The front end of the bullpen is looking good so far this year for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 4:14 pm

31-year old righty Jeff Manship, 30-year old righty Joba Chamberlain and 31-year old righty Dan Otero are all pitching well for the Cleveland Indians so far this year.  Manship pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 1-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.  He is proving so far that 2015 was not a fluke.  Manship has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  The Indians took a chance on both Chamberlain and Otero who are both coming off rough seasons, just like Manship was in 2014.  Chamberlain pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Royals and Tigers in 2015 and he was 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  But he has looked good for the Tribe so far this year.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP.  He has only given up 1 hit in his first 5 1/3 innings for the Tribe!  Otero pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has pitched in 4 games out of the pen for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.25 WHIP.  Otero has only given up 1 hit in his first four innings this year.  The Indians hope that this trio continues to pitch well as it really helps extend the bullpen.

Danny Salazar is locked in right now for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 6:41 pm

26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar is putting it all together so far this year.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  Salazar has only given up 8 hits while whiffing 23 batters in his first 18 1/3 innings so far this year, which is very, very impressive!  He has now pitched in 63 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Tribe and he is 24-22 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Salazar stays aggressive, because he has some of the nastiest stuff in all of baseball!

The Cleveland Indians are ready to find out if Jeff Manship is for real in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 6:10 pm

31-year old righty reliever Jeff Manship came literally out of nowhere for the Cleveland Indians last year.  He pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 1-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.  Manship has now pitched in 104 games (10 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 5-9 with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Last year was the first in Manship’s career that he had an ERA of under 5.28 and a WHIP of under 1.38, so I have to be somewhat skeptical about how he pitched last year.  I’m rooting for this guy, as he was outstanding for the Tribe in 2015.

It looks like Joba Chamberlain is going to win a bullpen job for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 7:20 pm

It appears as if 30-year old righty reliever Joba Chamberlain is going to win a job in the Cleveland Indians‘ bullpen at the start of the 2016 season.  Chamberlain had a rough first outing this spring, but he has been rock solid since then.  He has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) so far in spring training for the Indians and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Royals and Tigers last year and he was 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  Chamberlain has now pitched in 365 games (43 starts) in his first nine years in the show and he is 25-21 with 7 saves, a 3.87 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Chamberlain was awesome his first two years with the Yankees.  But in 2009, the Yankees tried to make him a starter and he has never been the same pitcher since then.  The Tribe is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Chamberlain, as he is still throwing hard.

Marc Rzepczynski has been a nice addition for the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 14 September 2013 at 6:17 pm

28-year old lefty reliever Mark Rzepczynski has been a nice addition to the Indians’ bullpen since coming over in a deal with the Cardinals.  He has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.15 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.  He has only given up 8 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings for the Indians so far this year, which are impressive numbers.  He has held lefty hitters to 8 for 47 (.170 avg, .418 OPS) with 3 doubles so far this year, which is impressive.  Rzepczynski has now pitched in 29 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Cardinals and Indians in which he is 0-0 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

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