On A No Party Zone, An Encouraging Tomlin, Home Attendance Numbers, Playoff Scenarios | Extra FramesThe Cleveland Indians managed only two hits against Chicago starter Carlos Rodon and lost to the White Sox at Progressive Field, 3-0. This column presents my takeaways from Sunday's game. For more baseball analysis and insight, follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).
Indians' Title Hopes Denied By Rodon, Lose 3-0 To White SoxCarlos Rodon struck out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings and the Chicago White Sox denied Cleveland any chance of winning the AL Central title by beating the Indians 3-0 on Sunday.
Indians React To News Of Jose Fernandez's Tragic DeathPerspective can come in many shapes in sizes. But sometimes it can be delivered in the worst of ways. The Cleveland Indians' locker room, generally filled with the buzz associated with a team in a pennant race, was far more somber and silent after news of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's death was revealed early on Sunday morning.
On More Than A Few Missed Chances By The Indians, Making Bullpen Days 'Reach' | Extra FramesThe theme of Saturday night's game at Progressive Field was wasted opportunities. The biggest whiff was on the possibility for Cleveland to control their own destiny on a potential division clinch at home on Sunday afternoon.
Indians Fall To White Sox 8-1, Magic Number Now At Two GamesThe Cleveland Indians blew some early scoring chances against Jose Quintana and lost 8-1 to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, keeping them from getting closer to an AL Central title.
How Will Indians Balance Rest With Chasing AL's Top Spot?At this point, clinching the American League Central Division is shaping up to be purely a formality for the Cleveland Indians. A loss by Detroit to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon knocked Cleveland's magic number down to two, meaning a pair of wins to close out the three-game set against the White Sox will make Cleveland division champs for the first time since 2007.
Former MLB Pitcher Kent Mercker Joins Beau Bishop To Talk Indians Baseball And Preview What's To Come For The Tribe In OctoberFormer MLB Pitcher Kent Mercker joined Beau Bishop on Saturday to talk about the 90-win Cleveland Indians. Kent discussed the effect that Terry Francona has on the clubhouse and how, despite all their injuries, this team could make a major run in October.
On Hitting The Reset Button, Coco Crisp's Game Face, A 'Ridiculous' Homer | Extra FramesThe Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox on Friday, 10-4, reducing the Tribe's magic number to clinch the American League Central Division to three. This column presents my takeaways from Friday's game. For more baseball analysis and insight, follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).
Ramirez Has Big Night; Indians Move Closer To Central TitleJose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians moved a step closer to the AL Central title with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Indians Manager Terry Francona Talks Improved Bullpen, Cody Anderson's Recent Outings, Corey Kluber's Workload Prior To Friday's GameThe Cleveland Indians are set to begin a three-game weekend series with the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field, the Tribe's final regular season home series of the campaign. Here is what manager Terry Francona had to say to the media prior to Friday's game:
It's Time To Embrace The Cleveland Indians: Ken Carman ColumnKipnis, Lindor, Santana, Naquin, and Napoli aren’t the Gods we remember from our childhood, but they are a good team that has been built to try to win now and for the near future.
On The Bullpen's Ability To Shorten A Game In October, Shaw's Durability, Santana's Big Year | Extra FramesThe Cleveland Indians completed a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, defeating their division rivals at Progressive Field, 5-2. This column presents my takeaways from Thursday's game. For more baseball analysis and insight, follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).