Archive for the ‘ Uncategorized ’ Category

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber keeps KC’s number, strikes out 10 for win No. 8

July6

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: July 6, 4-1

Opponent: Kansas City Royals

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 1 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB

Record: 8-6

2014 strikeout total: 137

Key at-bat(s): Kluber allowed only two base runners through the first five innings, the first of which came in the third when Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second. Kluber struck out Christian Colon and got Lorenzo Cain on a lineout to end the (slight) threat.

Notable: Kluber struck out 10 or more for the fourth time in 2014, on his way to eleven such games for the season.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 80

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber dominates D-Backs, gets first big-league hit in win No. 7

June25

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: June 25, 6-1

Opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks

Pitching line: 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 1 BB

Record: 7-5

2014 strikeout total: 122

Key at-bat(s): With the Indians leading, 3-0, in the third, Ender Inciarte doubled with one out, the fourth hit Kluber had allowed thus far. But Yan Gomes threw out Inciarte at third, then struck out Gerardo Parra to end the inning. Kluber allowed only one other base runner, a walk in the fifth.

Notable: Kluber had his first Major League hit:

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 76

Highlights:

Indians exercise Mike Aviles’ 2015 contract option

AvilesCEle

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has exercised the 2015 club option for infielder MIKE AVILES.

Aviles, 33, just completed his second season with Cleveland, hitting .247 (85-344) with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 39 RBI in 113 games. He equaled his career-high and finished third on the club with 14 stolen bases. Over his 88 starts the club compiled a record of 48-40 (.545) as he started games at six different positions (28-3B; 28-2B; 16-LF; 11-SS; 2-RF; 1-CF). The New York, NY native was acquired by Cleveland from Toronto in November of 2012 with C Yan Gomes for RHP Esmil Rogers and was signed to a two-year deal with 2015 club option on February 7, 2013.

Among his memorable 2014 plays:

  • May 7 walk-off against the Twins:
  • July 13 throw from left for a double play:
  • Aug. 15 walk-off against the Orioles:

Photo Gallery: Slider, Ketchup surprise #TribeOrTreat winner at school

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Six-year-old Jack Dowell, the winner of the Tribe’s recent #TribeOrTreat Instagram contest, and his classmates got a surprise at their school’s annual Halloween Hoedown on Friday morning: a visit from Slider and Ketchup!

The Tribe asked parents to send pictures of their kids in Tribe-themed Halloween costumes; Jack won with his take on Jason Kipnis. (Above in slideshow.)

Ketchup and Slider handed out Tribe goodies and Slider had a great time dancing with some of Jack’s teachers. Oh, Slider.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out 12 to begin sweep of Rockies for win No. 6

May30

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 30, 5-2

Opponent: Colorado Rockies

Pitching line: 7.1IP, 1 ER, 12 SO, 1 BB

Record: 6-3

2014 strikeout total: 95

Key at-bat(s): Kluber had allowed a two-run Carlos Gonzalez homer in the fourth that gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. After striking out the first two batters in the fifth, he allowed back-to-back singles by DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon. But Kluber struck out Corey Dickerson to strike out the side and keep it 2-1; the Tribe scored four in the bottom half to take the lead and give Kluber the win.

Notable: Kluber had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings, and struck out the side twice.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 74

Highlights:

Vote for your favorite Tribe players in MLB’s GIBBY awards!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Indians are well-represented in the 2014 edition of the GIBBYs, or Major League Baseball’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.

The awards are given based on votes, media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Those Tribe players nominated are:

  • MVP: Michael Brantley
  • Hitter: Brantley
  • Pitcher: Corey Kluber
  • Breakout player: Kluber, Carlos Carrasco
  • Play: Michael Bourn catch, May 27
  • Outfield throw: Mike Aviles, July 13
  • Hitting performance: Lonnie Chisenhall’s 9-RBI night on June 9
  • Oddity:
    • Aug. 5: Two balls on the field at Progressive Field vs. Cincinnati
    • May 22: Chisenhall bunt single to right field
  • Walk-off: Balkoff vs. the Tigers, May 21
  • Cut4 topic: Jim Thome statue unveiling, Aug. 2

 

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber stifles AL East champ O’s for third straight road win, win No. 5

may24kluber

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 24, 9-0

Opponent: Baltimore Orioles

Pitching line: 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB

Record: 5-3

2014 strikeout total: 83

Key at-bat(s): Kluber allowed only three Baltimore runners to reach second base, one of which was in the first inning. After Adam Jones singled and Chris Davis walked, Kluber got Nelson Cruz to fly out to right. He cruised from there.

Notable: With his nine strikeouts, Kluber became the first pitcher in MLB to have five outings of eight strikeouts or more to this point in the season.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 74

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Tribe offense goes wild, Kluber stellar again for win No. 4

may14kluber

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 14, 15-4

Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays

Pitching line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB

Record: 4-3

2014 strikeout total: 66

Key at-bat(s): Before the Tribe’s offense went crazy in the late going, Kluber had a 4-1 lead in the sixth — yet a Melky Cabrera single and Jose Bautista double cut that lead to 4-2. Kluber, though, buckled down to get Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind to end the threat.

Notable: The Tribe offense scored nine runs with Kluber in the game, which was a slight anomaly – Kluber’s run support in his losses and no-decisions was fewer than 1.5 runs per game.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 69

Highlights:

Time-lapse video: Crane arrives, work begins on Mezzanine section

Yesterday, we showed you the latest photos from the ballpark enhancement project that’s ongoing at Progressive Field. Today, a time-lapse video of the most recent work, including on the Mezzanine section in right field.

As Tribe VP of Ballpark Ops Jim Folk told media on Tuesday, the project remains on schedule for completion before Opening Day — April 10, 2015 vs. the Tigers!

Photo Gallery: Progressive Field construction updates — new Gate C concourse views, action shots and more

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Indians played host to local media on Tuesday to update the ongoing Progressive Field enhancement project. As you can see from the photos above, work continues at a rapid rate before winter officially arrives (which as we all fear, should be any day). Tribe VP of Ballpark Ops Jim Folk spoke of the project; here’s an excerpt from MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian’s coverage.

At the moment, dirt and rubble is piled up around Gate C behind the stadium’s center field. The ballpark is in the process of what Folk described Tuesday as a “very dramatic facelift,” but he is confident that the construction crews will be able to hit their marks in prepping Progressive Field for the April 10 home opener against the rival Tigers. “I don’t think you’ll ever hear a construction guy say he’s ahead of schedule,” Folk said with a laugh, “but the schedule is moving along. We’ve had a lot of great work and we’ve had good weather. We’re in good shape.”

The current project — one that will overhaul the Gate C entrance, remodel the bullpens, install a variety of social spaces and upgrade the concessions and Kids Club — is part of a multi-phase master plan that could take four or five years to complete, according to Folk. The main objective for this first privately funded phase is to provide fans with a more social experience.

Folk said the Indians did extensive studies through focus groups, surveys and interviews with season-ticket holders and other fans. Cleveland also sent groups to ballparks such as Target Field (Minneapolis), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City) and Nationals Park (Washington) to study some of the new elements and renovations that have been added elsewhere.

The Indians found that — unlike in the era when Progressive Field was built — fans now are interested in more interactive and social areas. Folk cited the Home Run Porch area in left field (near Gate A) as an example of a place where fans gravitate.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,568 other followers