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Word on the street is that there is a pretty big series happening in Texas starting tonight.
The Rangers, with the AL’s best record, and the Indians, with the second-best record in the AL, square off for four games starting tonight in Arlington. So, we looked at the tale of the tape to break down the series and its comabatants.
- Thursday, August 25 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80)
- Friday, August 26 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.13) vs. LHP Martin Perez (8-9, 4.27)
- Saturday, August 27 vs. Texas @ 8:05PM
- RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-6, 3.12) vs. RHP AJ Griffin (5-3, 4.68)
- Sunday, August 28 vs. Texas @ 3:05PM
- RHP Danny Salazar (11-5, 3.90) vs. LHP Derek Holland (5-6, 4.92)
- Cleveland: 12-11
- Texas: 12-9
- Cleveland: +94
- Texas: -1
Record in one-run games
- Cleveland: 19-17
- Texas: 28-8
- Cleveland: 2.65
- Texas: .262
- Cleveland: 161
- Texas: 164
- Cleveland: 619
- Texas: 588
- Cleveland: 3.84
- Texas: 4.33
- Cleveland: 4.01
- Texas: 4.13
- Cleveland: 3.56
- Texas: 4.77
- Cleveland: 39-23
- Texas: 39-20
- Cleveland: 33-30
- Texas: 35-33
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
PHOTO GALLERY: Eighth-inning Jose Ramirez homer gives Cleveland Indians series win over Toronto Blue Jays
The Indians rallied again to beat Toronto, 3-2, to win the teams’ weekend (2-1) and season series (4-3). The Tribe won on a walkoff (3-2) on Friday and lost (6-5) by a run on Saturday. The club’s AL Central lead remains seven games, as the Tigers beat Boston in Detroit.
Jose Ramirez, who tied Friday’s game in the ninth with a solo shot, hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday to give the Tribe the lead. Cody Allen earned his 24th save.
Ramirez has hit safely in 19 of 20 August games, and is hitting .383 with five homers and 15 RBI this month.
Down, 2-0, the Tribe rallied in the sixth, on three consecutive singles by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, to cut the lead to 2-1. But a double play and strikeout later and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman had escaped.
Corey Kluber struck out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing those two runs. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 and continued to be a contender in, if not the leader of, the AL Cy Young race.
–photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor
Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky aren’t the only ones making a splash in the Olympic scene this year. In fact, some of Cleveland’s own are pretty well-versed in the Games, too.
Warning: more cheesy Olympic puns to come.
Take a look at the Indians outfield and you’ll find some of the game’s finest divers. As a team, the Indians have recorded 26 outfield assists, tied for the fifth most in the Majors this year. Rajai Davis leads the pack with eight assists of his own, tied for seventh among all American League outfielders.
Our outfielders are equally good at plate, as Cleveland’s outfield is batting a collective .293 this year, the best average in the AL and 2nd in the MLB. Lonnie Chisenhall’s .298 average is the fifth-highest among AL outfielders.
Track and Field
Sure, Usain Bolt is pretty fast, but can he steal second quicker than Rajai Davis? Probably. Still, Davis leads the American League with 28 stolen bases this season, which ranks fourth in MLB. His success rate of 90.3 percent is also the best in baseball.
The Tribe’s offense has combined for 80 stolen bases, which is tied for the most in the league and tied for fourth in the Majors.
Gold Medal Worthy: Rajai practically creates his own runs.*
*Well, with the help of that wild pitch.
Cleveland’s pitching staff is on target. Indians hurlers have tallied 924 strikeouts this year, the third-most in the AL, while their average of 8.43 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings is the fourth-best in the league. The staff’s 22.4 strikeout percentage also ranks second in the AL.
Two members of the Tribe’s rotation are among AL strikeout leaders, as Corey Kluber’s 153 punchouts are fourth-most in the league, followed by Danny Salazar, who ranks eighth with 133. Kluber also leads all AL pitchers in fWAR (4.4).
Francisco Lindor doesn’t need bars or a balance beam to be a world-class acrobat. He’s flipped his way into 64 percent of Cleveland’s double plays this year, having helped turn 56 of the team’s 87 total.
His 320 assists are the second most among MLB shortstops and his 160 putouts are the third most. Lindor’s worth more than a collection of web-gems, too – his .303 average is the third-highest among all MLB shortstops.
The Indians have notched 144 homers this season, averaging 1.32 home runs per game, the fourth most in the league. Mike Napoli leads the Tribe with 28 bombs, which ranks fourth in the AL and fifth in MLB. It’s also the most home runs by an Indians player in a single season since Grady Sizemore finished the 2008 campaign with 33.
Carlos Santana is not far behind with 24 of his own, tied for 12th in the league, while Jason Kipnis (22) and Francisco Lindor (13) have each set single-season career highs.
You might not see these guys in Rio, but maybe Tokyo 2020?
-TribeVibe contributor Kailey Adams
Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Mike Napoli hit his team-high 24th homer in the Tribe’s 8-0 win over Oakland on Sunday at Progressive Field. In sweeping the A’s, the Indians maintain their 4.5-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central and their AL-best winning percentage (.588, 60-42).
