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CLE 6-2 final, W4, +21 oh yeah, good start.

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CLE 6-2 final, W4, +21 oh yeah, good start.

CLE 8-3 final, W5, +22 oh yeah and beat Florida's ace too. Tribe can put some major distance from Detroit on this home stand.

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If the Indians go .500 in September then:

Detroit must go 19-10

Kansas City must go 22-7

Just to tie the Tribe, so there you go. ........

All of this above was before the Indians three wins to start September. Looking good. :)

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Well the Indians are now 81-58 .583 +6 GA and a 94-68 pace with 23 games left and still a pretty good home schedule where they are 47-25 at home....get ready to get your playoff tickets. :)

 

A real nice 8-2 homestand, the magic number is now 18 on the South shores of Lake Erie.

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Six games up with 23 to go. So far so good, but we can't get cocky. See the following to not get ahead of ourselves:

 

1964 Phillies lost a 6.5 game lead with 12 to go. They lost 10 straight to end the season.

 

1969 Cubs had a 9.5 game lead on August 14 and lost it

 

1978 Red Sox lost a 7.5 game lead in September (Bucky Dent game)

 

1987 Blue Jays lost a 3.5 game lead with only 7 games left

 

2007 Mets lost after having a 7 game lead on Sept. 12

 

2009 Tigers had a 3 game lead with 4 games to go. Lost all 4 games and the title

 

2011 Braves lost a 9.5 game lead they had on Aug. 29th

 

2011 Red Sox lost a 9 game lead in September.

 

Simply a cautionary tale.

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If the 2016 Indians blow this one with their pitching, the schedule, the division they will belong on that list.

 

They now go on the road to MIN who they finally swept and then the CWS before returning home for another long homestand. It's almost too good to true......but better when the magic number is zero . ;)

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And just when the once best pitching rotation in the AL and maybe MLB looked certain there are a few worries. Now making the playoffs and probably the AL Central is pretty certain the October rotation might not be set yet. Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer set but Salazar suddenly a question and Tomlin a big question mark , maybe just a long bullpen guy.

 

....The Indians announced that the root of the problem was right forearm tightness for Salazar, who has dealt with arm discomfort multiple times throughout this season. Manager Terry Francona said the pitcher was removed from the game as a precaution and examined by the team's medical staff, but there was no clarity about the extent of the injury.

 

Francona said Salazar would be re-evaluated on Saturday, adding that the issue did not appear to be structural in nature.

 

"After the fourth, he came off and he said he was feeling some tightness," Francona said. "So, obviously, we kind of checked him out. It's a little different. It's muscular, which, if it's going to hurt, that's good. We'll certainly keep an eye on him tonight and then when he shows up [saturday], we'll see how he feels and then we'll go from there. That's really all we have right now."

 

This is the fourth time this year that the All-Star starter has had an arm issue flare.

 

In early June, the Indians skipped Salazar's turn in the rotation due to shoulder fatigue. Cleveland then held the hard-throwing righty out of the All-Star Game when he indicated that he was feeling mild pain in his right elbow. A poor string of starts led to a stay on the 15-day disabled list from Aug. 2-17 for Salazar, who has made five starts since being activated......

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Oh the magic number, it's easy really......

 

The formula for the magic number is derived straightforwardly as follows. As before, at some particular point in the season let Team A have WA wins and LA losses. Suppose that at some later time, Team A has wA additional wins and lA additional losses, and define similarly WB, LB, wB, lB for Team B. The total number of wins that Team B needs to make up is thus given by (WA + wA) − (WB + wB). Team A clinches when this number exceeds the number of games Team B has remaining, since at that point Team B cannot make up the deficit even if Team A fails to win any more games. If there are a total of G games in the season, then the number of games remaining for Team B is given by G − (WB + wB + LB + lB). Thus the condition for Team A to clinch is that (WA + wA) − (WB + wB) = 1 + G − (WB + wB + LB + lB). Canceling the common terms, we obtain wA + lB = G + 1 − WA − LB, which establishes the magic number formula.

 

(or look it up in the morning paper)

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CLE 7-1 final, Kluber brilliant and a Cy Young candidate again now 45-0 with 4+ run support, Detroit lost, life is beautiful. .........depending on Salazar's MRI?

 

Right now it's Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, Clevinger, Tomlin. ......subject to change.

 

Magic number is 14. :)

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☆☆• Cleveland has spent 100 consecutive days in first place, the team's longest such streak since it spent 179 straight days atop the division in 1999.☆☆

 

☆☆• The Indians have seemingly mastered the stretch run: Over the last four seasons, Cleveland's combined 59-36 record in September and October is the best such record in the AL and second best in the Majors.☆☆

 

☆☆First pair of 30 plus HR hitters since 2002, Thome and Burks.☆☆

 

This season is loaded with all kinds of records and stories and without their best player M. Bradley. Plus currently only TWO wins behind TEX for the best record in the AL.

