Archive | May 2014

Indians Beat Tigers In 10 Innings

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

The Indians win a nail biter against the first place Tigers behind a solid start from Corey Kluber and a clutch Michael Brantley home run in the tenth inning. Read More…

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The Tribe’s Closer By Committee Won’t last.

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

Last season, I was watching a random Pittsburgh Pirates game. The Pirates were up by a couple of runs in the top of the seventh (they were at home), and as such their excellent setup guy/temporary closer Mark Melancon had begun warming up.

Except he wasn’t warming up the traditional way relievers warm up. Instead, what Melancon was doing could best be described as “dry work”. Melancon was basically repeating his motion again and again without actually throwing a baseball. The Pirates television crew explained that Melancon does this before all of his appearances as a way to prepare himself not just physically but mentally as well. For Melancon, the dry work served as active visualization for his upcoming appearance and, as the Pirates broadcasters also noted, it was a vital piece of his preparation as he warmed up to pitch. Read More…

Tribe Bats Come Alive in 9-4 Victory

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

The Tribe’s Offense Explodes In A Big Way

Last season, the Indians made their playoff-flavored bacon by beating the lesser teams on the schedule. They took a big step in doing that again in 2014 by defeating the Minnesota Twins 9-4 to take three of four in the series. Read More…

Tribe Bats Struggle Again As Axford Gives Up Another Big Home Run

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

The lineup fails to support McAllister as Tribe loses in 10

In a season dominated by the narrative about the Indians’ inability to score runs, Monday’s game fit right in. The Indians fell to the Twins 1-0 in 10 innings through backup shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s long ball off of closer John Axford, marking Axford’s second poor performance in as many days. Read More…