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Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco: a vital weapon in the Tribe’s rotation

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The Tribe’s starting rotation has been getting a lot of coverage lately, especially with the new year rolling around and everyone starting to gear up for the 2016 season.

One man who has been no stranger to the attention is Indians right-handed hurler Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco has really emerged in the past year and a half as one of the strongest starting pitchers in baseball, gaining a strong command on the mound, and intimidating batters with his impressive arsenal of different pitches.

FOX Sports and Baseball Prospectus writer Matt Trueblood highlights Carrasco and his dominance by analyzing his crippling pitches in his latest column. From Trueblood’s story:

The first thing that jumps out, in perusing Carrasco’s profile, is the depth of his arsenal. He has five distinct pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a slider, a changeup and a curveball. Each has a distinct role in his approach to opposing hitters, and notably, he threw each with some substantial frequency in 2015. His curve, the least vital weapon in his repertoire, still made up nearly eight percent of the pitches he threw last season, and batters who fell behind in the count against Carrasco (the poor souls) saw the pitch almost twice that often.

Trueblood dives deeper into Carrasco’s success and emergence by specifying his pitches and the statistics on each one separately in his article.

For more on the dynamic development of Carrasco, you can read Trueblood’s column here.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

ESPN’s Buster Olney names Cleveland Indians the no. 2 starting pitching rotation in top 10 list

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From top to bottom: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar

We know we have a pretty special starting rotation looking forward to the 2016 season, but we’re not the only ones who think so.

ESPN’s Buster Olney named the Tribe’s starting rotation as number two on his MLB’s top 10 rotations column – second only to the New York Mets. From his column:

Rotation candidates: Corey KluberCarlos CarrascoDanny SalazarTrevor BauerCody AndersonJosh Tomlin

One rival evaluator attached the Indians to the Mets in assessing what’s ahead of them in the next few years. “No matter what else happens, that starting pitching gives them a chance to win,” he said. “They might have holes in their lineup, but the pitching is their equalizer.”

Last season, Indians starters led the majors in strikeouts, averaging almost one per inning (969 in 979 1/3), and they held opponents to a .235 batting average, the lowest in the AL. Kluber had a strange, luckless year in 2015 after winning the Cy Young Award in 2014, and the Indians can reasonably expect that the 29-year-old will have a better season in 2016.

The difference between very good and great for the Indians’ rotation might be Bauer, who can drive teammates crazy with his inconsistency; he had 10 starts in which he allowed five or more earned runs, and 12 in which he allowed zero or one earned run. If Bauer takes another step forward — and the rotation stays relatively healthy — the Indians’ rotation could propel Cleveland to a postseason berth.

Click here to read Olney’s whole list (ESPN insider subscribers only).

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

ESPN’s Christina Kahrl on Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco: ‘He’s an ace coming into his own’

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We know Carlos Carrasco is a fantastic pitcher, as evidenced by twice flirting with no-hitters and dominating since re-joining the rotation in August 2014.

Others are taking notice, too: ESPN’s Christina Kahrl included Cookie in her “2016 pitchers to watch” list. From her column:

Carrasco just made his first 30-start season and went 14-12 with 10.6 K/9, so you might argue that he already has broken through. But looking at his peripherals and his second-half performance, you can see how he might just be getting started.

Click here to read all of her thoughts on Carlos.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

SportsTime Ohio to replay seven 2015 Cleveland Indians games over next six weeks

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Need a baseball fix? SportsTime Ohio has you covered with Indians Rewinds this offseason.

They’ll broadcast seven different games at various times throughout the next six weeks, including some of the best performances of the 2015 season.

Check out the schedule here:

May 16 vs. Rangers: Kipnis’ late three-run homer gives Indians 10-8 win over the Rangers.

  • Dec. 10, 6AM
  • Dec. 17, Noon
  • Dec. 23, 6AM
  • Dec. 27, Noon
  • Jan. 1, 3PM
  • Jan. 12, 6AM
  • Jan. 23, 7:30PM
  • Jan. 26, 7PM

June 16 vs. Cubs: Bauer goes seven strong, Santana has four RBI as the Indians beat Jake Arrieta

  • Dec. 10, Noon
  • Dec. 17, 6AM
  • Dec. 27, 3PM
  • Dec. 31, 6AM
  • Jan. 5, 6AM
  • Jan. 14, 9PM
  • Jan. 23, 12AM
  • Jan. 26, 12AM

June 30 vs. Rays: Salazar pitches 7.2, Urshela hits three-run homer

  • Dec. 28, Noon
  • Jan. 1, 6AM
  • Jan. 9, 8PM
  • Jan. 23, 6AM

July 1 vs. Rays: Carlos Carrasco comes one strike away from a no-hitter

  • Dec. 24, 5PM
  • Dec. 29, 6AM
  • Jan. 1, Noon
  • Jan. 11, 11PM
  • Jan. 23, 3:30PM
  • Jan. 26, 6AM

May 13 vs. Cardinals: Corey Kluber strikes out 18 at Progressive Field

  • Jan. 7, Noon
  • Jan. 21, 9PM

Sept. 16 vs. Royals: Carrasco throws a one-hitter

  • Jan. 5, 7PM
  • Jan. 19, 7PM
  • Jan. 29, 3PM

May 23 vs. Reds: Kluber, DeSclafani duel, Kipnis’ late RBI double beats Cincy

  • Jan. 5, 3:30
  • Jan. 19, 6AM
  • Jan. 27, 6AM

 

Cleveland Indians players, coaches describe their favorite Thanksgiving treats

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Like the rest of us, Cleveland Indians players enjoy traditional — and maybe some no-so traditional — Thanksgiving treats. We asked some of our guys about their holiday favorites, and here’s what they had to say:

Roberto Perez: Turkey, rice and beans – we have different traditions in Puerto Rico

Cody Anderson: Stuffing

Jeff Manship: Stuffing

Carlos Carrasco: Turkey

Austin Adams: Smoked turkey – cook it on a smoker and over coals for 12 hours

We also got these responses when we asked the question a few years back:

 

Terry Francona: Stuffing! The real stuffing. Not that (crap) in a box.

