August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Sunday’s season finale.
1.) Well, that’s all she wrote. The Indians finish the regular season with a record of 85-77. Despite missing the playoffs, I’d say that’s a pretty successful season. This marks the first time since 2000-01 that the Tribe put together consecutive winning seasons.
When you consider the loss of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir to free agency from last year’s team, the fact that Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera provided little to no value before being shipped off at the trade deadline, that Danny Salazar was sent to the minors after eight horrid starts to begin the season, that Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and David Murphy all dealt with injuries throughout the season that limited their production, and that Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi were unable to provide the sparks they did last year, it’s pretty impressive what the Indians were able to accomplish this year.
Indians manager Terry Francona seems to agree.To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 1-0 victory over the Rays on Friday night:
NOTE: This will be a special Corey Kluber-only edition of final thoughts! Enjoy.
1.) Well, that’s it. Corey Kluber has done all he can to make a case for the American League Cy Young Award this season. All that’s left now is for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to make his final start of the season Sunday night against the Angels and for the voters to decide who will take home the hardware.
Two weeks ago, if I had the honor of casting a vote, I would have given it to King Felix. Before tonight, I was leaning towards Kluber. After tonight, not only is it hard to see an argument against Kluber, but frankly I can’t fathom what Felix could do on Sunday to make up the ground.To read more or comment...
Your move, King Felix.
With the Indians all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this year, all eyes were on Corey Kluber during Friday night’s final series opener against Tampa Bay.
Kluber was making the final start of his historic season and each pitch he threw seemed to inch him closer and closer to a potential American League Cy Young Award victory over Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.
Kluber struck out 11 through eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and two walks as the Indians (86-74) won by a final score of 1-0.To read more or comment...
Final thoughts as the Indians find some offense and stave off elimination, at least for a few more hours.
1. The Indians have played 30 games in 30 days and their post-season fate could be decided on their off day. A victory by the Oakland A's, who open a four-game series in Texas Thursday, or by the Kansas City Royals, who start a four-game set in Chicago against the White Sox Thursday, will end the Tribe's wild-card hopes.
2. After Wednesday, Oakland and Kansas City were 86-72 and tied for the two AL wild card spots. The Seattle Mariners were three games out, the Indians 31/2. The Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays Friday through Sunday with only a flicker of hope. They need to win all three games and hope the Royals and A's lose out.
3. "I've said all year long as long as we have life we're going to keep battling and that's exactly what we did tonight," said Indians right fielder David Murphy, whose sacrifice fly in the sixth brought home the final run. "We've had some good moments, we've had some bad moments this season. Hopefully we're going into the last series of the season still alive. Both those teams play tomorrow? We'll see what happens. You don't like it to be in a situation where there are things out of your control, but we did what we could tonight."To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians disheartening 7-1 loss to the visiting Royals, leaving the Tribe’s playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
1) Oh how much things can change from season to season. And for the Indians, that’s not a good thing this year.
This time last season, the feisty Indians surprised all of baseball as they reeled off a 10-game winning streak over the final week and a half of the regular season to force a one-game Wild Card playoff game with the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the first time they’d returned to the post season since 2007. Forget the fact that they lost that game. Getting to that point after so many baseball folks had written them off for dead was what mattered most.
2) The Tribe's attempt at a late run this season has fallen flat thanks to a second consecutive loss to the visiting Kansas City Royals that has the Indians postseason hopes hanging by a thread – a very thin, frayed thread at that.To read more or comment...
Good pitching may dominate in October, but it takes some offense in September to get there first.
Unfortunately for the Indians, even mustering the littlest bit of offense has become too much to expect.
The Indians scoreless inning streak reached 19 before it was snapped in the eighth inning Tuesday on a double-play ground out that allowed pinch runner J.B. Shuck to cross unfamiliar territory at home plate via an unearned run.
It was the Indians first score since the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Minnesota. Yet it mattered little in a 7-1 thud of a defeat.To read more or comment...