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giving up five runs on seven hits. Kluber has been relatively mediocre since joining the rotation in place of the injured Brett Myers . The three have a combined 5.85 ERA and 8-7 record in 2013. • Jason Giambi is in the midst of a very cold streak
Cleveland Indians hottest team in baseball, yet remain last in attendance May 19, 2013 By AJ Kaufman 6 Comments There’s a scene in Major League where Bob Uecker, portraying the radio voice of the Indians, bemoans, “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.” Well, that was nearly 25 years ago and fictional, but today’s reality is that Cleveland has won 17 of its last 21, and currently tops the AL Central with a mark of 25-17. No one in the majors is better than the Indians in the past month (20-7). That’s great news. The bad news, however, is the Tribe somehow remain in the MLB cellar when it comes to attendance. How can this be? The fact that I wrote on this same topic almost to the day last year – when only Tampa Bay drew fewer fans than Cleveland - may be even more troubling. Though roughly 34,000 watched a walk-off win Friday night against Seattle, perfect weather and free caps weren’t enough to draw more than 36,000 Saturday and Sunday combined. What did the Indians do in those tilts? They nabbed another walk-off win on Saturday, then the Indians crushed the great Felix Hernandez Sunday behind Justin Masterson, arguably the AL’s best pitcher right now. Fun fact: The Indians have already faced eight Cy Young Award winners in 2013: Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, David Price, Justin Verlander and Hernandez. They have won seven out those eight matchups. Simply astounding. This offseason, the much-maligned Indians front office finally made a legitimate attempt to improve the team through free agency. I’m not talking an Ubaldo Jimenez-like trade, but rather smart acquisitions that brought veterans Mike Aviles, Michael Bourn, Jason Giambi, Scott Kazmir, Brett Myers , Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher to Cleveland. In addition to being a fantastic place to watch a game due to great egress and ingress, with extremely affordable tickets, the best promo lineup anywhere, Jacobs Field boasts overall, cooler, less muggy summer weather than most Midwestern locales. The team also lowered beer and hot dog prices to $4 and $3 respectively. What other professional stadium in any sport offers that? I have visited 28 of the 30 current Major League Baseball stadia, and few top The Jake when all angles are considered. I say that as a baseball fan, not an Indians fan. As for the putative “economic” angle, these are the same people who spend insane amounts of money to watch terrible football every fall and show up in decent numbers for putrid basketball in the winter. Irrespective of season length, those sports charge up to 10 times the price for a ticket, and the atmosphere isn’t half as fan-friendly as baseball. I understand fans’ lack of willingness to get on board to some degree. A decent recap of Cleveland’s decade of “rebuilding” can be read here and the team suffered a horrific collapse last August. However, in addition to all the benefits of attending games at Jacobs (now Progressive) Field, fans should also realize the team has potential and often exceeds preseason aspirations at any point without warning. Cleveland hosts the rival Detroit Tigers — heavy favorites to repeat as AL Central champs — Tuesday and Wednesday nights before hitting the road. The temperature should be pleasant at first pitch each evening so you’d expect The Jake to be full to watch the best hitter on the planet right now — but don’t count on it.
Hamels (3.09 ERA, 142 ERA+), Jamie Moyer (3.71 ERA, 118 ERA+), Joe Blanton (4.20 ERA, 105 ERA+), Brett Myers (4.55 ERA, 97 ERA+) Notable change: The Phillies traded for Blanton in July, giving up a three-player
Certainly Sabathia isn't in the business of all-of-a-sudden evolution, as is the case with Beckett, Dan Haren, Brett Myers , Joe Blanton, and the rest of the major league children of '80. But one thing we have learned in Matsuzaka's tenure
as a result of its incredibly aggressive offensive approach. Moreover, the rotation behind Hamles – Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers , Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick – was hardly intimidating. But in October, other starters stepped up on Team Hamels
FORT MYERS , Fla. — The round of cuts ..... Lowell took Phillies pitcher Brett Myers deep in the bottom of the first ..... today,” said Lowell. “ Myers threw me a couple pitches ..... Dan Duquette was in Fort Myers Sunday, having made the
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Sox general manager Rick Hahn indicated the team has not ruled out re-signing Youkilis or right-handed reliever Brett Myers , who the team bought out for $3 million rather than pick up a $10 million option. “They’re going to hear from
continued its selling process by trading closer Brett Myers to the White Sox for a slew of minor leaguers . Myers heads to Chicago in exchange for righty ..... Both are starters. The 31-year-old Myers has a 3.52 ERA with 19 saves. He was a
high) .417 average in the first inning last year (min. 80 such batters faced): .417 – Aaron Cook, COL .369 – Brett Myers , HOU .364 – Travis Wood, CIN ————————————————————————
Astros would like to unload pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers before outfielder Hunter Pence . Rodriguez is 3-3 with ..... think Rodriguez could make it in the American League. Myers is 3-10 with a 4.70 ERA. The right-hander will turn
looking to trade starting pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers . Rodriguez is 6-6 with a 3.52 ERA this season. He ..... opponents, however, and has never pitched at Fenway Park. Myers is 3-10 with a 4.86 ERA. In nine games against the
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