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–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs
ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show” is in Goodyear this week, chatting with Tribe players and front office members. In case you missed their shows live, you can listen to them in podcast form!
Click below to listen to each interview:
ZACH MCALLISTER/MICHAEL BRANTLEY
Today’s photos include Corey Kluber’s first live BP session of the Spring, Carlos Carrasco driving a golf cart, Terry hitting more fungoes and Carlos Santana making more friends. Good day.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz., today, but as you’ll see, most of the squad is already in the house. They look pretty happy, too, don’t they?
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
ESPN Insider Buster Olney has completed his annual positional rankings, and Indians players fared well: Michael Brantley was the top-ranked left fielder, while Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Cody Allen also rated highly. (Olney factored in more than just the 2014 season, hence Kluber’s ranking.)
Since Olney’s blog is an Insider blog, some Tribe fans may not have access to it; here’s a link and Olney’s reasoning behind placing our guys where he has:
No. 1 — Michael Brantley: He was a working definition of consistency in 2014, with 200 hits (Jose Altuve was the only other player to reach that mark), 67 extra-base hits, 52 walks and 56 strikeouts, plus 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts. His OPS before the All-Star break was .901, and afterward it was .876. In September, when the Indians were making one last push for the postseason, he posted a 1.022 OPS. The only position players who scored higher in Fangraphs’ WAR last season were Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Brantley finished third in the AL MVP vote, exactly where he should’ve finished.
No. 8 — Corey Kluber: He doesn’t have the long track record of other starters on this list, but it’s hard to overstate how dominant he was last season, with a breaking ball that confounded hitters who were so often behind in the count. Check out these highlights — the run of his fastball, the spin of his breaking ball — from a start he made in July. After the All-Star break, hitters had a .555 OPS against Kluber, third-best in the majors.
No. 7 – Yan Gomes: Gomes is perhaps the majors’ most underrated catcher, and Indians GM Chris Antonetti deserves a ton of credit for making a deal with the Blue Jays for him. The 27-year-old product of Brazil took over from Carlos Santana in the summer of 2013 because of what he can do defensively, and Gomes is really good offensively as well, having posted an .826 OPS in 2013 and .785 last season.
Gomes scores well in the pitch-framing numbers, and deserves a share of the credit for the staff-wide improvement of the Cleveland hurlers.
No. 9 — Cody Allen: A big swing-and-miss reliever, Allen held opponents to a .601 OPS last season. He’s entrenched as the closer in the Indians’ bullpen.
No. 6 – Jason Kipnis: There’s no getting around it: Kipnis had a terrible season in 2014, posting a .240/.310/.330 slash line, and his extra-base hits plummeted from 57 to 32. But we’re giving him a mulligan, given his age (27) and the fact that he suffered an early-season oblique injury that seemed to put him in a hole from which he never climbed out. Maybe he got caught up in the effort of trying to make up for lost time and simply fell into bad habits. Justin Havens sent along these notes:
In 2013, Kipnis posted a .754 slugging percentage on fly balls, with 14 home runs and 9.5 percent of his fly balls turning into homers. Bizarrely, in 2014, he slugged just .301 on his fly balls, with only 4.3 percent (5) of them going for a home run. Perhaps most telling, his average fly ball distance dropped from 290 feet in 2013 to 270 in 2014. How good Kipnis is centers largely around which performance against left-handed pitchers is “real.” See below (chase rate is defined as percent of pitches out of the strike zone that result in swings):
2014: .208 batting average, .244 slugging, 30.1 percent chase rate
2013: .308 BA, .480 slugging, 18.8 percent chase rate
2012: .215 BA, .282 slugging, 21.2 percent chase rate
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
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.
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 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).
–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik