The Cleveland Indians had a rock solid first half in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Monday 15 July 2013 at 9:25 pm

New manager Terry Francona has his Cleveland Indians in a good position at the All-Star Break.  The Indians are 51-44 (53.7%) so far this year, which has them in second place in the A.L. Central, only 1.5 games behind the Tigers.  The Indians are also 3 games behind the Rangers and Rays in the Wild Card Race.  Here are the players who made the biggest impacts for the Indians in the first half of the 2013 season, in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  Jason Kipnis – 26-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis is having a huge season for the Tribe in 2013.  Kipnis has played in 84 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 96 of 319 (.301 avg, .897 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 57 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  He has also walked 45 times so far this year, but he has also whiffed 83 times…..which is too many!  Kipnis is the Indians’ leader in runs scored (53), RBIs (57) and stolen bases (21) at the All-Star Break.  He is also #2 in homers (13) and #3 in walks (45) for the Tribe so far in 2013.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Corey Kluber – 27-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Kluber was a long shot to make the Indians’ starting rotation this spring.  He not only made the team, but he has been one of their best pitchers so far in 2013.  Kluber has pitched in 17 games (15 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 7-5 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Kluber has given up 96 hits and 22 walks while whiffing 94 batters in his first 95 innings so far this year, which are impressive numbers.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Nick Swisher – The Indians gave 32-year old switch-hitting 1B Nick Swisher big bucks last winter for his bat, but that just hasn’t worked out so far in 2013.  Swisher has played in 79 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 70 for 289 (.242 avg, .750 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs.  Swisher has also whiffed 72 times against 46 walks so far this year.  The Indians need a lot more out of Swisher’s bat in 2013.

The Cleveland Indians had a 2012 to forget

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by admin on Monday 15 October 2012 at 6:34 pm

The Indians were o.k. for a while last year, but the last two months doomed both the team and manager Manny Acta (as he was fired).  The Indians finished up with a 68-94 record (42%), finishing in 4th place in the A.L. Central, 20 games behind the Tigers.  Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Tribe in 2012, in my opinion:

Team MVP – Shin-Soo Choo – 30-year old lefty swinging RF Shin-Soo Choo was the one consistent hitter for the Indians in 2012.  Choo played in 155 games for the Indians last year and he was 169 of 598 (.283 avg, .815 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 16 homers, 67 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

Best Pitcher – Vinnie Pestano – 27-year old righty set-up man Vinnie Pestano was the Indians’ best pitcher in 2012.  He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Tribe last year and he was 3-3 with 2 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Pestano gave up 53 hits and he walked 24 batters while whiffing 76 of them in only 70 innings pitched, which is pretty darn impressive.

Biggest Surprise – Esmil Rogers – The Indians dealt for 27-year old righty reliever Esmil Rogers during the season.  He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in 2012 and he was 0-2 with a 8.06 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.  So, the Indians weren’t expecting a whole lot, but  they were surprised.  Rogers pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Indians after the trade and he was 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Biggest Disappointment – Ubaldo Jimenez – The Indians dealt four solid propects for 28-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez a year and a half ago, and he has really sucked for them.  Jimenez pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  He lead the majors in losses in 2012.

 

The Cleveland Indians were so-so in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by admin on Thursday 6 October 2011 at 11:51 pm

The Cleveland Indians flirted with being a contender in the A.L. Central this year before finally falling apart in September due to injuries.  They finished in second place in the A.L. Central with a 80-82 record, 15 games behind the Tigers.  Here is a look at the things that stood out to me in 2011:

TEAM MVP:  25-year old switch-hitting shortstop was the starter in the All-Star Game for the American League (after Derek Jeter bowed out) as he was outstanding in the first half of the year for the Tribe.  He faded late in the year but his overall numbers were very solid.  Cabrera played in 151 games for the Indians last year and he was 165 for 604 (.273 avg, .792 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 25 homers, 92 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

BEST PITCHER:  26-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Masterson turned in an outstanding year for the Tribe in 2011.  He pitched in 34 games (33 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.   Masterson was a workhorse for the Tribe as he worked 216 innings in which he gave up 211 hits (only 11 homers), walked 65 batters and he whiffed 158.

PLEASANT SURPRISE:  The bullpen was outstanding for the Indians in 2011.  26-year old righty closer Chris Perez worked in 64 games out of the pen last year and he was 4-7 with 36 saves, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  26-year old righty Vinnie Pestano (1-2, 2 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 67 games) and 27-year old righty Joe Smith (3-3 with a 2.01 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 71 games) really did well for the Indians from the right side.  From the left side it was 29-year old Rafael Perez (5-2, 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 71 games) and 28-year old Tony Sipp (6-3, 3.03 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP) were also very effective for the Indians.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  27-year old righty starting pitcher Fausto Carmona gets this dubious honor.  The Indians were hoping that Carmona was going to build on a very effective 2010 season, but he certainly didn’t as he regressed big time!  Carmona pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2011 and he was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

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