Month in review: Sept/Oct

Things were bound to go up for the Indians after turning in a 5-24 August that wrecked Cleveland’s season. Sure enough, September included a few bright spots for the troubled Tribe.

The offense improved, and the team even enjoyed a handful of walk-off wins. Lonnie Chisenhall returned nicely from his right forearm injury. Carlos Santana continues his second-half surge. Fans got a closer look at Russ Canzler. All in all, it was a decent month with some positives for the Indians to head into the offseason thinking about.

The damage of the season had already been done, though. September saw Manny Acta dismissed as manager, and now the club is looking for a new voice to lead the way. Sandy Alomar Jr. and Terry Francona are first up in the interview process, and both options would represent a sound option for the team.

I will follow with my yearly honors soon, and a wrap up of some Minor Leagues highlights. You can also expect to see some more in-depth analysis of the season that was, and the needs going forward, in the next few weeks.

For now let’s take a quick glance at the final month of the Indians’ 2012 season:

Overall: 13-17
At home: 6-8
On road: 7-9

Offense (AL rank):

.259 average (4)
.336 on-base (2)
.362 slugging (13)
.698 OPS (10)
19 home runs (13)
44 doubles (10)
124 RBI (10)
132 runs (8)
113 walks (3)
216 strikeouts (11)
23 stolen bases (6)
276 hits (5)

Pitching (AL rank)

4.57 ERA (11)
8 saves (8)
273.2 innings (8)
286 hits allowed (12)
156 runs (10)
139 earned runs (10)
35 home runs (8)
90 walks (6)
203 strikeouts (3)
1.37 WHIP (11)
2.26 K/BB (10)

Player of the Month: C Carlos Santana
Stats: .280/.368/.495/.863, 5 HR, 4 2B, 19 RBI, 20 R, 16 BB, 27 games

2012 winners: DH Travis Hafner (April), 2B Jason Kipnis (May), RF Shin-Soo Choo (June), CF Michael Brantley (July), Carlos Santana (August, September)

Pitcher of the Month: LHP David Huff
Stats: 3-1, 3.38 ERA, 26.2 IP, 19 K, 5 BB, 1.31 WHIP, 6 games, 4 starts

2012 winners: RHP Derek Lowe (April), CL Chris Perez (May), RHP Justin Masterson (June), RHP Zach McAllister (July), RHP Esmil Rogers (August), LHP David Huff (September).

Reliever of the Month: RHP Frank Herrmann
Stats: 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 11 K, 1 BB, 0.59 WHIP, 11 games

2012 winners: RHP Vinnie Pestano (April, July), CL Chris Perez (May), RHP Esmil Rogers (June, August), RHP Frank Herrmann (September).

Performance of the Month (hitting): Carlos Santana
Line: 3-for-6, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs, 9 TB in 15-4 win over Royals on Sept. 23.

Performance of the Month (pitching): LHP David Huff
Line: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10 BF in 7-6 win over Twins on Sept. 7.

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Month in review: August
Month in review: July
Month in review: June
Month in review: May
Month in review: April

–JB

7 Comments

I’m just wondering, what awards does anyone deserve, let’s see,

GM, The worst in Baseball.
Santana award for doing something after the team blew it, not before,
pitching, A horrible starting staff, and none could be better then a 4th starter on any other Team.
The Great POWER AWARD: Oh there is none.
Great fielding: Oh there is none.
Please explain what award you have you could possibly give to any of them other then the most piss poor ownership award, Now that is one that has been won and is deserving of the Dolans.

Shay – I seriously didn’t think we could top the phoots we got at the newborn shoot with Brooklyn! I am speechless! These phoots are BEYOND amazing! I don’t know how we will ever decide. Angela, you are the best at capturing our family & our precious girls. I cannot wait to see all of the phoots!

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Groundball pitchers need a defense behind them to be successful. Having watched all of Masterson’s starts, that was his biggest problem. 2 of his last 3 starts were ruined by easy inning ending outs turned into errors by Lonnie that let runs score. Sometimes I wonder if peopele actually watch the games. Stats tell half the story, the other half is what you see on the field. Masterson’s stats alone would be 10x better with a half decent defense behind him.

Excuse me but facts, Dolan’s and his crew wasted money on Hafner and Westbrook instead of signing Ce CE The created a TV station to lose more money, Instead of putting that money into the team, They keep Sizemore around, and wasted all that money, I could go on but you get my drift, Now they are wasting more money on a manager, When they should be investing in good players not over the hill bums, So we get a manager, and still have a piss poor Team, yea this was a great Hire, You people have to be republicans because I never seen such clueless people.

I completely agree BC. If you love the game of baalsbel and want to play at the collegiate level, you have to find the right fit. Too many kids get their dreams crushed getting cut in the fall of their freshman year by a D1 program Then what?Of course you can transfer and keep pursuing ball, but it gets complicated and is a big hassle that is better avoided. Great point BC.

Hi,I would say the most basic book you could read on money management and where to start is The Wealthy Barber’ by Michael Chilton. It reads like a story and is teherfore easy to follow.Next, I’d agree with the source below and recommend Robert Kyiosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad.’It is a great book that teaches you how to think differently about money than the average Joe. It will teach you how the wealthy think.My personal advice, from all of these and other books, is:Invest a minimum of 10% of gross, but aim for 25% for long term savings.Invest 10% of gross for short term savings like down payment, car, trip, etc.Invest 10% of gross to an emergency fundSpend no more than 25% on debts of all kind, including your mortgage.Spend no more than 20% on entertainment and clothing, etc. (if you want more, earn more)Give 10% to charity or churchAlso, it is important to plan a good budget and maintain it with discipline.There is a good source for free personal budgets tools in various blogs and sites. We have one as well.

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