The new guys have been impressive so far for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 5:52 pm

The new guys have been impressive since coming to the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline.  30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer has played in 18 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 15 of 42 (.357 avg, .971 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBI.  Guyer has now played in 81 games overall for the Rays and Indians so far this year and he is 66 of 254 (.260 avg, .789 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller has been nasty since coming over to the Tribe.  He has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-0 with 2 saves, a 1.54 ERA and a 0.43 WHIP.  Miller has given up 4 hits (2 homers) and 1 walk while whiffing 19 batters in his first 11 2/3 innings for the Tribe!  Miller has now pitched in 54 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Indians and Yankees in which he is 7-1 with 11 saves, a 1.42 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Guyer and Miller keep rolling the rest of the way in 2016!

The Cleveland Indians release Tommy Hunter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 26 August 2016 at 12:10 am

The Cleveland Indians have released 30-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter.  Hunter pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Indians this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He also pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Tribe this year in which he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Hunter has been banged up all year long for the Indians, so seeing them let him go isn’t much of a surprise.

Sandy Alomar Jr. was a good catcher for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 22 August 2016 at 8:57 pm

The Cleveland Indians’ first base coach, Sandy Alomar Jr., was a darn good catcher as player for them!  Alomar Jr. played in 985 games in his 11 years with the Cleveland Indians and he was 944 of 3,409 (.277 avg, .734 OPS) with 416 runs scored, 92 homers, 453 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.  He also played in 49 games in the post-season for the Tribe in which he was 37 of 173 (.214 avg, .611 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 28 RBIs.  Alomar Jr. was an All-Star six times with the Indians and he also won 1 Gold Glove Award with them.  Alomar Jr. burst onto the scene with the Indians in 1990, when he played in 132 games in which he was 129 of 445 (.290 avg, .744 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 9 homers, 66 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He won the Rookie of the Year Award for the Indians in 1990.  He was also an All-Star and he won a Gold Glove for the Tribe in 1990.  But, his best year for the Indians came back in 1997.  Alomar Jr. played in 125 games for the Indians in 1997 and he was 146 of 451 (.324 avg, .900 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 37 doubles, 21 homers and 83 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 1997 and he was 14th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award!  Alomar Jr. is still #30 in games played (985) in Indians’ history.  He is also #47 in runs scored (416), #38 in hits (944), tied for #25 in doubles (194), #29 in homers (92) and he is #34 in RBIs (453) in Cleveland Indians’ history!

The Cleveland Indians will activate Danny Salazar off the D.L. on Thursday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 4:01 pm

The Cleveland Indians will activate 26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar off the D.L. on Thursday and he will start against the White Sox.  Salazar was an American League All-Star for the first time in his career earlier this season.  He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 11-4 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He has given up 96 hits and 51 walks while whiffing 133 batters in his first 117 1/3 innings for the Indians this year.  But since July 1st, Salazar has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in which he was 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  That’s why the Indians shut him down, because he was pitching through a sore right elbow.  Hopefully the rest gets him back on the right path.  To make room in the rotation for Salazar, the Indians are sending righty Mike Clevinger to the pen.  Clevinger has pitched in 6 games (5 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  He has given up 25 hits (4 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 26 1/3 innings for the Tribe so far this year in his first taste of the majors.  Clevinger won his first Major League game last week against the Angels (the Indians won 5-1).  He worked 5 2/3 innings against the Angels in his start last week and he only gave up 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and 4 walks while whiffing 3 batters.  Clevinger has a great arm, so he could help the Tribe in the pen as long as he throws strikes.

Abraham Almonte is really stepping up for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 3:53 pm

27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte played really well for the Cleveland Indians last year.  He played in 51 games for the Tribe in 2015 and he was 47 of 178 (.264 avg, .776 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Almonte was so impressive last year that he went into spring training as the Indians’ starting CF.  But, then the knucklehead tested positive for PEDs and he was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2016 season.  Since his return to action, Almonte has been playing well for the Tribe.  He has played in 27 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 22 of 74 (.297 avg, .776 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Indians hope that Almonte keeps up the good work as he is needed more now due to the fact that Jose Ramirez has moved to 3B full time.

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