Category Archives: W. October 2012

Ranking the 2012 Cleveland Indians’ Roster, Part 1 (10.29.12)

Now that the season is over and we all have had some time to digest everything that happened, it is time to roll out my rankings of the Cleveland Indians’ roster.

If you have read the previous editions of these rankings (before the year, at the 40-game mark, at the All-Star Break, and in late-August), you know that this is no easy task. There is no easy way to compare a hitter who only had a few at-bats to a starting pitcher who struggled all year, but I am going to attempt to do it anyway.

Going into these rankings, know that I tend to favor players with more playing time than those whose playing time was limited. The rationale for this is that if a major league team has chosen to give this player significant action, it must value him on some level.

Basically, if the Indians keep running a player out there, despite what the statistics available to me say, they must know something I do not. I find it hard to believe the front office is incompetent (despite what some may think) and defer to them.

With that introduction complete, it is time to move on to the rankings. Today’s rankings will cover the bottom half of the 48 players who appeared in a game for Cleveland, with the top half coming out later this week. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, October 29, 2012

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S.F. Giants finish sweep of Tigers, win second World Series in three years (10.28.12)

The San Francisco Giants finished their sweep of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, winning games Saturday and Sunday night in Detroit to earn their seventh World Series title in team history and second of the last three years.

The Giants took the lead for good in the tenth inning Sunday night after Marco Scutaro singled home Ryan Theriot to make the score 4-3. Closer Sergio Romo set the Tigers down 1-2-3 to get the save, freezing Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for a looking strikeout to end the World Series.

San Francisco was far from dominant in the World Series but it got the breaks when it needed them. There was the Angel Pagan would-be groundout that hit third base and became a double in game one. Then there was a Gregor Blanco bunt staying just fair in Game two — sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

That is no consolation to the Tigers tonight, however. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, October 28, 2012

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Kent-Ravenna Preview (10.28.12)

Ravenna at Roosevelt Preview

By Jim Piascik

The Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders host the Ravenna Ravens tonight in the 92nd edition of their rivalry.

It is extremely likely that the game will be close, as the Rough Riders (8-1, 6-0) and Ravens (6-3, 5-1) are at the top of the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division. This rivalry game always has passion, but even more is on the line tonight as the winner will top the conference.

Roosevelt won handily last week, beating the Norton Panthers on the road 27-7. Ravenna, on the other hand, lost their first PTC game of the year 19-7 while visiting the Streetsboro Rockets.

Ravens head coach Jim Lunardi admitted that his team was looking ahead to Roosevelt last week. “With having that rival game being last, sometimes you overlook the one that’s prior,” Lunardi said. “I believe that part of why we lost is the fact that they were looking ahead to Roosevelt and not concentrating on a tough opponent.

“You can’t do that. You get what you get when you do that.”

Now that they are completely focused, the Ravens will try their best to limit Roosevelt senior quarterback Tra’von Chapman. Chapman has thrown for 2384 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, making him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the PTC. Read More…

From Portage Trail Central, October 28, 2012

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IPI Digest: 10/20/12-10/27/12 (10.27.12)

There is only so much action that happens in offseason ball, so we here at IPI seem to be focused on the trials and tribulations of Jesus Aguilar’s Venezuelan Winter League appearances. Nothing wrong with that, though; I for one find it a fun topic to obsess over.

For all the coverage you really can’t find anywhere else, here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week: Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, October 27, 2012

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S.F. Giants use a little luck to go up 2-0 in World Series (10.26.12)

The San Francisco Giants squeezed by the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday night with some help from the bouncing ball.

Or, more accurately, the non-rolling ball.

The Giants managed to push across the first run of the game in the seventh inning with the benefit of a Gregor Blanco bunt that stopped just short of going foul down the third-base line. That bunt, which was intended to be a sacrifice, ended up loading the bases for San Francisco with no outs.

There is no way to know what would have happened if Blanco’s bunt had gone foul or if it had in fact turned into a sacrifice, but all we know is the Giants took a 2-0 series advantage thanks to it turning into a hit.

Heading into the game, there seemed to be little chance of a low-scoring game the way Giants starter Madison Bumgarner previously pitched in the playoffs. Before Thursday, Bumgarner allowed ten runs in eight innings and was not a lock to start a game in the World Series.

Bumgarner struck out eight batters in seven innings with two walks, two hits, and — most importantly — no runs. Bumgarner did not have his best stuff, but he pitched well enough to keep the Tigers scoreless. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, October 26, 2012

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Around The Farm: October 25, 2012 (10.26.12)

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Arizona Fall League

  • Tyler Holt (LF): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP. We still have not seen the elusive Tyler Holt extra-base hit, but Holt did manage to drive in a run and come around to score in Scottsdale’s three-run sixth inning. He still needs some power, but Holt’s .278 batting average and .381 on-base percentage are pretty good. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, October 26, 2012

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S.F. Giants vanquish Verlander, beat Tigers 8-3 in game one (10.24.12)

The San Francisco Giants crushed the Detroit Tigers 8-3 Wednesday night, with Pablo Sandoval supplying plenty of power in the Giants’ dismantling of the Tigers.

Sandoval hit three home runs, joining Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to do that in a World Series game. Not bad company for the man they call Kung Fu Panda.

Yet, despite Sandoval’s historic night, San Francisco starter Barry Zito outdueling Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander in a World Series game is more surprising.

I am still trying to comprehend how that happened.

This was not the way the script was supposed to go. Tigers batters made Zito look like Verlander and Sandoval had Verlander pitching like Zito. If you can follow. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, October 24, 2012

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