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Sept. 1 pregame notes: Tigers series stuff, Gomes heats up and Kluber is, well, Kluber

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The Indians have won 6 of 7 overall and are 17-9 (.654) in August (13-5 since August 9).

With 7 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge over the Tigers, going 3-3 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park…the two clubs have not met since opening the second half in Motown. The Indians went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013.

The Tribe’s offense has outscored Detroit’s 63-58, averaging 5.3 runs per game, while batting .290/.363/.455 with 29 doubles and 14 HR’s in 12 games…Indians have been held to fewer than 4 runs just twice and still won one of those contests (3-2 win 4/16 at DET).

Cleveland owns the 4th-highest home winning pct. in the American League, 5th-highest in the Majors at 39-25 (.609), winning 9 of 13, 16 of 25 and 36 of their last 56 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start. Cleveland is scheduled to play 17 of club’s final 27 games at home.

Yan Gomes ranks among A.L. leaders in the following categories after last night’s 4H game Avg (13th, .291) Slg% (12th, .480) vLHP (2nd,.368)

The Kluber Component

Corey Kluber (5.8) has the most Wins Above Replacement among pitchers this season, trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (7.0) and Seattle’s .Félix Hernández (5.9)

He owns 8 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most double-digit strikeout efforts by any Indians hurler since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley also registered 8 in 1976…the only pitcher in the Majors with that many 10+ K games in 2014 is Detroit’s David Price (10)…with 10 or more strikeouts this afternoon, Kluber’s 9 such performances on the season would be the most for a Tribe pitcher since Sam McDowell notched 10 double-digit K games in 1970.

He also owns six 10 K/one-or-fewer walk performances this season, most by a Tribe pitcher over the past 100 seasons – previous mark of 4 was set by Eckersley in 1976…Price is also the only other pitcher in MLB to accomplish this feat in 2014.

Even in losing his last two starts – in which the Indians have scored only three runs – Kluber has struck out 16 batters and posted two quality starts.

Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 11 games at Progressive Field

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The Indians return home for an 11-game homestand that’s part of a stretch of 30 games in 30 days. It begins with four games vs. Detroit (Sept. 1-4), three vs. the White Sox (Sept. 5-7), a makeup of June 18 rainout vs. the Angels (Sept. 8) and three vs. the Twins (Sept. 9-11).

  • Michael Brantley bobblehead (12,500 fans): Monday, Sept. 1
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Friday, Sept. 5
  • Fan Vote Fireworks (Evolution of Pop Music): Friday, Sept. 5
  • Fan Designed T-shirt, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic (10,000 fans): Saturday, Sept. 6
  • Fireworks (tribute to Huey Lewis and the News), presented by FirstMerit Bank: Saturday, Sept. 6
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, Sept. 7
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, Sept. 7

TRIBE PARK AND RIDE, PRESENTED BY SPORTSTIME OHIO, IS BACK!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.

One TPAR date remains:

  • 6 vs. CHW: Mentor (Lakeland Community College) and Strongsville (SouthPark Mall)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 vs. TIGERS @ 4:05PM

  • ALL GATES: OPEN at 2:30PM
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Michael Brantley bobblehead: The Tribe’s first-time All-Star, nicknamed Dr. Smooth, gets his own bobblehead for 12,500 fans at Progressive Field.

4-3-2-1: The Indians 4-3-2-1 program is back in 2014, offering fans:

  • $4 12-ounce beers every day
  • $3 hot dogs every day
  • $2 soda refills
  • $1 hot dogs on 13 occasions

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Aug. 31 pregame notes: Division/WC races, stellar bullpen, hot Jose and more

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The Indians are closer to the division lead and second A.L. Wild Card in 2014 after the same amount of games than in 2013, when the club went 21-6 in September, won their last 10 games and captured the top A.L. Wild Card spot…One year ago the Indians were capping off a 12-16 (.429) August…Let’s take a closer look:

Year Games W-L PCT GB (WC)

  • 2013 134 71-63 .530 -7.5 (-4.5)
  • 2014 134 70-64 .522 -3.5 (-3.5)

The Indians have not been 3.5 games back in the division since June 20.

The Tribe is 17-9 in August (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB) with one game 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.

Cleveland has won 5 straight sets and 6 of the club’s last 7 series (6-0-1), taking 2 of 3 in each of those first 5 series victories (non-win was a two-game series split with Arizona)…Tribe’s last series loss overall came back on Aug. 6-7 at CIN (0-2), however Cleveland has not lost a series of at least 3 games in length since dropping 2 of 3 July 29-31 vs. SEA.

Marc Rzepczynski has worked in 5 straight games (0.1IP, 1BF in each outing) since August 26, the longest consecutive days pitched mark since RHP MATT MILLER (5) in Aug 2004…The club record is 7 straight days by Eddie Klieman in 1948 (10.0IP).

