High & Low of Indians Vs Royals 5/6-5/8: Kings of a New Variety

Nino Colla | Monday, May 09, 2016 | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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As disappointing as it was to get swept by the Phillies, we all know that the big games are the division games. And thus far, after a week that featured nothing but, the Indians are 10-4 within the AL Central, bested in winning percentage only by the White Sox, who have played six less games. You keep winning 2-of-3 from your division foes, you're setting yourself up for a successful year.

Oh, what's that? The Indians are doing that? Cool, neat, tubular. Here's the highs and lows of the Indians series win over the defending World Series Champions.


High & Low of Indians Vs Tigers 5/3-5/5: When Things Come Around

Nino Colla | Friday, May 06, 2016 | | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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I don't know about you, but there's something exciting about a payoff. It's why I'm in it for the long haul with this team, through whatever may come, I don't want it to be easy, but I want it to happen and am willing to wait. I'm of course talking about a title for the Cleveland Indians, but more specifically, kicking the ever loving crap out of the Detroit Tigers after the past few seasons sure does feel amazing.

So let's just kick them while they're down. The fun part is, this Tigers team isn't all that shitty and aside from running into the Indians, they've been playing sub-par ball. And the Indians? Their coming off the tail end of a road trip that was less than favorable. But, for some reason, it seems like there's a new script the Indians are reading from when it comes to facing the Tigs from the north. All your highs and a low here or there from the second series sweep of the Detroit Tigers.


High & Low of Indians @ Tigers 4/22-4/24: One Ring to Ruin Them All

Nino Colla | Monday, April 25, 2016 | | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Awwwwwwww yeah! You giddy? You better be giddy! GET GIDDY! Come on, that's fun, was it not? The tight game, averting any sort of bad "typical loss to the Tigers" and your fifth starter out-dueled their number one to boot. The blowout... And then despite losing a key piece to this team's success, scrapping out one more for a sweep.

That's a series win my friends.

And here are all the Highs and very few Lows from the Indians trip to Detroit.


High & Low of Indians Vs Mariners 4/19-4/21: Now Is Not the Time to Fret, People

Nino Colla | Friday, April 22, 2016 | | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Ugh, an intro. I don't want to. Because it will inevitably end in a long-winded rant about something to do with some of your friends that suck as fans. I say some of your friends, because you likely reading this don't suck.

With two losses, one being a heart-breaker, and another being on the bad end of a pitcher's duel, there was quite a bit to be low about, even with silver linings. So, here's the Highs and the Lows of the Indians series with the team that has their former manager coaching third base.


High & Low of Indians Vs Mets 4/15-4/17: You Were Expecting Someone Else?

Nino Colla | Monday, April 18, 2016 | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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For the two best rotation's in baseball, that sure was more offense than I think anyone expected. The winning team scored at least six runs in each game and in two games the losing team scored at least five. Each team's arguable best starter got unwound on to the tune of 11 runs.

Of course, right?

Also, someone please caption that picture. What could Bartolo be saying to Kipnis? Inquiring minds want to know.

Here's the highs and the lows of the Indians series against the New York Mets.


High & Low of Indians @ Rays 4/12-4/14: We Got a Winner, Yes We Do

Nino Colla | Friday, April 15, 2016 | | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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See, just needed some consistent games in a row. Quit your bitching people...

No seriously, it is hard to play a game of consistency when you aren't playing consistently. It's hard to play a warm weather game when it isn't warm. And, it's hard to play a game when you AREN'T PLAYING THE GAME.

Here's the Highs and the Lows of the Indians series win in Tampa against the Rays. In that series, they played the games.

High: Cy-lazar shirts now on sale, while supplies last

Am I too high on Danny Salazar? I don't know, maybe, but a lot of people are in that case. The Electric Slide-azar (I'm still trying to make something work here, please hang with me) was pretty rockin' in his second start. Totally on board with Salazar just straight up striking fools out. He's gonna throw a lot of pitches because of it, but it's swing and miss stuff, so what can you do? Pitch to contact more? Why? He's making it work. He has gotten to the point where he can at least get you a quality start more times than not, and that's fine. It'll all come together sooner rather than later, but I don't want to see him change from what he's doing. I'll take six innings and nine strikeouts. That works.

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High: Return to never-never land

Back to the scene of the crime for Carlos Carrasco, where he almost threw a no-hitter last season. Cookie was super strong in this one, going really deep and looking very similar as to how he did in that start in which he took it to the wire for a no-hitter against the Rays in 2015. Joey Butler was safely in Columbus, but the Rays scratched a few baserunners out regardless. Start one was his tuneup in the cold, start two was proving Cookie is ready to be a absolute force at the top once again. LOVE.

