The Cleveland Indians had a decent first half in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by admin on Monday 9 July 2012 at 4:49 pm

The Cleveland Indians had a pretty decent first half of the season in 2012.  They finished in second place in the A.L. Central with a 44-40 record, just three games behind the division leading Chicago White Sox.  Here are the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my eyes:

Team MVP:  Jason Kipnis – 25-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis should have made it to the All-Star team from the Tribe.  He played in 83 games for the Indians in the first  half of the 2012 season and he was 91 of 329 (.277 avg, .765 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  The Indians need him to keep rolling with the bat in the second half.

Biggest Surprise:  Jose Lopez – The Indians sent 28-year old righty swinging infielder Jose Lopez to AAA-ball earlier this year, but he earned his way back and he has been solid since then.  Lopez played in 48 games for the Indians in the first half of the 2012 season and he was 43 of 161 (.267 avg, .712 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers and 27 RBIs.  The Indians hope that Lopez keeps hitting well as he will continue to get a lot of P.T. due to his versatility in the field.

Biggest Disappointment:  Carlos Santana -  26-year old switch-hitting catcher Carlos Santana was being counted on to be one of the Indians best hitters in 2012, but it just isn’t happening quite yet.  Santana has played in 69 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 54 of 244 (.221 avg, .675 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 5 homers, 30 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Indians are going to need Santana to step up in the second half with the bat if they are going to make a serious run at a division title in 2012.

 

The Cleveland Indians had a rough first weekend

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by admin on Monday 9 April 2012 at 7:18 pm

The Cleveland Indians lost two out of three games against the Blue Jays over the weekend as they wasted some outstanding starting pitching.  Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe combined to got 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.59 WHIP…….and the Indians still only won 1 game this weekend.  That is partially due to the fact the their normally awesome bullpen was awful.  Seven relievers for the Indians combined to go 0-2 with 1 save, a 7.20 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  Only Rafael Perez and Dan Wheeler didn’t give up any runs out of the pen for the Tribe last weekend.  The Indians also didn’t hit much this weekend either as they hit .153 with a .577 OPS as a team.  They did crank five homers over the weekend though and that’s a bright spot for the offense.  Carlos Santana was 3 for 12 (.250 avg, 1.188 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs.  He walked 4 times and whiffed 3 times over the weekend, showing off his good eye.  3B Jack Hannahan also swung the bat well for the Indians as he was 3 for 12 (.250 avg, .808 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  The Indians look to get back on the right track by hosting the Chicago White Sox starting tonight.

The Cleveland Indians had a solid first half of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 11 July 2011 at 8:13 pm

The Cleveland Indians led the A.L. Central for most of the 2011 season, but they finished the first half 1/2 a game behind the Tigers with a 47-42 record. They are also 6.5 games behind the Yankees for the A.L. Wild Card. The best way for the Tribe to get to the playoffs is to win the Central Division. I look for the Indians to make a trade or two this month if they keep playing well. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2011 season:

Team MVP: 25-year old switch-hitting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has taken his game to a whole new level in 2011. He has played in 88 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 105 for 358 (.293 avg, .836 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. The Indians need Cabrera to have a big second half because they have had some issues scoring runs this year.

Biggest Surprise: 26-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Masterson pitched in 45 games (39 starts) in his first two years with the Indians and he was 7-20 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Masterson is rewarding the Indians’ faith in him this year as he has been dominating. He has pitched in 19 games (18 starts) for the Tribe this year and he is 7-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has only given up 111 hits in his first 122 2/3 innings so far this year and he has whiffed 87 batters while only walking 39 of them which shows just how effective he has been. The Indians need Masterson to finish this season strongly.

Biggest Disappointment: 27-year old righty starting pitcher Fausto Carmona has been pretty awful so far this year. He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 4-10 with a 5.78 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Carmona’s job appears safe when he comes off the D.L., but the Indians need him to get back to the pitcher he was last year.

The Cleveland Indians had a tough weekend to start the 2011 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 12:28 pm

The Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox behind a dazzling performance out of starting pitcher Justin Masterson. The Indians really needed that after Fausto Carmona & Carlos Carrasco got beat up by the White Sox in the first two games of the series as the White Sox outscored them 24-20. On the bright side, the Indians really swung the bats well as they hit .318 with a .832 OPS over the weekend. The Indians hope to keep the bats going against the Red Sox this week who are 0-3 to start the year.

The Cleveland Indians had a horrible first half in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 13 July 2010 at 9:03 am

The Cleveland Indians are in last place in the A.L. Central with a 34-54 record which has them 15.5 games behind the White Sox. The second half could be even worse for the Indians because they are likely to be moving some veteran players in trades. Here is a closer look at the surprises and disappointments of the first half of the 2009 season:

Pleasant Surprises: Nobody expecting anything out of 30-year old outfielder Austin Kearns this season. But Kearns got himself some P.T. early in the year and he ran with it. Kearns has now played in 74 games this year for the Indians and he is 73 of 270 (.270 avg, .766 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 38 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. 24-year old catcher Carlos Santana is off to a very fast start to his major league career. He has played in 29 games for the Indians and he is 27 of 95 (.284 avg, .993 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. It looks like he’s already the best player on the team. 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mitch Talbot came over from the Rays in a trade over the winter (for Kelly Shoppach) and he has been solid for the Tribe. Talbot has started 17 games for the Indians this year and he is 8-8 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. In 2007, 26-year old righty starting pitcher Fausto Carmona looked like he was going to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. In 2008 and 2009 though he pretty much sucked for the Indians. He has rebounded in 2010 and he has made the A.L. All-Star Team. Carmona has started 18 games for the Indians this year and he is 8-7 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Disappointments: The Indians have certainly had their share of guys having bad years but these four are the most disappointing. 24-year old catcher Lou Marson was supposed to start at catcher until Carlos Santana was ready but those plans changed quickly. Marson played in 45 games for the Indians this season and he was 27 of 141 (.191 avg, .530 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He is in AAA along with 24-year old 2B Luis Valbuena who has been even worse this year. Valbuena has played in 49 games for the Indians this season and he is 25 of 151 (.166 avg, .514 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Valbuena was the starting 2B for the Tribe when the year started but he will have to show vast improvement before getting another chance. 33-year old Kerry Wood was banged up most of this season but he’s healthy now and he’s not pitching good. Wood has pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Indians this season and he is 1-4 with 8 saves, a 6.30 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. 25-year old lefty starting pitcher David Huff was the Indians’ leader in wins in 2009 but he’s already in AAA this year. He started 13 games for the Indians this season and he is 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.

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