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Here are post-game notes compiled by the Indians Baseball Information Department after the Tribe’s 6-4 win over Toronto on Sunday.
- The Indians dodged their first series sweep and snapped the club’s 3-game losing streak with their 4th come-from-behind victory of the season.
- With 3.1 shutout innings today and 5.2 frames over the last 2 games, the Tribe’s bullpen has posted a 2.76 ERA (18 ER/58.2 IP) through the first 18 games this season.
- The Indians pen entered today’s game with the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League.
- With 8 more strikeouts today, Tribe hurlers have averaged 9.38 SO/9.0 IP (164 SO/157.1 IP), which entering this afternoon’s game ranked second to only Washington for highest in the Majors.
- Today’s victory signaled the first time the Indians have won a game while scoring 6 runs on just 5 hits since August 12, 2006 vs. Kansas City.
- The Indians will welcome those Royals to town tomorrow for a 4-game series to round out this 7-day, 7-game homestand.
- Staked the Tribe to an early 1-0 lead with his 3rd home run of the season in the bottom of the 2nd vs. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
- Knocked home his team-leading 16th RBI with a double to right in the bottom of the 4th bring the Tribe within a run of the Blue Jays lead at 2-3.
- Brantley is now batting .394 (13-33) with runners on base.
- Owns a .372 (34-89) lifetime average vs. Toronto (22 games), a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 3 four-hit games.
- Cleared the bases with a game-winning 3-run double following three consecutive 2-out walks in the bottom of the 6th.
- Smacked a bases-loaded triple against the White Sox at U.S Cellular Field on Saturday, April 12 and is a lifetime .342 (27/79) hitter with the bags full.
- David Murphy and Michael Brantley have combined for 12 of the Indians 17 RBI since Sunday’s 3-4 loss at Chicago-AL.
- Earned his 3rd victory of the season after recording the final out in the 6th inning following starter Carlos Carrasco’s departure.
- Outman has now won his last 7 decisions dating back to October 1, 2012 as a member of the Colorado Rockies.
- His 3 victories are tied for most in the Majors among relief pitchers.
- Logged 5.2 innings in his 3rd trip through the Indians rotation this season, but did not factor into the decision after the Indians regained the lead in the inning after his departure (ND, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 88 pitches/55 strikes).
- Retired the first 9 batters in order to being his outing (2 SO’s) before allowing 3 straight hits to start the 3rd.
- Carrasco is still seeking his first win as a starter since June 29, 2011 at Arizona, taking a no decision or a loss in each of his last 16 starts (non-consecutive appearances); Carrasco is 0-11 with a 8.28 ERA (73 ER/79.1 IP) over that span.
Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-10) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (10-8)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52)
Game #18/Home #9 » Sun., April 20, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
PICKED A BAD TIME TO BE IN LOVE
» The Indians dropped their third consecutive decision on Saturday afternoon – and second straight to Toronto – getting shut out 5-0 by southpaw MARK BUEHRLE (7.0+IP, 4 H) and the Blue Jays…COREY KLUBER (6.2 IP) worked into the 7th inning, but was touched for 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits…Cleveland was held to a season-low 4 hits, including just 2 from the 3rd inning on.
» Entering Saturday, the Indians had been one of 5 teams in the Majors that had yet to be shut out this season…that list is now confined to the Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Rangers.
WINS & LOSSES
» At 7-10 (.412), Cleveland is 3 games below the .500 mark to establish a new low water-mark for the season…Tribe’s high watermark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).
» Cleveland has lost 3 straight games to match club’s longest losing streak of the season (also April 9 G2-April 11)…Tribe has lost 4 of 5 and 7 of 9 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8.
» Cleveland is 0-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (0-2) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished recent weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.
» Tribe is below the .500 mark both at Progressive Field (3-5) and one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 3-7 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing Detroit (8-6) & Kansas City (9-7) – both tied for first place – by 2.5 games…only division with a smaller margin separating all 5 teams is A.L. East (Yankees & Red Sox separated by 2.0 games)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and 3 days in 5th place.
» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-4 outside the division.
» Now assured of a series loss to Toronto, the Indians are 2-3-1 in 6 series played so far this season (1-2-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road)…Tribe winless in last 3 series (0-2-1).
» Cleveland enters this afternoon’s tilt with a 1-4 record in series finales this season, dropping 4 straight since winning the Tribe’s first series finale in Oakland…club was 30-23 in finales last season.
ONE BRIGHT DAY
» Ten of Cleveland’s 17 tilts so far have been day games, but the Indians are just 3-7 (.300) in those contests…Tribe’s 10 day games played are 2nd-most in the A.L. & 4th in Majors behind Minnesota (13) and Chicago-NL/Cincinnati (11 each).
» Offense is batting just .238 (79-332) w/ a .696 OPS (.325OBP/.370SLG) in those 10 day games, while averaging 4.1 runs-per-game (41 R/10 G).
» Pitching staff has a 4.43 ERA (43 ER/87.1 IP) in day games, allowing 8 more runs (49) than Tribe’s offense has scored.
» Tribe went 34-20 (.630) in day games last season, the 2nd-best win pct. in the A.L. behind Boston at .651 (28-15).
SOUTH OF CANADA
» Cleveland has been held to 4 runs-or-less in 14 of the team’s last 16 games against Toronto dating back to the 2011 campaign (6-10 record).
» The Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Blue Jays in 2013 (1st winning season vs. TOR since 6-4 mark in 2010), taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of 6 meetings – including all 4 of team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team SHO vs. TOR last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.
» Cleveland has gone 50-35 (.588) all-time time vs. Toronto here at Progressive Field, but just 4-8 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.
PANCHO & LEFTY
» With Saturday’s loss to Buehrle & the Blue Jays, Cleveland fell to 1-6 this season when facing a left-handed opposing starter…based on known probables, the Tribe is scheduled to face 3 straight righthanders before ending their 4-game series against Kansas City with back-to-back lefties (Vargas/Chen).
ANSWER THE BELL indians at a glance
» Cleveland’s pitching staff owns a 4.25 ERA (70ER/148.1IP), 10th in the A.L. this season…starting rotation’s 5.03 ERA (52 ER/93.0IP) is 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.50) and Minnesota (5.36), although Tribe hurlers have worked at least 6.0 innings w/2 runs-or-less in 3 of their last 5 starts (rotation avg.’ing almost 5.2 IP-per-start overall).
» Despite somewhat inflated numbers overall, the Indians pitching staff has worked 21.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a home run, as IAN KINSLER’s 3-run shot in the 5th inning of Thursday’s 7-5 loss at Detroit is the only big fly allowed by the Tribe over the last 4 games & 35.0 innings pitched.
AT THE BACK END
» With 2.1 scoreless frames yesterday, the Tribe’s bullpen has been largely effective thru first few weeks of the season, posting a 2.93 ERA (18 ER/55.1 IP) – 3rd in the A.L. – & a .212 (43-203) avg. against, 4th in A.L.
» Indians relievers have stranded 23 of 26 inherited runners for an A.L.-best 88.5% success rate, 2nd in the Majors behind only Los Angeles-NL (88.9%, 24-27).
INSIDE LOOKING OUT
» With 7 more men left on base last night and 19 in this series against Toronto, Cleveland has stranded 134 runners this season (nearly 8-per-game), 4th-most in the A.L. & T5th-most in MLB.
» The Indians are hitting just .208 (32-154) w/ runners in scoring position as a team, 12th in the A.L.
» The Indians are 0-for-14 w/ RISP thru 2 games of this series; meanwhile, the Blue Jays have gone 7-for-19 (.368)…over last 5 games, Tribe is batting .140 (6-43) w/ RISP.