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High: The Armory has arrived

I'm not sure why I'm calling our new arrivals that are vets The Armory, but here we are. With consistent game playing came some consistent results. Marlon Byrd and Rajai Davis have turned up along with Napoli's first week success. We're still missing Juan Uribe in action, but give it time. These valuable vets have some purpose on the team, you need to give them more than one game. Davis was ripping things up there, in spite of all of us not wanting him to be in the leadoff spot and then Byrd got in on the action in Game 3 with both offense and defense. So, hey, look at those vets contributing! They just needed to get out of the cold.

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Low: Just leave it alone

Was it a mistake keeping Corey Kluber in? Look man, not going to get it into that. I'm going to leave that all alone. It was probably the one low spot in the entire series was seeing that game blown. Yeah, Kluber was clearly done, but Tito left him in because that's what Tito does and he trusts his ace. Well, sometimes, you gotta read the signs. For as much as Tito doesn't like to push things early in the year, he pushed it. In the middle of June? This may be a different story and Kluber may have typically been fine. But he hasn't worked up to that, and his first start of the season was in cold temperatures of a rescheduled game in Cleveland. I think Tito could make the same move in June and come out fine. Here though? He maybe needed to read the situation a bit better. It's nothing worth flipping out though, like half of Indians Twitter did in regards to blowing the lead. Settle down.

I will be a little snobbish towards bringing in Cody Allen though right after it. On one hand, your best reliever wasn't getting much time over the past week, but perhaps AFTER the game was already blown was not the time to get him some work. I don't know, seemed misplaced, but again, too early to get all bent out of shape about.

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High: Next of Naquin

We haven't seen much of Tyler Naquin due to the nature of the starting pitchers the Indians have seen and their handedness, but seeing Ty in there and doing well at the plate was a breath of fresh air. I'm convinced he's one of the guys to go when Brantley and Chisenhall return (which is soon), but maybe I'll be wrong. Naquin was ballin' in his start, getting three hits, and if he does that in addition to his good defense, no reason he shouldn't stay, especially since they've shown they're willing to not be consistent with his starting. I don't think he needs to be in Triple-A at this point. I think you stand to see him learn more by being a part-timer than you do getting more time in against Quad-A pitching.

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High, but Low for him: The sad life of Hank Conger

Anytime you face a team with Hank Conger behind the plate is steal party time. Holy smokes is that dude terrible throwing people out. He's a walking sad Charlie Brown walking meme in catcher's gear.

In general, can we just give a high to the Indians early season aggressiveness on the base paths? A lot of that can also be contributed to Francisco Lindor, who created a few runs in this one just by pushing the envelop by being aggressive. He forced a throw that got away, which not only let him score but let Napoli move up on the error, and in that series against Boston that double steal I had mentioned, while failed in general, was still well placed and made sense.

More base path aggressiveness, especially when it is smart. Make the other team make a perfect play, and sometimes they make mistakes that help you out even more.

High/Low: Lindor is a Gif(t)/MLB is Krampus

I wish I could have just put the GIF there, that the wonderful August Fagerstrom had shared with the world, but Major League Baseball is straight up Krampus taking away our gifs. MLB is the straight up worst with their digital content. They are stingy with having stuff on YouTube, it's ridiculously hard to embed their stuff into posts here and in general sharing videos from their website. I get you want to control it, but seriously, why create barriers for the fan to share awesome stuff from the sport they love?

The high is for Lindor just being friggin' Lindor. I love love love love loveeee this stuff. This is why the game is fun. And the on the other side you have MLB trying to roadblock the fun by saying, hey, don't share that gif, it's our property, merp merp merp.


Also, can we get rid of these catwalks? Are they important to the structural integrity of Tropicana Field? Seriously, if you play in a place that dictates it's own rules, perhaps we should look into figuring out how we can get the Rays a new place to play. They're in the nicest part of the United States and they play in a dome? That doesn't seem right either.

Next Up: The best rotations in baseball square off, but they're missing a few guys on the Mets side, and New York misses a few of the arms that Cleveland would probably love to showcase in this sort of series. I guess it all works out to be pretty even then? Regardless, the three matchups are still pretty damn impressive looking.


High & Low of Indians @ White Sox 4/8-4/9: Stop Screwing Up All the Baseball

Nino Colla | Monday, April 11, 2016 | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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We're all just hitting .500 right now. The Indians in playing games (and winning them) and me in correctly formatting High & Low. Last time was a bit of mess, wasn't it? And this website? Oh man, sorry about the appearance. I'll clean it up shortly. I'm a home owner now (exciting stuff, eh?), so needless to say, I've been cleaning other stuff up. We're all good here now though, an opening picture, a page break so you can click on, and a more proper intro.

Hopefully as we hit a new week (and have some nicer weather this weekend), the Indians will play their full week's slate of games. Although, I'm sure they won't complain about having two less games without Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.