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The Tribe may have lost to the Reds in the Spring opener, but it was a fantastic day in Goodyear and heck, baseball is back! Check out the sights from Game No. 1!
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Full-squad report date!
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Update: This post has been updated on March 24 to reflect Sports Illustrated selecting the Indians as a favorite to win the World Series.
Could MLB see another “Indian Uprising?”
Cleveland hasn’t won a World Championship since 1948 but boasts loads of talent, with leftfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss, first baseman Carlos Santana and reigning AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 269 strikeouts last season.
Update: This post was updated on March 9 to reflect Jon Morosi’s ranking the Indians No. 4 overall in MLB.
Update: This post has been updated on March 2 to reflect more national media picking the Indians to do big things.
Spring Training is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking baseball. Looking to build off two straight winning seasons, the Tribe is poised for a breakout season according to some prominent national baseball writers.
They could stand to avoid another slow start. Throwing out a bad April, the Indians went 74-60 last season. The defense should be better, as should Jason Kipnis at the plate. Carlos Santana not trying to play third base will help him avoid a slow start and Carlos Carrasco’s hot finish looked pretty legit.
Grantland’s Jonah Keri, meanwhile, has the Indians No. 5, too:
Now this is a bandwagon I will not be trying to slow down. Put it this way: Last year, the Indians won 85 games despite an injury-plagued Jason Kipnis flukishly hitting like a 75-year-old Rey Ordonez and the combination of first baseman Nick Swisher, utility man Mike Aviles, and outfielders Ryan Raburn, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy providing nearly 2,000 plate appearances worth of sub-replacement-level performance. Three of those five guys have been relegated to bench duty this year, while Bourn and Swisher still look to be significant contributors, albeit on a short leash. The addition of Brandon Moss plus a healthy Kipnis could significantly boost results for a team that finished seventh in the AL in runs scored and ninth in homers last year. Meanwhile, the rotation includes defending Cy Young winner Corey Kluber alongside not one, not two, but three starting pitchers who look like prime breakout candidates: Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar, and Carlos Carrasco. Combine the revitalized offense with a potentially fantastic group on the mound and you have an extremely dangerous club — one that might very well end Detroit’s AL Central reign.
Bob Nightengale, of USA Today had some insight on what the industry has been saying:
Nightengale isn’t the only national writer giving this year’s Indians squad high praise. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield and Buster Olney have both put the Tribe high on their list of teams this season.
Schoenfield ranks the Indians as his 4th overall team, and 1st in the American League in his annual Spring Training Power Rankings:
Most intriguing player: Corey Kluber beat out Felix Hernandez for the American League Cy Young Award, becoming one of the least likely winners in the award’s history. Simple question: Can he do it again?
Due for a better year: Jason Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013 and finished 11th in the MVP voting but suffered an oblique injury in April and played through it all season. He also hurt his finger working out in December and had surgery but is expected to be ready for spring training. After creating about 101 runs in 2013 he slipped to 53 in 2014. Expect a nice bounce back.
Due for a worse year: Michael Brantley hit .317/.385/.506 and finished third in the MVP voting. While I’m believing in most of the power uptick, he was a .277 hitter entering the season. He should be good again, but I would expect something closer to a 5-WAR season than a 7-WAR one.
I’m just the messenger: The Indians did not have a good defensive outfield in 2014, ranking 29th in the majors in defensive runs saved at minus-37. They ranked last in ultimate zone rating at minus-39.9 runs, so different metrics agree that they were lousy in the outfield. Have they fixed the problem? Not necessarily. The biggest culprit was David Murphy at minus-17 DRS; Michael Bourn was rated at minus-6 and Brantley at minus-3. Of the various subs, all rated below average except Tyler Holt. Bourn and Brantley are slated to start again in center and left, but right field is open. Considering Murphy didn’t hit either, it seems unlikely he wins the job on a regular basis. Brandon Moss can play out there and he’s rated at plus-3 runs over the past three seasons, but he’s also coming off hip surgery. Cleveland’s best bet is for better performances from Bourn and Brantley but don’t be surprised if Holt ends up getting a lot of time in the outfield.
The final word: Picking the Indians to win the Central isn’t really a radical pick — they won 85 games last season and 92 in 2013. The offense should be above average, especially if Kipnis and Moss are healthy. And while the defense is questionable (last in the majors in overall DRS), the young rotation has come together. Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and T.J. House should be an excellent five-man group, with depth from Floyd and Zach McAllister. Second-half stats aren’t always predictive, but the Indians had the best rotation ERA in the AL after the All-Star break. Jose Ramirez or rookie Francisco Lindor will be an upgrade defensively at shortstop. Brantley, Carlos Santana, Kipnis and Yan Gomes are right in their peak years. Go support your team, Cleveland.
Olney, whose ESPN Insider article praises the new experiment of 6:10 start times, citing the ballpark’s location and keeping people in the city, is a good read for fans as well.
Think how much went badly for Cleveland in 2014. Jason Kipnis had a terrible, injury-plagued season, and so did Nick Swisher. Carlos Santana played himself off third base early in the year, and Asdrubal Cabrera struggled so much defensively at shortstop that the Indians moved him before the deadline so they could install Jose Ramirez. John Axford was signed to be the closer, but lost the job early in the year.
Despite all of that, the Indians weren’t eliminated until the final week of the season and closed with 85 victories, after winning 92 in 2013.
So 81 wins? This team is better than that, with Corey Kluber now leading the Indians’ staff, with Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer continuing to improve, with Cody Allen locked in at the closer, with Michael Brantley and Santana now established as lineup anchors, with Kipnis coming back and Yan Gomes ranking among the league’s best catchers. The defense, the worst in the majors last year, is going to be better.
The AL Central might be the best division in the majors, but as of this morning, I’m leaning toward picking Cleveland. Eighty-one wins seems well within their reach.
SI’s Fansided writer M. Carman highlights the Tribe as a prime dark horse to surprise the league http://fansided.com/2015/02/23/5-dark-horse-teams-2015-mlb-playoffs/2/
“Detroit is the near consensus favorite in the revamped AL Central. The White Sox have added a Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson. The less heralded Indians are ready to steal the Central crown.”
Hall of Famer, Peter Gammons also feels strongly about the Indians’ chances to compete this year. We think? These are his 4 teams that will make the LCS come October:
MLB.com National writer Tracy Ringolsby likes the Indians philosophy of standing pat, on a team that has promise. In a division where there’s been a lot of player turnover, the Indians are content.
In case you need a reminder, pitchers and catchers report Wednesday!
With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.
Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.
Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.
Under club control through at least 2019
- Jason Kipnis
- Yan Gomes
- Danny Salazar
Under club control through at least 2018
- Cody Allen
- Corey Kluber
- Zach McAllister
- Nick Hagadone
Under club control through at least 2017
- Michael Brantley
- Bryan Shaw
- Lonnie Chisenhall
- Carlos Carrasco
Under club control through at least 2016
- Nick Swisher
- Michael Bourn
- Carlos Santana
- Marc Rzepczynski
- Josh Tomlin
Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:
- Jesus Aguilar
- Kyle Crockett
- Tyler Holt
- TJ House
- CC Lee
- Roberto Perez
- Jose Ramirez
- Zach Walters
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
With Josh Tomlin earning Tuesday’s victory, Indians starters have gone 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA (7 ER/48.2 IP) and 54 strikeouts against 10 walks over the rotation’s last 6 starts here at Progressive Field…over the last 4 games, Tribe starters have allowed just 2 earned runs across 28.1 IP (0.64 ERA) with 31 K’s and 5 walks.
Making his 2014 season debut, Tomlin worked into the 7th inning and picked up his first Major League victory since July 5, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 93 pitches/66 strikes)…Tuesday was his first ML appearance since a 2.0-inning relief outing on September 3, 2013 at Chicago-AL; marks his first start since July 27, 2012 at Minnesota.
Tomlin faced just 2 more batters than the minimum through his first 4 innings, allowing a pair of singles in the top of the second – retired the side in the top of the 3rd on 7 pitches.
Entered Tuesday’s game on a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 20.0 spanning over his last 3 starts for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
Shaw was tabbed with an unearned run in the top of the 9th, but shut the door on the Twins to earn his first save of the season.
Marks his 4th career save and second with the Tribe; also September 20, 2013 vs. Houston.
Tonight’s unearned run was the first tally Shaw has allowed here at Progressive Field since August 23, 2013 vs. Minnesota, snapping a streak of 18.0 consecutive scoreless outings.
Atchison bridged the gap to Bryan Shaw, striking out 2 over a scoreless 8th inning.
Opposing batters have gone just 6-43 (.140) vs. Atchison this season.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information Department
Some facts and figures from our Baseball Information department on the club’s solid pitching of late.
Zach McAllister’s 6.2 scoreless inning performance tonight lowered the rotation’s home ERA to 3.14 (37 ER/106.0 IP), including a 1.28 ERA (6 ER/42.1 IP) over the club’s last 6 home starts.
In the rotation’s last 22IP, Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber and McAllister have allowed 1 run and 12 hits, striking out 27. Those three pitchers have combined for a 0.41ERA in that span.
McAllister scattered just 5 hits across his 6.2 innings of work on Monday (ND, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 WP, 114 pitches/76 strikes), marking his second scoreless start of the season (4/9/14 vs. SD, 7.2 IP) and his 3rd career scoreless outing of at least 6.0 innings.
He fanned a season-high 8 batters, matching his career-high accomplished 3 previous times (last, 8/23/11 vs. Seattle).
His 114 pitches signaled a single-game high for Tribe hurlers this season, one more than Masterson’s 113 on April 28 at Los Angeles-AL.
McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over his last 25.1 innings (1.07 ERA) at Progressive Field dating back to last September (4 starts); over that stretch he has registered 20 strikeouts and just 4 walks, while limiting batters to a .211 (20/95) average against.
Bryan Shaw stranded 2 inherited runners, increasing the Tribe’s bullpen count to 48 of 57 on the season (84.2 %); entering tonight the Tribe held the 2nd-best percentage in the Majors behind only Boston (84.0%, 42 of 50).
Marc Rzepczynski threw one pitch in the top of the 10th, stranding an additional 2 runners – Tribe’s bullpen has now stranded 50 of 59 inherited runners (84.7%).
Cody Allen tossed a scoreless 9th inning for the Tribe, fanning 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He has registered scoreless outings in 15 of his 16 appearances this season, and has recorded 4 strikeouts over his last 2.2 innings (3 games).
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland
POST-GAME NOTES: April 21, 2014
- The Indians took the series opener vs. the Royals, 4-3, and have now reeled off back-to-back victories for the first time since April 8 & 9th (G1); Tribe also improves to 5-2 in series lid-lifters this season.
- With another strong effort from the bullpen, the Indians were able to hold on for the club’s 2nd one-run victory of the season (first in Cleveland) and improved to 7-4 in games decided by one (2-3) or two (5-1) runs this season, this after going a combined 41-29 last season in games decided by one (30-17, 2nd-best in MLB) or two (11-12) runs…also marked the Tribe’s 5th victory of the season after trailing at some point during the game.
- Tribe’s bullpen has reeled off 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Royals over the last 3.0 innings tonight; Indians relievers entered play today owning the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League and have a 2.63 figure (18 ER/61.2 IP) after tonight’s effort…with another inherited runner left stranded tonight, the Indians bullpen has stranded all but 3 (25 of 28) inherited runners on the season – 89.3% success rate.
- The Indians offense recorded a season-high 7 extra base hits, collecting 5 doubles and a pair of 2-run homers; previous high of 5 was accomplished 3 times.
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
- The Indians and Royals entered tonight’s game a combined 6-0 in games started by their respective starting pitchers…the Indians and Royals each entered play with 3-0 records for both Zach McAllister and Jeremy Guthrie.
- With both starters factoring into the decision, McAllister has now matched his career-high win streak with 3 consecutive victories, while Jeremy Guthrie’s loss snapped a streak of 9 consecutive April victories dating back to 2012.
- With his 7th save in 8 chances, Tribe closer John Axford moved ahead of Royal’s door slammer Greg Holland for the American League lead in saves.
- Tossed his 3rd consecutive quality start in his 4th outing of the season, handing over a 4-3 lead to Marc Rzepczynski and the Tribe bullpen after a leadoff walk in the 7th (W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 98 pitches/70 strikes).
- McAllister’s 3rd straight victory matches his career-high win streak, accomplished twice in 2013 (last August 13-24).
- Over the course of the win streak, McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over 19.2 innings (1.37 ERA) dating back to his start on April 9th vs. San Diego; has notched 13 strikeouts as opposed to just 3 walks over the stretch.
- McAllister extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a home run to 31.0 IP dating back to last season (last HR allowed: Brandon Laird, 2nd inning on September 20 vs. HOU)
- McAllister’s ERA through his first 8 starts of the 2013 season (through May 18) was 2.65, which ranked 8th lowest in the American League.
- Gave the Tribe a 2-0 advantage with his 4th home run of the season against Guthrie in the top of the 4th.
- Paired with his second-inning solo shot in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Toronto, this marks the third time in Brantley’s career to homer in consecutive games, the others instances coming in 2011 (May 13 vs. SEA/May 16 at KC) and 2012 (July 4 vs. LAA/July 5 vs. TB).
- Including his 3-run shot on Monday, three of Brantley’s four home runs this season have come with the game deadlocked at 0-0 (April 13 at CWS/T4th & April 20 vs. TOR/B2nd).
