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.
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.
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.
28-year old righty closer Chris Perez rarely has a one-two-three inning for the Cleveland Indians. He has pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 5-3 with 23 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Perez has given up 47 hits (8 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 49 1/3 innings so far this year. Perez has now pitched in 269 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the Indians and he is 11-17 with 122 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Perez is currently #3 in career saves (122) for the Indians and he is seven behind Doug Jones (129) and 17 behind Bob Wickman (139). I don’t see Perez passing up Wickman, because I think he is going to get traded this winter. In the meantime, the Indians really need Perez to pitch well the rest of the way in 2013.
The Indians could be without 28-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Masterson for the rest of the season due to an oblique injury. If Masterson is out for the rest of the season, it will be a major blow to the Tribe as they try to make the playoffs. They are currently 3 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot. Masterson has pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 14-10 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has thrown three complete game shutouts this year, as he has been the workhorse of the rotation so far in 2013. Masterson has given up only 155 hits and 75 walks while whiffing 188 batters in his first 189 1/3 innings this year, which are pretty impressive numbers. Masterson has now pitched in 142 games (135 starts) in his first five years with the Indians and he is 44-55 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.