Kipnis had a two-run single, Francisco Lindor a sac fly and Napoli that homer in the third; the homer marked Napoli’s 1,000th career hit. In the fourth, Roberto Perez had an RBI single and Kipnis added a sac fly, while Abraham Almonte added a fifth-inning sac fly.
Corey Kluber improved to 10-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.27 by pitching seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He ranks first in the American League in FanGraphs’ WAR measurement.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor
The Indians hit five homers, including an epic 460footer by Mike Napoli that hit the scoreboard on a bounce, in a 10-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 34,045. The Indians have won 17 of 21 overall and 14 of 16 at home.
The Tribe hit three homers in the first inning, by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. After Napoli’s mammoth homer made it 6-0, Francisco Lindor had an RBI double and Napoli an RBI single. Later, Kipnis hit his second homer of the game after Yan Gomes chipped in with an RBI groundout.
Lost in the offensive explosion was a dominant outing by All-Star Corey Kluber, who allowed a run in eight innings to improve to 9-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.61.
- The Indians are 40-10 when scoring first
- Indians starters have an AL high 23 games of eight or more strikeouts
- Kipnis registered his third career two-homer game
- Santana is the first Indians player to hit 20 or more homers before the All-Star break since Grazy Sizemore in 2008
- Napoli’s 13 homers at home are the most in the AL
- The Tribe’s three-homer first was the team’s first inning of three or more since they hit four on June 26 in Detroit
- Young pitcher Joe Colon made his big-league debut in relief of Kluber in the ninth
Our pitchers are on fire: Our rotation has a 1.86 ERA with a 10-0 record during our current 13-game win streak.
The last time we won 13 straight? Pitching fueled us then, too.
Looking back at the 1951 streak, fans can see that pitching played a major role in the team’s success. The streak included three wins by Bob Feller, three wins by Mike Garcia, three wins by Early Wynn, and two wins by Bob Lemon. (Lou Brissie and Steve Gromek accounted for the other two wins). Feller (HOF), Garcia, Wynn (HOF) and Lemon (HOF) were known as “The Big Four” and dominated opposing batters—they also helped the Tribe win a franchise record 111 games in 1954.
–Tribe curator Jeremy Feador
We are red hot. Really, really hot. Scoring a lot of runs, pitching really well.
And surely you’ve seen all kinds of crazy stats and notes about our 11-game win streak floating about, so we decided to put all of them in one place for your viewing pleasure.
FYI: Some are NSFW.
- 11-game win streak is longest since May 23-June 4
- Also longest streak in baseball this season
- Last 12-game streak came in 1951, part of a club-record-tying 13-game win streak
- 13-game streak happened one other time: 1942
- Indians have outscored opponents 73-25 in this streak – average margin of victory is 4.4 runs
- The Indians six-game AL Central lead is the team’s largest since May 29, 2011 (also six games)
- At 46-30, team is 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season (92-70, finished on 10-game win streak)
- 46-30 record is tied for fourth-best in baseball with Baltimore
- Indians are 20-6 in June, marking the club’s eighth 20-win month in the last 51 years
- Tribe is 34-7 when scoring first
- +88run differential is
- Lineup is hitting .317 overall (121-382) during streak
- Jason Kipnis has a 10-game hit streak
- Francisco Lindor is hitting .357 during the streak
- Jose Ramirez continues to be the AL’s second-best hitter with RISP (.408); during the streak “JRam” is hitting .295 overall (13-44)
- Jose Ramirez is the only player in Major League Baseball to hit in all 9 positions in the lineup this season
- Club has hit 21 HRs during streak and 41 in June, third-most in the AL and MLB
- Indians have stolen 15 bases in 11-game streak, most in MLB; overall, team’s 62 steals are T1 in AL and T2 in MLB
- Rotation has a 2.07 ERA during streak
- Corey Kluber: 2-0, 16 Ks in 17 IP, 1.06 ERA
- Carlos Carrasco: 1-0, 13 Ks in 16.1 IP, 1.10 ERA
- Danny Salazar: 2-0, 10 Ks in 12.1 IP, 3.65 ERA
- Trevor Bauer: 2-0, 24 Ks in 22 IP, 1.64 ERA
- Josh Tomlin: 1-0, 3.60 ERA
Source: Indians Baseball Information Department, Baseball Reference
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced its Major League Baseball nominees for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award today.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller.
Beginning Friday, June 24, in Texas and during the next couple of months, each team, along with foundation and military representatives, will honor the nominated players during a pre-game ceremony.
Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Thursday, November 17th at the United States Navy Memorial.
Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Jonathan Lucroy, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.
The 2016 MLB Player Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler
Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: David Robertson
Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber
Houston Astros: Scott Feldman
Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis
Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Fairly
Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn and Jeff Conine
Milwaukee Brewers: Jimmy Nelson
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle
San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy
Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore
Texas Rangers: Bobby Jones
Kluber’s Nomination Letter:
The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.
