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The crew over at FanGraphs is high on the Tribe’s chances in 2015, calling our club the “far Too Early Sleeper Team” in a post today.
I keep thinking about the team that seems most likely, at this far-too-early date before any real offseason moves have been made, to make a move next year. You probably think I’m talking about the Cubs. I’m not talking about the Cubs. I’m talking about the Cleveland Indians. I was asked, during a live chat of one of the World Series games, whether I thought the Royals could hold off the Tigers in the AL Central next season. At the time, I said I thought Cleveland might be better than both, and now it’s time to put some words behind that feeling. In fact, let’s do this internet style. On to the <h3>’s!
Because good lord, that starting rotation
There’s a lot of ways to evaluate pitching, and WAR is both an acceptable and imperfect one. Let’s sort starting rotations over the second half of the season by that, and while second-half performance is hardly a guarantee of future success — it feels like we have that conversation about the Padres every year — I’m also not certain that enough people noticed just how good the Cleveland rotation was down the stretch. I’ve bolded each stat that they either led baseball in or came within 0.5 percentage point of doing so, which is more than close enough — and if not for Washington, they’d have ERA too.
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Update: Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in FanGraphs’ Player of the Year Award voting; the Tribe is the only MLB team with two players in the top 10.
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According to STATS LLC, Cleveland’s 13-3 record at home against the White Sox since last season is tied for second-best home record by a team vs. a divisional opponent behind only the Yankees’ 14-2 record against the Blue Jays at home.
More from today’s game notes:
Corey Kluber has collected a career-high 215 strikeouts across 29 starts this season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (232) and Max Scherzer (226) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T10th), ERA (2.58 5th), innings (195.1, 4th), WHIP (1.13, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.91, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.67, 7th) and pitches per inning (15.1, 7th).
Prior to Kluber losing his last three starts, he had gone 47 consecutive starts without taking back-to-back losses (STATS LLC).
Although T.J. House did not factor into tonight’s decision, the Indians have gone a perfect 5-0 through his first 5 career starts here at Progressive Field.
With his 15th start of the season in tonight’s game, House joined Trevor Bauer and become only the 3rd duo of rookie pitchers since 1976 to make at least 15 starts in a season for the Tribe…House/Bauer join: Bartolo Colon (17) & Jaret Wright (16) in 1997 and a trio of Jason Davis (27), Billy Traber (18) & Ricardo Rodriguez (15) in 2003.
Last night was David Murphy’s 5th career walk-off hit, 4th in extra innings…all 5 have been RBI-singles, 4 of those coming with the bases loaded.
Cleveland improved to 11-7 in extra innings this season (7-5 at home, 4-2 on the road)…the club’s 19 extra-inning games (including suspended game of 8/31 at KC) are T2nd-most in the Majors with Philadelphia behind only Boston (20)…5 of Cleveland’s last 11 games have gone to extra innings.
Cleveland improved to 22-18 (.550) in one-run games with last night’s win, 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Baltimore (.596, 28-19) and Los Angeles-AL (.578, 26-19), also 7th-best in the Majors.
The Indians posted their 11th team shutout of 2014 Wednesday night, T4th-most in the A.L. and T10th in the Majors – also the Tribe’s 6th shutout since the All-Star break, tied with the Angels for 2nd-most of any team in the Majors behind Tampa Bay (8)…Cleveland’s staff has tossed 6 shutouts at home and 5 on the road.
The Indians, excluding the pending outcome of suspended game of 8/31 at KC, have won 7 of 10 and are 18-11 (.621) since August 1 (14-7 since August 9).
Cleveland has won 4 straight and 9 of the last 12 games started by TREVOR BAUER…coming off back-to-back scoreless starts, he is currently riding a career-high 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak dating back to the 2nd inning of his start on Aug. 19 at Min…since July 1, Tribe has gone 5-1 in six series finales started by Bauer.
Danny Salazar became the first Indians pitcher to toss a CG shutout against Detroit since Jaret Wright on June 1, 1998 at Tiger Stadium – the first to do so in Cleveland since Orel Hershiser on June 5, 1995…according to MLB, Salazar (24 years, 235 days) became the youngest pitcher in the Majors dating back to at least 1914 to shut out the Tigers with 9+ K’s and zero walks.
Cleveland has posted a 2.83 ERA in the second half, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. and Majors…that includes a 2.98 ERA (85ER/257.0IP) by the rotation(3rd in A.L./Majors…TB: 2.94, SEA: 2.98)and a 2.56 ERA (41ER/144.1IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L./Majors)
Dating back to the first Mid-Summer Classic in 1933, the Indians have posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the second half on just 3 occasions: 1954 (2.49), 1968 (2.88) and 1972 (2.82).
With 590 total runs in 2014, Cleveland’s offense stands as the 9th-best run-producing offense in the Majors…that said, Tribe’s offense has been held to 3-or-fewer runs in 24 of club’s 43 completed games since the All-Star break, although Cleveland has managed to go 9-15 in those games overall thanks in part to an 8-6 record in decisions by one-or-two runs.
Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:
— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) August 20, 2014
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) August 6, 2014
We’ll update as more participate!
The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).
- KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
- Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
- Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
- Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
- Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
- Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
- Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
- KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
- Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
- Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
- Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5
Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!
The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:
- Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony and his calls played throughout the game.
- Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.
The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.
Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!
Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.
Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!
Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.
Upcoming TPAR schedule:
- Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)
The Indians Youth Baseball Camp, presented by Cleveland Clinic’s Children, is back for 2014. This year, the Indians extended the camps to five days at seven different locations around Northeast Ohio.
Through the camps, the Cleveland Indians present boys and girls of Northeast Ohio with quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game. The team also looks to develop leadership skills, positive characteristic traits and form a lifelong connection with the Tribe.
Former professional baseball player Matt Kata is in his first year as the Indians Manager of Youth Player Development. As leader of the youth camps and a Cleveland native, Kata is excited to be back home with the opportunity to positively impact kids in his own community.
Kata and his staff have broken the camp into six different stations, all focusing on a different fundamental. Along with the athletic aspects of the game, the staff also focuses on teaching the mental side.
“There’s a lot of failure engrained in baseball. Baseball is hard. So we take the mentality of focusing on controlling the three things that we can control: your attitude, concentration and effort (ACE). So every day our message is to come to camp, looking to ACE the day.”
With Friday being the final day of the Bath location’s camp, Kata and the rest of the staff had a few surprises to make it a memorable day for the kids involved.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer arrived to camp just as the participants were getting ready at their stations. Bauer hoped that through these camps, the team could continue to connect with kids in the community. He wants to show them that the Indians organization and players care about the region’s youth.
As soon as Bauer walked over to the pitching station, participants showed their excitement. One boy even yelled out, “Hey! It’s the real Trevor Bauer!”
Bauer spent the afternoon helping the participants understand some of the fundamentals of pitching. He spoke a lot about the energy of pitching and encouraged the boys and girls to move fast and create energy. After one young boy fell down hustling through a drill, Bauer commended him on his effort to move quickly. He emphasized that the only way you’ll improve is by pushing yourself to a place where you’re uncomfortable, failing, but then getting back up and trying again.
“We want to get better at baseball, we want to get better at school, we want to be better people, we want to be better in all parts of life,” Bauer said. “And the way that you do that is by finding your comfort zone, and you’re going to try to push yourself just outside that. You’re going to try to move a little bit faster, pay attention a little bit more in school; because that’s where improvement happens. You’re going to push yourself a little bit, and you’re not going to be good the first time you do it. That’s OK. That’s where we learn.”
After coaching and talking to each of the six groups individually, Bauer took the time to sit down with the boys and girls to answer their questions. Each participant also got an item of their choice signed by Bauer.
“I enjoyed stuff like this when I was younger… I hope I can give a little bit back.”
If you are interested in signing up for one of the remaining camps — Strongsville July 28-Aug. 1 and Burton, Aug. 4-8 — more information can be found at: Indians.com/youthbaseball
–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin/Photos by Dan Mendlik
The Indians took the first game of this 4-game series with the Angels and have now won a season-high 10 consecutive home games, longest win streak at Progressive Field since Tribe won 11 straight home games from July 11-August 1, 2013 – stands as the longest home win streak in the Majors this season…the Indians are scheduled to play 16 of their next 24 games in Cleveland entering the All-Star break in July.
At 22-11 (.666), Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors – winning 10 straight, 13 of 16 and 19 of the clubs last 25 games here in Cleveland.
The Indians and Angels are meeting for the 2nd and final time this season after the Indians were swept in a 3-game series in Anaheim earlier this season…Cleveland is now 45-39 all-time vs. the Angels here at Progressive Field.
Worked into the 7th inning for the second time in his last 3 starts and picked up his second victory of the season after allowing just 3 runs across 6.2 quality frames (W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 119 pitches/72 strikes).
Threw a career-high 119 pitches, most for an Indians pitcher this season and most since Justin Masterson threw 120 pitches on July 10, 2013 vs. Toronto.
Bauer has earned both of his victories on the season here at Progressive Field and improves to 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) through his first 4 home starts; has gone 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA (11 ER/16.0 IP) in an equal amount of road starts.
Worked the final 2.1 innings and earned his first career save, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out 4 of 8 total batters faced (SV, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 33 pitches/21 strikes)…marks the first save of at least 2.0 innings in a one-run game since Rod Nichols on June 19, 1991 at Chicago-AL.
In 12 games since moving to the bullpen, Carrasco owns a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts and 5 walks…over his last 6 games, Carrasco has allowed just one earned run over 12.0 innings, while notching 13 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
Staked the Indians to an early 2-0 lead, connecting for a 2-run homer in the second at-bat of the game following a lead-off single by Michael Bourn…the home run call stood after Crew Chief Joe West reviewed the call on the field (1:58)…marked Cabrera’s 7th home run of the season, tied with Chicago’s-AL Alexi Ramirez for most among American League shortstops.
Over his last 13 games, Cabrera is batting .298 (17-57) with 3 home runs, 5 doubles, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.
Cabrera hit his 3rd career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th in the final game of the Tribe’s last homestand on June 4 vs. Boston
Gave the Indians a 4-3 lead with his 9th home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th off Angels starter Jered Weaver…Santana owns a lifetime .500 (10-20) average against Weaver, including 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks…has now hit safely in 4-straight games, registering 2 home runs and 3 RBI over that span.
Santana hit .343 (12-35) with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 6 walks, 8 RBI and 3 runs scored over the Tribe’s recent 10-game roadtrip.
Over his last 15 games around a 7-day DL stint, Santana has gone 17-51 (.333) with 4 homers, 13 RBI, 12 walks and 9 runs scored.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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