First off, I would like to say that I am combining the Seattle and Oakland Series Recap into one, since the West Coast road trip seems to mesh into one series anyway. The Indians are playing extremely well, and I will not let that go unnoticed. However, since I’m on the East Coast, I usually don’t feel like writing recaps at 1:00 am, when most West Coast games are over. Once the Indians come back home, I should be less tired, therefore resulting in more recaps. Okay, here we go…
The Indians won for the seventh time in their last eight games Saturday night, as the red-hot Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-1 at the Coliseum.
2B Jas0n Kipnis 4-5 3B, 3 RBI
Instead of doing a game by game recap I’ll give a general update on the Tribe, with some stats and interesting facts.
-The Indians currently sit at 8-5, currently good enough for a AL Wild Card spot. Unfortunately, we’re only 13 games into the 162 game schedule.
-The Indians are currently 5th in the MLB in runs scored, even though they have played 2 less games than each of the four teams ahead of them.
-The Indians are first in the MLB in walks drawn, drawing 70 walks in 13 games. The San Diego Padres are second with 66 walks, but in 16 games.
-After a brutal start, the Indians have climbed from 30th to 16th in team batting average (.248). Due to their walks, however, the Indians are an impressive 3rd in team OBP. The Tribe have a higher OBP then any team from the National League.
-Indians pitching has had their fair share of struggles, resulting in a 4.39 team ERA (22nd in the MLB).
-Starting pitchers have only had 6 quality starts in 13 games…the Washington Nationals have 12.
-Opponent’s have .256 off of Indians pitching…at least we’re not Boston, as opponents of the Red Sox have hit .297. Ouch.
– http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/batting/_/name/cle/cleveland-indians Indians battingstats through Saturday
– http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/pitching/_/name/cle/cleveland-indians Indians pitching stats through Saturday
-Travis Hafner (.350/.490 2 HR 7 RBI) is 1st in OBP in the AL, 3rd in the MLB. Shelley Duncan is fourth in AL OBP, Jack Hannahan is 8th, and Carlos Santana is 14th.
-Santana has drawn a AL high 13 walks, with Duncan at 12 and Hafner at 10.
-Jason Kipnis leads the team (or tied) in RBI’s (11), runs (10), triples (2), home runs (3) and total bases (25). Kipnis also has the most AB’s with 53.
-Chris Perez has recorded six saves, including three in the last three days.
-Ubaldo Jimenez is 2-0, but has struggled with his control, throwing 11 K’s and 11 BB’s.
-Derek Lowe has allowed 24 hits in 18 innings, but only 7 have come across to score.
-The Indians bullpen has a 4.67 ERA, lead by Vinnie Pestano (7.2 innings 2 ER) and Joe Smith (6 2/3 innings 2 ER). Pestano has struck out 10, while walking none.
-After Chris Perez’s Opening Day disaster, the Tribe closer has allowed no runs and only three hits in 6 1/3 innings (six saves). In result, his ERA has dropped from 40.50 to 3.86.