Chris Perez is not a dependable closer for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Needs to Step Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 12:25 pm

28-year old righty closer Chris Perez rarely has a one-two-three inning for the Cleveland Indians.  He has pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 5-3 with 23 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Perez has given up 47 hits (8 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 49 1/3 innings so far this year.  Perez has now pitched in 269 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the Indians and he is 11-17 with 122 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Perez is currently #3 in career saves (122) for the Indians and he is seven behind Doug Jones (129) and 17 behind Bob Wickman (139).  I don’t see Perez passing up Wickman, because I think he is going to get traded this winter.  In the meantime, the Indians really need Perez to pitch well the rest of the way in 2013.

The Cleveland Indians need Matt LaPorta to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Needs to Step Up by admin on Thursday 28 July 2011 at 5:22 pm

26-year old righty swinging 1B Matt LaPorta was the key player in the C.C. Sabathia deal with the Brewers 2.5 years ago, so it’s time for him to step up or sit down.  LaPorta has played in 16 games so far in July and he is 11 for 53 (.208 avg, .549 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  He has now played in 75 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 59 for 251 (.235 avg, .694 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 35 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Those numbers are awful for a starting 1B in the major leagues.  LaPorta has now played in 237 games in his first three years with the Indians and he is 188 for 808 (.233 avg, .694 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 28 homers, 97 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Indians aren’t going to wait around forever for LaPorta to start hitting the ball like the minor league scouting reports said he could when they dealt for him.

The Cleveland Indians lose Shin-Soo Choo for at least a month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by chinmusic on Saturday 25 June 2011 at 10:14 am

The Indians have lost starting RF Shin-Soo Choo for at least a month after be broke his left thumb last night when he was hit by a pitch. Choo has played in 72 games for the Indians this year and he is 65 for 266 (.244 avg, .687 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Righty swinging Austin Kearns and lefty swinging Travis Buck will likely platoon in RF until Choo is ready to return to action. The Indians really need those two guys to step up as neither of them have played too well so far this year. Kearns has played in 31 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 18 for 91 (.198 avg, .559 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. Travis Buck has played in 32 games for the Indians this year and he is 23 for 101 (.228 avg, .624 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Indians hope that Choo is ready to rock when he gets healthy as this has been a lost season for him right now.

UPDATE: (6/26/2011) – The new timeline is that Choo will miss at least the next six weeks as he will likely need surgery to repair his broken thumb. This is a big blow to the Tribe.

LF will likely be a platoon position for the Cleveland Indians until Grady Sizemore returns to action

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Needs to Step Up by chinmusic on Monday 16 May 2011 at 12:25 pm

The Indians have called up 27-year old lefty swinging Travis Buck from AAA to platoon in LF with Austin Kearns. Buck played in 10 games for the Indians earlier this year and he was 7 for 29 (.241 avg, .611 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He also has played in 18 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 20 for 60 (.333 avg, 1.016 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Indians need Austin Kearns to pick it up with the bat. He has played in 16 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 8 for 50 (.160 avg, .450 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 16 whiffs.

The Cleveland Indians place Asdrubal Cabrera on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at 1:55 pm

The Indians have placed starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left forearm which will likely require surgery. Cabrera has played in 33 games for the Indians this season and he is 39 of 136 (.287 avg, .689 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Indians have recalled 25-year old righty swinging Jason Donald to replace Cabrera as the starting shortstop. He made his major league debut against the Rays yesterday and he was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Donald came into this season as the Indians’ #15 rated prospect as he came over from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade last summer. Donald played in 37 games in AAA-ball this season and he was 38 of 137 (.277 avg, .820 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers, 17 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Indians are depending on Donald to do a good job while Cabrera is out of action.

UPDATE: Cabrera has had surgery to repair his broken left forearm which will cause him to miss the next 8-10 weeks.

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