Bryan Shaw: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is deep-fried turkey because frying the turkey is fun — I do it myself while other stuff is cooking inside.

Corey Kluber: Favorite dish is my mom’s turkey soup because it was something special we only had on Thanksgiving.

Yan Gomes: Sweet potatoes.

Josh Tomlin: Turkey and dressing that my grandmother makes and broccoli and cheese casserole.

Trevor Bauer: Favorite dish is between cranberry sauce on biscuits and twice baked potatoes. Favorite dessert is my sister’s cherry pie.

Mike Sarbaugh: Pecan Pie. I always look forward to warming up a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream on top.

 

2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: Third baseman Giovanny Urshela

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Giovanny Urshela

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200

Birthday: 10/11/91

Birthplace: Cartegena, Colombia

Club control: 2021 (pre-arbitration)

Twitter: @urshela10

The numbers:

  • .225 (60-267)
  • 15 extra-base hits

Behind the numbers:

  • Made MLB debut on June 9
  • Collected first hit and homer on June 11 vs. Seattle
  • Career high three hits on 8/4 at Los Angeles Angels; hit the game-winning homer in the 12th inning that day
  • Had a 13-game hit streak from June 20-July 4
  • Reached base safely via hit or walk in 21 straight games from June 11-July 4
  • Batted .253 in 31 first-half games before shoulder soreness bothered him for much of the second half
  • Finished with UZR of 4.1, fifth-best among AL third basemen

Highlights:

2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: Righty Josh Tomlin

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Josh Tomlin

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Birthday: 10/19/84

Birthplace: Tyler, Texas

Club control: 2016 (arbitration eligible)

Twitter: @jtomlin43

The numbers:

  • 7-2
  • 02 ERA (22 ER, 65.2 IP), 0.84 WHIP
  • 57 strikeouts
  • Two complete games
  • .195 opponents’ average

Behind the numbers:

  • Made an unbelievable recovery from shoulder surgery in Spring Training, going 7-2 in 10 starts after returning August 15
  • AL ranks after 8/15:
    • Opponents’ average: 3rd, .195
    • Opponents’ OBP: 1st, .227
    • K:BB ratio: 1st, 7.13
    • Wins: 1st, 7
    • Hits per 9: 5th, 6.44
    • Innings: 3rd
    • Strikeouts: T10, 57
  • In September: 3-1, 3.00 ERA, .197 opponents’ average, two complete games
  • Recorded 5+ strikeouts in each of his first 8 consecutive outings to begin his season, the longest streak by an Indians hurler to begin a season since Justin Masterson pulled the trick in his first 13 outings in 2013

Highlights:

2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: Reliever/setup man Bryan Shaw

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Bryan Shaw

Height: 6-1

Weight: 210

Birthday: 11/8/87

Birthplace: Livermore, Calif.

Club control: 2017 (arbitration eligible this offseason)

Twitter: @bryanshaw37

The numbers:

  • 3-3
  • 95 ERA (21 ER, 64 IP), 1.22 WHIP
  • 23 holds
  • 54 strikeouts
  • .242 opponents’ average

Behind the numbers:

Highlights:

2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: First baseman Carlos Santana

 

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Carlos Santana

Height: 5-11

Weight: 210

Birthday: 4/8/86

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Club control: 2017 (signed through 2016, club option for 2017)

Twitter: @TheRealSlamtana

The numbers:

  • .231 (127-550)
  • 19 homers, 85 RBI (both team highs)
  • 108 walks (fifth in baseball)
  • 50 extra-base hits

Behind the numbers:

  • Owns the most homers in club history by a switch hitter (117); passed Carlos Baerga on June 13 with his 105th
  • Has 502 walks from 2011-2015, second-most in MLB
  • Has played in 112 consecutive games, fourth-most MLB
  • Fifth consecutive season Carlos has finished in the top five in the AL in walks
  • Finished in the top 20 in the AL in OBP (20th, .357), RBI (T19th, 85), times on base (12th, 238) and pitches per plate appearance (2nd, 4.3)
  • Tied for 12th in the AL in post-All-Star break RBI (45)
  • 11-game hit streak from Aug. 23-Sept. 4 was second longest of his career
  • Set new career high with 11 steals (same amount as Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen)
  • Santana’s 399 RBI since 2011 are 13th-most in AL

Highlights:

2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: Outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Jerry Sands

Height: 6-4

Weight: 225

Birthday: 9/28/87

Birthplace: Middletown, N.Y.

Club control: 2020 (pre-arbitration)

Twitter: n/a

The numbers:

  • .236 (29-123)
  • 10 extra-base hits, 19 RBI

Behind the numbers:

  • Became a cult hit after big game on April 11, when he turned in two, two-run doubles and the crowd at Progressive Field chanted “Jerry, Jerry!”
  • Was 8-for-23 in nine April games before being sent to Columbus
  • Hit first homer on May 30, an eventual game-winner while Carlos Santana was on the paternity list
  • Spent the remainder of the season in Cleveland after being recalled post-trade deadline on July 31
  • Went 4-for-11 as a pinch-hitter, including a pinch-hit Grand Slam on Aug. 8 – marked the first pinch-hit Grand Slam by an Indians batter since Travis Hafner in 2006

Highlights:

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