Tribe last appeared in the 1997 Fall Classic.
Leading up to their last championship season in 1948, the Cleveland Indians played a instrumental role in racially progressing the league by then Manager Bill Veek signing Larry Dobe a player of of the Negro League’s Newark Eagles. The following year, Veek would sign Satchel Paige at the age of 42, the oldest rookie to every play in the Majors. Those and other moves set up their championship run in 1948, 28 years after their first World Series Title.
Fast forward 48 years later and the 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians led by Manager Terry Francona are back in the World Series for the first time since the 1997 season when they fell to the Florida Marlin in the 11th inning of game seven.
“The baseball gods are really happy right now,” the Indians’ Mike Napoli said. “I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.”
“There’s a reason we’re here playing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “There’s a reason we’ve only lost one game this postseason. We’re playing pretty darn good baseball right now.
“We’re underdogs because we don’t match up in terms of numbers or stature or contracts. But when it comes to in between those white lines and playing the game of baseball, I like the way we match up with anybody.”
The wait is finally over. Tickets for the entire series are still available so grab a friend and grab your tickets and get out and support your Cleveland Indians as they attempt to win the World Series!
Series now at 3-1
The Cleveland Indians had their playoff winning streak come to an end last night when the Toronto Blue Jays finally showed some life as Josh Donaldson homered in the third inning off of Corey Kluber.
“It’s an uphill battle,” Donaldson said. “We’re still down three games to one. It’s a must-win each and every game. But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to go out there and continue to control what we can control. I felt like we did that for the better half of today, and we’ve got to go out there and do it again tomorrow.”
The Blue Jays will be sending Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA) for game 5 of the ALDS while the Indians will be sending out rookie phenom Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.64 ERA) who got his first ever start on September 30th where he allowed one run on three hits spread over five innings for a 7-2 win.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in the ALDS!
Prep for series against Royals
The Cleveland Indians ran out of juice in the final game against the Detroit Tigers, losing 9-5 after taking games one and two with a combined 13-4 score. For Detroit, it was a must win to stay alive in the Wild Card hunt. SP Trevor Bauer was a bit erratic and had six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3rd innings in the loss while plunking Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, beaning Ian Kinsler in the third and hitting Victor Martinez in the third.
“There were balls down, up, in, out,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer’s outing. “We never want to see somebody get hit in the head. You can see by Trevor’s reaction how he felt. And then the [timing] of it, certainly, you could tell there’s no intent. I also understand why they were aggravated. Guys were getting drilled pretty good. I get it.”
The Indians are still seven games up in the AL Central going into the series with the Kansas City Royals (77-73, 3rd AL Central) but need to keep the pressure on the division and cannot afford to give up many more games going into the playoffs.
Taking the mound for the tribe tomorrow night will be RHP Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75 ERA) while the defending champion Royals will send out veteran Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.40 ERA).
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Division Leading Cleveland Indians!
Clevinger gets the start
The Cleveland Indians (79-57, 1st AL Central) used eight pitchers in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (73-64, 2nd AL West) last night. Without a clear cut fifth starter, the Indians went with all eight pitchers in the loss. The Detroit Tigers moved to within 4.5 games of the division leading Indians while the Astros win keeps them two games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.
“It’s a big win for us to come into this place and beat a first-place team, so regardless of how they lined their pitching up, you’ve got to win as many games as you can,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That was the lovable September marathon that we all enjoy. Better to be on the winning side than the losing side, but that one seemed like it was never going to end.”
The second of four games commences tonight at 6:10 at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber (15-8, 3.09 ERA) will get the start for the Tribe while the Astros will send out Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.86 ERA) to start the game. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians!
The Cleveland Indians will look to close out the short three game series against the Detroit Tigers today before hosting the New York Yankees for a four game series that kicks off tomorrow evening.
In the first two games against the Tigers, the Indians worked hard earning two victories with a combined score of 17-4 and was their 11th straight victory over the Tigers.
“Other than the fact that they’ve beaten us 11 straight games, there’s nothing baffling. They’ve outplayed us,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “There’s nothing baffling about that. It’s not like we haven’t played good baseball. They’ve just played better. Tonight, they pitched better, they hit better. It’s simple.”
Tickets for the up coming series against the Yankees are still available. Starting for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (7-2, 3.02 ERA) who will go up against Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06 ERA). Bauer missed his last start and is coming off a 3-0 June record. Nova’s ERA has jumped to 6.92 over his last seven starts.
Await Rays after sweeping White Sox
The Cleveland Indians (38-30, 1st AL Central) continue their winning ways after sweeping the Chicago White Sox with potent offense (19 runs) and effective defense (six runs allowed).
Next up for Cleveland is a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (31-36, 5th AL East) who are in the middle of a four game losing streak going back to June 16th against the Mariners.
“It’s nice to be the home team,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That was a pretty good game played well by both teams.”
The Tribe kick off their series against the Rays today at 6:05. Josh Tomlin takes the mound, going up against the Rays’ Drew Smyly. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and cheer on your AL Central leading Cleveland Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians (35-30 1st AL Central) had won three of their last four games before heading to Kansas City for a three game series. They had no answers for the Royals who swept the series with a 3-2 win last night.
The Tribe’s Michael Martinez had a rough night on third base as he the team gave Jose Ramirez the night off. Martinez was a part of some of the many errors committed by the team, but a wild throw in the fifth inning and a home run off reliever Bryan Shaw in the eight sealed the Tribes’ doom.
“It’s very frustrating,” Shaw said. “[Tomlin] got us the opportunity to get the win. He got us a chance to win the ballgame. Obviously, I didn’t hold up doing my job, so it stinks for him getting a no-decision out of that.”
The Indians begin the healing process tonight with a three game series against the Chicago White Sox (33-33, 4th AL Central) that will play through Sunday. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get your tickets today and be there to cheer on your Cleveland Indians.
After dropping the first game of the season 6-2 to the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians bounced back last night after both Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana delivered crushing home runs to collect their first win of the season.
“It’s a really good win,” Napoli said. “They make the comeback, take the lead, and we were able to scrap away that run to tie the game and you know, ultimately I hit that homer to take the lead. So, great team win overall.”
The Indians have one more game against the Sox before hitting the road for a three game stand against the Chicago White Sox. Plenty of great tickets for today’s game are still available so be sure to get yours now and be there to cheer on your Tribe!
Better sick now than in April and May is the thought process for the Cleveland Indians as they battle player fatigue and the flue.
“Everybody’s, like, achy,” Manager Terry Francona said. “I got up today and it hurt more than usual. ‘Sarby’ (third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh) looked terrible. Some guys are getting it worse than others.”
The team has sent Sarby, first baseman Carlos Santana and Bullpen Coach Jason Bere home to recover from “the junk” as Francona calls it.
“I’ve never high-fived a guy with the back of my hand before when sending him down,” Francona said.
None the less, training continues with games against the Athletics, the Cubs and the Mariners coming up, fans can get out to see the Tribe. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!