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Word on the street is that there is a pretty big series happening in Texas starting tonight.
The Rangers, with the AL’s best record, and the Indians, with the second-best record in the AL, square off for four games starting tonight in Arlington. So, we looked at the tale of the tape to break down the series and its comabatants.
- Thursday, August 25 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80)
- Friday, August 26 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.13) vs. LHP Martin Perez (8-9, 4.27)
- Saturday, August 27 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-6, 3.12) vs. RHP AJ Griffin (5-3, 4.68)
- Sunday, August 28 vs. Texas @ 3:05PM
- RHP Danny Salazar (11-5, 3.90) vs. LHP Derek Holland (5-6, 4.92)
- Cleveland: 12-11
- Texas: 12-9
- Cleveland: +94
- Texas: -1
Record in one-run games
- Cleveland: 19-17
- Texas: 28-8
- Cleveland: 2.65
- Texas: .262
- Cleveland: 161
- Texas: 164
- Cleveland: 619
- Texas: 588
- Cleveland: 3.84
- Texas: 4.33
- Cleveland: 4.01
- Texas: 4.13
- Cleveland: 3.56
- Texas: 4.77
- Cleveland: 39-23
- Texas: 39-20
- Cleveland: 33-30
- Texas: 35-33
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels; Rock N Blast rocks Progressive Field crowd
The Indians tied a club record with eight stolen bases, Jose Ramirez and Mike Napoli extended their hit streaks the Tribe beat the Angels, 13-3 on Friday night in front of 27,014 at Progressive Field.
The Tribe has outscored Los Angeles, 27-7, in this four game series’ first two games, and leads the Tigers by five games in the American League Central (six in the loss column).
The Tribe stole eight bases, tying the club’s single-game record set in 1917. Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases; Davis leads the AL with 31 and is fourth in baseball. Ramirez now has 17 steals this year, tied for seventh in the AL. Francisco Lindor (15) and Jason Kipnis (11) also stole bases.
- Ramirez extended his hit streak to 16 games, during which he’s hitting .453 (29-64) with 14 runs, seven steals and 10 RBI. He hit his eighth homer, a solo shot, in the seventh
- Mike Napoli extended his hit streak to 12 games, during which he’s hitting .432 (19-44)
- Kipnis went 4-for-5 and is batting .365 since the All-Star break
- Brandon Guyer had three hits, including a homer, walked and drove in five – the latter being a career high; in his first 14 ABs with the Indians, he has seven hits and three walks
- Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out eight
Our pitchers are on fire: Our rotation has a 1.86 ERA with a 10-0 record during our current 13-game win streak.
The last time we won 13 straight? Pitching fueled us then, too.
Looking back at the 1951 streak, fans can see that pitching played a major role in the team’s success. The streak included three wins by Bob Feller, three wins by Mike Garcia, three wins by Early Wynn, and two wins by Bob Lemon. (Lou Brissie and Steve Gromek accounted for the other two wins). Feller (HOF), Garcia, Wynn (HOF) and Lemon (HOF) were known as “The Big Four” and dominated opposing batters—they also helped the Tribe win a franchise record 111 games in 1954.
–Tribe curator Jeremy Feador
We are red hot. Really, really hot. Scoring a lot of runs, pitching really well.
And surely you’ve seen all kinds of crazy stats and notes about our 11-game win streak floating about, so we decided to put all of them in one place for your viewing pleasure.
FYI: Some are NSFW.
