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2013 Indians Season in Review: September

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly record: 21-6
  • Overall record: 92-70
  • Home record: 11-4
  • Road record: 10-2
  • Weekend record: 8-1
  • Standings: 92-70, 1GB of Detroit
  • High-water mark: 92-70. Sept. 29

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Michael Brantley: .345 AVG (29-84), 2 HR, 14 RBI, .828 OPS
  • Matt Carson: .700 AVG (7-10), 3 RBI, one gigantic walk-off (see below)
  • Yan Gomes: .309 AVG (25-81), 2 HR, 9 RBI, .824 OPS
  • Jason Kipnis: .287 AVG (27-94), 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Matt Albers: 0.82 ERA (1ER in 11IP), 6 K, .139 opp. AVG
  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 4-0, 1.09 ERA (5ER in 41.1IP), 51 K, .230 opp AVG
  • Scott Kazmir: 3-2, 2.57 ERA (8ER in 28IP), 43 K, .268 opp. AVG
  • Mark Rzepczynski: 2.08 ERA (2ER in 8.2IP), 10K, .172 opp. AVG
  • Joe Smith: 0.79 ERA (1ER in 11.1IP), 11 K, .179 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .267 AVG (239-894), 29 HR, 132 RBI
  • Pitching: 2.84 ERA (76ER in 241IP), 262 K, .259 opp. AVG

WALKOFFS

  • September 19, Cleveland: Matt Carson – who, as noted above, had a big September in a limited role – rescued the Indians in the 11th inning with a sharp single through the right side of the infield to start the Tribe’s season-ending 10-game win streak.
  • September 24, Cleveland: After the White Sox hit two solo homers in the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a mammoth home run to right to again save the Tribe, with the club’s 11th walk-off of the season. A giant photo of the celebration now adorns one of the walls leading to the Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field.

OTHER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A much-needed slam: Losers of five in a row, the Indians needed something good to happen on September 1 in Detroit. And in a scoreless game in the ninth, this happened, courtesy of the man who coined “Goon Squad” and also goes by “Handsome Mike”:
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the Tribe: Fox Sports One aired its “Mission: October” series, a revealing look at teams contending for playoff spots, on Sept. 23 after filming throughout the previous weekend during the Indians home series vs. Houston. Here’s a snippet.
  • Final out: It couldn’t have been easy, right? On the verge of winning a 10th straight and clinching a home Wild Card game, Jason Kipnis had to range to his left, dive and fire to a covering Justin Masterson. No big deal, right?

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sweep, it is: The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.

Streaking: The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.

Streaking, part II: The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.

Ubaldo flawless down the stretch: For his efforts – detailed above in the “Top Performers – Pitching” section – Ubaldo was awesome and won the Pitcher of the Month for September.

September sweets: The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.

Fine 90: The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.

Matching another club record: The Indians 92-70 record marked a 24-win jump over 2012, tying a club record; the other time the franchise accomplished the feat was from 1985 to 1986.

Fleet feet: Jason Kipnis logged his 30th steal on September 29, the last day of the regular season, and became the first Indians player since Grady Sizemore in 2007-08 to steal 30 or more in consecutive seasons. The Indians had 117 steals, sixth most in MLB.

What a relief: Bryan Shaw, in his first year with the club, didn’t allow a run 15 1/3 September innings; we would have included him above, but figured he deserved a callout.

Coach of the month – hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo: The Tribe had its best collective month at the plate, and for the year, the Indians offense ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (third, 3.95), walks (fourth, 562) and OBP (fifth, .327).

