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
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)
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
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
I have read on many tweets that the Indians may in fact sell. They wouldn’t have a lot but what they do have makes sense to sell especially if they dont see a playoff run coming this year.
Derek Lowe- this makes the most sense comparing Hernandez (carmona) will be coming back. Derek really has had his share of bad pitching since around May and with parting with him it might make sense with fausto coming back and derek lowe prtobably wont return next season. You might not get a lot in this deal but thee Indians might somehow produce a Casey Blake type trade and receive a Carlos Santana type player but the chances are slim to none
Chris Perez- Chris has been linked to San Francisco due to the fact that he’ll be a free agent in the next couple of years and i guess the Indians have a lot of bullpen depth 9I don’t see it but OK). This would probably make Vinnie Pestano the Indians closer and Joe Smith the setup man but they wouldnt have a middle reliever unless you would count someone like Rodgers, raffy perez, nick hagadone, or someone else on suceeding in that role I dont see it.
Shin-Soo Choo- I think if the Indians would in fact become sellers this guy would get a lot of interest due to the fact he can hit, play defense and steal some bases. A lot of teams looking for a big bat might look at him but the Indians would need a lot of talent if they would part with him.
Johnny Damon- Similar to Derek Lowe return but to me it might make a lot of sense. Shelly Duncan had always been a good player and has worked to get to where he is today, he plays well but doesnt get playing time due to Damon gets most of the reps because his contract would enable him to be released if he is not pleased with his playing time.
Choo started the game off with a double that was rumored to be a home run then went back and changed to a double. Then a cab moved him over on a ground out. He would score on a passed ball. Nobody would score until the 3rd when the Indains hit 3 doubles in the inning to score 2 runs. It all started with a double by johnny damon then choo and would steal 3rd after a cab struck out, then the 3rd double of the inning coming from kipnis that would knock in choo and the Indains would lead to a 3 – 0 lead. In the 4th inning the tribe would load up the bases with nobody out. Damon would strike out, choo would pop out and a cab would strike out. So no runs for the tribe. The rays though would score in the bottom half to punish the tribe for leaving them loaded with 3 consecutive basehits. That would be all they would score that inning 3-1 tribe. Nobody would score until in the 7th jennings would hit a solo home run. That would be all the scoring in this game. 3-2 Final
McAllister would pitch 6 innings allowing 1 run while surrendering 3 hits and 4 walks. Rodgers would come in and allow the run in the 7th. Sipp would walk a batter. Then the Vinnie-Chris setup worked again as Perez saved his 26th and vinnie holds his 25th.
Once again headlines should read MASTERFUL MASTERSON
Masterson , Vinnie and Chris Perez combined for a shutout. In fact Masterson was fantastic he pitched 7 innings of shutout ball giving up 5 hits, 1 walk nad manged 5 strikeouts.
Vinnie conducted a perfect inning of work that led to another hold (24). In the inning he struck out 2.
The Perez came in during the 9th and was perfect as well, striking out Lind to end the game resulting in his 25th save.
The bats were decently quiet. fortunately for the Indians Hafner hit a solo bomb in the 2nd that they would rely on for the entire game. There was a threat later in the game but it started with Kipnis getting picked off (had he not got picked off they probably would have scored again) when after a hafner pop out two straight hits probably would have driven Kipnis in and probably had an oppurtunity for some more but as it is the Indians supplied enough for the win
MVI- (who else) MASTERFUL MASTERSON
Good- Fantastic pitching, no error game (despite a play from Kipnis to Carlos), Hafner bomb
Bad- Little offense
There was no score in the first but in the second the indains started it out with hafner getting hit by a pitch. Next, brantly, got a base hit moving hafner to second. Carols grounded out sending hafner to 3rd and brantly to 2nd. kotchman would knock hafner in with a basehit. Then lopez would ground into a double play to end the threat. The rays failed to score in the 3rd but the tribe didnt, it all started with a johnny damon triple in which he would score on a error on james shields for trying to pick him off but failing. A cab and choo both got out but kipnis got a double and would be brought in by hafner on a fielding error by Jeff Keppinger. No further runs would score in this inning and again the rays failed to score but again the tribe did, casey kotchman lead off the half inning but nobody else would do anything. The 5th the rays would fail to score again but the indians striked again. Kipnis got a basehit, hafner grounded out which advanced kipnis to 2nd. Brantly would walk. Carlos grounded into a fielder’s choice (getting brantly at 2nd) and kipnis advanced to 3rd, then kotchman singled knocking in kipnis. Then Lopez struck out.
Then the start of the “all star preformance” from a cab. After the indians recorded an out, carlos pena hit a ground ball that should have been an easy play for a cab but he tossed the ball and pena as a result recieved a base hit out of the manner. Then the indians should have had an easy double play but a cab dropped a catchable kipnis toss putting runners on 1st and second (that of coarse was rulled an error)Luke Scott would then double bringing 2 rays in. Jeff Keppinger would walk. Desmond Jennings would then double bringing in 2 runs,then acta would go to the bullpen bringing in smith to stop the bleeding (despite the fact McAllister did not allow an earned run) he did. Nobody would strike again until the bottom of 8 when choo would hit a solo shot. The indians would score no more.
Perez then came into the game saving 25 straight games, or something like that but that wouldn’t last after giving up a lead off home run to Will Rhymes (his first in two years). Elliot Johnson would triple and carlos pena would hit a triple bringing him in. Ben Zoberist would bring in the go ahead run in with a basehit and unfortunately that s all she wrote.
Good- “, pretty good offensive production, anyone not an all star
Bad- Both all stars (Perez and a.cab)
Well you probably wondered coming in if the Indians offense could continue their hot streak with the bats. The Indians in fact got the long ball working, first to start the game off choo hit one, then brantly, then pronk (unfortunately they were all solo bombs). there was just 4 hits other then those shots. None of which would score a run
The pitching from Tomlin though was on top of his game comparing he gave up just 2 hits in 7 innings of work. In which he didnt walk a batter. His run came on a triple then a ground out. Finally after, Tomlin was done, pestano set up chris perez would would then record his 24th save
MVI- (without a doubt in my mind) Tomlin
Good-Fantastic pitching, home run ball
Bad-little offense besides the home runs
The indians overall played a pretty good
First a shutout from the pitching giving just 5 hits in the game
Next when santana hit a cab in it showed that the offense can suply whebn nobody really wanted to get any hits going then brantly extending the hitting streak is pretty impresive
Congrats to masterson pestano and chris perez on the combined shutout
Bad-they really couldnt get the offense going
Good-the pitching was fantastic today