Throughout the 2016 season, Corey and his wife, Amanda, have committed encouraging and reaching out to wounded veterans at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VA Medical Center. Each month, Corey visits rehabilitating military veterans, spends time building personal relationships, and provides memorable experiences and autographed memorabilia for our servicemen and women. He will visit with veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Center, blind rehabilitation and other long-term care programs. Currently, there are six scheduled visits where Corey will invest time with over one hundred veterans throughout the season. In addition, the Kluber’s will look to host many of these rehabilitating veterans at Cleveland Indians home games whenever possible. The Kluber’s dedication to these hospital visits represents their personal passion and appreciation for our country’s veterans, in particular, showing support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
In addition to his commitment to serving our veterans, Corey hosts young patients from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital every Wednesday home game as part of his Kluber’s Kids program. Through this program, Corey spends time getting to know each special guest and his/her family personally on-field during batting practice. He also provides an autographed jersey and memorabilia, and hosts them during the game with 10 Club Level tickets including all-you-can-eat food. With 12 events in 2016, Corey hopes to create special memories for young children and their families here in Cleveland.
It’s a genuine dedication and appreciation for the veterans and youth of our local community that makes Corey Kluber an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.
At this point of the season it’s reasonable to expect that the stingiest pitching staff in the American League would be led by one of the game’s best starting rotations. And that is exactly what is happening in Cleveland this year, as the Tribe’s front five has been one of the most dominant rotations in baseball.
Indians starters have combined to post a 3.69 ERA, the second-best mark in the American League, while the Tribe’s current rotation of Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar has combined for a 3.14 ERA in 2016.
And just like a pitching staff is only as good as each individual piece, a pitcher is only as good as his pitches.
According to Fangraphs’ Pitch Value data, which can be found here, the Tribe’s starting five throws some of the most dominant pitches in the game.
Let’s begin with 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who owns both the best cutter and the best curveball in the American League. On a per-100-pitch basis, Kluber’s curveball has been the 3rd-most effective pitch in the AL this season, and opposing hitters are batting just .090 against it.
Kluber also owns the AL’s best cutter, which is 50% more effective than the league’s second-best cut fastball. His cutter has so much movement that MLB’s PITCHf/x system actually classifies it as a slider, which might explain why opposing hitters have just a .488 OPS against.
Following in Kluber’s footsteps, Josh Tomlin’s cutter ranks as the eighth-most effective cut-fastball in the AL this year, which he uses to setup the league’s 16th-best fastball. This combination allows Tomlin to work the edges of the plate as he has generated a 31.6% O-swing rate (percent of pitches outside of the strikezone that are swung on and missed), the 10th-best mark in the AL.
But it’s not all about the breaking balls with this group, because Danny Salazar owns the best changeup in baseball this season. Although he already possessed a mid-90s fastball when he debuted for the Indians in 2013, Salazar’s changeup has only improved with time. Opposing hitters batted .246 against his changeup in 2013, .179 in 2014, .155 in 2015 and a paltry .077 this season. A true strikeout-pitch, Salazar’s changeup generates an absurd 24% swing-and-miss rate.
Now we turn to Trevor Bauer, who has quietly put together one of the most effective arsenals in the league this season. Each of Bauer’s five primary offerings are among the 20-most effective pitches of their kind this season. On a per-100-pitch basis, Bauer owns the League’s most effective slider, fifth-best curveball, 10th-best changeup, 12th-best fastball and 14th-best cutter.
Among all of this, let’s not forget about Carlos Carrasco, who, due to injury, has not thrown enough innings to rank among league qualifiers at the moment. That said, his curveball would currently rank among the American League’s top-five hooks.
Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year’s Michael Bode for the idea — give him a follow on Twitter.
–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
Tribe rewind: Cleveland Indians four-game sweep of the Rays behind amazing pitching, near Carrasco no-no
As we embark on a three game series against Tampa Bay starting tomorrow, we figured it would be a good time to reflect on our last visit to Tropicana Field — a four-game sweep in June/July.
Not only did we sweep the Rays, but we did it in impressive fashion, with near no-hitters all around. Here’s a recap:
June 29: 7-1 win behind Cody Anderson
In his second big-league start — and his second against the Rays — Anderson allowed just 2 hits through 8 innings, on just 100 pitches, before Bryan Shaw came in for the 9th.
June 30: 6-2 win behind Danny Salazar
Danny pitched a strong 7.2 innings, allowing only two hits and a walk — with the first hit coming in the bottom of the 6th. The Tribe topped the Rays in that contest 6-2, behind booming homers from Jason Kipnis, Gio Urshela and David Murphy.
July 1: Carrasco nearly throws a no-no
Carlos Carrasco nearly no-hit the Rays the next night, losing his historical achievement with just one out to go — on a single by Joey Butler in the ninth. In all, Carrasco struck out a then-career high 13 in the victory.
July 2: Kluber pitches well, Aviles gives the Tribe the sweep
Corey Kluber struck out 14 in eight innings, but the Indians needed a 10th-inning homer from Mike Aviles to win 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep.