The Cleveland Indians send Joe Smith to Buffalo

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 8:43 pm

The Indians have sent 26-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to AAA Buffalo to make room for 25-year old righty reliever Hector Ambriz who is coming up to the show. Smith pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Indians this season and he is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. He gave up 7 hits (2 homers) and he walked 6 batters in his 7 innings with the Indians this season and that can’t be tolerated at the major league level. Hector Ambriz is a Rule 5 Pick by the Indians which means they have to keep him on the roster all season unless he is injured or give him back to his old team. Ambriz pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 1.12 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He whiffed 15 batters while only walking 1 in 8 innings in AAA this season showing just how nasty he has been. Ambriz has pitched in 105 games (83 starts) in his five years in the minors and he is 28-35 with 3 saves, a 4.36 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Shin Soo-Choo is off to a hot start for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 April 2010 at 4:43 pm

27-year old lefty RF Shin Soo-Choo is off to a outstanding start of the 2010 season for the Cleveland Indians. Choo has played in 18 games this season for the Indians and he is 20 for 64 (.313 avg, .983 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 4 homers, 13 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Choo is the only Indians’ hitter with more than 7 RBIs so far this season which is pretty amazing when you think about it. One thing that I have noticed with Choo is that not many pitchers are taking him on. He has walked 13 times already this season while whiffing 18 times. I think the strikeouts are coming so fast because Choo might be putting a lot of pressure on himself due to the fact that no one is hitting well behind him. If Choo starts getting some protection from behind in the batting order he is going to really go off soon as he might just be the most talented hitter on the Indians over Grady Sizemore.

The Cleveland Indians are suddenly hot

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 4:39 pm

The Cleveland Indians come into this week on a four game winning streak after sweeping the White Sox over the weekend. The Indians are now 6-6 on the season which has them in third place in the N.L. Central, 2.5 games behind the Twins who they will play this week. The Indians have been outscored 50-45 this season so far which is amazing to me. It seems as if the Indians are getting good pitching but not hitting which is exactly the opposite of what most experts thought they would be doing right now. So if the Indians start hitting and they can keep pitching like they are right now they are going to surprise a lot of people this year. The Indians travel to Minnesota and Oakland this week for three game sets on the road.

David Huff is off to a good start for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 4:35 pm

25-year old lefty starting pitcher David Huff led the Indians in wins last season and it looks like he wants to do it again based on his pitching so far this year. Huff has started 2 games this season for the Indians and he is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. He is coming right after hitters as he has only walked 3 hitters in 15 innings while allowing 10 hits. Huff won’t likely maintain a great ERA being so aggressive in the strike zone as he doesn’t have swing and miss stuff. Still, the Indians have to feel really good about how well Huff is throwing the ball right now.

The Cleveland Indians activate Russell Branyan from the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 12:38 pm

The Cleveland Indians have activated 34-year old lefty swinging firstbaseman Russell Branyan off of the 15-day disabled list and they have demoted 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Brantley to AAA. Branyan played in 6 games in AA+AAA ball on a rehab assignment this season and he was 6 for 22 (.273 avg, .668 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles and 1 RBI. He will be the Indians’ starting 1B with Matt LaPorta moving out to LF. LaPorta has played in 10 games for the Indians this season and he is 8 for 37 (.216 avg, .545 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Those are not numbers to write home about. Michael Brantley played in 9 games for the Indians this season and he was 5 for 32 (.156 avg, .416 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Don’t worry he will be back at some point in 2010 for the Tribe.

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