Postseason scenarios: What needs to happen for CLE to get in

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The scenarios for the Indians forcing an American League Wild Card tiebreak have become simpler:

  • The Indians must sweep Tampa Bay this weekend, with Corey Kluber — #CyKluber — (Friday), Carlos Carrasco (Saturday) and Danny Salazar (Sunday) pitching
  • The Rangers must win their next three games against the A’s; Texas won, 2-1, on Thursday on Adrian Beltre’s walk-off homer. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 13 games.
  • Seattle must lose at least one of its final three games vs. the Angels

If Texas sweeps Oakland and Seattle goes 2-1 against the Angels — and the Indians sweep Tampa Bay — we have a three-way tie for the second Wild Card spot. The three teams then would be given A, B and C designations. Details:

Determining A, B, C Designations in Three-Team Tiebreakers (When Three Clubs Do Not Have Identical Records Against One Another)

• If Club 1 has a better record against Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, then Club 1 chooses its designation, followed by Club 2.

• If Club 1 has a better record against Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another, then Club 1 chooses its designation. Clubs 2 and 3 would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick the next designation.

• If Club 1 and 2 have identical records against one another, but each has a better record against Club 3, then Clubs 1 and 2 would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick the first designation.

• If Club 1 has a better record against Club 2, Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, and Club 3 has a better record against Club 1; OR Club 1 has a better record against Club 2, Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another and Club 3 has a better record against Club 1; OR Club 1 and 2 have identical records against one another, Club 1 has a better record against Club 3 and Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another, then:

a. The Clubs will be ranked by their overall winning percentage amongst the other Clubs combined. The Club with the highest overall winning percentage in that group chooses its designation, followed by the team with the next highest overall winning percentage.

b. If two of the Clubs have identical winning percentages, then they would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick their designation.

c. If all three teams have identical winning percentages, then the tiebreak rules above (No. 1) for three clubs having identical records against one another should be followed.

 

 

 

Final Homestand: Batting Practice Photo Gallery

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The Ten: Reliving the Tribe’s 10-game winning streak to reach the 2013 Postseason (Sept. 19 – 29, 2013)

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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, the Indians began a wild stretch-run to the Postseason, with the Tribe winning 10 games in a row, including some of the most memorable finishes in team history.

Ten games currently remain in the 2014 season (including the delayed 8/31 game, which the Indians lead 4-2), and with a 3-game winning streak currently in play, the Tribe is in contention for Postseason play. Relive the magical run for 2013, as the team heads to Minnesota to continue the chase for October.

 

The 2013 Ten: Win No. 1 – Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (Sept. 19)

A recurring theme: Things almost stopped before they got started. Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a first-inning single, but the Astros responded in the second with a sac fly by LJ Hoes.

From there, starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Dallas Keuchel did their respective things, as each allowed only that run in 7 innings.

Swisher and Kipnis each singled in the 8th, but Houston’s Kevin Chapman struck out Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes to end the threat. The Astros, meanwhile, loaded the bases against Chris Perez in the top of the ninth, but he struck out Brett Wallace and Hoes to end that threat.

In all, the Tribe bullpen backed Jimenez with four scoreless innings, setting the stage for the bottom of the ninth:

  • Gomes singled with one out
  • Asdrubal Cabrera singled
  • Mike Aviles walked with two out
  • Matt “Crash” Carson drove in Gomes with an RBI single past a diving Jose Altuve, the Tribe’s 10th walk-off W of the season

Indians record: 83-70

Wild Card standings: 0.5GB

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UPDATE: Kluber, House join Tito and Sandy Alomar at Barley House next Thursday for celeb bartending event to benefit VeloSano

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Indians skipper Terry Francona and 1st base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will join starters Corey Kluber and T.J. House next Thursday night, September 25 at the Barley House in downtown Cleveland at a special fundraising event for VeloSano.

Francona and company will serve as celebrity bartenders from 7PM to 9PM Thursday evening, with 20% of proceeds going directly to the cause of supporting life-saving cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Indians partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike race event, this past July in Cleveland. Alomar was among a team of Cleveland Indians riders, which includes the team’s Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan, and other members of the front office.

Fans who are interested in obtaining an Indians bike jersey have an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket from 7PM to 8:45PM Thursday evening, when two bike jerseys–autographed by the celebrity bartenders–will be raffled off between 8:45PM and 9:00PM.

If you are unable to make it to the Barley House on Thursday, fans have the option to become a virtual rider by raising $500.00 for cancer research. All virtual riders will receive an Indians bike jersey, courtesy of VeloSano.

For more information, visit VeloSano.Org or BarleyHouseCleveland.com.

How good was Carrasco Wednesday night?

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Carlos Carrasco was lights out again on Wednesday night as the Indians right-hander continued his second-half dominance on the mound. His pitching line – 9IP, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 1 BB, and 12 K’s on 98 Pitches – was historically awesome:

- Carrasco was the second pitcher in MLB history to record 12 strikeouts in a Complete Game Shutout on 98 pitches or fewer. The last guy to do that?  Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax in 1964.

- Since re-joining the Indians rotation on August 10, Carrasco has a 5-1 record, while posting an ERA of 1.17. Over 54 innings, he has struck out 59 batters, while walking just 7.

- Following Corey Kluber’s stellar 14 strikeout performance on Tuesday, the duo became the first Indians pitchers to record back-to-back starts with at least 12 strikeouts since 1966 when Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant did it.

- The shutout was the 14th overall by the Indians this season, including 4 CGSO by Indians starters (1 each by Carrasco, Kluber, Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin.)