2013 Indians Season in Review: May

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly Record: 18-12
  • Overall record: 29-25
  • Home record: 14-5 (17-11 overall)
  • Road record: 4-7 (12-14 overall)
  • Weekend  record: 5-3
  • Overall weekend record: 9-7
  • Standings: Second place, 0.5GB
  • High-water mark: 26-17, May 20

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Michael Brantley: .311 AVG (32-103), 1 HR, 17 RBI, 11 R
  • Yan Gomes: .370 AVG (17-46), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 10 R
  • Jason Kipnis: .261 AVG (29-111), 7 HR, 22 RBI, 21 R, 12 BB, 5 SB

TOP PERFORMERS — PITCHING

  • Cody Allen: 1.98 ERA (3 ER in 13.2 IP), 1 SV, 18 K, .116 opp. AVG
  • Trevor Bauer: 1-1, 1.59 ERA (2 ER in 11.1 IP), 9 K, .175 opp. AVG
  • Joe Smith: 1.80 ERA (2 ER in 10 IP), 10 K, .222 opp. AVG
  • Zach McAllister: 2-1, 2.87 ERA (10 ER in 31.1 IP), 21 K, .279 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .256 AVG (259-1,012), 31 HR, 140 RBI, .323 OBP, .420 SLG
  • Pitching: 4.40 ERA (131 ER in 267.2 IP), 33 HR allowed, 106 BB, 280 K

WALKOFFS

The Indians notched 11 walk-off wins in 2013, three of which came in April:

  • May 17: Jason Kipnis launches a three-run homer in the 10th to give the Indians another walk-off win and begin a four-game sweep of the Mariners. On the home run front: The Indians were 10th in the bigs in homers, even though the team’s leader – Nick Swisher – hit a relatively low 22.
  • May 18: It wasn’t glamorous, but Mark Reynolds’ fielder’s choice RBI gives the Tribe a second walk-off win in as many days. The Indians led, 4-0, in the eighth, but the Mariners his three home runs, including two solo shots in the ninth, to tie it up. The Tribe then loads the bases in the ninth. The daily grind: The Indians were 34-20 in day games, second best in MLB.
  • May 20: Yan Gomes’ three-run homer in the 10th gives the Tribe a 10-8 win in a Monday matinee and features this great line from the Seattle TV broadcasters after the Mariners were swept – “I’ll race you to the airport.” Another Gomes nugget: The Indians were 49-30 in games in which Gomes was the starting catcher.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Ryan Raburn Player of the Week: Raburn won the award for the week of April 29-May 5, when he hit .591 (13-for-22) with four home runs, nine RBI, one double and five runs scored over five games. He became the first Indians player to garner the A.L. Player of the Week Award since Asdrubal Cabrera on April 11, 2011. Among Major League hitters for the period, Raburn led in batting average, slugging percentage (1.182) and total bases (26), was tied for first in on-base percentage (.591) and base hits, was tied for second in homers and was fourth overall in RBI.

Justin Masterson Player of the Week (May 13-19): Masterson started the week with his second complete game shutout of the season in the first game of a makeup doubleheader at Progressive Field vs. the Yankees. Among pitching leaders, Masterson was tops in the Majors in strikeouts and was tied for first overall in wins, ERA and innings pitched. For the week, Masterson pitched 16 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 20.

Photo gallery: Tribe clinches Wild Card spot, celebrates in Minnesota

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You may have heard that the Indians clinched a Postseason berth on Sunday with their 10th consecutive victory and seventh four-game sweep of the season — the first time the latter has been done since 1943.

Here’s photographic evidence of the feat. Enjoy. Go Tribe!

Cody Allen rises quickly, and ‘is only going to get better’

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Sitting in his brother’s apartment during the 2011 MLB Draft, High Point University pitcher Cody Allen heard Bud Selig announce his name on the microphone. There was no celebration, no screaming, no phone calls; for Allen, being drafted in the 23rd round by the Cleveland Indians was no big deal.

Allen, a 24-year-old native of Orlando, Fla., signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians on June 15, 2011. He reported to short-season Class A Mahoning Valley, where he made just 14 appearances before being promoted to Low-A Lake County. Allen eventually made stops at five different Minor League levels, recording an 8-3 record and a 1.74 ERA in just 54 career Minor League appearances.

