Rajai Davis is giving the Cleveland Indians a spark with his speed

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Cleveland Indians were pretty much a station to station offensive team in 2015.  The free agent addition of 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Rajai Davis has sparked the offense so far this year with his speed.  He has played in 8 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 7 for 31 (.226 avg, .713 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  But, he has whiffed 12 times so far this year, which is way too many.  That being said, he gets opposing pitchers nervous when he’s on base.  The Tribe should find a way to keep Davis on the field even when Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall return from the D.L.

Jose Ramirez is off to a good start for the Cleveland Indians in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 4:02 pm

Switch-hitting Jose Ramirez started last season as the Tribe’s starting SS, but he stunk it up there and got replaced by Francisco Lindor.  Ramirez played in 97 games for the Indians last year and he was 69 of 315 (.219 avg, .631 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Ramirez came to spring training like a man on a mission!  He not only earned a spot on the Indians’ roster, but he has been playing all over the place this year….including the outfield.  Ramirez has played in 3 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 5 for 13 (.385 avg, .846 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Look for Ramirez to keep getting his fair share of P.T. as long as he continues to rake at the plate.

Carlos Santana seems to be adjusting to his new role with the Cleveland Indians so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 8:48 pm

29-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana didn’t seem too keen on being a full time DH this year, but he might be warming up to the idea.  Not having to worry about playing defense seems to have helped him focus at the plate.  In his first two games this year for the Indians, he is 3 for 6 (.500 avg, 1.792 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He has also walked twice so far this year without whiffing.  Santana has averaged 74.2 runs scored, 22.2 homers, 79.8 RBIs and 100.4 walks per season from 2011-2015 with the Tribe.  A little bump in those numbers in 2016 would please the Indians.

A couple of infielders are really raking in spring training for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 12:50 am

23-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS/3B Jose Ramirez and 24-year old righty swinging Giovanny Urshela are both killing the baseball so far this spring for the Cleveland Indians.  It’s too bad that both of these guys stunk it up so bad at the plate last year, or they could have still been platooning at 3B for the Tribe in 2016.  As it stands, Ramirez will likely get some playing time all over the place in 2016 and Urshela will likely start the season in AAA-ball.  Ramirez has played in 14 games so far this spring and he is 16 of 41 (.390 avg, 1.203 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers, 11 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  But, he played in 97 games for the Indians last year in which he was only 69 of 315 (.219 avg, .631 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Urshela has played in 15 games so far this spring and he is 11 of 35 (.314 avg, 1.197 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 5 homers and 12 RBIs.  But, he played in 81 games for the Tribe last year in his first taste of the majors and he was only 60 for 267 (.225 avg, .608 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers and 21 RBIs.

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.

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