Baseball Heritage Museum to play host to fall ball games at League Park

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The Baseball Heritage Museum, recently relocated to the renovated League Park in Cleveland’s Hough Neighborhood, will play host to Fall Baseball games on Sunday afternoon.

Fans can watch youth teams (17 and under and 14/15 and under) play our national pastime on the site where Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker and Cy Young, among others, once played. Admission is free, though donations to the Baseball Heritage Museum are welcome. The address for League Park is 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleveland. Gates open at 9AM.

Baseball Heritage Museum will be open throughout the day. It is located in the League Park Complex. It is free to the public. The Museum will be holding a silent auction throughout both games.

Visit the museum website: www.BaseballHeritageMuseum.org; and for more on the Baseball Heritage Museum and its recent relocation, click here.

The Museum will be open every Saturday during the calendar year from 10am-2pm.

Making the case for Corey Kluber as the AL Cy Young Award winner

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So, Corey Kluber is having a heck of a 2014 season – Cy Young worthy, in our view. There are other good candidates, of course, so we thought we’d help you make the case for CK, the Klubot, as this year’s AL Cy Young award. (All numbers updated as of Wednesday morning.)

  • 16 – 2nd-highest AL win total
  • 2.54—4th-best AL ERA
  • 244—2nd-highest AL strikeout total
  • 219.2—2nd-highest AL inning total
  • 3—2nd-most complete games
  • 10—3rd-best AL strikeout/9 IP total
  • 24—3rd-most AL quality starts
  • 6.3—3rd-highest AL Wins Above Replacement

More numbers:

  • 16—Most wins by Tribe starter since 2008
  • 244—First Tribe pitcher to reach 200 Ks since Sabathia in 2007
  • 9—All-time Cleveland pitchers with 200 Ks (Feller, Score, McDowell, etc.)
  • 1.84—Second-half ERA, third-lowest figure in MLB
  • 14—Career-high Ks on Tuesday at Houston
  • 6—Consecutive wins from 7/6-8/9; longest CLE win streak since Lee in ‘08
  • 1.10—Run support average in his 9 losses
  • 19—Consecutive batters retired (6.1IP) on 7/24 at KC
  • 85—Number of pitches needed to throw first CGSHO on 7/30 vs. Seattle
  • 25—Career-high consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (7/24-8/4)
  • 60—MLB-leading strikeout total during month of May
  • 1968—Last time a Cleveland starter had at least 9 double-digit strikeout games

 

In addition to all these great numbers, here’s what Kluber accomplished on Tuesday in helping the Indians stop a four-game losing streak:

 

  • His 14 strikeouts were the most in a game by an Indians pitcher since Bartolo Colon on May 29, 1998.
  • Logged his 9th start of 10 strikeouts or more this season; he now ranks behind only Sam McDowell in that category, who had 10 such games in 1970.
  • Registered his 19th start of 8 strikeouts or more, the fourth-most such starts in a single season in Tribe history (McDowell 2x and Bob Feller)
  • Moved into 12th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list, passing Gaylord Perry (234, 1972), McDowell (236, 1967), Perry (238, 1973) and Feller (240, 1938). Perry threw 344 and 342 innings, respectively, in those two seasons, while Feller threw 277 innings in 1938. McDowell threw 236. Kluber is at 219.2 innings, with two starts remaining.
  • Those players’ K/9 rates in those seasons:
    • Kluber (2014): 10.00
    • McDowell (1967): 8.99
    • Feller (1938): 7.78
    • Perry (1972): 6.15
    • Perry (1973): 6.23
  • Of Indians starters with more than 200 innings in one season, Kluber’s 10.00 K/9 innings ranks second, behind McDowell’s 10.71 K/9 in 1965 (325 K/273 IP).

 

CLE native Kid Cudi meets boyhood idol, Slider, throws 1st pitch

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Who was Kid Cudi most excited to meet at Progressive Field on Tuesday?

Slider, the beloved fuchsia mascot for the Tribe.

“He’s been doing this for so long!” Scott Mescudi said with a smile. He recalled seeing Slider back when he was a kid — something you never forget.

Slider, always in a divalicious mode, struck some crazy poses with Cudi on the field.

When asked afterward if he had done any preparation for the impending first pitch, Cudi exclaimed, “That was it, right there!”

The pitch may have had a bounce, of which outfielder Tyler Holt assured Cudi that his pitch was much better than 50 cent’s — a bit of a backhanded compliment — but all of the Tribe fans cheered for the artist/actor that proudly represents this city.

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 9

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Details for makeup of suspended Indians-Royals game on Sept. 22

The Indians rain-suspended game vs. Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium will be made up on Monday, Sept. 22 at Progressive Field at 6:05PM, before the teams’ regularly scheduled game that evening.

Gates will open at 5PM. Ticket holders for the originally scheduled 7PM game on Sept. 22 can enter and watch the conclusion of the suspended game.

Between the conclusion of the suspended game and the originally scheduled 7PM game, normal pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem, will take place.

The game was suspended due to heavy wind and rain in Kansas City and the Indians needing to fly home due to a home game at 4PM the next day.

More details:

  • The Indians lead, 4-2, after Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-run double in the top of the 10th.
  • All players used in the game and subsequently removed — i.e. the starting pitchers and any relievers used and removed — are unavailable as the game picks up in the 10th. Kyle Crockett, who was announced as the Indians pitcher in the 10th inning before throwing a pitch, can pitch to start the 10th – or he can be relieved by Tribe manager Terry Francona.
  • Players added to the teams’ respective rosters after Aug. 31 can be used; those used and removed from original game (Tribe starter TJ House, for instance), cannot be used.

 

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