» Cleveland is also hitting just .178 (30-169) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L. ahead of Houston (.138), as Brantley (.300, 6-20) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 71 overall runs with two outs (26.8%).
GAME OF THRONES
» At the conclusion of this weekend set vs. Toronto, the Indians are set to finish their homestand with a 4-game set against the Kansas City Royals…Cleveland narrowly edged KC in the 2013 season series, winning 10 of 19 meetings, including 6 of 9 here at Progressive Field.
» Last season, the Royals (86-76) finished 3rd in the A.L. Central standings, 7 games behind first-place Detroit and 6.0 games behind 2nd-place Cleveland.
» Cleveland’s record through 17 games this season (7-10) matches club’s record through 17 games in 2013…club dropped 3 of next 4 to fall to 8-13 before a stretch that saw the Indians win 18 of their next 22 games, rising to 26-17.
» The Indians have played 17 games w/o going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…LAA, LAD & OAK lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inn. games each…Toronto has played one extra-inn. contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss 4/12 at BAL).
» Cleveland has lost both Sunday contests played this season and has gone 1-4 on weekends…Tribe was 36-18 in weekend games last year (18-9 on Sundays).
» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.47 SO/9.0 IP (156SO/148.1IP), 2nd-most in Majors behind only Washington (9.91SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 156 K’s overall are T2nd-most in the A.L. with Toronto behind only Boston (158) and T5th-most in Majors.
» DH JASON GIAMBI (fractured rib) is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Monday…has appeared in 3G w/ Double-A Akron during rehab assignment.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC
» 1969: Influential Motown session drummer Benny Benjamin (“Papa Zita”) passed away at the age of 43 in Detroit, MI; Benjamin laid down drum tracks for hit singles like “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “My Girl”, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and was credited with coining the name “Funk Brothers” to refer to his Motown studio bandmates…1996: Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” debuted
at No. 1 on the UK singles chart…2012: With the man himself onhand, the city of Austin, TX unveiled a statue of Willie Nelson in front of the Moody Theater, where “Austin City Limits” is taped.
» BORN ON THIS DAY: (1948) Craig Frost, keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band; (1951) Luther Vandross; (1972) Stephen Marley, son of Bob & member of the Melody Makers.
Editor’s note: This Q&A with Indians President Mark Shapiro, conducted in Spring Training, has been republished here with the permission of Al Ciammaichella and The DiaTribe.
For the second year in a row, Indians team president Mark Shapiro was kind enough to take an hour out of his very busy spring training schedule and sit down for an interview with me in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Here’s a link to last year’s interview in case you missed it. We covered a wide variety of topics, including the difference in the 2013 and 2014 free agent market, Yan Gomes, ticket pricing, promotions, Francisco Lindor and of course, Justin Masterson and the breakdown in his long-term contract negotiations. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation this past Friday.
Al Ciammaichella: This offseason was much quieter/different than last offseason. Were the moves you made last year looking forward to this year’s free agent class where you signed guys like Swisher and Bourn knowing this offseason would be quieter?
Mark Shapiro: We always have to take an opportunistic lens when it comes to free agency. When we look at free agency, if we’re dependent upon it to build our team, then we’re in a very difficult, if not impossible, spot. The reality is that we’re either looking for where the value is in the market or looking to be opportunistic. Last offseason there happened to be two guys that fit multiple year, positional needs for us at values we thought we could afford and who have some other special attributes, especially in the case of Swish, but really Bourn too, as a leader as well. They filled gaps we had in our system, where we felt like we didn’t have anyone coming up at all. And we also knew that this offseason there was a lot national TV money coming into the system and a lot less guys, so there were going to be more resources available, greater demand and less supply. So while it’s already a tough market, that was going to make it nearly an impossible market. So I look at last year as our chance to make a bigger splash in free agency, and this year was going to be “are there little things we can do?” I think we studied David Murphy, who I think is a good pick up for us. He’s going to improve both the defense, and give us a really good platoon and depth in the outfield.
