Jason Giambi performed magic for the Cleveland Indians last night

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 6:54 pm

Indians’ closer Chris Perez gave up 9th inning homers to Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza last night in the 9th inning, to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.  42-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi came up with two outs and Michael Brantley on base.  Then he hit a moon shot walkoff homers in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Tribe a huge win, as they maintained a lead over the Rangers in the Wild Card Race.  Giambi has played in 69 games for the Indians this year and he is 33 of 182 (.181 avg, .653 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs.  He has played in 17 games as a pinch hitter for the Indians so far this year and he is 3 for 14 (.214 avg, 1.210 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs.  Giambi is running on fumes in his career, but he can still hit the long ball and none was bigger than the one he hit last night!  Giambi has now played in 2,232 games in his first 19 years in the majors and he is 2,001 of 7,203 (.278 avg, .919 OPS) with 1,224 runs scored, 438 homers, 1,436 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Michael Brantley is Mr. Consistent for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 September 2013 at 2:36 pm

26-year old lefty swinging LF Michael Brantley isn’t a star by any means, but he does everything pretty well on the baseball field.  He has played in 145 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 148 of 529 (.280 avg, .719 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 9 homers, 68 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Brantley is currently #3 on the Tribe in RBIs with 68 of them.  He is also #5 in runs scored (63), tied for 6th in homers (9) and he is #4 in stolen bases (15) on the Indians in 2013.  Brantley has now played in 508 games in his first five years with the Indians and he is 535 of 1,941 (.276 avg, .708 OPS) with 237 runs scored, 25 homers, 207 RBIs and 54 stolen bases.  The Indians need Brantley to keep rolling the rest of the way in 2013.

The Cleveland Indians need to find more ABs for Ryan Raburn moving forward

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 3 August 2013 at 6:10 pm

The Indians need to find a way to get 32-year old righty swinging Ryan Raburn more P.T. moving forward.  He is a notorious second half hitter in his career and he is on fire with the bat since July 1st.  Since July 1st, Raburn has played in 14 games in which he is 13 for 34 (.382 avg) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  Raburn has now played in 63 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 50 for 175 (.286 avg, .961 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 13 homers and 37 RBIs.  Raburn’s a pretty versatile player in the field, so manager Terry Francona can probably find creative ways to get him more P.T. moving forward.

Michael Bourn is all of a sudden knocking in a lot runs for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 29 July 2013 at 7:07 pm

30-year old lefty swinging CF Michael Bourn is only 2 of 5 stealing bases so far in July, but he has been knocking in a lot of runs so far this month.  Bourn has played in 20 games so far in July for the Tribe and he is 21 of 79 (.266 avg, .697 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 16 RBIs.  Bourn has now played in 76 games overall this year and he is 90 for 310 (.290 avg, .723 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 4 homers and 31 RBIs.  But, he is only 13 of 21 (61.9%) stealing bases so far this year.  The Indians gave Bourn the big bucks to jump start the offense at the top of the order, so they need him to start stealing more bases moving forward.

Jason Kipnis was on fire with the bat in June for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 12:57 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis was on absolute fire with the bat for the Indians in June.  Kipnis played in 27 games in June for the Tribe and he was 39 of 93 (.419 avg, 1.216 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He also walked 20 times in June, as pitchers were trying to be careful pitching to him.  Kipnis has now played in 73 games overall this year for the Indians and he was 83 of 278 (.299 avg, .913 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  The Indians hope that Kipnis stays hot as the team got hot right along with him.

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