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Pregame notes: Red-hot Carlos, rotation (again) and 2013 redux?

Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

After Friday’s win over the Royals – and the Tigers’ loss earlier Saturday — Cleveland is 4.5 games out of the division lead and 3.5 games back of the second A.L. Wildcard…last year after 133G the Indians were 71-62, 6.5GB in Central and 4.0GB in Wildcard.

The Tribe is 16-9 in August (T3rd in A.L., T4th in MLB) with 2 games remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998

PITCHING

With a 2.79 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.21 ERA (81ER/227.1IP) by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.06 ERA (29ER/127.0IP) by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors)

Club’s 2.48 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (16-9 team record)…includes a 2.73 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.04 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.12 ERA (24 ER/101.2 IP) over the club’s last 17 games since Aug. 9 (12-5 record), collecting 109 K’s against 28 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (73-368).

MLB August ERA leaders

  • Cleveland 2.48
  • Seattle 2.81
  • Baltimore 2.93
  • Washington 2.94

CARLOS!

Carlos Santana (2-4, HR, 3RBI last night) is now hitting .380 (19-50) vs. KC this year with 2 2B, 7HR & 14RBI in 13 games…In Kauffman he is hitting .538 (14-26) w/6HR & 13RBI in 7 games (1.906OPS)…T2nd most homers vs. KC in a single-season by an Indian (Manny Ramirez hit 8 in 1998 (Sizemore hit 7 in 2008).

According to Elias his 6HR tied for the most HRs at “The K” in one season by any visiting player (opened in 1973)…Only other visiting players to hit six homers in a season at Kauffman are Jacque Jones in 2002 and Jose Valentin in 2003…Santana’s six home runs in his last four games at Kauffman are more than he hit in his first 30 games here (5HR).

A.L. OPS LEADERS (SECOND HALF, min 100pa)

  • Yan Gomes (CLE) .975
  • Carlos Santana (CLE) .928

 

Saturday recap: Photos, plus notes on Carrasco, Santana, Brantley

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The Indians moved to 3-1 through the first 4 games of this 5-game homestand against Arizona (1-1) and Baltimore (2-0, + 1 game), improving to 62-60 and two games over the .500 mark for the first time since August 4 (57-55)…marks Cleveland’s 9th shutout of the season and first shutout since a 3-0 win at New York-AL on August 9…the Indians are now 9-5 to begin the month of August and have won 5 of their last 6 since dropping 4-straight from 8/5-8/8…the win gives the Indians a 17-12 record vs. teams from the AL-East this season, making this the 7th time in the last 11 seasons that the Indians have gone .500-or-better vs. the AL-East since 2004…the Indians have 4 remaining games vs. the AL-East this season (1 vs. BAL and 3 vs. TB).

More notes:

CARLOS CARRASCO

  • Carrasco worked 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season and second win as a starter this year (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 79 pitches/57 strikes)…after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) through his first 4 starts of the season, Carrasco has gone 2-0 through 2 starts (12.0 scoreless innings) since transitioning back into the starter role…the last time Carrasco worked 5.0 scoreless innings in
    back-to-back outings was on June 7-June 13, 2011 (15.1 IP)…the last time Carrasco worked at least 7.0 innings was when he did not earn a decision, despite going 7.1 innings in a 2-1 loss vs. Kansas City on June 17, 2013…the last time he worked at least 7.0 scoreless innings was when he earned a 1-0 win at New York-AL on June 13, 2011.
  • Carrasco improves to 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in 10 appearances/3 starts vs. American League East opponents this season…Over the Tribe’s last 6 games dating back to August 9, Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP).

CARLOS SANTANA

  • Delivered his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to center field that put the Indians on the board 3-0 in the first inning…the home run marked Santana’s 92nd career homer, tying him with Sandy Alomar for 28th-most home runs in Indians history…with Santana’s first-inning home run, the Indians last 6 runs have come courtesy of the home run ball…Santana’s 92 career home runs rank 20th in the American League since 2010…Santana finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBI.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Registered his 18th home run of the season, coming as a 2-run homer to right field in the fifth inning and giving the Indians a 6-0 lead…Brantley’s 2 RBI give him 80 RBI on the season as he becomes the only player in the American League with a batting average over .300, 18-or-more home runs, 10-or-more stolen bases and at least 80 RBI this season.

Tribe players visit Providence House, pack intake bags for crisis nursery kids

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Indians players Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana and Nick Hagadone — along with their wives (and Carlos’ sisters) — visited Cleveland crisis nursery Providence House today and packed intake bags for the kids that stay at the residence. Take a look at the photos from their visit above!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Aug. 4 vs. Reds

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: July 29 Batting Practice vs. Seattle

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- Photos By David Cleveland

Carlos Santana. So hot right now. Santana.

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Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is hot.

Cue the “Match Game” audience response: “How hot is he?” (If you get the “Match Game” reference, please pat yourself on the back.