AC: We talked a lot about levers last year, which became one of my new favorite buzzwords. How did you decide what levers to pull this year, with Murphy, and how did you decide which not to pull, with not bringing back guys like Ubaldo and Kazmir?
MS: Those decisions are never as simple as “do you want the player or not?” I think that the fan tends to look at it as “you didn’t want the guy.” We loved what Kaz did for us, we wanted him, but the level of risk involved with multiple years and the level of risk involved with those dollars just didn’t fit our payroll parameters this year with the natural, built in escalation of contracts. I think with Ubaldo, same thing. It ended up being a good deal for us, particularly in light of what we gave up, but it wasn’t the right fit for us this year. When you talk about levers, I think the neat things to think about from last spring to this spring are the evolution of a guy like Yan Gomes. Where all of a sudden, you look at Gomes and there’s a guy who leverages his ability to impact a game at more than just his position because of what he means defensively, what he means for his passion for making pitchers better, for helping to call a game. So I always like to think about, “where are the guys that can impact a game beyond objective statistics? Beyond just their own performance?” And Gomes is a guy who when he started to catch last year, I think that was one of the keys to our team really taking off.
AC: So when you traded for Gomes, and I could sit here all day and talk to you about Gomes, but when you traded for him, did you have any idea he’d be that much of an impact defensively? I’ve talked to some Blue Jays guys, and they were of the opinion that he was maybe a 3rd catcher while he was with the Jays.
MS: Any GM or front office guy who tells you he knows exactly what he was getting when he traded for a guy is just pounding his own chest. What you do is you try and find something you like, a defined attribute that you like about a guy. Even when we traded for Asdrubal or Shin-Soo Choo, there were always questions. We never thought they’d both be as good as they were, never. So when we traded for Yan Gomes, we thought that maybe he could catch, but really what he was, was right handed power, and a guy who could play multiple positions. That’s what we thought. When we got him, I think we did a smart thing, similar to when we traded for Justin Masterson. We didn’t know Masterson could start, but we knew he could be a dominant bullpen guy. But in our situation it’s important to maximize the value because we can’t go out and buy those things. So we put Yan back there, and right away Tito and the staff said “this guy’s got pretty special hands, he’s got some strength behind the plate.” When you go back and look at his career, whether it’s in Tennessee (in college) or in the Toronto system, he played behind Arencibia both places, and they had D’Arnaud there as well. So he was behind two of the best young catchers in the game and he never got to catch much. He just took right to it. He got better and better. He’s a worker, he’s smart, he’s tough, he has a lot of the attributes you look for in a catcher.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-1) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (1-3)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, —) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, —)
Game #5/Home #2 » Saturday, April 5, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » FOX Sports 1, WTAM-WMMS/IRN
WINS & LOSSES
- The Indians rallied to win their 2014 home opener on Friday afternoon, besting Minnesota 7-2 in come-from-behind fashion…Tribe was held scoreless thru 5.0 on just one hit against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (first 12 batters retired in order) before erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of home runs in the 6th from YAN GOMES (solo) and NICK SWISHER (2-run)…Cleveland rallied for 4 more runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
- Cleveland is 1-0 to begin this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-0) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
- Cleveland is 2nd in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind Detroit (3-0)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 2 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.
CLOSING THE OPENER
- Tribe played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history yesterday and the 21st here at Progressive Field (1994-2014), as this venue celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday…first pitch was delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes by rain showers…the 7-2 victory over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with a crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
- At 24 years, 83 days of age, DANNY SALAZAR became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since 21-year-old (21.190) RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit.
WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKYTOWN?
- The Twins are making their first of 3 trips to Cleveland in 2014, as the two clubs are set to meet 19 times…for the second consecutive season, all 3 of the Indians’ trips to Minnesota will take place after the All-Star break.
- Cleveland went 13-6 vs. Minnesota last season, going 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road…since ‘94 re-alignment, marked just 3rd time for Tribe to beat Twins 13 times, also 2001 (14-5) & 2007 (14-4)…Tribe clinched a 2013 A.L. Wild Card berth at Target Field on the final day of the regular season, a 5-1 victory over the Twins to complete their 7th 4-game series sweep & cap a 10-game winning streak to end the year.
- Cleveland has won 7 straight games vs. Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight vs. Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011…Tribe’s longest winning streak ever vs. Twins is 9 games, May 9, 1981 – Aug. 20, 1982; longest ever vs. Washington/Minnesota franchise is 12 games, July 24, 1956 – May 18, 1957.
MY BACK PAGES
- After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning Friday, Cleveland rallied for 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th to continue an early trend this season of generating offense late in games, as the Tribe has scored 11 of team’s 16 overall runs in the 7th inning-or-later…among A.L. teams in the 7th inning-or-late, the Indians rank among leaders in batting avg. (1st, .347, 17-49), runs (2nd, 11), OBP (4th, .404) and OPS (6th, .832).
- Cleveland plated 9th-inning runs in all 3 games of the Oakland series (6 total runs)…Indians broke scoreless tie w/ pair of 9th-inn. runs on Monday (2-0 win), avoided a shutout with one run in final at-bat of Game 1 Wednesday (6-1 loss) and then rallied for 3 runs in 9th of Game 2 for a come-from-behind victory (6-4 win).
- NICK SWISHER clubbed a 2-run homer in the 6th inning off Pelfrey on Friday to erase a 2-1 deficit…7 of Swisher’s 22 home runs in 2013 were of the go-ahead variety…missed a second HR by several feet in the 7th with an RBI-double off the wall.
- Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).
In his final podcast of spring training, Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus brings us up to date on another busy day as the Indians set the Opening night roster. Listen in to Terry Francona’s daily media gathering, hear Carlos Carrasco’s reaction to be named to the starting rotation, plus Jordan Bastian, Nick Camino and Joe Reedy talk about the roster moves and shed some insight into a weather phenomenon in the Phoenix area.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (12-2-2) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (9-9-3)
RHP Frank Herrmann (0-0, 27.00) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.85)
Spring Game #17/Home #10 » Saturday, March 15, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WTAM, IRN, webcast
UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: SportsTime Ohio will air a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pmET following the final spring game broadcast on March 17 when the Indians and Reds square off at Goodyear Ballpark…the TV home of the Tribe aired its first special program in advance of Opening Day on Thursday, Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story; this hour-long documentary profiles the life and baseball career of Cleveland Indians legend, four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP Al Rosen…SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 regular season games in 2014…FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1.
OVER THE AIRWAVES: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market at 4:05ET…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.
MASTERSON EARNS OPENING DAY NOD: After the affable right-hander worked 4.0 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s victory vs. Arizona, Tribe skipper Tito Francona announced that RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON would be the club’s Opening Day starter for the 3rd consecutive year when the Indians open the season on March 31 at Oakland…the 28-year-old right-hander is set to become the first Tribe pitcher to start 3 consecutive openers since CC Sabathia took the bump for 3 straight from 2006-08 and the first right-hander to do so since Bartolo Colon from 2000-02…Masterson is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in his 2 career Opening Day tilts.
ROTATION TAKING SHAPE: After Wednesday’s victory over the Padres Tribe manager Terry Francona announced that RHP COREY KLUBER would start the club’s second game of the season on April 1 at Oakland; after battling for a roster spot and starting the campaign at Triple-A Columbus in 2013, Kluber went 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts/26 games after being promoted to the big leagues on April 17…Francona has also announced that RHP ZACH MCALLISTER will start the third game of the season…rotation hopefuls RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP JOSH TOMLIN and RHP TREVOR BAUER are tentatively batting for the 4th slot in the order, while RHP DANNY SALAZAR will round out the rotation as the club’s 5th starter.
TRIBE AT A GLANCE: The Indians played to their second tie of the spring yesterday, and have not suffered a loss since last Monday vs. LAA…after today’s game the Indians will play 3 straight contests away from Goodyear Ballpark including a split squad game tomorrow at San Francisco and Chigago-NL…Cleveland is 7-2 here in Goodyear…the Indians own the highest winning percentage in the Major Leagues (.857) and are just one win shy of most in the Majors…the Indians lost just their second game of the Spring on Monday after not suffering a loss over a 10-game span, going 9-0-1 with their only non-win coming in a 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria on March 8.
RE-RACK THE D’BACKS: The Indians will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the two club’s second and final matchup this spring…the Tribe defeated the Diamondbacks 7-1 last Tuesday in Scottsdale as Justin Masterson tossed 4.0 hitless innings, while Lonnie Chisenhall blasted a decisive 2-run homer…the two club’s split a pair of Cactus League meetings last season as Cleveland holds a 8-5 advantage since joining the CL circuit in 2009…the Indians are also 7-5 against the D’Backs all-time during regular season play, winners of 5 of the last 6 meetings…the two club’s will play a pair of 2-game sets this season on June 24-25 at Chase Field, and again on August 12-13 in Cleveland.
With the caveat that yes, it’s Spring Training, we have some guys off to hot starts, which is always nice to see. Chew on these numbers on a lazy Sunday:
Michel Brantley, who’s led the team in batting average the last two seasons and signed a five-year extension in the offseason, is off to an 8-for-13 (.615) start.
Jason Kipnis is hitting .385 after a 2-for-4 day Saturday.
Mike Aviles has five hits in nine at-bats.
Elliot Johnson, looking to make the team as a non-roster invitee, is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a team-high 5 RBI.
Ryan Raburn, who made the club out of Spring Training last year by playing well, is 6-for-10 with two homers. (Raburn will miss a couple days after running into the wall on Friday.
The hot starts extend to the pitching staff:
The Tribe staff as a whole has allowed 28 earned runs in 91 innings, for a 2.77 ERA.
Carlos Carrasco has allowed one earned run in seven innings, with nine strikeouts.
Trevor Bauer, competing with Carrasco for the fifth spot in the Tribe rotation, has struck out seven in five innings.
Corey Kluber has six strikeouts and has allowed two earned runs in six innings.
The Indians are back at it today from Goodyear Ballpark, taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at 4PM ET!
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-5-0)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: WMMS, IRN, Indians.com webcast (subscription needed)
“SWING AND A DRIVE”: The “Voice of the Indians,” Tom Hamilton, returns to the booth today and will call his first game of the spring after staying in Cleveland to be with his son, Brad – a Senior – as the Avon Lake HS basketball team competed in the state playoffs…Hammy rejoins Jim Rosenhaus and will deliver today’s broadcast across the Indians Radio Network at 3:00PM ET, including the first spring broadcast on 99X in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians reeled off their 7th consecutive win and improved to 7-1 on the young Cactus League slate, edging the Chicago Cubs in a 1-0 shutout at Goodyear Ballpark…the lone run of the contest scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-loaded walk in the 4th against Justin Grimm and was set up by singles from Nick Swisher & Jason Kipnis ahead of Michael Brantley’s hit-by-pitch…Swisher reached base twice in the game (5th inning BB), while Brantley also doubled in the 2nd inning…Cleveland’s pitching staff was the story of the afternoon, however, beginning with 3.0 scoreless innings from Justin Masterson…Aaron Harang (2.0 IP) was on the bump when the Tribe scored and notched the victory, while Trevor Bauer also recorded a pair of scoreless frames with 4 of the Tribe’s11 strikeouts…C.C. Lee & Scott Barnes worked the 8th and 9th.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik