Game #3: Cleveland Indians 4, Boston Red Sox 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 4:27 am

The Cleveland Indians had some unlikely heroes today as Josh Tomlin, Tyler Naquin and Coco Crisp were the stars of the game today!  Tomlin was the starting pitcher and he worked 5 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs (both earned) and he whiffed 4 batters.  He was the winning pitcher for the Tribe today!  Andrew Miller was next up and he was nasty again, working 2 shutout innings allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while whiffing 3 batters.  Bryan Shaw was next up and he didn’t pitch that well.  Shaw worked 2/3 of an inning in which he allowed 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and no walks while whiffing 1 batter.  Cody Allen was shaky, but in the end he got the job done.  He worked the final 1 2/3 innings in the Tribe in this game and he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks but o runs while whiffing 1 batter.  He earned the save despite only throwing 19 of his 40 pitches (47.5%) for strikes!

Outfielders Coco Crisp and Tyler Naquin provided all the offense the Indians would need in this game.  Crisp went 1 for 2 with 1 run scored, a big homer and 2 RBI!  Naquin was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI in this game!  Carlos Santana (1 for 4), Francisco Lindor (2 for 4 with a double), Jose Ramirez (1 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored) and Lonnie Chisenhall (1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored) also pitched in offensively for the Tribe in this game!  The Indians were a combined 7 of 32 (.219 avg) with 2 walks and 10 whiffs in this game.  The Indians swept the Red Sox in three games in the A.L.D.S.!  They will start up the A.L.C.S. at Progressive Field on Friday Night against the Toronto Blue Jays!

The guys that the Cleveland Indians brought in at the trade deadline have been outstanding!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 30 September 2016 at 8:36 pm

31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller and 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer came to the Cleveland Indians in trade deadline deals at the end of July and they have both been outstanding for them.  Miller has been lights out for the Tribe!  Miller has pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 4-0 with 3 saves, a 1.69 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP.  He has only given up 13 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 26 2/3 innings for the Indians!  Miller has now pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Yankees and Indians this year and he is 10-1 with 12 saves, a 1.50 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.  Guyer was quickly dealt for after Jonathan Lucroy vetoed a deal between the Tribe and the Brewers.  Guyer has really been raking at the plate since coming to the Indians.  He has played in 37 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 27 of 81 (.333 avg, .901 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers, 14 RBI, 1 stolen base and he has been hit by a pitch 8 times!  Guyer has now played in 100 games overall this year for the Rays and Indians in which he is 78 of 293 (.266 avg, .793 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 9 homers, 32 RBI, 3 stolen bases and a Major League leading 31 times hit by a pitch!  Give the Indians’ GM a big thumbs up for bringing in Miller and Guyer at the trade deadline!

The Cleveland Indians spread their free agent money around last winter

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 29 September 2016 at 5:43 pm

The Cleveland Indians decided to sign a bevy of free agents last winter, spending $17.25 million bucks on four guys instead of one big name player!  The results were outstanding!  34-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli has turned in a monster year for the Indians power wise, which was why they signed him.  He was signed to a 1-year, $7 million dollar deal last winter and the Tribe will have to ante up this winter if they want to keep him.  Napoli has played in 147 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 132 of 545 (.242 avg, .811 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 34 homers, 101 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Those runs scored, homers and RBI are new career highs for Napoli.  Now he has whiffed 191 times so far this year, but he has also walked 76 times.  The Indians don’t mind the whiffing as long as it came with all of those homers and RBI!  35-year old righty swinging outfielder Rajai Davis signed a 1-year, $5.25 million dollar with the Tribe last winter.  He had a rough time defensively early in the year for the Tribe, but he has played well in the field the last five months for them!  Davis has played in 131 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 113 of 445 (.254 avg, .705 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 12 homers, 48 RBI and a American League leading 42 stolen bases!  Davis has set new career highs in both runs scored and homers for the Tribe in 2016!  37-year old righty swinging Juan Uribe played decent defensively, but he didn’t hit a lick for the Indians, leading to his release.  Uribe played in 73 games for the Tribe this year and he was 49 of 238 (.206 avg, .591 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers and 25 RBI.  Uribe was signed to a 1-year, $4 million dollar deal by the Tribe last winter.  Uribe’s release led to Jose Ramirez getting the full time job at 3B for the Tribe, and the result has been outstanding.  39-year old righty swinging outfielder Marlon Byrd was signed to a 1-year, $1 million dollar deal late in spring training when it was evident that Michael Brantley wouldn’t be ready to start the season.  Byrd played in 34 games for the Tribe in which he was 31 of 115 (.270 avg, .778 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers and 19 RBI.  Then Byrd was suspended for 162 games for testing positive for PEDs!  Overall though, the signings Napoli and Davis more than made up for the signings of Uribe and Byrd.

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!

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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