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Aug. 31 pregame notes: Division/WC races, stellar bullpen, hot Jose and more

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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

 

 

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).

Photo Gallery: Indians beat KC, TJ House earns first big-league win

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Indians win fourth straight, seventh straight home game

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Cleveland Indians make a difference in the community in May

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The Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Department is a liaison between the club and the Northeast Ohio community; here’s a recap of all of the great things the group has done this month:

-Buses for Baseball: This is a program through Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust. They bus in about 50 students from surrounding Boys and Girls Clubs to visit Batting Practice and watch the game using tickets through The Commissioner Initiative. Terry Francona and Justin Masterson stopped up to say hello and sign T-shirts for the kids!

-Masterson Bright Hope Event: Bright Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day. Justin and Meryl Masterson have been involved in this organization which hosted their “Feed Their Future 2014” Preview Event in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.  Justin Masterson, Nick Swisher, Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin and Josh Outman all made an appearance pre-game.

-MLBPA and Cal Ripken Baseball Clinic: Youth that participate in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s youth baseball and softball programs participated in a baseball clinic at Brookside Park and Estabrook Recreation Center in Cleveland.  Michael Bourn, Josh Outman, Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison participated.

-Tribe Treasures Auction: The auction this year was so fantastic! We had seven wives participate the day of the event! Some of the auction items were:

  • Hummer ride and Menchie’s with the Masterson
  • Meet and Greet with Nick Swisher + 4 Suite Tickets
  • Hot shave and a Movie with John Axford
  • Bullpen Cleats and various other autographed Items
  • We also sold Mystery Balls for $40 which were a big hit! We raised about $8,000 for the Wives Association. The final number is still pending.

-Pink Ribbon and Honorary Bat Girl: The Pink Ribbon ceremony was with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They brought about 120 volunteers to form a pink ribbon on the field during pregame. We also gave them 600 tickets through The Commissioner’s Community Tickets Initiative. Our Honorary Bat Girl, Charlene Wuthrich was selected by fans through a contest that MLB designed. She was presented with a Pink Personalized Louisville Slugger and a Bat Girl Jersey. She was nominated by her two grandchildren who also attended the ceremony with her.

-Wives School Visit: Ashley Outman, Meryl Masterson, Nicole Axford and Kristen Shaw all attended Thoreau Park Elementary School located in Parma with me on May 19th for their baseball-themed Right to Read week. They read baseball books to eight different classes (about 200 children) in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They also provided each child with finger foam fingers and cannot wait to do something like that again!

We had a First Pitch Experience that was won from the Alzheimer’s Association Gala. With this experience they were also able to visit the radio booth and speak with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. They were such a great family and very happy with their stay at Progressive Field! Especially with the win against the Tigers!

Finally, we had an Honorary Bat Kid! They won this experience through the Sports Commission. Nathan (age 6) was able to meet his favorite players and got some great pictures with Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn! Justin Sellers even gave him his bat!

Tuesday recap: Photos, video, post-game notes from win over DET

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CLEVELAND

  • The Indians have taken the first two games of this 3-game series vs. Detroit halting the club’s brief back-to-back series loss skid at Toronto and vs. Oakland…today’s victory sealed the Tribe’s first series win over the Tigers since May 10-12, 2013 (2-1) at Detroit, and the first here in Cleveland since July 24-26, 2012 (2-1).
  • Cleveland improves to 3-1 in the season series vs. Detroit, as the two clubs split a pair of mid-April tilts at Comerica Park earlier this season; Tribe went just 4-15 vs. Detroit in 2013 (1-9 at Progressive Field).
  • For the second consecutive night, at least 3 Tribe batters turned in multi-hit efforts (all 9 starters had at least one hit)…the Tribe used a 4-run second inning to propel to an early 5-1 lead, as the club is now 17-5 on the season when plating at least 4 runs.
  • The Indians have won 5 of 8 and 9 of their last 16 games here at Progressive Field.

TREVOR BAUER

  • Making his first career start vs. Detroit, Bauer earned his first victory of the season (Highlights!) after limiting the Tigers to just 2 runs on 2 solo homers across 6.0 quality innings (W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 95 pitches/62 strikes).
  • Tonight’s victory marked his first career win vs. an American League opponent, as he entered tonight’s game 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA (10 ER/12.0 IP) in 3 starts opposite Tampa Bay, New York-AL and Chicago-AL.
  • Over his two starts with Cleveland this season, Bauer is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) and has registered 13 strikeouts against just 5 walks.
  • In 4 career starts here at Progressive Field, Bauer is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) and 22 strikeouts.

BULLPENNINGS

  • BRYAN SHAW relieved Trevor Bauer with one runner on in the top of the 7th and retired all 5 batters he faced across 2.0 spotless frames; Shaw has notched scoreless appearances in 21 of his 24 outings on the season…CODY ALLEN appeared in his team-high (T3rd in AL) 23rd game and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning; has allowed 0 earned runs in 20 of his 23 games this season.

MIKE AVILES

  • Plated the Tribe’s first 2 tallies in the club’s 4-run second inning, lacing a 2-run double to left scoring Swisher and Gomes…Aviles entered tonight’s game on an 0-9 slump and was just 1-for-last 18 over his last 5 games.
  • Marks the 3rd multi-RBI game for Aviles, the other’s coming on April 2 (GM 2) at Oakland (2 RBI) and most recently on May 9 at Tampa Bay (3 RBI).

ASDRUBAL CABRERA

  • Singled and scored the Tribe’s first run in the bottom of the first, and capped the 4-run second inning with an RBI single plating Bourn…Cabrera also chipped in a multi-hit effort in last night’s game and is now 4-9 with a run scored to start the series.
  • Over his last 12 games, Cabrera is batting .409 (20-47) with 2 home runs, 6 doubles, and 12 runs scored – average has gone from .205 to .268 over that span.

BRANTLEY EXTENDS HOME HIT STREAK

  • Has hit safely in 17 consecutive home games, one shy of the longest home hit streak by an Indians player in Progressive Field history (1994-2014) held by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000)…Alomar’s record-tying 18-gamer in 2000 is last home streak longer than 17 games…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
  • Over the course of the streak, the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season, Brantley has hit .400 (26-65) with 5 doubles, 6 home runs and 17 RBI…has hit safely in 22 of 25 home games overall.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Notched his 7th multi-hit game of the season, finishing tonight 2-5 with a pair of doubles, one RBI and a run scored; marked his 12th career two-double game, first since September 21, 2013 vs. Houston.
  • Bourn has hit safely in 4-straight games 20 of his last 23 overall – batting .271 (26-96) with 2 doubles, 4 triples, a home run, 10 RBI and 6 runs scored over that stretch.
  • Bourn owns a lifetime .417 average (10-24) with 3 RBI vs. Detroit’s Justin Verlander.

NICK SWISHER

  • Recorded his second consecutive multi-hit game following up last night’s 2-4 effort with two more hits tonight off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander…Swisher has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, going 7-21 with 2 RBI over that stretch.

–Photos by David Cleveland/Stats courtesy of Baseball Information Department

Photo gallery: Batting Practice, May 16 vs. A’s

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Facts, figures on Tribe pitching staff’s recent hot stretch

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Some facts and figures from our Baseball Information department on the club’s solid pitching of late.

Zach McAllister’s 6.2 scoreless inning performance tonight lowered the rotation’s home ERA to 3.14 (37 ER/106.0 IP), including a 1.28 ERA (6 ER/42.1 IP) over the club’s last 6 home starts.

In the rotation’s last 22IP, Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber and McAllister have allowed 1 run and 12 hits, striking out 27. Those three pitchers have combined for a 0.41ERA in that span.

McAllister scattered just 5 hits across his 6.2 innings of work on Monday (ND, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 WP, 114 pitches/76 strikes), marking his second scoreless start of the season (4/9/14 vs. SD, 7.2 IP) and his 3rd career scoreless outing of at least 6.0 innings.

He fanned a season-high 8 batters, matching his career-high accomplished 3 previous times (last, 8/23/11 vs. Seattle).

His 114 pitches signaled a single-game high for Tribe hurlers this season, one more than Masterson’s 113 on April 28 at Los Angeles-AL.

McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over his last 25.1 innings (1.07 ERA) at Progressive Field dating back to last September (4 starts); over that stretch he has registered 20 strikeouts and just 4 walks, while limiting batters to a .211 (20/95) average against.

Bryan Shaw stranded 2 inherited runners, increasing the Tribe’s bullpen count to 48 of 57 on the season (84.2 %); entering tonight the Tribe held the 2nd-best percentage in the Majors behind only Boston (84.0%, 42 of 50).

Marc Rzepczynski threw one pitch in the top of the 10th, stranding an additional 2 runners – Tribe’s bullpen has now stranded 50 of 59 inherited runners (84.7%).