- Brantley entered the game ranked 3rd in the American League with 16 RBI, and is now batting .400 (14-35) with runners on base.
- Put the Tribe back on top 4-3 with his 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th after Nick Swisher doubled to lead off the frame.
- Over his last 8 games Kipnis has gone 8-26 (.308) with 2 homers, 3 doubles and 31 RBI;entered tonight’s game T2nd on the club with 9 runs scored.
- Paired with Brantley’s 2-run shot in the 4th, Kipnis’ longball marked the 3rd time the Indians have hit multiple homers in the same game this season; also April 4 vs. MIN (2) and April 12 at Chicago-AL (3).
CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-10) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9-8)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34)
Game #19/Home #10 » Mon., April 21, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
- Bourn 8
- Swisher 3
- Kipnis 4
- Chisenhall 5
- Brantley 7
- Cabrera 6
- Giambi DH
- Murphy 9
- Gomes 2
- McAllister 1
THEY’RE GUARANTEED TO RAISE A SMILE
» The Indians snapped a 3-game losing streak on Sunday, taking the series finale from Toronto 6-4…MICHAEL BRANTLEY opened the scoring with a solo HR in the 2nd and a 2-out, RBI-double in the 4th; the Blue Jays held a 4-2 advantage until DAVID MURPHY connected for a 2-out, 3-run double in the 6th to take a 5-4 lead (4 of Tribe’s 6 runs scored with 2 outs)…JOSH OUTMAN (3-0) earned win to frontline a Tribe ‘pen that tossed 3.1 scoreless frames…JOHN AXFORD notched his 6th save.
» Sunday’s pivotal plate appearance marked the second 3-RBI extra-base hit off a lefty for Murphy in the last 9 days, as he also tripled with the bases loaded off White Sox southpaw DONNIE VEAL on April 12 at Chicago-AL (12-6 win)…for his career, Murphy is 12-for-34 (.353) vs. LHP with the bases loaded (ELIAS).
WINS & LOSSES
» At 8-10 (.444), Cleveland is 4 wins shy of the club’s high-water mark this season (+2G, twice, last 5-3 after G1 on April 9) and one loss shy of club’s low-water mark (-3G, 7-10 on April 20).
» Cleveland snapped a 3-game losing streak (matched longest of ‘14)…Tribe has lost 4 of 6 and 7 of 10 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8…last pair of back-to-back wins came on April 8 & April 9 (G1).
» Cleveland is 1-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (1-2) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished recent weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.
» Tribe is below the .500 mark both at Progressive Field (4-5) and on the road (4-5)…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 4-7 during the day.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-8) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8-8)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68)
Game #16/Home #7 » Fri., April 18, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
» Cleveland fell to Detroit 7-5 on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, earning a 2-game series split after taking Wednesday night’s opener by a narrow 3-2 margin…the Indians held a 3-1 advantage over right-hander JUSTIN VERLANDER entering the bottom of the 5th before the Tigers rallied for 4 runs in the inning to erase the lead – a rally highlighted by IAN KINSLER’s (4 RBI) 3-run HR off Tribe starter DANNY SALAZAR, who had held Detroit to a single run on 3 hits to that point…the series was shortened to a pair of games after cold temperatures and periodic snow showers forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s originally scheduled opener.
WINS & LOSSES
» At 7-8 (.467), Cleveland is one game below the .500 mark to match club’s low water-mark of the season (3rd time, also 5-6 and 6-7)…Tribe’s high water-mark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).
» Cleveland is set to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (3 games) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished their weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.
» Tribe is an even 3-3 here at Progressive Field, but one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-6 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing first place Detroit (7-5) by just 1.5 games…the 1.5-game margin in the A.L. Central is easily the smallest in any of MLB’s 6 divisions…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and one day in 5th place.
» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.
» With the 2-game series split in Detroit, the Indians are now 2-2-1 in 5 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road).
» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers in the Detroit series, winning 3 straight lid-lifters to start the year…Tribe fell to 1-4 in series finales yesterday afternoon.
» The Indians are set to host the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-game weekend series here at Progressive Field, while the Tribe will head north to Rogers Centre for 3 more tilts in mid-May…the Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Jays in 2013, taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of the 6 meetings – including all 4 of the team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team shutout vs. Toronto last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.
» Cleveland has gone 50-33 (.602) all-time time against Toronto at Progressive Field, but just 4-6 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.
JUSTIN & THE JAYS
» JUSTIN MASTERSON, tonight’s scheduled hurler for the Tribe, has gone 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA (13 ER/41.1 IP) in 6 career starts vs. Toronto, including 2-0, 1.30 mark (4 ER/27.2 IP) in 4 starts over the past 2 seasons (2 each in 2012 & 2013).
TODAY’S TOM SAWYER
» LONNIE CHISENHALL (4-4) picked up a career-high 4 hits as the Indians DH on Thursday, becoming the first player in the Majors this season to deliver a 4-hit performance from the No. 9 spot in the batting order…Lonnie also became just the 2nd Indians player over the last 4 seasons (2011-14) with a 4-hit game from the No. 9 spot, joining DREW STUBBS on May 3, 2013 vs. Minnesota (4-5, 3 2B).
» Chisenhall has now hit safely in all 7 games he has played this season, going 12-for-23 (.522) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…according to Elias, the only other Cleveland players over the last 80 years (since 1935) to carry a .500 batting avg. through their first 7 games of the season (min. 20 AB) were LOU BOUDREAU in 1948 (.517, 15-29), BILL GLYNN in 1954 (.522, 12-23) and SANDY ALOMAR JR. in 1997 (.581, 18-31).
» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment on Friday and has appeared in 3 games as the DH for Double-A Akron (0-for-8, 2 BB), most recently in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO)…his next game action is TBD.
FLY BY NIGHT
» MICHAEL BRANTLEY carries a .397 (31-78) career avg. vs. Toronto (19 games) into this 3-game series, a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 2 four-hit games…Brantley has hit safely in 9 straight games against the Blue Jays, batting .531 (17-32) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI.
» Other notable career #’s vs. Toronto belong to: MICHAEL BOURN (.404, 21-52, 2 RBI), CARLOS SANTANA (.329, 27-82, 3 HR, 10 RBI) & DAVID MURPHY (.305, 50-164, 2 HR, 10 RBI).
TIME STAND STILL
» While the Indians are hitting just .229 (32-140) w/ runners in scoring position as a team – 8th in the A.L. – several players are hitting at-or-above a .300-clip w/ RISP, including DAVID MURPHY (.500, 6-12), MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.350, 7-20), RYAN RABURN (.300, 3-10).
» Cleveland is also hitting just .174 (26-149) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L., as Brantley (.333, 6-18) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 69 overall runs with two outs (27.5%).
CLOSER TO THE HEART
» Cleveland rotation’s A.L.-high 5.18 ERA (46 ER/80.0 IP) is also 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.63) and Washington (5.21), as Tribe starters are averaging exactly 5.1 innings-per-start through 15 games.
» The Indians are 4-2 this season when getting at least 6.0 innings out of their starting pitching, while the rotation is 3-1 w/ a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 5 walks in those 6 games…COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER account for 4 of those 6 outings (combined 3-0, 2.00 ERA, 2 BB, 25 SO in those 4 starts – 2 each).
» The Indians bullpen has been largely effective through the first few weeks of the season, posting a 3.04 ERA (17 ER/50.1 IP) and a .215 (40-186) avg. against, both figures 5th-lowest in the A.L.
» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 21 inherited runners thus far (95%), the best such percentage in the Majors this season.
» Cleveland (7-8 in 2014) was 5 games below .500 thru 15 games in 2013 at 5-10.
» The Indians have played 15 games without going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…the Angels and Athletics lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inning games each…Toronto has played one extra-inning contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss on April 12 at Baltimore).
» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.53 SO/9.0 IP (138SO/130.1 IP), 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.22 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 138 strikeouts overall are 4th-most in the A.L. and rank 6th in the Majors.
» Cleveland is 5-3 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS)..
LOCAL GIRL WINS JACKIE ROBINSON ESSAY CONTEST
» Richmond Heights 7th-grader JORDAN EDITH will be honored before tonight’s game for her award-winning essay in MLB’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program…Jordan’s essay on bullying won 2nd place among submissions for grades 6-8…in conjunction w/ Sharon Robinson, the daughter of
MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the U.S. since its inception in 1997…tonight the Indians will also celebrate Jackie Robinson, w/ a 2-min. video tribute & a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC
» 1970: Steel Mill (feat. Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey; tickets cost $2.00…1985: Wham! became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China…2013: Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work designing album cover art for artists such as
Pink Floyd (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Led Zeppelin (“Houses of the Holy”) and T. Rex (“Electric Warrior”), passed away at the age of 69 in England.
» Tomorrow, Saturday April 19, is “2014 Record Store Day”…participating Cleveland locations include Blue Arrow Records, The Exchange, My Mind’s Eye, Music Saves and LOOP.