Greg Swindell was the best starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians for a couple of years

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 7:01 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Greg Swindell was the best the Cleveland Indians had to offer for a couple of years.  He pitched in 166 games (154 starts) in his seven years with the Tribe and he was 61-56 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  In 1988, Swindell pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Indians and he was 18-14 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He threw 12 complete games, 4 of which were shutouts for the Indians in 1988.  He pitched 242 innings in 1988 in which he gave up 234 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 180 batters.  Swindell followed up his great year in 1988 with his only All-Star Game appearance for the Tribe in 1989.  He pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Tribe in 1989 and he was 13-6 with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Despite only pitching seven years with the Indians, Swindell is #18 in strikeouts (777) in team history!  He is also tied for 26th in games started (154), tied for 35th in wins (61), tied for 21st in WHIP (1.24), #33 in innings pitched (1,071 2/3) and he is tied for 40th in shutouts (7) in Indians’ history!

Jose Ramirez has been really valuable for the Cleveland Indians in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 6:54 pm

23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jose Ramirez has been a godsend for the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  He can play virtually anywhere on the field (except pitcher and catcher), so he has been playing somewhere almost every night for the Tribe.  He has played in 39 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 37 of 129 (.287 avg, .776 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Ramirez has now played in 219 games in his first four years with the Indians and he is 172 of 693 (.248 avg, .669 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 11 homers, 62 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  The Indians hope that Ramirez keeps up the good work.

The Cleveland Indians call up Austin Adams

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 5:35 pm

The Cleveland Indians have called up 29-year old righty reliever Austin Adams.  Adams has pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 2-1 with 4 saves, a 1.10 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  He has given up only 11 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his first 16 1/3 innings in AAA ball this year….so he has been outstanding in the minors.  Adams has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Tribe and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 4.69 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  The Indians have sent 24-year old lefty reliever Kyle Crockett to AAA to open up a roster spot for Adams.  Crockett has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 14.73 ERA and a 2.46 WHIP.  He has given up 7 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his first 3 2/3 innings for the Indians this year.  He has now pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Indians and he is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  The demotion of Crockett to AAA leaves the Indians without a left handed reliever.  That will be something to keep an eye on.

Danny Salazar continues to amaze for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 21 May 2016 at 8:17 pm

26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar is taking his game to a new level for the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  He has pitched in 8 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Salazar has only given 27 hits so far this year in his first 50 innings pitched while whiffing 61 batters!  His only flaw has been that he has walked 23 batters so far this year, but it hasn’t mattered because no one has been able to hit the ball hard off of him this year.  He has now pitched in 68 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Indians and he is 26-23 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The sky is the limit for Salazar, as he has some of the best stuff in all of baseball!

The Cleveland Indians release Felipe Paulino

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 21 May 2016 at 7:57 pm

The Cleveland Indians have released 32-year old righty reliever/starter Felipe Paulino so that he could pitch in Japan.  Paulino pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.  He has pitched in 97 games (65 starts) in his six years in the show and he is 13-34 with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Tribe.

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