Cody Allen tossed a scoreless 9th inning for the Tribe, fanning 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He has registered scoreless outings in 15 of his 16 appearances this season, and has recorded 4 strikeouts over his last 2.2 innings (3 games).

 

Photo Gallery, May 2: UFC, Sliderman, Chickens and a big win over CWS

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Whew! Exciting night at Progressive Field. We had:

  • A Cleveland native and potential future UFC Heavyweight champ on hand
  • Sliderman (to coincide with the release of the new SpiderMan movie, we presume)
  • Chickens in the outfield
  • And a 12-5 win that ended a 6-game skid.

Big night!

(Photos by David Cleveland and Dan Mendlik)

Photo Gallery: Tribe beats KC, plus the case of the curious squirrel

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

POST-GAME NOTES: April 21, 2014

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  • The Indians took the series opener vs. the Royals, 4-3, and have now reeled off back-to-back victories for the first time since April 8 & 9th (G1); Tribe also improves to 5-2 in series lid-lifters this season.
  • With another strong effort from the bullpen, the Indians were able to hold on for the club’s 2nd one-run victory of the season (first in Cleveland) and improved to 7-4 in games decided by one (2-3) or two (5-1) runs this season, this after going a combined 41-29 last season in games decided by one (30-17, 2nd-best in MLB) or two (11-12) runs…also marked the Tribe’s 5th victory of the season after trailing at some point during the game.
  • Tribe’s bullpen has reeled off 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Royals over the last 3.0 innings tonight; Indians relievers entered play today owning the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League and have a 2.63 figure (18 ER/61.2 IP) after tonight’s effort…with another inherited runner left stranded tonight, the Indians bullpen has stranded all but 3 (25 of 28) inherited runners on the season – 89.3% success rate.
  • The Indians offense recorded a season-high 7 extra base hits, collecting 5 doubles and a pair of 2-run homers; previous high of 5 was accomplished 3 times.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

  • The Indians and Royals entered tonight’s game a combined 6-0 in games started by their respective starting pitchers…the Indians and Royals each entered play with 3-0 records for both Zach McAllister and Jeremy Guthrie.
  • With both starters factoring into the decision, McAllister has now matched his career-high win streak with 3 consecutive victories, while Jeremy Guthrie’s loss snapped a streak of 9 consecutive April victories dating back to 2012.
  • With his 7th save in 8 chances, Tribe closer John Axford moved ahead of Royal’s door slammer Greg Holland for the American League lead in saves.

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Tossed his 3rd consecutive quality start in his 4th outing of the season, handing over a 4-3 lead to Marc Rzepczynski and the Tribe bullpen after a leadoff walk in the 7th (W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 98 pitches/70 strikes).
  • McAllister’s 3rd straight victory matches his career-high win streak, accomplished twice in 2013 (last August 13-24).
  • Over the course of the win streak, McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over 19.2 innings (1.37 ERA) dating back to his start on April 9th vs. San Diego; has notched 13 strikeouts as opposed to just 3 walks over the stretch.
  • McAllister extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a home run to 31.0 IP dating back to last season (last HR allowed: Brandon Laird, 2nd inning on September 20 vs. HOU)
  • McAllister’s ERA through his first 8 starts of the 2013 season (through May 18) was 2.65, which ranked 8th lowest in the American League.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Gave the Tribe a 2-0 advantage with his 4th home run of the season against Guthrie in the top of the 4th.
  • Paired with his second-inning solo shot in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Toronto, this marks the third time in Brantley’s career to homer in consecutive games, the others instances coming in 2011 (May 13 vs. SEA/May 16 at KC) and 2012 (July 4 vs. LAA/July 5 vs. TB).
  • Including his 3-run shot on Monday, three of Brantley’s four home runs this season have come with the game deadlocked at 0-0 (April 13 at CWS/T4th & April 20 vs. TOR/B2nd).
  • Brantley entered the game ranked 3rd in the American League with 16 RBI, and is now batting .400 (14-35) with runners on base.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Put the Tribe back on top 4-3 with his 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th after Nick Swisher doubled to lead off the frame.
  • Over his last 8 games Kipnis has gone 8-26 (.308) with 2 homers, 3 doubles and 31 RBI;entered tonight’s game T2nd on the club with 9 runs scored.
  • Paired with Brantley’s 2-run shot in the 4th, Kipnis’ longball marked the 3rd time the Indians have hit multiple homers in the same game this season; also April 4 vs. MIN (2) and April 12 at Chicago-AL (3).
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