Cody Allen has now converted 17 consecutive save chances over a span of 38 appearances dating back to May 30 (0.72 ERA, 3 ER/37.2 IP, 13 BB, 52 SO, 141 AVG, 18-128)…18-for-18 in 9th inn save tries

Indians are now 9-6 when Jose Ramirez bats 2nd and 12-8 when Jason Kipnis hits 5th…Over his last 15 games since Aug. 9, Ramirez is 21-for-58 (.362) with 9R, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 7RBI.

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

  • 4 Yan Gomes (CLE) .958
  • 8 Carlos Santana (CLE) .910

 

 

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

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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

 

Pregame notes: Cody Allen’s dominance, winning months and close games

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The Tribe is 15-9 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 3 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.

Cleveland has won 4 straight and 5 of the club’s last 6 series (5-0-1), taking 2 of 3 in each of those 5 series victories (non-win was a two-game series split with Arizona)…Tribe’s last series loss overall came back on Aug. 6-7 at CIN (0-2), however Cleveland has not lost a series of at least 3 games in length since dropping 2 of 3 July 29-31 vs. SEA.

Pitching

With a 2.84 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.28 ERA by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.05 ERA by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors).

Club’s 2.54 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (15-9 team record)…includes a 2.83 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.03 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB).

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.23 ERA (24 ER/96.2 IP) over the club’s last 16 games since Aug. 9 (11-5 record), collecting 106 K’s against 26 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (69-349)

That was close

The Indians have played 5 consecutive games decided by 2-or-fewer runs, going 4-1 in that stretch.

Cleveland is 37-29 (.561) in games decided by 2-or-fewer runs overall in 2014, 4th-best in the A.L. and 6th-best in the Majors behind New York-AL (.600, 42-28), Baltimore (.586, 41-29), Los Angeles-NL (.576, 38-28), Los Angeles-AL (.574) & Pittsburgh (.562, 41-32).

Cody!

Cody Allen recorded his team-high 18th save last night (10th in A.L.), as he has now converted 17 consecutive save opportunities over a span of 37 appearances dating back to May 30 (0.74 ERA, 3 ER/36.2 IP, 12 BB, 50 SO, 137 AVG, 17-124).

Introducing Triple Play for Season Ticket Holders: Renew/Check-In/Link for 5,000 Tribe Rewards points!

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With the move to the MyTickets account management system set for next season, the Indians have introduced a special deal for Season Ticket Holders to prepare for 2015.

The ‘Triple Play’ offer requires three simple steps from Season Ticket Holders, and once all three are completed, accounts will be credited with 5,000 bonus Tribe Rewards points.

To participate, simply complete the following tasks by the end of the next homestand (September  1 – September 11), and your account will be credited the points, which can be rolled over to the 2015 season!


 

Step 1. Register for MyTickets and renew your seats for 2015

- CLICK HERE to visit the MyTickets login page.

Step 2. Download MLB.com At the Ballpark application and check-in at an Indians home game.

- Visit http://www.Indians.com/BallparkApp for more information and to download the app on your iOS or Android device.

Step 3. Visit your MyTickets account and link your MLB account to your MyTickets account (See below of screenshots of how to link accounts.)

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- Once logged in, select the “My Account” button in the upper right (see white arrow).

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- Select the tab labelled “Link MLB Accounts” (see black arrow).

- Confirm your account information, and then click “Link My Tickets Accounts” (see red arrow).


After these three tasks have been confirmed, your Tribe Rewards account will be eligible to receive 5,000 additional points!

Please note, that accounts will not be credited immediately, but points accrued through Triple Play will be uploaded on Wednesday, September 17.

Baseball Heritage Museum moves to fitting place — renovated League Park

 

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The Baseball Heritage Museum has a new home at the corner of E. 66 and Lexington Ave., at the recently renovated and one-time home of the Indians, historic League Park.

League Park has gone through a major restoration process and reopened last week after closing its gates on professional baseball in 1946. With League Park being the oldest existing ballpark in the world, it is only fitting that the Baseball Heritage Museum would reside at this historic location.

The museum is located in what used to be League Park’s original ticket house. The area is one of the few remnants of the old ballpark, and the perfect location for the public to enjoy one-of-a-kind items of baseball’s history.

Bob Zimmer, founder of the Baseball Heritage Museum, is excited to have the collection located at what he calls Cleveland’s center of baseball history.

“You’re standing out there and you think about all the history that took place,” Zimmer said. “Babe Ruth’s 500th home run, the Indians’ 1920 World Series Championship, the Cleveland Buckeye’s championship. All those games took place there. So for the Baseball Heritage Museum to be able to settle there and to become the caretaker of the history, it’s pretty neat.”