“Guys have done it; [Indians reliever] Joe [Smith] did it with New York, maybe quicker than I did,” he said. “I think it might be a little easier to do it in a bullpen role. I was old; I wasn’t 18 or a high school kid. It was really fast, but I don’t think it’s as odd as some people think.”

On July 20, 2012 — 401 days after signing with the Tribe — Allen made his Major League debut. He did not allow a hit or a run in an inning of scoreless relief versus Baltimore.

Allen quickly rejected the notion that he accomplished an unusual feat.

“I knew I was throwing the ball well. I knew I was doing well. Our coordinators were happy with what I was doing, but I didn’t expect to move that quickly,” he said. “Our bullpen here has been a strength for a few years; I just didn’t see a spot opening up. They told me I was going up, and it was pretty surprising.”

Allen’s memorable streak continued over his next 12 appearances as he struck out 10 and did not allow a run in 13.2 innings.

“I don’t think there was really one key; I think it was throwing strikes and getting people out and pretty much getting results. I was getting people out,” Allen said. “There wasn’t too much of a development phase where I was working on a certain pitch or anything like that. It was, ‘Go out, get some people out, see what happens.’

“Los [Indians catcher Carlos Santana] did a good job handling me when I first got here, just kind of sticking with my strengths, not trying to do too much crazy stuff. I was kind of rolling as I got here and continued to roll.”

Allen has, indeed, continued to roll through 35 appearances this season, striking out 44 through 35.2 innings and going 4-1 with an ERA of 2.52.

Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway raved about Allen’s mid-90s fastball and mid-80s curveball.

“What I see as a pitching coach is a guy that loves the game of baseball and is prepared every day. He’s one of the first ones here every day and is very passionate about what he does,” Callaway said. “You see the stuff — his stuff is tremendous. He goes out there and competes with those two pitches every night.”

Despite a couple hiccups over the last week, the Indians bullpen has been reliable this season, led by familiar faces in the back-end trio of Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. The Indians are 18-8 in one-run games this season — best in the American League, second-best in the Majors — a testament to the bullpen’s ability to close tight games.

Allen said he believes the bullpen might hold the key to a spot in the postseason.

“Our bullpen is one of our strengths,” he said. “We get in tight games, when it’s kind of a horse race between each bullpen. Our bullpen versus their bullpen, I think we’re going to win a lot of games because we’re so deep.”

While Allen refuses to accept praise for his rapid rise to the big leagues and his significant contribution to the Indians bullpen, his teammates insist his signing was a big deal two years ago.

“He does things the right way; he works hard, and he’s absolutely nasty,” Smith said. “He’s one of those guys that’s going to benefit since he got up here really quick. He’s getting to learn the hitters, and that helps when you’re out there on the mound and you know what to do against [them] the next time. He’s only going to get better.

“He takes a lot of heat from all of us. We love him; he’s a good guy to have around.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Indians players describe their Thanksgiving plans

Indians employees took part in a Day of Giving last Sunday, November 18 in the Terrace Club.

As people across the U.S. take part in their annual Thanksgiving traditions, Indians players are making their own holiday preparations. TribeVibe caught up with several players to hear their plans for Thanksgiving this year, which range from 50+-person family gatherings to trans-Atlantic vacations.

Pitcher Joe Smith:

“I’ll head over to my aunt Wanda and Uncle Ray’s house where most the family goes. My aunt Judy always passes around a sign-in sheet because they like looking back and seeing who all has made it. It’s usually around 50-60 of us with too much food, of course. After we eat, some of my cousins, my grandpa, friends and Uncle Ray will pack in downstairs to get away from the crowd, and do what everyone likes to do after thanksgiving meal: Football and Nap.”

Pitcher Vinnie Pestano:

“I’m going back home to California for Thanksgiving. My Mom is having it at my parents’ house so it’ll be good to see my whole family. I’m thankful I have a wonderful cast of people in my support system without which I would not be the   person or player I am today.”

