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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 three 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

Nearing 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

Pregame notes: Kluber’s dominance, Walters’ historical feat, 9K wins and more

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The Indians have won five of their last six road games and enter tonight’s game just 2 victories shy of recording their 9,000th all-time win as a franchise.

MOST ALL-TIME AMERICAN LEAGUE FRANCHISE WINS

  • New York Yankees: 9,897-7,479 (.570)
  • Boston Red Sox: 9,133-8,537 (.517)
  • Cleveland Indians: 8,998-8,676 (.509)
  • Detroit Tigers: 8,992-8,706 (.508)
  • Chicago White Sox: 8,914-8,744 (.505)

More from today’s game notes:

COREY KLUBER

Kluber has registered 205 strikeouts through his first 27 starts of the season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (221) and Max Scherzer (209) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T6th), ERA (2.46 3rd), innings (186.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.08, 7th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.90, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.88, 6th), opposing batting average (.229, 7th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).

Kluber has allowed just 7 earned runs over 54.2 innings in 7 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (1.15) and opposing batting average (.172; 33-192) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: innings (54.2, T6th) and strikeouts (63, T2nd).

Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 5 earned runs over his last 46.0 innings, recording 53 strikeouts against just 9 walks over that stretch.

ZACH WALTERS

Zach Walters came to Cleveland in the July 31 trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington … and all he’s done since, it seems, is hit big homers.

Walters has six homers in 13 games with Cleveland, and nine homers this season (between Cleveland and Washington) in 87 at-bats. That’s a pace of a homer every 9.67 ABs. (For perspective, Babe Ruth’s career rate was 1 homer in every 11.67 at-bats – and to be clear, we’re not comparing the two.)

His homers have been clutch, too: Of Walters’ six HRs with the Tribe, four have given the team the lead – like on Tuesday night vs. the White Sox – and the other two have tied games.

Walters is the only player in Indians franchise history to hit six homers sin his firsts 13 games with the club, according to Elias. Those with five in their first 13 games with the organization: Leon Wagner (1964), Luis Medina (1988), Juan Gonzalez (2001), Jayson Nix (2010), Jason Kipnis (2011), Mark Reynolds (2013).

PITCHING

With a 2.88 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.31 ERA by the rotation (5th in A.L., 7th in MLB) and a 2.12 ERA by the bullpen (best in the Majors)

The Indians rotation was charged with 5 ER in 4.2 innings last night – one-third of the staff’s total over previous 13 games (15 ER/79.0 IP)… that said, Cleveland starters still own a 2.15 ERA (20 ER/83.2 IP) over the club’s last 14 games since Aug. 9 (10-4 record), collecting 91 K’s against 23 walks while holding opponents to a .189 clip (56-297).

Pregame notes vs. White Sox: Kipnis, rotation, 30 in 30

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The Indians are in a stretch of 30 games in 30 dates, caused in part by a rainout on June 18 at home vs. the Angels. According to Elias, it 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).

With a 2.42 ERA since Aug. 1, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 2nd-lowest figure in the Majors this month (13-8 team record)…that includes a 2.57 ERA by the rotation (2nd in MLB, SEA: 2.26) and a 2.17 ERA by the bullpen (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB).

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 1.71 ERA (15 ER/79.0 IP) over the club’s last 13 games since Aug. 9 (9-4 record), collecting 87 strikeouts against 22 walks while holding opponents to a .176 clip (49-278).

Over the same 13-game span (since Aug. 9), Cleveland relievers have reinforced the rotation’s performance by posting a 1.29 ERA (6 ER/42.0 IP).

Northbrook, Ill., native Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 22 of his 24 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .382 (34-89) with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).

The Tribe is 13-8 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 6 games remaining, as club is seeking to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month.

The Indians have begun a stretch that will see the Indians play 28 of their final 39 games against A.L. Central foes

 

 

Own a piece of Progressive Field history — ballpark turnstiles

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You can own a piece of Progressive Field history, as a limited number of the ballpark’s turnstiles are available for purchase!

The turnstiles have been used for 20 years, and are a must-have for any hardcore Indians fan – and would be a perfect addition to any Man Cave.

They’ve been authenticated by Major League Baseball and are available by calling or visiting the Progressive Field Team Shop at 216-420-HITS.

Photo Gallery: Yeah it’s a walk-off!

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–Photos by David Cleveland (and if you get the reference from a popular sitcom that’s not off the air, kudos to you!)

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