Zimmer began the collection of artifacts with his father in 1997. Zimmer’s dad owned a jewelry store on East Fourth Street for many years and in 1997, working off the All-Star Game, the two decided to display baseball artifacts to draw customers into the store. In the years that followed the collection grew and was moved into the Colonial Market Place (now known as the 5th Street Arcade) in 2006.

Today, the collection focuses on multicultural aspects of the game and includes memorabilia from different leagues that have helped to shape the history of baseball, including the Negro league, Latin league and Women’s league.

Moving centuries of unique baseball history is a delicate process. It only made sense that the Baseball Heritage Museum trusted Andrews Moving, a company with a rich history that started just beyond the fences of League Park.

Andrews Moving, the official mover of the Cleveland Indians, is a family owned company founded in Cleveland. The company’s original facility was located outside the right-center field fence of League Park. and the first and second generation of family owners operated out of the building from the early 1900s to early 1960’s. During the afternoons, Andrews’ staff would sit on the roof to catch a game. Home run balls would often clear the fences of League Park and hit off the Andrews Moving building.

“They were incredible. To move a museum takes a lot of care, time and coordination. Andrews and their crew did a spectacular job. Without them we never could have accomplished this.”

Zimmer believes that the restoration of League Park is a catalyst for the Hough neighborhood. He explained that the Baseball Heritage Museum is proud to be a part of the rebirth and redevelopment of the neighborhood.

The Baseball Heritage Museum is open Saturdays from 10-2. Zimmer also plans to have the museum open while ball games are being played at League Park.

“It’s pretty inspiring to come into the museum. Especially to be able to walk out on the plaza and be able to look out over the ball field.”

– TribeVibe Contributor Angela Martin  (Photos by David Cleveland)

 

 

Pregame notes Aug. 28: Success vs. Danks, 30 in 30, Kipnis at home and more

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Heading into Thursday’s finale against the White Sox, Indians are unbeaten (4-0-1) in the team’s last five series, and are 8-5 in series rubber matches this season.

According to Elias – if completed – the team’s current stretch of 30 games in 30 days would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).

The Indians have gone 13-8 all-time in starts by Sox southpaw John Danks (7-2 in Chicago)…Cleveland is 18-20 in games started by opposing lefties overall this season, but has gone 8-4 vs. LH starters since July 1 (5-4 since the All-Star break).

Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 24 of his 26 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .378 (37-98)/.462/.622 with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, his 22 RBI are most by any visiting player…his 5 HR are T3rd-most by any visiting player since start of 2012 behind only Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Morneau (6 each)…his 11 steals are 3 more than any other visiting player (Rajai Davis, 8).

Tribe’s 2.60 ERA in August is the 2nd-lowest figure in Majors this month (14-9 team record) behind only Seattle (16-8, 2.59)…includes a 2.90 ERA by rotation (4th in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.09 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)

In return to rotation, Carrasco keeps it simple with reliever routine

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco is acting a lot like a reliever these days – by design.

And since moving to the rotation on Aug. 10, he’s looking a lot like a very successful reliever – himself.

When re-inserted into the Indians starting rotation for an Aug. 10 start vs. the Yankees in New York, Carrasco has carried over all of his habits from his successful 26-game stint in the bullpen.

Typically, when the entire team emerges from their clubhouse for an early stretch before batting practice, that day’s starting pitcher remains in the clubhouse. He also stays there during BP, when the rest of the pitchers shag fly balls in the outfield.

After BP is over, the scheduled starter will proceed to his team’s dugout approximately 30 minutes before first pitch to go through a myriad of exercises with pitching coach Mickey Callaway, bullpen coach Kevin Cash and, catchers Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes (whoever is starting that day).

Carrasco has bucked conventional wisdom by changing that typical starter routine – and it’s worked brilliantly. Last season and in April this year, Carrasco admitted to struggling with the mental aspect of being in the rotation, with thinking for four days about who he’ll be facing on his day.

After struggling in the rotation, Carrasco moved to the pen, where in 39 innings he allowed 8ER (1.85 ERA), with 34 strikeouts and a .200 opponents average.

When Carrasco moved back to the rotation, he carried a reliever’s routine over. He stretches early with his pitcher friends. He shags fly balls. He heads to the bullpen area to meet Callaway, Cash and the catcher about 15 minutes before first pitch, and throws fewer pitches than a more typical starter’s warmup would entail.

It’s worked: In Carrasco’s four starts, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 24.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts.

“Being in the bullpen is a different mindset; it’s a credit to all those relievers who played a role in relaxing his mind a little bit,” Cash said. “Starters have four days to dwell on things – as a reliever, you’d better get over it. Carlos learned that and responded.”

Baseball by nature has a lot of down time – a lot of time to think, especially on the road, where Carrasco will start tonight, in Chicago. Getting out of the clubhouse early, and remaining active, has helped Carrasco on the days he’s started.

“It’s a way to keep him mentally engaged,” Callaway said.

For his part, Carrasco said he has stopped dwelling on too much before his starts, and has kept it simple: Just pitch.

“You don’t have to save anything,” he’s told reporters after a couple starts. “I just go as hard as I can go.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Now that we’ve reached 9,000 wins in Indians history, noting the memorable ones

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The Indians are one win away from the 9,000th victory in club history after Thursday night’s win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Tribe is third all-time in wins among American League franchises (behind the Yankees and Boston); the Indians were a charter member of the AL, established in 1901. The National League came before it.

The Indians have won 85 or more games 36 times, and 90 or more games in 18 seasons.

Below is a list of notable wins in franchise history.

–Research by Jeremy Feador

 

1: Cleveland Blues vs. Chicago White Sox — 10-4 (4/27/01)

198: Bill Bradley hits for the cycle vs. Washington — 12-2 (9/24/03)

615: Bob Rhoads no-hitter vs. Boston, the franchise’s first — 2-1 (9/18/08)

624: Addie Joss’ perfect game vs. White Sox — 1-0 (10/2/08)

701: Addie Joss no-hitter vs. White Sox — 1-0 (4/20/10)

1,000: Sept. 1, 1913 vs. White Sox — 7-0

1,057: Nap Lajoie gets his 3,000th hit vs. Yankees — 5-3 (9/27/14)

1,207: Ray Caldwell no-hitter vs. Yankees — 3-0 (9/10/19)

2,000: Aug. 28, 1926 vs. Red Sox — 5-1 (second game of doubleheader)

2,200: Babe Ruth hits 500th home run but the Indians defeat the Yankees — 6-5 (8/11/29)

2,315: Wes Ferrell no-hitter vs. St. Louis Browns — 9-0 (4/29/31)

2,528: Earl Averill hits for the cycle vs. Philadelphia Athletics — 15-4 (8/17/33)

3,000: July 8, 1939 — Mel Harder defeats the St. Louis Browns, 5-3

3,050: Bob Feller’s first no-hitter, on Opening Day vs. White Sox — 1-0 (4/16/40)

3,520: Bob Feller’s second no-hitter, vs. Yankees — 1-0 (4/30/46)

3,583: Last win at League Park, vs. Senators — 5-1 (9/19/46)

3,615: Don Black no-hitter vs. Philadelphia A’s — 3-0 (7/10/47)

3,702: Bob Lemon no-hitter vs. Tigers — 2-0 (6/30/48)

3,760: Indians defeat the Red Sox to advance to World Series s– 8-3 (10/4/48)

3,978: Bob Feller’s third no-hitter, vs. Tigers — 3-0 (7/1/51)

4,000: Aug. 1, 1951: Lou Brissie pitches the Tribe to an 8-6 win over the Senators

5,000: May 15, 1963: Behind Mudcat Grant, the Tribe defeats the Kansas City Athletics, 1-0

5,264: Sonny Siebert no-hitter vs. Senators — 2-0 (6/10/66)

5,569: Tony Horton hits for the cycle vs. Orioles — 10-9 (7/2/70)

5,862: Dick Bosman no-hitter vs. Oakland A’s — 4-0 (7/19/74)

6,000: June 19, 1976: Indians beat the Royals, 3-0

6,071: Dennis Eckersley no-hitter vs. California Angels — 1-0 (5/30/77)

6,127: Andre Thornton hits for the cycle vs. Red Sox — 13-4 (4/22/78)

6,368: Len Barker’s perfect game vs. Blue Jays – 3-0 (5/15/81)

7,000: Indians beat the A’s on May 17, 1990 – 5-4

7,270: Progressive Field opens, vs. Mariners — 4-3 (4/4/94)

7,421: Indians clinch the AL Central Division vs. Baltimore — 3-2 (9/8/95)

7,762: Jim Thome blasts the longest home run at Progressive Field, 511 feet vs. Kansas City — 9-5 (7/3/99)

7,958: Indians rally from 12 runs down vs. Mariners — 15-14 (8/5/01)

8,000: April 26, 2002 — Indians 7, Rangers 4

8,114: Travis Hafner hits for the cycle vs. Twins — 8-3 (8/14/03)

8,375: Indians tie single season grand slam record vs. White Sox — 14-1 (9/25/06)

8,472: Indians clinch the AL Central vs. Oakland — 6-2 (9/23/07)

8,931: Indians Clinch 2013 Wild Card. (5-1 vs Twins) September 29, 2013

9,000: Indians beat Royals, 6-1, for No. 9,000!

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