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CWS 9-4 bottom 8 but first time in 113 years that any team scored in every inning against the Indians.

 

How about that. 9 runs over all 8 innings.

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Josh Tomlin was yanked from the Indians' starting rotation two weeks ago because of ineffectiveness, but now the 31-year-old right-hander gets another chance with the injury to Danny Salazar.

 

Tomlin's first assignment, against the White Sox on Wednesday night, will be a challenge, because his mound opponent is the red-hot Carlos Rodon. The Chicago left-hander is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts.

 

Tomlin lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last start, allowing four runs on seven hits to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 30. Since then, he's made just one relief appearance, pitching an inning on Sept. 5.

"Hopefully, the time down has, not just physically but mentally, given him a chance to think about things," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Tomlin. "He'll be OK, and I'm kind of looking forward to watching him."

 

Things to know about this game

• Rodon's last lost was July 31 at Minnesota. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in that game.

• The Indians are the only team in MLB without a losing streak longer than three games this season. The 1918 Indians are the only team in franchise history to go an entire season without a losing streak longer than three games.

• Chicago slugger Jose Abreu entered Tuesday batting .403 with five home runs, 19 RBIs and nine multi-hit games in his last 14 games.

 

John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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The Tigers and Indians meet in Cleveland this weekend in a pivotal divisional matchup that likely will determine if Detroit has a shot at catching the Tribe for the American League Central title. To do so, the Tigers will have to figure out how to beat the Indians, who won the first 11 games between the rivals this season.

 

It just so happens that the only Tiger to beat the Indians -- rookie sensation Michael Fulmer (10-6, 2.76 ERA), who allowed one run over six innings vs. the Tribe in July -- gets the start on Friday. He'll face Cy Young Award candidate Cory Kluber (16-9, 3.05).

 

The Tigers trail the Indians by six games, but have seven games remaining vs. Cleveland. After a three-game set in Cleveland this weekend, the two teams meet for four games in Detroit to open the final week of the season on Sept. 26-29.

 

The Tigers remain very much in the AL Wild Card hunt, trailing the reeling Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last 10 games, by just 1 1/2 games for the second Wild Card berth. They are 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles for the top AL Wild Card spot and the right to host the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Toronto is set to face the Angels Thursday night, while the O's are facing the Rays.

 

The Indians, meanwhile, are not only looking to hold off the Tigers in the Central, but also are trying to catch up to the Red Sox, who have a three-game edge (pending the outcome of their Thursday night game against the Yankees) for home-field advantage in a potential AL Division Series.

 

"We're definitely not going in [to Cleveland] thinking sweep," Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We're going in there thinking about winning Game 1. It's still within reach, considering the games we play against them. But you've heard it a thousand times, it's one game at a time."

 

Kluber is 4-6 with a 3.94 ERA against the Tigers in his career, but he has a pair of dominant starts against Detroit under his belt this season and is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed one run in eight innings at Detroit in April before throwing a five-hit shutout on May 4.

 

Three things to know about this game

• Miguel Cabrera is three hits shy of becoming the 100th player in Major League history to reach 2,500 in his career. He is batting .205 in the Tigers' 12 games against Cleveland, his lowest mark against any AL Central team this season.

• The Tigers are 9-9 since Aug. 27. The starting rotation is 0-8, while the bullpen is 9-1.

• The Indians likely won't know until Friday morning when catcher Yan Gomes will be activated. He was hit on the right hand Wednesday night in what was supposed to be his final rehab start for Double-A Akron.

 

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Fuck the Tigers.

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Kluber 7-4 to the bottom of the 7th......isn't that Kluber still 45-0 with 4+ runs?

 

Make that 46-0? In front of a totally packed house.

 

Cleveland 11-4 final, FS1 at 3:30 tomorrow. MAGIC NUMBER 9.

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Saturday 0-0 top 8, Verlander just left. Carrasco got hit by a hit ball after two pitches in the first inning, WHOA.

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CLEVELAND -- Two pitches into Saturday's game against the Tigers, Cleveland's rotation was hit with another problem.

 

A line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler struck the right hand of Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, forcing the pitcher out of the crucial divisional clash with Detroit. The roar that arrived with the first pitch at Progressive Field quickly transformed to a concerned murmur from a crowd well aware of the issues that have plagued the Tribe's staff of late.

