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
Derek Lowe was fantastic despite getting the loss. He would have had a no hitter if the 3rd inning wouldnt have happened. But during the 3rd toronto burnt lowe terribly. It all started going sour when derek started the inning by walking the lead off hitter, J. P. Arencibia would single, that would score 1 due to a steal given up while Big Ben struck out. Colby Rasmus would single as well bringing in Arencibia, Batastia would single (not bringing anyone in) Edwin Encarnacion would walk and Adam Lind would walk too bringing in a run. Other than that inning Derek Lowe allowed 1 baserunner (occurring on a walk).
Carlos Villanueva owned the Indians today allowing 3 hits and walked 5, and struck out 8. Jason Frasor came in and held the indians in the 7th to a hit ,not allowing a run. Then Darren Oliver came in and closed out a 2 inning save giving up a hit.
The main problem today was coming up with a hit in scoring position going 0-10… that was the PROBLEM
MVI- Derek Lowe
Good- Derek Lowe’s pitching, Michale Brantly came up with big hits
Bad- 0-10 with RISP not going to win
ubaldo today pitched like Ubaldo that the Indians saw at first despite the fact he had been pitching well lately. Ubaldo started off by walking 2 and then then to a 2 run double that would give the blue jays a 2 run lead. The Indians striked back though, they had the bases loaded and then walked shelly duncan which would bring in a run. Then, the Casey Kotchman grounded into a double play that would score a run but that would be it. Then in the 3rd Ubaldo was pounded with 6 more earned runs and would leave the game doing 2 1/3 innings of work scott barnes would continue the trend completely the rest of the inning giving up 2. During this terrible inning the Indians pitching surrendered 2 singles, 2 walks, 4 doubles and 2 home runs
Shelly Duncan thought that the Indians should respond in the next half inning with a 2 run home run nobody would score for an inning then Toronto scored 1 more on a Edwin Encarnacion solo home run. That would be all the blue jays would score in this game but the Indians made another run in the 8th when Santana would walk, a brantly homerun, a shelly duncan basehit, a casey kotchman homerun, a cab and kipnis walk and a hafner basehit to drive in kipnis but after that the indians did nothing
MVI- Daddy Duncan with a 3/4 day driving in 3
Good- Indians offense, bullpen in some respect
Bad- Ubaldo Jiminez
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 the first inning did nothing but the next inning the bats were really working it all started with a double by michael brantly, then carlos grounded out not advancing him, duncan would walk in a 10 pitch at-bat, lou marson would then hit a double after jennings dove for a catch and missed it, jack then grounded out and duncan to score, cunningham would then hit a double to finish the scoring for that inning. The next inning would score some runs too. It started with an a cab walk, then lopez would double, brantly would ground out and score one and put lopez on 3rd, santana would then double bringing in a run and that would be all the scoring for that inning for the tribe. Moore would last 4 2/3 and give up 5 earned runs during that duration.
Tampa scored 2 in the 4th on a 2 run home run from the freezing cold luke scott.
Nobody would strike again until the 8th when daddy duncan hit a 2 run bomb to blow the game completely open.
BJ Upton would counter that with a solo home run to lead off the next half inning.
Ubaldo did a fantastic job in his 6 innings of work giving up just 2 runs. He gave up 5 hits, and walked just 1.
Sipp and Pestano both threw a perfect inning while they both struck out a batter.
Rodgers would serve up the Upton HR but other than that he was perfect while striking out 2
MVI- Ubaldo (the one 1 we trded for finally)
Good- Ubaldo, offense, defense without Kotchman
Bad- gave upp 2 HRs I guess?, there was like nothing wrong with this game
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