Consider:

  • He now has five multi-homer games in his career – and two came this weekend (Friday, Sunday)
  • He’s the first player in Indians history with multi-homer games as a catcher, designated hitter and first baseman
  • He’s homered in three straight games and four of his last six (he has six homers in his last six games)
  • Over his last six games:
    • He’s reached base safely in 20 of 29 plate appearances
    • He’s gone 14-for-23 (.609) with 3 doubles, 6 homers, 10 RBI, 5 walks and 8 runs scored

Santana hit five homers in the KC series, becoming only the sixth Indians player to have five homers in a series (Hafner, Williams, Belle, Carter, Trosky). Santana also became the first Major Leaguer to have five homers in one series this season.

Also, just in case you don’t get the headline — “Zoolander,” anyone?

Santana makes more Tribe history: Game Notes, July 27

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Some tidbits from the Tribe Baseball Information Department’s Game Notes for July 27, 2014:

After recording his 4th career multi-HR game Friday (first player in Indians history w/ multi-HR game as a C, DH and1B, source: B-R.com), CARLOS SANTANA went deep again last night, homering in 2 straight and 3 of his last 5 games…over those 5 games, Santana has reached safely in 15 of 24 plate appearances, going 11-for-20 (.550) with 3 2B’s, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 R and a 1.925 OPS (.625OBP/1.300SLG).

Following tomorrow’s true off day in Cleveland, the Indians are set to begin an 8-day, 8-game homestand during which the club will host Seattle (3G), Texas (3G) and Cincinnati (2G)…when the Tribe begins that Progressive Field week-long residency Tuesday, Cleveland will have the most scheduled home dates remaining of any team in the Majors (barring postponements).

Cleveland owns the 3rd-best home winning pct. in the A.L. & 4th-best Majors at 29-19 (.604), trailing Oakland (.667, 34-17), Los Angeles-AL (.661, 37-19) and Pittsburgh (.618, 34-21).

On balance, Cleveland’s current road trip has featured competitive pitching and defense, but inconsistent offensive performances during this 4-6 stretch out of the All-Star break.

The Indians pitching staff has registered a 3.32 ERA (33ER/89.1IP) through 10 games of the 2nd half (12th in Majors), posting 84 K’s against 27 walks – last 2 losses (16.0 IP, 19 H, 13 R-11 ER) have raised 2nd half ERA from 2.70…starters have a 3.84 ERA (25 ER/58.2 IP) in 2nd half, surrendering more than 3 runs just twice in these 10 games… the Indians bullpen has turned in a 2.35 mark (8 ER/30.2 IP).

Cleveland’s offense has batted .248/.321/.392 over the last 10 games, with significant divergence between the 4 wins (.310/.384/.524) and the 6 losses (.205/.276/.300)…Tribe’s .293 (27-92) w/RISP in second half is 45 points higher than overall team avg., but has also been substantially better in the wins (.378, 17-45) than losses (.213, 10-47).

Defense has been charged with just 4 E in 359 TC (.989 field pct.)

Photo Gallery: Perez, Dickerson, Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley lead late Thursday comeback

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You may have picked up that we love to show off our photographers’ work. Baseball, especially a great win in front of a large, rowdy crowd, lends itself to great shots — but our guys are fantastic.

And they outdid themselves last night.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Santana continues to be touched by support from Niko, the home run kid from 2013

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Following Sunday’s matinee against the Royals at Progressive Field, Indians catcher Carlos Santana realized the home run he had hit was not just any ordinary home run. Prior to the game, Tribe fan Niko Lanzarotta had requested that Santana hit a home run for him, and Santana delivered.

You might remember Niko; he visited Progressive Field on August 24, 2013, for batting practice and an Indians game through Tribe Rewards. Before the game, Niko met Santana — his favorite Tribe player — and infielder Jason Kipnis and asked each of them to hit a home run for him. They did. (Niko then returned on Sept. 7, as the people who caught those home run balls gave them to Niko. Pretty cool.)

This time around, Niko — who has cerebral palsy — arrived early to Progressive Field with his parents. Niko’s mother, Kasia, called Santana over to the stands while he was stretching. Just like last year, Niko’s only request for the first baseman was for him to hit a home run. And he did.

Santana said he was willing to make the promise with Niko under one condition.

“He called my name and I went over there,” Santana said. “He said, ‘I want you to hit a home run.’ And I said, ‘The only way I will hit a home run is if you give me a hug.’ He gave me a hug — really tight.”

This time, the home run came in the form of a solo home run to right field that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Santana said he never thought about his interaction with Niko during the game.

“I didn’t think about it [at the plate]. I thought about it after the game,” Santana said. “God heard him or heard me about his situation. I always try to play my game and help my team win; God heard Niko.”

Although he might not think about Niko at the plate, he is definitely appreciative of his support.

“He is motivation because I know he has [cerebral palsy], and it makes it exciting for me [to make him happy],” Santana said. “I am very proud of Niko.

Santana’s message to Niko?

“Keep being strong. Keep respecting Mom and Dad,” he said. “I’m very happy that he is my No. 1 fan.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

 

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, July 7 vs. Yankees (#VoteKluber!)

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Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!

–Photos by David Cleveland

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