 

As the Indians try to lock down their first American League Central title in nine years, entering Saturday with a seven-game lead over the Tigers and a magic number of nine to clinch the division, the sight of Carrasco walking off the field with a trainer was troubling to say the least. Cleveland already learned earlier this week that righty Danny Salazar could miss three to four weeks with a forearm injury.

 

The Indians announced that Carrasco sustained a non-displaced fracture of fifth metacarpal (bone below pinky finger) on right hand. There is no timetable for his return right now.

 

In the first inning, Carrasco fired a 1-0, 95-mph fastball to Kinsler, who sent the pitch back up the middle for a single. As Carrasco finished his delivery, the line drive -- one with an exit velocity of 101 mph, per Statcast™ -- struck the pitcher on the hand. The big right-hander walked off the mound in clear pain, paced around and was quickly met by head athletic trainer James Quinlan and manager Terry Francona.

 

As Carrasco was examined for several minutes, Francona met briefly with pitching coach Mickey Callaway. The manager then returned to the mound, where he lifted the starter from the game and called upon reliever Jeff Manship to take over.

Heading into Saturday's action, Carrasco was 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 24 starts this season, having already missed all of May due to a left hamstring injury. Kinsler's bruising single was reminscent of a similar play involving Carrasco on April 14 last year. In that game against the White Sox, Carrasco was struck on the side of the face by a comebacker from Melky

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Carrasco is done. He has a broken finger.

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CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco was waiting inside the clubhouse after his teammates celebrated an emotional extra-inning victory on the field under a stream of fireworks on Saturday night. The pitcher wanted to be there to congratulate them, and to thank them for overcoming his early exit.

 

In a cruel twist to Cleveland's quest to play deep into October, Carrasco was struck by a line drive two pitches into the first inning of the Tribe's 1-0, 10-inning walk-off triumph over Detroit in a critical contest at Progressive Field. He sustained a non-displaced fracture of a bone in his right hand and is done for the regular season, delivering a crushing blow to an Indians club with World Series aspirations.

 

So when the celebratory mob broke up and Cleveland's players headed inside, Carrasco was waiting.

 

"He was the first one to high five us at the door," Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said.

 

Cleveland's rotation now consists of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and a slew of question marks. Righty Josh Tomlin will hope to continue his comeback from a rough August, rookie Mike Clevinger will hope to build on his recent success, and the fifth spot will likely consist of a bullpen day for the remainder of the regular season.

 

After the ill-fated liner off the bat of Ian Kinsler in the first inning, Carrasco went off-site to undergo X-rays on his pitching hand, which began swelling immediately. The images showed a non-displaced break of the fifth metacarpal, which is a bone in the hand located beneath the pinky finger. The Indians did not announce an official timetable for return.

 

Carrasco and Danny Salazar (right forearm strain) are not only out for the rest of the season, but potentially for the entirety of whatever October run the Tribe might have in store. With the walk-off win over Detroit, Cleveland is one step closer to clinching an American League Central crown for the first time in nine years. The Tribe's lead over the Tigers in the division stands at eight games, and its magic number has been whittled down to seven.

 

Losing Carrasco, however, complicates Cleveland's potential postseason planning.

"It hurts," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It will make this more challenging, what we're trying to do. When we do it, it will feel all that much better. It's another challenge, but we feel like we'll figure it out."

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They will make the playoffs but knows it might turn out to be the amazing 2016 season afterall with all lofty expectations. virtually gone.

 

From the best rotation in the American League to .....hey who's got a glove and wants to pitch today? :lol::unsure:

 

Sure changes the mood in Cleveland.

 

GO BROWNS, OH GOD! :o

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If the Indians can put up 3 quality starters they can win any series.

That's the problem now must Kluber win every single start? Bauer was your #4 is your #2, Clevinger is a kid who was back in the bullpen thrust back as a starter on a strict pitch count, Tomlin had totally lost it and was also demoted to the bullpen.

 

Carrasco/Salazar were easily #2/3 here and maybe a #1/2 on other staffs are gone.

 

Enjoy September and winning the AL CENTRAL they've earned that, Terry Francona must now become a magician and hope they can win one series and advance.

 

GO TRIBE, we love ya'.

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE. .......

 

No use worrying about October pitching rotations in September, enjoy winning now.

 

9/20 - 7 pm Volquez v Tomlin

9/21 - 7 pm Kennedy v Kluber

9/22 - 7 pm Vargas v Clevinger

 

9/23 7 pm CWS rolls back into Cleveland hopefully the Indians can squash them like a bug at home.

 

GO TRIBE, it's almost over can the Cavaliers be far away?

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