It took three weeks to get back to action.
But once the Indians and Royals resumed their suspended game Monday night at Progressive Field, the Tribe had wrapped up the final three outs in nine minutes – the 4-3 victory inching them a game closer in the American League’s second wild card race.
The Indians now sit 2 ½ games behind Kansas City with six games remaining in the regular season, including Monday’s originally scheduled 7:05 game that begins a crucial three-game series.
Indians manager Terry Francona seemed to already be in postseason managerial mode, pulling the old switcheroo in an effort to help claim the much-needed victory. Three hours before the game began, the veteran skipper said rookie Kyle Crockett would “start” the game. Instead, he gave the ball to veteran Scott Atchison.To read more or comment...
For anyone who follows the Indians or is a fan of the club’s ace pitcher, it came as little surprise Monday that Corey Kluber was tabbed as the American League Player of the Week, his second such honor this season.
The right-hander has been solid all season, save for a three-start hiccup from Aug. 21 through Sept. 1 in which his mechanics got of whack and needed a tweak. But as soon as the slight flaw was identified, Kluber (17-9, 2.53 ERA) picked right up where he left off and has been flat out dominant in his four consecutive wins since.
Last week’s stats were particularly eye-popping, even by Kluber standards: He went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA while racking up 28 strikeouts over 15 innings as he continues to make a compelling case for strong consideration for the A.L. Cy Young award.
With the Indians trying to make a late run to sneak into the postseason, Kluber led the way on the mound last week. In his first start at Houston, he struck out 14 in seven innings to lead the Tribe to a 4-2 victory. In his second start of the week Sunday at Minnesota, Kluber again piled up 14 punch outs over eight innings to not only lead the Indians to a 7-2 rout of the host Twins, but save the club’s bullpen as well.To read more or comment...
Here are the Indians and visiting Royals lineups for tonight’s originally scheduled game that kicks off a crucial three-game series at Progressive Field Monday.
Please note that the teams will first complete a suspended game from Aug. 31 in Kansas City before the second game begins at 7:05 pm or a half hour after the first game ends if after 7:05.
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Bryan Shaw mumbled to reporters when they approached him following Saturday night’s loss, saying he hadn’t been approached all season and now the media wanted to talk to him.
The statement wasn’t exactly true, although Shaw probably hasn’t had more than a handful of interviews all season. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of being a reliever. Few notice you until you don’t do your job.
Shaw was at the center of attention for the second consecutive game Sunday against the division-rival Tigers. Just like in Saturday’s loss, with the Tribe clinging to a one-run advantage, he gave up another two-run homer. This time it was to Ian Kinsler with no outs in the seventh inning to once again hand the Tigers a one-run lead late.
But Sunday’s 6-4 Indians loss that clinched the weekend series sweep by the host Tigers wasn’t solely on Shaw. He exited the game after allowing the two runs, but with the Indians still in striking distance, facing just a one-run deficit.To read more or comment...
Not long after the host Tigers rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night for a come-from-behind 5-4 victory, some of the team’s fans took to social media to voice their frustrations.
Professional athletes are always best to ignore anything negative from fans. But when one tags them directly on Twitter with their negative comments, sometimes it’s just too tempting not to fire back in the heat of the moment.
That’s what happened to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis late Saturday evening when a disgruntled fan Tweeted at Kipnis and the Indians accounts: “And we wonder why only 9,000 people show up to Indians game in September. This team is pathetic.”
To which Kipnis soon responded:To read more or comment...