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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
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
The Tribe started off the offense in the first inning in the series finale against the Rays, and kept it going. Behind big hits from Kip and Santana and a gem by Bauer, the Tribe collected their 6th straight win, sweeping the homestand with a perfect 6-0 record AND closing out an undefeated June at home.
-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor
Carlos Santana hit his fourth career walk-off homer (fifth career walk-off hit overall) in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to lift the Indians to a dramatic 3-2 win over the White Sox in front of 27,912 at Progressive Field.
Santana’s homer was his 14th of the year, tied for the team lead with Mike Napoli and tied for 14th in the American League.
The Tribe had taken the lead in the eighth on a Jason Kipnis RBI double, but the Sox tied it in the ninth on Avisail Garcia’s RBI double.
Trevor Bauer dominated, striking out nine in seven innings and allowing just a run. In his last five starts, Bauer has logged a 2.52 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.
-Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor
PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians sweep Detroit Tigers for second time behind Brantley, Napoli, Bauer
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor
PHOTO GALLERY: Rajai Davis, Francisco Lindor, Collin Cowgill, Mike Napoli enjoy big nights in Cleveland Indians tie against Los Angeles Dodgers
Rajai Davis made two sensational defensive plays, Collin Cowgill had two extra-base hits, Francisco Lindor drove in two runs, Mike Napoli continued his hot Spring Training and Trevor Bauer was dominant in the Indians tie against the Dodgers on Thursday.
The Tribe led, 5-2, after taking a lead against NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. Davis made an over-the-shoulder catch in the first, then threw out Yasiel Puig trying for a double in the second. Bauer allowed one run in five innings, while Cowgill doubled, tripled and walked. Napoli is hitting over .450.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
PHOTO GALLERY: Bauer, Napoli, Clevinger lead Cleveland Indians Spring Training win over Seattle Mariners
The Cleveland Indians won their second straight game on Tuesday, 4-3, over the Seattle Mariners.
Trevor Bauer pitched three strong innings, while Mike Napoli continued his strong Spring. Jose Ramirez had another RBI, while Mike Clevinger pitched two strong innings. Eric Stamets drove in the winning run in the eighth.
–Dan Mendlik photos
Cleveland Indians players Lonnie Chisenhall,, Trevor Bauer, Cody Anderson, TJ House and Rajai Davis visited UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to spend time with some kids who are dealing with illnesses.
It was a special day.
–Photos courtesy of UH, Cleveland Clinic
We know we have a pretty special starting rotation looking forward to the 2016 season, but we’re not the only ones who think so.
ESPN’s Buster Olney named the Tribe’s starting rotation as number two on his MLB’s top 10 rotations column – second only to the New York Mets. From his column:
One rival evaluator attached the Indians to the Mets in assessing what’s ahead of them in the next few years. “No matter what else happens, that starting pitching gives them a chance to win,” he said. “They might have holes in their lineup, but the pitching is their equalizer.”
Last season, Indians starters led the majors in strikeouts, averaging almost one per inning (969 in 979 1/3), and they held opponents to a .235 batting average, the lowest in the AL. Kluber had a strange, luckless year in 2015 after winning the Cy Young Award in 2014, and the Indians can reasonably expect that the 29-year-old will have a better season in 2016.
The difference between very good and great for the Indians’ rotation might be Bauer, who can drive teammates crazy with his inconsistency; he had 10 starts in which he allowed five or more earned runs, and 12 in which he allowed zero or one earned run. If Bauer takes another step forward — and the rotation stays relatively healthy — the Indians’ rotation could propel Cleveland to a postseason berth.
Click here to read Olney’s whole list (ESPN insider subscribers only).
-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez