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Postseason scenarios: What needs to happen for CLE to get in


There are lots of scenarios left for the Indians and the Postseason this year, so let’s try to lay them out – factoring in only Kansas City, Seattle and Cleveland, now 1-3 for the second Wild Card spot. Kansas City goes to Chicago for 4 games and Seattle plays Toronto and the Angels this week.

The Yankees, 4 games back of the second Wild Card spot with 3 games vs. Baltimore and Boston, also could play a role, as could the A’s, who lead the Royals for the first Wild Card spot by a game and have six games remaining (2 vs. LAA, 4 vs. TEX).

If the Indians win both games vs. KC:

  • Indians 1.5 GB of KC in Wild Card race, and to force a Wild Card tiebreaker…
    • If Indians sweep Tampa Bay, Kansas City would need to lose at least twice to the White Sox this weekend and Seattle would need to go no better than 4-2
    • If Indians win 2 of 3 vs. Tampa Bay, Kansas City would need to lose at least three to the White Sox this weekend and Seattle would need to go no better than 3-3
    • If Indians win 1 of 3 vs. Tampa Bay this weekend, Kansas City would need to be swept by the White Sox and Seattle would need to go no better than 2-4.

If the Indians win one of the remaining games vs. KC:

  • Indians 3.5 GB of KC in Wild Card race and to force a Wild Card tiebreaker…
    • The Indians would need to sweep Tampa Bay
    • The White Sox would need to sweep the Royals
    • The Mariners would need to go no better than 3-3 in their final six

If the Indians lose both of their remaining games vs. KC:

  • The Indians are eliminated.

The Ten: Reliving the Tribe’s 10-game winning streak to reach the 2013 Postseason (Sept. 19 – 29, 2013)

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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, the Indians began a wild stretch-run to the Postseason, with the Tribe winning 10 games in a row, including some of the most memorable finishes in team history.

Ten games currently remain in the 2014 season (including the delayed 8/31 game, which the Indians lead 4-2), and with a 3-game winning streak currently in play, the Tribe is in contention for Postseason play. Relive the magical run for 2013, as the team heads to Minnesota to continue the chase for October.


The 2013 Ten: Win No. 1 – Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (Sept. 19)

A recurring theme: Things almost stopped before they got started. Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a first-inning single, but the Astros responded in the second with a sac fly by LJ Hoes.

From there, starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Dallas Keuchel did their respective things, as each allowed only that run in 7 innings.

Swisher and Kipnis each singled in the 8th, but Houston’s Kevin Chapman struck out Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes to end the threat. The Astros, meanwhile, loaded the bases against Chris Perez in the top of the ninth, but he struck out Brett Wallace and Hoes to end that threat.

In all, the Tribe bullpen backed Jimenez with four scoreless innings, setting the stage for the bottom of the ninth:

  • Gomes singled with one out
  • Asdrubal Cabrera singled
  • Mike Aviles walked with two out
  • Matt “Crash” Carson drove in Gomes with an RBI single past a diving Jose Altuve, the Tribe’s 10th walk-off W of the season

Indians record: 83-70

Wild Card standings: 0.5GB


Making the case for Corey Kluber as the AL Cy Young Award winner


So, Corey Kluber is having a heck of a 2014 season – Cy Young worthy, in our view. There are other good candidates, of course, so we thought we’d help you make the case for CK, the Klubot, as this year’s AL Cy Young award. (All numbers updated as of Wednesday morning.)

  • 16 – 2nd-highest AL win total
  • 2.54—4th-best AL ERA
  • 244—2nd-highest AL strikeout total
  • 219.2—2nd-highest AL inning total
  • 3—2nd-most complete games
  • 10—3rd-best AL strikeout/9 IP total
  • 24—3rd-most AL quality starts
  • 6.3—3rd-highest AL Wins Above Replacement

More numbers:

  • 16—Most wins by Tribe starter since 2008
  • 244—First Tribe pitcher to reach 200 Ks since Sabathia in 2007
  • 9—All-time Cleveland pitchers with 200 Ks (Feller, Score, McDowell, etc.)
  • 1.84—Second-half ERA, third-lowest figure in MLB
  • 14—Career-high Ks on Tuesday at Houston
  • 6—Consecutive wins from 7/6-8/9; longest CLE win streak since Lee in ‘08
  • 1.10—Run support average in his 9 losses
  • 19—Consecutive batters retired (6.1IP) on 7/24 at KC
  • 85—Number of pitches needed to throw first CGSHO on 7/30 vs. Seattle
  • 25—Career-high consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (7/24-8/4)
  • 60—MLB-leading strikeout total during month of May
  • 1968—Last time a Cleveland starter had at least 9 double-digit strikeout games


In addition to all these great numbers, here’s what Kluber accomplished on Tuesday in helping the Indians stop a four-game losing streak:


  • His 14 strikeouts were the most in a game by an Indians pitcher since Bartolo Colon on May 29, 1998.
  • Logged his 9th start of 10 strikeouts or more this season; he now ranks behind only Sam McDowell in that category, who had 10 such games in 1970.
  • Registered his 19th start of 8 strikeouts or more, the fourth-most such starts in a single season in Tribe history (McDowell 2x and Bob Feller)
  • Moved into 12th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list, passing Gaylord Perry (234, 1972), McDowell (236, 1967), Perry (238, 1973) and Feller (240, 1938). Perry threw 344 and 342 innings, respectively, in those two seasons, while Feller threw 277 innings in 1938. McDowell threw 236. Kluber is at 219.2 innings, with two starts remaining.
  • Those players’ K/9 rates in those seasons:
    • Kluber (2014): 10.00
    • McDowell (1967): 8.99
    • Feller (1938): 7.78
    • Perry (1972): 6.15
    • Perry (1973): 6.23
  • Of Indians starters with more than 200 innings in one season, Kluber’s 10.00 K/9 innings ranks second, behind McDowell’s 10.71 K/9 in 1965 (325 K/273 IP).


CLE native Kid Cudi meets boyhood idol, Slider, throws 1st pitch

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Who was Kid Cudi most excited to meet at Progressive Field on Tuesday?

Slider, the beloved fuchsia mascot for the Tribe.

“He’s been doing this for so long!” Scott Mescudi said with a smile. He recalled seeing Slider back when he was a kid — something you never forget.

Slider, always in a divalicious mode, struck some crazy poses with Cudi on the field.

When asked afterward if he had done any preparation for the impending first pitch, Cudi exclaimed, “That was it, right there!”

The pitch may have had a bounce, of which outfielder Tyler Holt assured Cudi that his pitch was much better than 50 cent’s — a bit of a backhanded compliment — but all of the Tribe fans cheered for the artist/actor that proudly represents this city.

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 9

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Details for makeup of suspended Indians-Royals game on Sept. 22

The Indians rain-suspended game vs. Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium will be made up on Monday, Sept. 22 at Progressive Field at 6:05PM, before the teams’ regularly scheduled game that evening.

Gates will open at 5PM. Ticket holders for the originally scheduled 7PM game on Sept. 22 can enter and watch the conclusion of the suspended game.

Between the conclusion of the suspended game and the originally scheduled 7PM game, normal pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem, will take place.

The game was suspended due to heavy wind and rain in Kansas City and the Indians needing to fly home due to a home game at 4PM the next day.

More details:

  • The Indians lead, 4-2, after Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-run double in the top of the 10th.
  • All players used in the game and subsequently removed — i.e. the starting pitchers and any relievers used and removed — are unavailable as the game picks up in the 10th. Kyle Crockett, who was announced as the Indians pitcher in the 10th inning before throwing a pitch, can pitch to start the 10th – or he can be relieved by Tribe manager Terry Francona.
  • Players added to the teams’ respective rosters after Aug. 31 can be used; those used and removed from original game (Tribe starter TJ House, for instance), cannot be used.


Tribe starter TJ House finds distinctive way to study mechanics in bullpen sessions

T.J. House

Now this is cool.

Tribe starter TJ House has found a different way to study his mechanics in bullpen sessions: By placing a camera on top of the helmet of bullpen catchers Ricky Pacione and Armando Camacaro, House is able to study ball movement, arm mechanics and more.

WATCH the video below:

‘Thirty Base Tour’ comes to Progressive Field this week


This is pretty cool: A set of bases is making its way through the Major Leagues on what Major League Baseball is calling the “Thirty Base Tour.”

The tour started June 13-15 in Pittsburgh, where a set of bases spends a series in each MLB city. The bases will be in Cleveland this week for the Twins series.

After the tour is completed, the bases will be auctioned off by MLB, with proceeds benefiting the league’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. CLICK HERE to visit the auction site, and CLICK HERE to visit the tour’s home page.



Win your way in to #TribeTownInMotown trip w/Tuesday scavenger hunt


We still have a few spots to fill for Friday’s Tribe Town in Motown trip to Comerica Park, and you can win one of the last ones!

Here’s how:

First, you must be at the Tribe’s Tuesday night game vs. the Minnesota Twins, the first of a three-game series at Progressive Field. (And an important one, as the Indians continue to push for a spot in the Postseason.) Buy your tickets – which start at just $10 online – here.

Then, while at the ballpark, you must take and then tweet to us (@Indians) these photos, using #TribeTownInMotown in each tweet. (Pictures must be sent in individual tweets; no PicStich, etc.)

  • Selfie with #TribeTownInMotown sign at Tribe Rewards table
  • Selfie with Thome statue
  • Selfie with John Adams
  • A picture of the Medical Mutual sign at Progressive Field (hint: it’s hard to find)

Once you’ve taken those photos and tweeted them to @Indians using #TribeTownInMotown, send us one more tweet: “I’ve completed the #TribeTownInMotown Scavenger Hunt.”

Out of those who complete the scavenger hunt correctly, we’ll choose random winner(s) for Friday’s trip. Here are more details on the trip, so make sure you can go before you complete the scavenger hunt!

  • Leave Progressive Field at 2:30PM
  • Participants get bus ride, game ticket and $10 in Comerica Park fun money – all free!

Complete contest rules can be found here.

Longtime Tribe anthem singer Rocco Scotti returns, shows he’s still got it

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Longtime Tribe national anthem singer Rocco Scotti was back at the ballpark, along with many family members, to be recognized for his many years of performing a legendary operatic national anthem.

As a recording of one of his anthems — accompanied by the music of the Rome Orchestra! — played, Rocco belted it out on his own, with a little help from his grandson, Nick, with whom he lives. City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also proclaimed Monday Rocco Scotti Day, and Dan Ball, from the mayor’s office, was on hand to present Rocco with the proclamation. Pretty cool.

Check out video of the special recognition below:


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