- 11-game win streak is longest since May 23-June 4
- Also longest streak in baseball this season
- Last 12-game streak came in 1951, part of a club-record-tying 13-game win streak
- 13-game streak happened one other time: 1942
- Indians have outscored opponents 73-25 in this streak – average margin of victory is 4.4 runs
- The Indians six-game AL Central lead is the team’s largest since May 29, 2011 (also six games)
- At 46-30, team is 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season (92-70, finished on 10-game win streak)
- 46-30 record is tied for fourth-best in baseball with Baltimore
- Indians are 20-6 in June, marking the club’s eighth 20-win month in the last 51 years
- Tribe is 34-7 when scoring first
- +88run differential is
- Lineup is hitting .317 overall (121-382) during streak
- Jason Kipnis has a 10-game hit streak
- Francisco Lindor is hitting .357 during the streak
- Jose Ramirez continues to be the AL’s second-best hitter with RISP (.408); during the streak “JRam” is hitting .295 overall (13-44)
- Jose Ramirez is the only player in Major League Baseball to hit in all 9 positions in the lineup this season
- Club has hit 21 HRs during streak and 41 in June, third-most in the AL and MLB
- Indians have stolen 15 bases in 11-game streak, most in MLB; overall, team’s 62 steals are T1 in AL and T2 in MLB
- Rotation has a 2.07 ERA during streak
- Corey Kluber: 2-0, 16 Ks in 17 IP, 1.06 ERA
- Carlos Carrasco: 1-0, 13 Ks in 16.1 IP, 1.10 ERA
- Danny Salazar: 2-0, 10 Ks in 12.1 IP, 3.65 ERA
- Trevor Bauer: 2-0, 24 Ks in 22 IP, 1.64 ERA
- Josh Tomlin: 1-0, 3.60 ERA
Source: Indians Baseball Information Department, Baseball Reference
At this point of the season it’s reasonable to expect that the stingiest pitching staff in the American League would be led by one of the game’s best starting rotations. And that is exactly what is happening in Cleveland this year, as the Tribe’s front five has been one of the most dominant rotations in baseball.
Indians starters have combined to post a 3.69 ERA, the second-best mark in the American League, while the Tribe’s current rotation of Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar has combined for a 3.14 ERA in 2016.
And just like a pitching staff is only as good as each individual piece, a pitcher is only as good as his pitches.
According to Fangraphs’ Pitch Value data, which can be found here, the Tribe’s starting five throws some of the most dominant pitches in the game.
Let’s begin with 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who owns both the best cutter and the best curveball in the American League. On a per-100-pitch basis, Kluber’s curveball has been the 3rd-most effective pitch in the AL this season, and opposing hitters are batting just .090 against it.
Kluber also owns the AL’s best cutter, which is 50% more effective than the league’s second-best cut fastball. His cutter has so much movement that MLB’s PITCHf/x system actually classifies it as a slider, which might explain why opposing hitters have just a .488 OPS against.
Following in Kluber’s footsteps, Josh Tomlin’s cutter ranks as the eighth-most effective cut-fastball in the AL this year, which he uses to setup the league’s 16th-best fastball. This combination allows Tomlin to work the edges of the plate as he has generated a 31.6% O-swing rate (percent of pitches outside of the strikezone that are swung on and missed), the 10th-best mark in the AL.
But it’s not all about the breaking balls with this group, because Danny Salazar owns the best changeup in baseball this season. Although he already possessed a mid-90s fastball when he debuted for the Indians in 2013, Salazar’s changeup has only improved with time. Opposing hitters batted .246 against his changeup in 2013, .179 in 2014, .155 in 2015 and a paltry .077 this season. A true strikeout-pitch, Salazar’s changeup generates an absurd 24% swing-and-miss rate.
Now we turn to Trevor Bauer, who has quietly put together one of the most effective arsenals in the league this season. Each of Bauer’s five primary offerings are among the 20-most effective pitches of their kind this season. On a per-100-pitch basis, Bauer owns the League’s most effective slider, fifth-best curveball, 10th-best changeup, 12th-best fastball and 14th-best cutter.
Among all of this, let’s not forget about Carlos Carrasco, who, due to injury, has not thrown enough innings to rank among league qualifiers at the moment. That said, his curveball would currently rank among the American League’s top-five hooks.
Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year’s Michael Bode for the idea — give him a follow on Twitter.
–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Chicago White Sox on Jose Ramirez’s walk-off single
The Indians swept the White Sox on Sunday on Jose Ramirez’s 10th-inning walk-off single, the Indians second walk-off win of the weekend. (Carlos Santana hit a walk-off homer on Friday.)
The Tribe completed the sweep in front of 25,269. The Tribe drew 84,247 for the weekend series against the White Sox.
Rajai Davis – who had four hits and two stolen bases — led off with a double, and Jason Kipnis bunted him to third. The Sox intentionally walked Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli, and after Carlos Santana popped out, Ramirez singled past Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu.
Down 1-0, Napoli tied it in the first with a sac fly for his 36th RBI at home this year; he entered the game tied for second in the American League in that category. After the Sox took the lead on Melky Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth, the Tribe answered again, with Juan Uribe’s second homer in as many days after returning from an injury suffered last weekend in Anaheim.
Carlos Carrasco went 7.1 IP, his second-longest outing of the season, striking out six and allowing just two earned runs.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor
The Indians earned their second consecutive walk-off win, scoring two in the ninth to beat Kansas City, 5-4, on Thursday in the opener of the teams’ four-game series at Progressive Field.
Tyler Naquin’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Royals lead to one, and Carlos Santana led off the ninth with a single, advancing to second on an error. Jason Kipnis bunted pinch-runner Michael Martinez to third, and Francisco Lindor drove him in with a triple. Mike Napoli followed with a sac fly to win it.
Earlier, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall logged RBI singles, while Rajai Davis walked, singled and stole a base – his 12th steal, tied for second in the American League.
Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in five innings in his first big-league start since April 24, when he suffered a hamstring injury.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco visits kids at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Carlos Carrasco, unfortunately, is injured. He hurt his left hamstring on April 24 in Detroit, and has been rehabbing feverishly to return to the Tribe sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, though, he’s using his free time to make an impact on local kids’ lives.
He visited sick kids on Wednesday at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital — and their smiles say it all. Thanks, Carlos!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Francisco Lindor had three hits and Carlos Carrasco pitched 6.1 strong innings for his second win in a 3-2 Indians victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Mike Napoli had an RBI double, scoring Lindor, in the third, and Rajai Davis and Lindor drew bases-loaded walks off Seattle starter Wade Miley in the fifth. Napoli and Lindor had highlight-reel defensive plays as well.
Carrasco (2-0, 2.79) allowed just a Kyle Seager homer in 6.1 innings, and has allowed just two runs and struck out 13 over his last two starts (14.1 IP).
Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw (bouncing back after two rough outings) and Cody Allen pitched the final 2.2 innings, with the Mariners scratching out a run in the ninth for the final margin.
Tribe rewind: Cleveland Indians four-game sweep of the Rays behind amazing pitching, near Carrasco no-no
As we embark on a three game series against Tampa Bay starting tomorrow, we figured it would be a good time to reflect on our last visit to Tropicana Field — a four-game sweep in June/July.
Not only did we sweep the Rays, but we did it in impressive fashion, with near no-hitters all around. Here’s a recap:
June 29: 7-1 win behind Cody Anderson
In his second big-league start — and his second against the Rays — Anderson allowed just 2 hits through 8 innings, on just 100 pitches, before Bryan Shaw came in for the 9th.
June 30: 6-2 win behind Danny Salazar
Danny pitched a strong 7.2 innings, allowing only two hits and a walk — with the first hit coming in the bottom of the 6th. The Tribe topped the Rays in that contest 6-2, behind booming homers from Jason Kipnis, Gio Urshela and David Murphy.
July 1: Carrasco nearly throws a no-no
Carlos Carrasco nearly no-hit the Rays the next night, losing his historical achievement with just one out to go — on a single by Joey Butler in the ninth. In all, Carrasco struck out a then-career high 13 in the victory.
July 2: Kluber pitches well, Aviles gives the Tribe the sweep
Corey Kluber struck out 14 in eight innings, but the Indians needed a 10th-inning homer from Mike Aviles to win 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep.