Twenty-four final thoughts on right-hander Corey Kluber, a strange crew chief review and Kluber’s warm-up pitch issue.
1. Kluber surpassed his career-high in innings pitched in a season Wednesday with 192 2/3. But he insisted he’s not getting tired. “No, not at all,” he said. “I feel as good now as I did at the beginning of the year. Stuff-wise, I think my stuff has carried on throughout the year. I haven't lost anything. I just made a couple mistakes today.”
2. He also pitched for the second consecutive outing on five days rest and suffered his second consecutive defeat. But Kluber, known for his strict routine in between starts, said that hasn’t been a factor. “I don't think so,” he said. “I think I've had times throughout the year where I've had an extra day of rest and I've been fine. I just think, for whatever reason, I made some mistakes, kind of in some key spots. ... They took advantage of it. Even the one (Jose) Abreu hit in the (seventh), it was a good pitch. It was where we wanted it. He's just a really good hitter and he did a good piece of hitting.”
3. More of an issue may be the Indians’ lack of run support for their ace. Wednesday marked the 12th time in Kluber's 28 starts that the Indians have scored three or fewer runs. That includes six of his last seven.To read more or comment...
Final thoughts after Zach Walters hit his sixth home run in 13 games, a two-run blast off right-hander Jake Petricka in the 10th inning to give the Indians the victory.
1. I don’t know who in the Indians’ baseball operations department first spotted Walters. General manager Chris Antonetti has said that the Tribe has liked him for a while. It’s possible they liked him in the 2010 draft, when the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Walters in the ninth round. But if the Indians make the playoffs, tabbing Walters as the player they wanted in the July 31 trade with the Washington Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera might turn out to be the biggest move in getting them in.
2. Since the Indians called up Walters from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 10, when they were in New York facing the Yankees, Walters has shown he doesn’t hit homers in routs. He hits them when they count. Four of his six have come when the game was tied, two when the Indians trailed by a run. Until Tuesday, his biggest was a ninth-inning walkoff on Aug. 13 in the first game of a home double-header against Arizona.
3. Add in his brief time with the Nationals and Walters has 18 hits this season and nine are home runs. Two of his three with Washington came in blowouts, but the other was with the game tied in the top of the eighth at Miami.To read more or comment...
*Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn will transfer his rehab to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday. Raburn, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Columbus. In three games for the Clippers, Raburn is 1 for 14 with two strikeouts.
*Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi, on the 60-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, is rehabbing with the RubberDucks Tuesday.
*Five Indians have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas. They are infielder/catcher Tony Wolters, outfielder Jordan Smith, right-handers Dylan Baker and Louis Head and left-hander Nick Maronde. Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and Carolina trainer Bobby Ruiz will also participate.
*Single-A Lake County outfielder Mike Papi was named the Indians' minor league player of the week. Papi has reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games, batting .279 with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and 12 walks. Papi has primarily played right field since for the Captains, compiling a .311 on-base percentage.To read more or comment...