHERE: Section156, Progressive Field
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County are offering a free one-day camp on Saturday, Aug. 30 for boys and girls ages 6-14.
The camp is designed to give boys and girls ages 6-14 the training, skills and understanding of baseball/softball.
Cost of the camp is free and is located at Oakwood Park — 2047 E. 36th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44055. To register call 440-277-0110.
- The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his 27th start/appearance of the season as the Tribe looks to sweep this 3-game series vs. Minnesota…also marks the 68th appearance and 63rd start of his career.
- Will be pitching on 5 days’ rest after notching his 8th double-digit strikeout performance (10) of the season in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win vs. Baltimore on Friday at Progressive Field.
- Kluber has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 15 at Boston, the lowest ERA (1.46) among all American League starters (2nd in Majors; Kershaw 1.20) over that stretch…Kluber also owns 93 K’s (4th in MLB) against just 16 walks over that span.
- That said, Kluber has limited opponents to 4 ER-or-fewer in each of his last 25 consecutive starts (25 of 26 in 2014), the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season trailing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who has allowed 4 ER-or-fewer in all 26 of his starts this season.
- Kluber has reeled off a career-high 6 straight victories…the last Tribe starter with a single-season 6-game win streak was Cliff Lee, who won 11 consecutive decisions from July 11-September 12, 2008.
- Kluber went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts during the month of May, notching a Major League-best 60 strikeouts over that span.
- Enters today’s start ranked T3rd in the American League with 197 strikeouts and is averaging just 1.91 walks per nine innings this season (38 BB/179.1 IP), the lowest rate among all Tribe starters…strikeout:walk ratio (5.18) ranks 7th in the American League.
- Today’s outing will mark Kluber’s first tilt against the Twins this season.
- Kluber notched 10 strikeouts across 7.2 strong innings in his last start on Friday vs. Baltimore, but did not factor into the decision as the Tribe eventually walked off (Zach Walters solo HR) in the bottom of the 11th.
MINNESOTA/AT TARGET FIELD
- Set to make his first start of the season vs. Minnesota, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA (20 ER/37.1 IP) in 7 career starts against the Twins…earned both victories in 2013, going 2-1 w/a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 4 starts.
- Has made 3 career starts here at Target Field in Minnesota, and despite a 6.43 ERA (10 ER/14.0 IP), Kluber has yet to shoulder a loss at this venue (1-0); Tribe has gone 1-2 in those 3 starts.
JUST NEED 3
- With at least 3 strikeouts in today’s start, Kluber will become the first Indians pitcher to reach 200 K’s in a single season since LHP CC SABATHIA (209) in 2007 – the first right-hander since Bartolo Colon (201) in 2001.
- Kluber would also become just the 8th different pitcher in Indians history to reach the single season 200-strikeout plateau joining, Sabathia, Colon, Dennis Eckersley, Gaylord Perry, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Herb Score and Bob Feller.
LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD
- Kluber has registered 197 strikeouts through his first 25 starts of the season – T3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (212) and Max Scherzer (205) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T4th), ERA (2.41 3rd), innings (179.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.07, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.89, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (5.18, 7th), opposing batting average (.228, 8th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).
AFTER THE BREAK…
- Kluber has allowed just 4 earned runs over 47.2 innings in 6 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (0.76) and opposing batting average (.161; 27-168) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: wins (4, T5th), innings (47.2, T6th) and strikeouts (55, 3rd).
- Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 2 earned runs over his last 39.0 innings, recording 45 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that stretch
Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:
— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) August 20, 2014
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) August 6, 2014
We’ll update as more participate!