by scott longert on 10/09/18
I was at the game on Monday and witnessed the end of the Indians baseball season. For the first half of the game I stood and waved my rally towel, then put it down when Houston took the lead. Three straight and out, not what we wanted to see at home with a packed house.
Looking ahead to 2019 I believe free agents Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen will sign elsewhere. Replacing Brantley will be a very tough thing to do. The Tribe has to find an outfielder that can hit .300, hit some home runs and deliver in the clutch. They are going to have to spend some big money to accomplish that. Even if they do, they still need a right fielder and a couple of back-ups.
The bullpen will have to be overhauled. Other than Hand and Cimber I don't know who else will be on the roster. Again the Indians are going to have to spend money to fix the situation.
They may have to part with a starting pitcher to get the pieces they need. That will be taking something of a risk, but somebody like Shane Bieber or Adam Plutko could be the fourth and fifth starters.
On the bright side we have Frankie Lindor.
by scott longert on 07/19/18
I took some time off for a long vacation and tended to some matters that needed attention. I should be back to writing blogs on a regular basis.
I am excited about the Indians trade, getting relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres in exchange for Francisco Meija. The club badly needed relief help and they got it without losing any key players, Meija could turn out to be a great player, but the bullpen help was critical and hence the trade. If Adam Miller returns healthy the Tribe will have solved all their problems with the relief pitching.
I saw one of the games against the Yankees and was amazed by the play of Jose Ramirez. First he had an RBI single then later homered to right field. With 29 home runs he has a legitimate shot at 50 or possibly setting an Indians record with 53.
Frankie Lindor has already 85 runs scored and should total about 140-150 for the season. Both these guys are just getting started and are potential Hall of Famers if they keep it up.
by scott longert on 05/04/18
I attended the Wednesday afternoon game against the Texas Rangers. I expected Corey Kluber to pitch well but did not anticipate to see the barrage of home runs. I have been to a lot of Indians games over the years and I have never seen one batter hit three home runs. Sure the wind was blowing out, yet the balls hit by Encarnacion would have gone out on any day. It was fun to the see the parrot circle the bases three times in one afternoon.
Kluber did pitch well although the Rangers hit three homers of their own off him. Joey Gallo really smacked one late in the game.
The next day the Indians slowed down on the homers, but still scored eleven in the first game of the double header then eleven more in game two. The only down side is the poor relief pitching in both games. It goes to show how valuable Andrew Miller is and how much they miss him, even for ten days. It is only the first week of May, still the Indians have had to go to Columbus and call up Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. With Nick Goody on the DL for at least another ten days, the starters need to pile up the innings for a while.
It is a relief to see Lindor, Kipnis and Ramirez get hot at about the same time. The top of the order is beginning to carry the offense as it should. Michael Brantley has been hitting extremely well while Yan Gomes is off to a good start. This may be the year where the offense carries the Tribe to the post-season, more so than the pitching.
by scott longert on 04/13/18
Thanks to the Tigers and Royals for permitting the Indians to right themselves and start an early season winning streak. The starting pitching has been excellent, particularly Kluber and Carrasco. Bauer has been good as well as Clevinger resulting in five straight wins and counting.
The hitting has been poor until the explosion Thursday night with the nine runs and fifteen hits. I am encouraged by Bradley Zimmer homering and going three for four the other night. As long as they can stay away from the injuries (Lonnie Chisenhall) they should be just fine.
Good to see the Pirates and Mets off to fast starts. The Nationals may have some competition after all.
Thanks to everybody who came to see me at the Mentor Library. I had a fun time and enjoyed talking with Indians fans. I hope to return there when the new book arrives in the fall.
by scott longert on 03/30/18
We got the good and bad from the Indians last night. Corey Kluber pitched his usual excellent game while he got no support from the offense. He made one bad pitch to Nelson Cruz and that was the ball game, 2-1.
I believe the Indians will hit just fine this year and Kluber will win his share of games. It is way too early to make any judgements on who will hit and who will not.
Yesterday Giancarlo Stanton started to earn his mega millions by hitting two home runs for the Yankees. It is going to be fun to watch New York and see how many home runs will be flying out of the park. I have a feeling a few records are going to be set.
Right now the Indians home opener is set to be played with a forecast of 37 degrees for the day. It appears to be a winter coat day once again for the Cleveland fans. It reminds me of a fan comment from the late 1930's when the opening day temperatures were below freezing. He got to his seat, stood up and said loudly, "What time is the kick-off?" Good luck to everybody at the game!