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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:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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.


  • 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?


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).

Indians Season in Review: June

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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:


  • Monthly record: 15-13
  • Overall record: 44-38
  • Home record: 7-4
  • Road record: 8-9
  • Weekend record: 5-5
  • Standings: Tied for first
  • High-water mark: 44-38, June 30


  • Jason Kipnis: .419 AVG (39-93), 27 R, 12 2B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 20 BB, 1.216 OPS
  • Michael Bourn: .292 AVG (31-106), 15 R, 3 SB (Bourn also was the hardest player to double up in AL, with only two double plays in 525 ABs)


  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 3-1, 3.09 ERA (11 ER in 34 IP), 32 K, .268 opp. AVG
  • Matt Albers: 1-0, 0.00 ERA (9 IP), .194 opp. AVG
  • Nick Hagadone: 3.86 ERA (5 ER in 11.2 IP), .211 opp. AVG
  • Vinnie Pestano: 2.08 ERA (3 ER in 13 IP), 6 SV, 15 K, .245 opp. AVG


  • Batting: .254 AVG (236-930), 27 HR, 126 RBI, .395 SLG, .332 OBP
  • Pitching: 4.15 ERA (112 ER in 243 IP), 30 HR allowed, 97 BB, 202 K, .263 opp. AVG


  • June 14: Kipnis fielder’s choice scores Drew Stubbs charging home from third.


Kipnis wins American League Player of the Month Award, including Player of the Week awards from 6/10-6/16 and 6/24-6/30: All Kipnis did, as you can see above, was carry the Tribe to a winning record for the month and hit .419, with an OPS of 1.216. Incredible!

Corey Kluber joins Kipnis as co-AL Player of the Week winner for week of 6/10-6/16: Kluber pitched back-to-back outings of 8 innings, allowing one run in that stretch. That included the below start in Texas:

More on Kluber: The young righty did not lose a decision after June 27.

Above .500: The month included the last day the Indians spent below .500, on June 17, a 2-1 loss to KC. The club went on a four-game winning streak directly afterward.

Rain delay blues: We couldn’t decide whether this one fit in May or June, so we stuck it here – any fan who started at Progressive Field on May 31, a Friday night game vs. Tampa, and ended either on Saturday morning, July 31 or September 6, will remember this one. Rain delayed the start of that Friday game, then delayed it again after 1.2 innings, and the game did not resume until after midnight. It ended at 2:53AM, and the Indians offered those fans affected by the rain delays tickets to either July 31 or September 6 games at Progressive Field. We’ll get to those games later!

Welcome to town, rookie: First-round pick Clint Frazier is welcomed to Cleveland for BP by a bunch of grown men wearing red wigs to razz him a little. He took it all in stride, looked good in BP and begun his pro career soon thereafter!

Hall of Fame Day: Former second baseman Carlos Baerga and former GM John Hart were honored on June 22 as part of the Tribe’s 2013 Hall of Fame ceremonies.

NBD, just the place to be is all: Kevin Costner, filming in Cleveland for his new film “Draft Day,” takes BP and infield practice at Progressive Field. No big deal.

June 28 – a long day: The Tribe’s doubleheader at the Chicago White Sox – a sweep by the Indians by scores of 19-10 and 9-8 – lasts 7:53 and becomes the longest doubleheader in MLB history featuring two nine-inning games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Coach of the month — Kevin Cash: Given the solid performance this month from the pen, including Albers, Hagadone and Pestano as mentioned above, a tip of the cap to “Cashy,” as he’s affectionately known. All this year’s bullpen did was post 33 wins, one shy of the franchise record and tied for the third-most in the Majors. The pen stranded 72% of inherited runners this year, fourth-best in the AL.

Fans ask the questions with “Ask the Tribe” feature — Part III


Fans took the time to submit questions for their favorite Cleveland Indians players in TribeVibe’s third installment of “Ask the Tribe.” Be sure to follow the Cleveland Indians on Twitter (@Indians) and like us on Facebook for your chance to submit a question in the future; to read past editions of “Ask the Tribe,” click here.

Question for Mike Aviles:

What is it like when you are up at the plate with the game on the line? –Jadon Hanson

Believe it or not, it’s kind of fun. [It’s] one of those situations where you know the game’s on the line, you know everyone’s watching and paying attention. I personally like that situation because it’s just one of those things where you have to really bear down and get the big hit or get that guy in [from third base]. It’s definitely one of those situations where I enjoy it because it’s kind of the game within the game.

Question for Nick Hagadone:

What do players love most about spending their spring in Arizona? –Cindy Torrez, Phoenix, Arizona

The travel is close; I like the travel.

Question for Matt Albers:

Do you have any team traditions or good luck charms? –Benjamin Lait

I like to wear my “Swat like Watt” shirt around. J.J. Watt is a football player.

Question for Yan Gomes:

What is your song when you walk up to the plate? Sound Hound cannot identify it. –Beth Fisher

It’s Lecrae, and it’s called “Dream.”

Question for Mark Reynolds:

Who was your favorite player growing up? –Drew Hatzer

Growing up, I was a pitcher and always liked [former pitcher] Nolan Ryan. He threw hard [and] I liked the way he pitched and his mentality on the mound.

Question for John McDonald:

How does it feel to be back in Cleveland? –Mark West, Bridgeport, Ohio

Nice. I always wanted to come back here and play before the end of my career. It’s something that I didn’t think was going to happen, that happened. It’s an unexpected pleasure.

Question for Corey Kluber:

What is the key to keeping this team in contention for the rest of the season? –Dan Costa, Richmond, Indiana

Consistency from everybody; everybody being consistent, trying to avoid the big peaks and valleys.

-TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

National baseball writers weigh in on the Indians’ trade


The Indians’ three-team, nine-player trade was the biggest news in the baseball world on Tuesday night, as the Tribe acquired young right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald from the Indians in return, and sent young shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Diamonbacks, who also received Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson from the Indians. After news of the trade broke, many prominent national baseball journalists weighed in on the potential impact of the trade. A selection of their tweets and stories are below:

Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

love the #indians part of this deal. bauer and stubbs. great job.

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

I’m with @keithlaw: Really liked what #indians did in trade. Thought #reds did well to get Choo.

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw

Love it. “@Buster_ESPN: The Indians are going to get Bauer in the deal with the Diamondbacks.”

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians need arms. And they get a good arm in Trevor Bauer, who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2011.

Buster Olney@Buster_ESPN

It really is amazing that the Indians ended up with Trevor Bauer essentially in return for a one-year rental, Shin-Soo Choo.

Chris Rose ‏@ChrisRose

Cleveland fan overload right now. @indians huge trade w @Reds @dbacks and @cavs up late @lakers. Head about to explode!!

Rob Neyer – SBNation

“Each of the three clubs is receiving one linchipin. The Indians: pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. The Reds: star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Diamondbacks: shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius.”

“It’s a fascinating deal, because all three of the linchpins are completely different sorts of players…The Indians need arms, and Bauer’s a great start.”

What are your thoughts on the Tribe’s big trade?

— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom