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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber beats Felix, delivers a #Maddux for win No. 11

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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: July 30, 2-0

Opponent: Seattle Mariners

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 11-6

2014 strikeout total: 170

Key at-bat(s): Facing off against fellow Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez, runs were going to be at a premium – and Kluber set the tone from the start: He allowed just one base runner in the first three innings on just 33 pitches.

Notable: This would be a “Maddux,” affectionately named for the former fast-working Braves pitcher who made the quick, fewer-than-100-pitches complete game shutout a staple. Kluber threw an incredible 85 pitches in this one.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50 — http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/tag/_/name/bill-james-game-score): 71

Highlights:

News roundup: What they’re saying about Francona extension, Kluber/Brantley named finalists for BBWAA awards

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Looking for a one-stop shop for a recap of our big day of news from Tuesday? We have you covered. Here’s a roundup of what local and national writers are saying about Terry Francona’s extension and Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley being named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards!

FRANCONA

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Francona’s genuine love for the Tribe shows in results
    • It’s hard to be around this club as much as I am and come away with the belief that either record would have been even remotely possible without somebody like Francona at the helm. I certainly don’t think a rookie skipper would have guided that 2013 club to the playoffs, and I’m doubly convinced that 85 wins, with a club playing multiple rookies down the stretch, would have been impossible had Francona not kept his clubhouse in order.
  • Tom Withers, AP: Francona helps turn around culture in Cleveland
    • Francona has been worth every penny since the Indians hired him following a disastrous, 94-loss season in 2012. He’s helped reshape the team’s culture, infused enthusiasm into the organization and made Cleveland a more attractive destination for free agents. Players want to play for Francona.
  • Zack Meisel, Cleveland.com: What Terry Francona’s contract extension really means for the Indians
    • That core — which now includes Santana, Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley — is locked up, and affordably so, for years. The starting rotation, a group that thrived in the second half of the season, is under team control on the cheap for at least another three seasons. With Francona in the fold until at least 2018 — the Indians hold club options on him the following two years — the organization is announcing its intention to see it through to the end with this bunch.
  • Joe Reedy, FoxSportsOhio.com: Locking up Francona allows Indians to keep moving forward
    • There are many, including me, who would say he did an even better job this past season considering the rotation was shaky until the last months and that 12 rookies saw significant playing time. Dating back to 2004, teams that Francona has managed have posted winning records 10 consecutive seasons (eight in Boston, two in Cleveland). That is the longest such managerial streak since Joe Torre had 14 straight with the Yankees and Dodgers from 1996-2009.

KLUBER/BRANTLEY

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Takeaways from BBWAA finalists
    • The great thing about announcing these finalists the week before the award is that it gives the public, at large, proper appreciation of the seasons that will fall just short of actual hardware. Let’s say Mike Trout runs away with the AL MVP, as most of us are anticipating. At least now the sensational seasons of Victor Martinez and Michael Brantley are — for a few days, at least — headlines, not footnotes.
  • Jordan Bastian, Indians.com: Indians Kluber, Brantley finalists for BBWAA awards
    • Brantley became the first player in Indians history to finish with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 40 doubles and 200 hits in a single season. “He’s a complete player,” Antonetti said at the end of the season. “And we think he’s deserving of MVP consideration with the year he had. He was a huge part of our success and we think one of the best players in the American League.” Brantley became only the ninth player in Major League history to end a season with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 45 doubles and 200 hits. The others on that short list include Jacoby Ellsbury (2011), Handley Ramirez (2007), Alfonso Soriano (2002), Craig Biggio (1998), Larry Walker (1997), Ellis Burks (1996), Vada Pinson (1959) and Chuck Klein (1932). During his final game of the season, Brantley collected his 200th hit and was showered with “M-V-P!” chants from the Cleveland faithful. Hearing that from the fans meant a lot to the outfielder. “It’s a remarkable feeling,” he said. “I want to thank the fans for that. That’s something that’s not thrown around. It was a special moment and I appreciate that.”

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber dominates AL Central rival Detroit in Motown for win No. 10

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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: July 19, 6-2

Opponent: Detroit Tigers

Pitching line: 8.2 IP, 2 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB

Record: 10-6

2014 strikeout total: 152

Key at-bat(s): Kluber had little trouble with the Tigers on this day, but after the Indians took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth, Detroit threatened in the bottom half. Eugenio Suarez walked and Bryan Holaday singled, though a double play erased Holaday. After Austin Jackson’s single scored Suarez to get Detroit on the board, Ian Kinsler – with the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and JD Martinez next – lined out to end the inning.

Notable: Cabrera singled twice and doubled, but Kluber held the Tigers’ Kinsler-Cabrera-Martinez-Martinez quartet to a 3-for-16 showing.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 71

Highlights:

AUDIO: Chris Antonetti joins Bill Wills to discuss Francona contract extension

ICYMI: Terry Francona signed a contract extension through 2018 this morning, and Tribe GM Chris Antonetti joined Bill Wills on WTAM this morning to discuss the news.

Click the play button above to listen to Antonetti discuss why the man they call “Tito” is so valuable to the Tribe.

FanGraphs: Tribe the ‘Far Too Early Sleeper Team’ for 2015, place two in Player of the Year top 7

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The crew over at FanGraphs is high on the Tribe’s chances in 2015, calling our club the “far Too Early Sleeper Team” in a post today.

A snippet:

I keep thinking about the team that seems most likely, at this far-too-early date before any real offseason moves have been made, to make a move next year. You probably think I’m talking about the Cubs. I’m not talking about the Cubs. I’m talking about the Cleveland Indians. I was asked, during a live chat of one of the World Series games, whether I thought the Royals could hold off the Tigers in the AL Central next season. At the time, I said I thought Cleveland might be better than both, and now it’s time to put some words behind that feeling. In fact, let’s do this internet style. On to the <h3>’s!

Because good lord, that starting rotation

There’s a lot of ways to evaluate pitching, and WAR is both an acceptable and imperfect one. Let’s sort starting rotations over the second half of the season by that, and while second-half performance is hardly a guarantee of future success — it feels like we have that conversation about the Padres every year — I’m also not certain that enough people noticed just how good the Cleveland rotation was down the stretch. I’ve bolded each stat that they either led baseball in or came within 0.5 percentage point of doing so, which is more than close enough — and if not for Washington, they’d have ERA too.

Check out the entire post by clicking here.

Update: Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in FanGraphs’ Player of the Year Award voting; the Tribe is the only MLB team with two players in the top 10.

Click here for details.

#CyKluber countdown: Bats lift Kluber in win No. 9

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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: July 11, 7-4

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB

Record: 9-6

2014 strikeout total: 142

Key at-bat(s): After Adam Dunn homered to lead off the fifth for a 4-3 White Sox lead, Kluber retired the next six with only a walk (and subsequent double play) allowed. Cleveland then took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

Notable: Corey Kluber … human? Kluber allowed four or more earned runs only five times in 2014, and still managed to pick up the win near the end of a long Tribe homestand before the All-Star Break.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 43

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber keeps KC’s number, strikes out 10 for win No. 8

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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: July 6, 4-1

Opponent: Kansas City Royals

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 1 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB

Record: 8-6

2014 strikeout total: 137

Key at-bat(s): Kluber allowed only two base runners through the first five innings, the first of which came in the third when Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second. Kluber struck out Christian Colon and got Lorenzo Cain on a lineout to end the (slight) threat.

Notable: Kluber struck out 10 or more for the fourth time in 2014, on his way to eleven such games for the season.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 80

Highlights:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber dominates D-Backs, gets first big-league hit in win No. 7

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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: June 25, 6-1

Opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks

Pitching line: 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 1 BB

Record: 7-5

2014 strikeout total: 122

Key at-bat(s): With the Indians leading, 3-0, in the third, Ender Inciarte doubled with one out, the fourth hit Kluber had allowed thus far. But Yan Gomes threw out Inciarte at third, then struck out Gerardo Parra to end the inning. Kluber allowed only one other base runner, a walk in the fifth.

Notable: Kluber had his first Major League hit:

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 76

Highlights:

Indians exercise Mike Aviles’ 2015 contract option

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has exercised the 2015 club option for infielder MIKE AVILES.

Aviles, 33, just completed his second season with Cleveland, hitting .247 (85-344) with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 39 RBI in 113 games. He equaled his career-high and finished third on the club with 14 stolen bases. Over his 88 starts the club compiled a record of 48-40 (.545) as he started games at six different positions (28-3B; 28-2B; 16-LF; 11-SS; 2-RF; 1-CF). The New York, NY native was acquired by Cleveland from Toronto in November of 2012 with C Yan Gomes for RHP Esmil Rogers and was signed to a two-year deal with 2015 club option on February 7, 2013.

Among his memorable 2014 plays:

  • May 7 walk-off against the Twins:
  • July 13 throw from left for a double play:
  • Aug. 15 walk-off against the Orioles:

Photo Gallery: Slider, Ketchup surprise #TribeOrTreat winner at school

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Six-year-old Jack Dowell, the winner of the Tribe’s recent #TribeOrTreat Instagram contest, and his classmates got a surprise at their school’s annual Halloween Hoedown on Friday morning: a visit from Slider and Ketchup!

The Tribe asked parents to send pictures of their kids in Tribe-themed Halloween costumes; Jack won with his take on Jason Kipnis. (Above in slideshow.)

Ketchup and Slider handed out Tribe goodies and Slider had a great time dancing with some of Jack’s teachers. Oh, Slider.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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