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Indians Offseason???


With Francona becoming the leader of the Tribe what happens in the offseason??? Let’s evaluate it piece by piece

DH- I don’t see Hafner coming back without a MAJOR pay cut but the Indians have shocked me before.  What I do think will happen though is that the Tribe decides to rotate guys in the DH role but guys like Carlos Santana getting the majority of the reps and Matt LaPorta (providing he makes the team)

C- It should stay the same Carlos getting a lot of PT there and Marson getting more

1B- Here’s the position with the most question marks. Will Kotchman be back, will Ruzz Canzler get playing time there, will matt Laporta be back?? We shall see.  What i see is Matt Laporta and Casey Kotchman getting the majority of the resp

2b- 1 name KIPNIS

SS- A. CAB

3b- rather kevin youklis signs with cleveland or chistenhall and hanahan get the reps

inf role- look at 3b, phelps might get a shot,lillibridge

OF- Choo are everyday Brantly guys like Lillibridge and Canzler should still get a lot of playing time

Projected Rotation-

1.Justin Masterson

2. Free Agent pickup

3. Ubaldo Jimenez

4. Roberto Hernandez

5. David Huff/ Corey Kluber/ Jeanmear Gomez/ Zack McAllister/ Josh Tomlin (they will have to fight it out in Spring)

Bull pen-

Closer: CP

SU: Vinnie Pestano

MR: Joe Smith

Others (most likely to least likely): Cody Allen, Esmil Rodgers, Rafael Perez, Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, Frank Herman, Free Agent, Chris Shelden

Trade Possiblities

Choo???- I dont see this happening the Indians I think will try and sign him to a long term deal, he will be in cleveland on oppening day, they might try and get a long term deal done by the end of spring

CP??- With Vinnie being able to close games this deal would make sense especially after Chris’s crude comments this past season, could get a pretty nice return (prospect wise)

Tony Sipp- A name that could pitch well in a different environment he seems like a NL pitcher

Masterson- this doesn’t look to be happening but if a fanastic return this could happen I don’t see it

Hannahan- ONLY if the Indians sign Youk there would be not point in having him with Chistenhall and Youk all on the same roster

 

Side Note: I feel as if Grady Sizemore will sign a minot league deal in this offseason

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Happy Independence Day!!! Tribe Wins BIg!!


The Indians started their offense early.  After two early walks in the 1st brantly hit his 2nd home run of the year giving the indians 3 runs.  The next inning the tribe struck 6 runs that would include a casey kotchman home run nothing offensively happened until the 5th in which lou marson hit a base hit to score a run with the bases loaded to score a run, then choo grounded into a double play which would scoring a run, then a cab hit a double that would score the last run that the tribe would score in this game.

The pitching for the indians allowed 3 runs during the duration of the game.   Lowe in 6 innings of work allowed 11 hits but did not walk a batter and did not allow a big hit despite the heat.  The bullpen then came with hagadone who walked 1, gave a hit up, but still manged to get out of the inning with no runs.  Then acta brought in struggling sipp who was dominate who was perfect in his inning while striking a batter out.  Finally accardo came in who walked a batter but manged to not give up a hit as a result he didnt allow a run.

MVI- Casey Kotchman

Good-  The red hot offense continued, the pitching was excellent, no errors

Bad- derek lowe giving up 11 hits i guess

july 3rd


The Indians started off hitting well and pitching excellent.  Zack McCallister started off pitching a gem going perfect through 2 1/3 and then finally he blew up in the 5th giving up 5 runs, he would then continue another inning of work while joe smith came in.  Then vinnie pestano came in and recorded an out, finally the tarps came out and there was a rain delay.  About an hour later it was over.  The Indians pen then recorded 5 outs without giving a run up giving the indians the win in the game

The offense started with choo getting a triple and then eventually kipnis brought him in with a basehit.  Shelly Duncan later got a sac fly in the 2nd.  Jack doubled to bring in a run in the same frame.  Shelly then in the 4th hit a monster home run.  The Indians in the 5th caught the angels with a double from jose lopez.   The Indians then took the lead on an Albert Pujols throwing error that brought in two.  The Indians then had 2 innings that they scored 1 run in each.

MVI- Shelly Duncan

Good- The Indains pitching was fantastic except in the 5th and the offense supplied many runs

Bad- The error cost the Indians a couple runs, and the pitching in the 5th

What needs to happen…


For starters those people that have had fantastic years behind them but cant seem to find it need to step up such as…

A cab. (who is starting to) Santana Ubaldo(again starting to) MAsterson (same story) Kotchman (with the bat) damon (what the heck is he doing) the #5 starter (rather mccallister or gomez) smith needs to improve slightly and finally get rid of sipp end of story

The Indians could find some answers towards the deadline and through the september call ups lets start with the trading deadline the indains could easily be evaluating guys like beantencourt for the bullpen a guy like carlos quintin would be fantastic for the the outfield… now september call ups guys in the minors are doing a fantastic job like scott barnes wjo in fact i was very impressed with cord at the infield postion could be fun to watch in the future and many pitchers down in the minors to watch

Fianally the Indians still might not need to attack quintin when in fact grady should be coming back soon and should help this club out

Countinue what your doing….

Lou Marson has been tearing the cover off the baseball and to add to that he s one of the best deffensive catchers in the game today

Jason Kipnis is a huge reason that this club is playing its best baseball hes making the plays defensively and is really turining in a great season at the plate

brantly has really impressed me defensively from day one but while he had his hit streak going he should he can hit daily as well

choo lately has been on a tear at the plate in fact ever since he was moved to the leadoff position in the lineup

jose lopez hasnt been half bad i didnt have much expectations for him but he has done a nice job

Shelly duncan lately has been hitting quite well in fact at the beggging of the year when the  signed damon he was doing well (im not sure why shelly isnt the everyday lf)

Finally derek lowe gets an honorable menchuion for pitching so well early but needs to refind that groove