A few quick notes on Sunday’s game action:

The Indians won both of their split squad games, defeating the Brewers 7-4 and the Reds 3-0, to maintain their undefeated streak so far in spring training.  The Tribe had a number of good pitching performances in both games, particularly against the Reds in Goodyear.  Seven pitchers appeared in that game – Zach McAllister, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Cody Allen, Rich Hill, Jerry Gil, T.J. House, and Preston Guilmet – and the only one to allow a hit was Hill.  Since hitters are usually ahead of pitchers this early in the spring, holding the Reds to no runs on one hit was a pretty impressive feat.  The Reds started a number of their regulars in the lineup too, so it’s not as if Indians pitchers faced no major league hitters.  When Matsuzaka entered the game, he hit the first batter he faced.  I thought that may be the start of some chaos, but Matsuzaka got the next batter to ground into a double play and made it out of the inning without issue.  On the radio broadcast, Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus said that Matsuzaka was pushing himself a bit more than he normally would, particularly for someone coming off of Tommy John surgery since he wants to win a spot on the roster.  On the offensive end, Mark Reynolds went 2 for 3, non-roster invitee Omir Santos had two RBI, and Carlos Moncrief had an RBI.

In the game against the Brewers, Trevor Bauer, Scott Kazmir, and David Huff all pitched two scoreless innings, while Danny Salazar and Nick Hagadone each pitched one scoreless inning.  Carlos Carrasco pitched one inning and gave up four runs, three of which were earned.  Overall, 12 Indians pitchers combined for 17 scoreless innings in both of the games.  Offensively in the Brewers game, Carlos Santana went 1 for 3 and knocked in two with a home run, and Ezequiel Carrera went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two walks.

On Monday, the Indians square off at 3:05 ET against the Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium – their first game away from Goodyear.  Unfortunately, the game is not broadcast on local radio or television.




  • Swift says:

    “to maintain their undefeated streak so far in spring training”

    I’ve had a belief since I was a kid in the 60s following the NY Mets that the better the team did in spring training, the worse they did during the season. I hope the Indians don’t carry their winning streak all the way to opening day. :)

  • Jeff says:

    Actually, studies show that there is indeed a correlation between spring training and the regular season. The better a team does in spring training, the better they will do in the regular season, generally speaking. So apparently the Tribe will go 162-0!

  • thirdsaint says:

    Ha, yeah, the wins mean nothing but I’m just glad to see our key hitters hitting and our pitchers doing well.

  • no1ever says:

    Hamilton and Rosenhaus said the wind during the Red’s game was brutal, so I think that played a big factor in the offense (Indians didn’t hit well either). Ludwick had two shots that I think got killed by the wind.

    There are good stats to observe in Spring Training. They are:

    Batters – Injury Report, Isolated Power, K%, pitches seen

    Pitchers – Injury Report, no seriously, Injury Report, BB/K Ratio, gb/fb %, Injury Report

    I would argue the only things Wins indicate is bench depth, but it’s likely correlative, not causative.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    I’ve actually been working on a post comparing spring records and regular season records. It’s still kind of a mess, so it isn’t up yet (everything is in tables, otherwise it’s mostly chaos). My hypothesis going into it was that a good spring doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good season, but that playoff teams would have respectable springs. Not to spoil the surprise, but over the past 10 seasons, playoff teams had a record of .500 or better in the spring 67% of the time. Only twice did a team with the worst spring record make the playoffs.

    • no1ever says:

      What’s the sample size? I’d be interested to see this.

      • Stephanie Liscio says:

        It’s the past 10 seasons, Indians, playoff teams, and best records in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues. So I have one chart that’s just the Indians spring/regular season records. Then I have a bunch of charts that are all of the playoff teams…one chart per year. I wanted to break it down like that, because I was curious about 2006 and 2009 and whether or not things seemed off during World Classic years. They don’t appear that different than the rest though.

        I’ll hopefully have it up in the next day or so. Like I said, I already pulled the stats and made the charts, but the post itself is still kind of a mess!

  • Mary Jo says:

    Finally, a perk of being an out-of-market Tribe fan. Webcast are usually the Hammy-free version of the radio games, but at least you can still HEAR the game. Last year they usually paired Rosie with either a local Cleveland area reporter or a former member of the Tribe as the Color Analyst. If I remember right (which I probably don’t) Paul Assenmacher was hysterical. At least I do know it was a former player if not Ossie. If you’re a die-hard Tribe fan it might be worth $20 to you to subscribe to either MLB Gameday or AtBat13 for your Droid or iPhone so you can hear the webcasts.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    I think some of the MLB.com audio games are free this spring. I know they were saying on Twitter that today’s was.

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