The Cleveland Indians still need to add a catcher today!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 12:48 pm

Sure, Jonathan Lucroy vetoed his trade to the Cleveland Indians, after he made some unreasonable demands on them.  Instead of reeling from the pain, the Indians still need to improve at catcher.  29-year old righty swinging Yan Gomes isn’t coming back any time soon due to his separated shoulder.  He has played in 71 games so far this year for the Tribe and he is 41 of 249 (.165 avg, .512 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 32 RBIs.  So for now the Indians have 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez and 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez handling the catching.  Perez has played in 12 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 2 for 25 (.080 avg, .404 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Gimenez has played in 43 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 20 for 99 (.202 avg, .511 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Gimenez does have value to the Tribe as Trevor Bauer’s personal catcher.  Still, the Indians can’t afford to have a black hole in the lineup.  I think a move for Kurt Suzuki (Twins), Stephen Vogt (A’s) or Derek Norris (Padres) make the most sense.  Suzuki is hot right now at the plate, so he makes sense.  Norris is hitting under the Mendoza line, so I don’t see him as a major upgrade due to the way his is swinging the bat right now.  Vogt would make the most sense, as he can also play some first base (for the future).  His lefty bat would also play pretty well at Progressive Field.  So in order I would chase Vogt first, Suzuki second and Norris at 3:58 PM today if the Indians whiff on the other two guys.

The Cleveland Indians need more from Yan Gomes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 3 June 2016 at 3:17 pm

The Cleveland Indians need more offensively from 28-year old righty swinging catcher Yan Gomes.  Gomes has played in 41 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 26 of 152 (.171 avg, .552 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers and 26 RBIs.  He has also only walked 7 times against 43 whiffs so far this year.  Despite the low batting average and OPS, Gomes is still #4 on the team in homers and #3 on the team in RBIs.  Gomes will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate because the Tribe doesn’t really have a legit alternative to playing him.  The backup catcher right now is 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez.  He has played in 14 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .723 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs.  If 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez was healthy (he’s out due to a fractured right thumb), the Indians could rest Gomes more.  Perez has played in 4 games for the Tribe this year before breaking his thumb and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

UPDATE: (6/8/2016) – Yan Gomes was hit by a foul tip in last night’s game and he has a testicular contusion.  This is going to make him miss some time for the Tribe.  Chris Gimenez will take over as the starting catcher until Gomes is ready to return to action with Carlos Santana backing him up.

Lonnie Chisenhall could be running out of time with the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 9:49 pm

27-year old lefty swinging RF Lonnie Chisenhall better start hitting soon or the Cleveland Indians could jettison him to AAA when they need another starting pitcher next week.  Chisenhall started this year on the D.L. and he has not hit well at all since returning to action.  Chisenhall has played in 6 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .333 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has played in 457 games in his six years with the Indians and he is 375 of 1,472 (.255 avg, .709 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 43 homers, 178 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Part of the reason that Chisenhall could get sent to the minors soon has been the play of 25-year old lefty swinging rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin.  Naquin came into this season as the Indians’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Naquin has played in 17 games for the Indians so far his year (his first taste of the majors) and he is 13 of 39 (.333 avg, .786 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Naquin also has an edge over Chisenhall because he can play all three outfield positions.

The new guys are off to slow starts for the Cleveland Indians at the plate

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 5:51 pm

The new guys have not been hitting too well for the Cleveland Indians so far.  Righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli is the only new guy that is hitting pretty well so far this year.  He has played in 4 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 3 for 13 (.231 avg, 1.067 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs.  Righty swinging 3B Juan Uribe is off to a tough start, as he has played in 4 games for the Tribe so far this year in which he is 1 for 14 (.071 avg, .196 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Righty swinging outfielders Rajai Davis, Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill are also off to slow starts with the bats in 2016.  Davis has played in 4 games for the Tribe in which he is 2 for 14 (.143 avg, .486 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Byrd has played in 3 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .550 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Cowgill has played in 5 games for the Indians this year and he is 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Maybe a trip to Florida and the 72 degree weather of Tropicana Field can help the Tribe’s bats begin to heat up.

Lonnie Chisenhall continues to disappoint for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 1:23 pm

24-year old lefty swinging 3B Lonnie Chisenhall continues to disappoint for the Cleveland Indians.  He has played in 82 games for the Tribe this year and he is 57 of 257 (.222 avg, .650 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 9 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 191 games in his first three years with the Tribe and he is 149 of 611 (.244 avg, .688 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 21 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  I wouldn’t be shocked if the Indians traded Chisenhall over the winter.

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