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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out 12 to begin sweep of Rockies for win No. 6

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 30, 5-2

Opponent: Colorado Rockies

Pitching line: 7.1IP, 1 ER, 12 SO, 1 BB

Record: 6-3

2014 strikeout total: 95

Key at-bat(s): Kluber had allowed a two-run Carlos Gonzalez homer in the fourth that gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. After striking out the first two batters in the fifth, he allowed back-to-back singles by DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon. But Kluber struck out Corey Dickerson to strike out the side and keep it 2-1; the Tribe scored four in the bottom half to take the lead and give Kluber the win.

Notable: Kluber had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings, and struck out the side twice.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 74

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Vote for your favorite Tribe players in MLB’s GIBBY awards!

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The Indians are well-represented in the 2014 edition of the GIBBYs, or Major League Baseball’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.

The awards are given based on votes, media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Those Tribe players nominated are:

  • MVP: Michael Brantley
  • Hitter: Brantley
  • Pitcher: Corey Kluber
  • Breakout player: Kluber, Carlos Carrasco
  • Play: Michael Bourn catch, May 27
  • Outfield throw: Mike Aviles, July 13
  • Hitting performance: Lonnie Chisenhall’s 9-RBI night on June 9
  • Oddity:
    • Aug. 5: Two balls on the field at Progressive Field vs. Cincinnati
    • May 22: Chisenhall bunt single to right field
  • Walk-off: Balkoff vs. the Tigers, May 21
  • Cut4 topic: Jim Thome statue unveiling, Aug. 2

 

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber stifles AL East champ O’s for third straight road win, win No. 5

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 24, 9-0

Opponent: Baltimore Orioles

Pitching line: 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB

Record: 5-3

2014 strikeout total: 83

Key at-bat(s): Kluber allowed only three Baltimore runners to reach second base, one of which was in the first inning. After Adam Jones singled and Chris Davis walked, Kluber got Nelson Cruz to fly out to right. He cruised from there.

Notable: With his nine strikeouts, Kluber became the first pitcher in MLB to have five outings of eight strikeouts or more to this point in the season.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 74

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#CyKluber countdown: Tribe offense goes wild, Kluber stellar again for win No. 4

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 14, 15-4

Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays

Pitching line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB

Record: 4-3

2014 strikeout total: 66

Key at-bat(s): Before the Tribe’s offense went crazy in the late going, Kluber had a 4-1 lead in the sixth — yet a Melky Cabrera single and Jose Bautista double cut that lead to 4-2. Kluber, though, buckled down to get Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind to end the threat.

Notable: The Tribe offense scored nine runs with Kluber in the game, which was a slight anomaly – Kluber’s run support in his losses and no-decisions was fewer than 1.5 runs per game.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 69

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Time-lapse video: Crane arrives, work begins on Mezzanine section

Yesterday, we showed you the latest photos from the ballpark enhancement project that’s ongoing at Progressive Field. Today, a time-lapse video of the most recent work, including on the Mezzanine section in right field.

As Tribe VP of Ballpark Ops Jim Folk told media on Tuesday, the project remains on schedule for completion before Opening Day — April 10, 2015 vs. the Tigers!

Photo Gallery: Progressive Field construction updates — new Gate C concourse views, action shots and more

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The Indians played host to local media on Tuesday to update the ongoing Progressive Field enhancement project. As you can see from the photos above, work continues at a rapid rate before winter officially arrives (which as we all fear, should be any day). Tribe VP of Ballpark Ops Jim Folk spoke of the project; here’s an excerpt from MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian’s coverage.

At the moment, dirt and rubble is piled up around Gate C behind the stadium’s center field. The ballpark is in the process of what Folk described Tuesday as a “very dramatic facelift,” but he is confident that the construction crews will be able to hit their marks in prepping Progressive Field for the April 10 home opener against the rival Tigers. “I don’t think you’ll ever hear a construction guy say he’s ahead of schedule,” Folk said with a laugh, “but the schedule is moving along. We’ve had a lot of great work and we’ve had good weather. We’re in good shape.”

The current project — one that will overhaul the Gate C entrance, remodel the bullpens, install a variety of social spaces and upgrade the concessions and Kids Club — is part of a multi-phase master plan that could take four or five years to complete, according to Folk. The main objective for this first privately funded phase is to provide fans with a more social experience.

Folk said the Indians did extensive studies through focus groups, surveys and interviews with season-ticket holders and other fans. Cleveland also sent groups to ballparks such as Target Field (Minneapolis), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City) and Nationals Park (Washington) to study some of the new elements and renovations that have been added elsewhere.

The Indians found that — unlike in the era when Progressive Field was built — fans now are interested in more interactive and social areas. Folk cited the Home Run Porch area in left field (near Gate A) as an example of a place where fans gravitate.

Core values: Tribe’s young stars under control through at least 2017

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With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.

Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.

Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.

Under club control through at least 2019

  • Jason Kipnis
  • Yan Gomes
  • Danny Salazar

Under club control through at least 2018

  • Cody Allen
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • Nick Hagadone

Under club control through at least 2017

  • Michael Brantley
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Carlos Carrasco

Under club control through at least 2016

  • Nick Swisher
  • Michael Bourn
  • Carlos Santana
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Josh Tomlin

Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:

  • Jesus Aguilar
  • Kyle Crockett
  • Tyler Holt
  • TJ House
  • CC Lee
  • Roberto Perez
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Zach Walters

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out 9 Rays for win No. 3

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: May 9, 6-3

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching line: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 SO, 0 BB

Record: 3-3

2014 strikeout total: 57

Key at-bat(s): Down, 2-1, in the sixth, Kluber allowed back-to-back singles to James Loney and Evan Longoria. But Kluber struck out Wil Myers, Matt Joyce and Brandon Guyer to end the inning and the threat. When his teammates scored five runs in the top of the seventh, Kluber was a winner.

Notable: In all three of his wins to this point in the season, Kluber had struck out eight or more batters and walked none.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 57

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Lindor, Maronde to play in Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game on Saturday on MLB Network

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Shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Nick Maronde have been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, set for Saturday at 8PM ET in Arizona.

Some of the game’s top prospects are participating in the AFL, considered a finishing school of sorts for promising young players. That group includes Josh Bell (Pittsburgh), Archie Bradley (Arizona), Byron Buxton (Minnesota), Corey Seager (Los Angeles) and more.

Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis is a Fall Stars Game alumnus, having participated in 2010. The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.

 

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber arrives with 11-strikeout gem vs. KC for win No. 2

April24

(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: April 24, 5-1

Opponent: Kansas City Royals

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0ER, 11SO, 0 BB

Record: 2-2

2014 strikeout total: 30

Key at-bat: Kluber clearly had little trouble with the 2014 AL champs, but gave up an unearned run in the seventh, as Omar Infante singled and scored all the way from first on Nick Swisher’s error on a grounder by Mike Moustakas. No fear: Kluber retired the final seven, including three more strikeouts, for the complete game.

Notable: Only three Royals runners made it to second base: Moustakas, Alcides Escobar (thrown out advancing first to third in the fifth), Jarrod Dyson (single, steal in the third).

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 88

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