Infielder Jack Hannahan:

“Where do I start? My side of the family (16 people) will be coming over to the house where I will be preparing a 22 pound turkey on the Big Green Egg!

“350 [degrees] for four hours and the big boy will be singing!

“I’m thankful for my loving and supportive family, a healthy baby boy, my loving wife and the baby on the way. I’m thankful for a mother and a father who have been married 37 years. They worked so hard to put four kids through private schools.”

Pitcher Justin Masterson:

“I am heading to the in-laws for thanksgiving in South Bend, Indiana.  We get together with friends and family there and then on Friday we’ll have a party with my family.  So I get two turkey dinners in a row.  It’s just a good blessing to have food on the table and be amongst those whom we love.   I think we need to make everyday Thanksgiving.”

Second Baseman Jason Kipnis is using part of the weekend to head overseas to begin a two-week vacation in Spain. His destinations include Granada, Sevilla, the Canary Islands, and Barcelona – where he plans on attending a bull fight and an FC Barcelona soccer game.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Indians and TribeVibe!

The Sklar Brothers at Progressive Field

The Indians were joined by a pair of special guests on Sunday, as they welcomed the Sklar Brothers (Randy and Jason) to Progressive Field. The twin brothers previously hosted ESPN Classic’s popular show Cheap Seats, and are currently hosting History’s The United Stats of America.

The brothers each threw out ceremonial first pitches, and paid a visit to the clubhouse before the game, where they challenged Joe Smith and Tony Sipp to a game of Ping Pong.

The Sklars lost the doubles match-up against the Tribe pitchers, but they stuck around to watch the rest of the game from the Indians Social Suite, where they saw the Indians get a wild walk-off win against the Detroit Tigers.

Bullpen Mafia: Daily Visit to Dorothy’s Diner

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The Bullpen Mafia traditionally stops by Dorothy’s Diner, a small concession stand located on the service level of Progressive Field, prior to every home game. The members of the bullpen, led by Tony Sipp, ride a cart to the bullpen and stop to visit Dorothy on the way. TribeVibe chatted with Sipp, Joe Smith, and Dorothy to hear about the daily visit.

Sipp: It just started out as something fun, turned into routine. [We] sit back, just feel good going out on the field every day. I don’t think she has a care in the world; it seems like she’s always in a good mood. We just try to get some of that, get some of her presence. We get the candy every day. I don’t know, we probably eat one or two pieces. We feel like we need that when she’s not here. She missed it twice for her dad’s funeral, and it was like, ‘Aw, what are we going to do?’ We felt lost. It has just turned into a routine and a feel-good moment. It seems like it’s mutual; if not, she’s full of it, she’s a good actor.

Smith: She’s one of us. She’s like our bullpen mother. She makes our day. Dorothy is there to give us candy and tell us to get our stuff together and get going. She tells us, ‘Open up that can, baby.’

Dorothy: It makes you feel kind of important. They are really friendly, really nice fellas, but sometimes they can act like little kids. I give them candy every day, so we laugh and joke. Every now and then, one will want a hot dog or brat. That’s very seldom; they eat good down there [in the Indians Clubhouse]. Tony Sipp will start whistling; he gives a long whistle the whole time they ride down here, until they get to me, and I stop them real slow. They stop, get their candy, and carry on. They get a big laugh out of me, when I tell them, ‘Get out there and open up that can.’

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Anderson Monarchs: Jackie Robinson Barnstorming Tour

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Nearly two weeks ago, the Philadelphia-based Anderson Monarchs began a 4,000-mile adventure across the country in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Hopping on a bus from the 1940s, this particular little league team is eager to visit 18 cities in 21 days. The Monarchs will compete against a local baseball team in each city on the tour, traveling across the country like the Negro Leagues once did.

Tour designer Steve Bandura and the Monarchs visited Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 3, and had the opportunity to interact with several Indians players before that night’s game.

“Tonight, we’re staying in a really nice hotel for about six hours, then we’ll be gone,” Bandura, whose team is 2-0 thus far, said.

Indians pitcher Justin Masterson greeted the Monarchs in the Indians dugout and immediately challenged all of them to race him to the wall in centerfield.

Outrun by all of the Monarchs, Masterson and Indians pitchers Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, and Joe Smith led the team in stretching.

“Nobody was expecting that. I just think it’s great. You can’t beat that; they’re out there stretching with them in centerfield,” Bandura said. “I’m sure they get a lot of requests all the time. I think this moment [in the outfield] is going to stand out more than any of them. This one is off the charts.”

The team then raced to home plate and mimicked their idols’ batting stances, pretending to hit home run after home run off of Justin Masterson.

“It’s a whole new world for them. It’s pretty amazing,” Bandura said. “MLB has been just really, really great with the kids. They have been creating some life-long memories for these guys.”

Each member of the Monarchs received a baseball and had the chance to spend time chatting with Indians players prior to the game.

Sipp said that it is possible to achieve any goal with such positive team chemistry.

“You can see that they really care about each other,” he said. “When we were giving out baseballs, they all made sure the other ones had a baseball. This is building the team camaraderie and seeing how far you can go with the team.

“[You learn] how team camaraderie can help you achieve different things. They didn’t think that they’d be here right now, but they’re blending together.”

Bandura, who has visited Yankee Stadium and Progressive Field thus far with the Monarchs, said the team treasures every moment spent with their role models.

“The players we’ve met have been outstanding — I mean, tremendous role models for the kids. [They] meet a guy like [Yankees outfielder] Curtis Granderson, and they immediately get back and want to go on my computer and look him up,” Bandura said. “Really, the players have been great role models and have shown these kids a whole different world that normally they wouldn’t see. It’s really eye-opening.”

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Indians Game Information, July 7

CLEVELAND INDIANS (43-40, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (44-40)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-7, 4.59) vs. LHP Matt Moore (5-5, 4.17)
First Pitch: 6:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: Not televised.  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

THE STANDINGS: The Indians lost 10-3 to Tampa Bay last night and fell 3.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings, as the White Sox beat Toronto 4-2 at U.S. Cellular Field…Cleveland has been in first place (sole possession or shared) for 40 of 93 days overall this season, including 35 consecutive days from April 24-May 28; club has been in 2nd place for 13 straight and 37 of those remaining 53 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17 and has trailed by as much as 3.5 games (twice, last June 29).

AROUND  THE  BLOCK:  Cleveland  holds  a  70-43  advantage  all-time against Tampa Bay (1998-2011), including a 41-17 mark here at Progressive Field…the Indians are batting .315 (123-391) with 15 homers and 67 runs (6.1 RPG) over the last 11 games to raise the club’s season average from .248 to .257…while he does not qualify for league leader status, JOSE LOPEZ is batting .349 (15-43) w/ RISP this season, going 5-for-his-last-8 in those situations…the Indians have a 14-2 record when JOE SMITH, VINNIE PESTANO and CHRIS PEREZ all appear in the same game.

SOMETHING TO CHOO ON: SHIN-SOO CHOO has reached safely via hit or walk to lead off the Indians’ half of the first inning in 22 of his 48 starts in the lead-off spot, all coming since May 24 (7-singles, 5-doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 4 walks); has batted .330 (66-200) with 8 HR, 21 RBI and a .964 OPS  in  those  48  games/starts…he  ranks  among A.L.  leaders  in  doubles (T1st, 26), runs (T5th, 56), OBP (7th, .386) and extra-base hits (T9th, 37).

Mid-Season Signing Day: Behind-the-Scenes Look

The Cleveland Indians held their second of three annual signing days today in the Indians locker room. The first signing day took place during Spring Training, and the final day is scheduled for the end of the season. Indians players signed nearly 200 items, including baseballs, jerseys, photos, and name plates. Signed items are donated and given to season ticket holders and corporate partners as gifts. Check out the slideshow below for a behind-the-scenes view of Signing Day.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

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