The Cleveland Indians claim Tyler Cloyd off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 4:55 am

The Indians have claimed 26-year old righty starter/reliever Tyler Cloyd off waivers from the Phillies.  Cloyd pitched in 13 games (11 starts) for the Phillies in 2013 and he was 2-7 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Cloyd has now pitched in 19 games (17 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Cloyd came into this season as the Phillies’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  This was a nice guy for the Indians to take a flier on.

The Cleveland Indians DFA Clay Rapada

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 4:53 am

The Indians have designated 32-year old lefty reliever Clay Rapada for assignment.  Rapada pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Indians this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Rapada has now pitched in 152 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 8-0 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss at all for the Tribe moving forward.

Tampa Bay Rays 4, Cleveland Indians 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 4:47 am

The Indians couldn’t get anything going with the bats tonight and it did them in.  Danny Salazar was the losing pitcher for the Tribe as he worked the first 4 innings tonight, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs (all earned) while whiffing 4 batters.  Marc Rzepczynski (1/3 inning, 1 whiff), Brian Shaw (1 2/3 innings, 1 hit and 2 whiffs) and Justin Masterson (2 innings pitched, 1 hit and 2 whiffs) kept the Indians within striking distance.  Cody Allen and Joe Smith combined to give up 1 unearned run in the ninth inning for the Tribe.  Lonnie Chisenhall (3 for 4), Carlos Santana (2 for 4 with a double) and Yan Gomes (2 for 4 with a double) led the way for the Tribe tonight with the bats.  Michael Brantley (1 for 4) and Ryan Raburn (1 for 3 with a double) also pitched in for the Tribe.  The Indians’ season ends with a thud.

Wild Card Game: Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 8:22 pm

The Indians will take on the visiting Rays at Progressive Field tonight in the A.L. Wild Card Game.  The winner of tonight’s game starts a series in Boston against the Red Sox this Friday Night.  23-year old righty rookie Danny Salazar will be toeing the rubber for the Tribe tonight.  He pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2013 and he was 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Salazar finished up the regular season very strongly, starting 5 games in September in which he was 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Salazar can channel Jaret Wright’s performance in the playoffs of 1997, when he pitched really well despite limited experience.  None of the players on the Rays have faced Salazar yet, which should be to his advantage.  Salazar better be on his game, as 25-year old righty Alex Cobb is starting for the Rays and has was outstanding in 2013.  He pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Rays in 2013 and he was 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Cobb gave up 120 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 134 batters in 143 1/3 innings for the Rays this year, which are impressive numbers.  Cobb has started 3 games against the Indians so far in his career and he was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Nine Indians have batted against Cobb in their careers and they are hitting a combined .230 (.598 OPS) with o homers and 3 RBIs.  Nick Swisher is 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .817 OPS) with 1 RBI, Ryan Raburn is 3 for 8 (.375 avg, .819 OPS) with 1 RBI and Carlos Santana is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.071 OPS) are the guys who have had some success against Cobb so far in their careers.

Danny Salazar is going to get the call for the Cleveland Indians in the Wildcard Game this Wednesday

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 30 September 2013 at 1:15 pm

23-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar will be starting the Wild Card Game for the Tribe this Wednesday.  Salazar pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Tribe this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He gave up 44 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 65 batters in his first 52 innings this year, as he has overpowering stuff.  The Indians will have everyone available in the bullpen if things start to go sour for Salazar.  That being said, he has the most electric arm on the pitching staff and he has a very bright future for the Tribe.

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