Can the Cleveland Indians Count on Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana in 2nd Half?

first_imgThe more this up and down season has progressed, it’s becoming abundantly clear that some of the Cleveland Indians’ key leaders from the 2016 American League Championship team have failed to fill their roles as needed this season.Terry Francona will go to bat for his guys any time a player is criticized, particularly when they have the veteran experience of guys like Jason Kipnis or Michael Brantley.That belief in his players and confidence he instills in them is one of the aspects of what makes him one of the all-time great managers.However, there comes a time when veteran experience has to be put in proportion with actual contributions.The fact that Carlos Santana hit 34 homers last season is irrelevant to this year’s World Series quest. Cleveland cannot afford to sit pat at the trade deadline and moving Santana would be one way to address starting pitching depth.Leading up to the trade deadline, my hope is the Tribe seeks a trade for a legitimate No. 3 starter with playoff experience under his belt.As much as Clevinger has been on a roll these past two months and although we hope Danny Salazar can get back to pitching like an ace, the dreaded No. 3 starter position could be their downfall in a series against teams like Houston or Boston, who can match up with the two aces, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.At number three, do you trust Trevor Bauer? Mike Clevinger? Josh Tomlin? Danny Salazar?I have a tough time believing the Tribe would be the favorites in those games and Kluber and Carrasco can’t win a World Series by themselves.So let’s say the Tribe manages to find a dependable number three starter in exchange for Santana and a mid-tier prospect or two.Now what do they do about first base?Although Encarnacion has primarily served as a designated hitter in recent years, he’s a serviceable first baseman.It doesn’t seem probable that moving Encarnacion to first base would be the decision that costs the Tribe a playoff-berth.Here’s where the dominoes could start to fall in place after that.Assuming Encarnacion plays first base and a healthy infield consists of Jose Ramirez at third, Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Jason Kipnis  (when healthy) at second base.Healthy is the key word for Kipnis.He’s been battling through a rough season from a health standpoint, still playing great defense at second base, but his offense is clearly suffering.Kipnis is the type of guy who will play through pain if he can, won’t make excuses for himself and knows the significance of being solid up the middle to contend for a championship.The problem is his continued admirable process of playing through pain this season is ultimately hurting the team’s offense as a whole.So here’s a potential remedy.After a Santana trade, DH would open up. I propose moving Kipnis to DH until he is fully healthy and capable of playing pain-free at second base.Naturally, the next question becomes who will play second base.Jose Ramirez would be more than capable of holding the fort down and turning double plays with Lindor.At that point, Cleveland could take another look at Yandy Diaz at third base, whose offensive presence alone makes the Tribe’s already potent lineup that much more dangerous.Would the defense at the corner infield spots take a dip? Yes. But the upgrades with the number three starting pitcher spot along with the probability of finally putting together an offense that hits with runners in scoring position would outweigh the defensive dropoff.If Diaz blooms in the second half, his star potential could be what tips the scales in an evenly matched playoff series.I wouldn’t be surprised if Kipnis’ bat is back in the second half, whether at DH or as a position player.But for argument’s sake, let’s say Kipnis and Diaz both find a way to be a part of Cleveland’s lineup heading into the playoffs and both are hitting up to their potential… combined with the lineup protection from guys like Lindor, Brantley, Encarnacion, Ramirez, Chisenhall and Zimmer…. I’d put that lineup against any in baseball.I’d put Cleveland’s two aces against any other team’s top two.We all know the bullpen is one of the best in modern baseball history and has revolutionized the game.So what’s the worse thing Cleveland has going for it? A poor hitting catcber duo.Compared to the rest of MLB, Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez would be starters on quite a few teams, even a few other playoff teams (Boston, Colorado, Arizona), even with their poor offensive numbers .It can’t be overstated how valuable Gomes and Perez are for defense and until Francisco Mejia is ready to take the big stage, this duo can keep the ship afloat with their steady dependability behind the dish.However, if the Tribe were to bolster the lineup with Diaz and Kipnis both in there on a regular basis, the offensive deficiencies of Gomes and Perez won’t be felt as much by a stronger all-around lineup and then the subject of their offense can take a backseat – as it should – to how they play the catcher position and lead a pitching staff.Remember last August when we wrote about Lucroy’s veto being a blessing in disguise?Perez turned out to be one of the most clutch Indians hitters in the playoffs.So yes, trade Santana. Make Kipnis’ job easier until he’s back to his old self.Let Diaz, who is batting . 326 at Triple-A Columbus with four homers and eight doubles in 47 games, pick up some of the load in the lineup.Heck, when Kipnis is healthy, move Ramirez back to third and let Diaz DH.Santana hasn’t been the same player as the one who led Cleveland to an AL Pennant and in a contract year, Cleveland would be better served from a short-term and long-term standpoint to get something in return for him.It’s one position they can afford to tweak with and have capable options to go to.If this team keeps Santana, and Kipnis continues to struggle, health-wise and at the plate,  it could be an example of two key guys dragging the team down.There’s more to gain and more potential for boom in a somewhat riskier move to give a budding star a bigger role.Cleveland is not the favorite in the American League right now, but they have the pieces to repeat, if they don’t let this Kipnis injury snowball into an even bigger problem in the second half and/or playoffs.One final suggestion, if you’re a Santana stan, consider the possibility of trading for a first, second, or third baseman with proven positive contributions this season.If it takes a little more than Santana to pull off that type of upgrade, so be it, but as of the All-Star Break, I can’t count on him to deliver clutch hits when needed. Related Topics Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Two Vehicles Stolen in Girdwood

first_imgOn Sunday a 69-year-old Girdwood man reported his silver 2005 Subaru Forester had been taken from his driveway some time between 6pm on Saturday and 8:40am Sunday. The vehicle bears a license plate number IOSLVR and was parked at the man’s home. On Tuesday a 22-year-old Fairbanks man reported his blue 2015 Ford F150 pickup had been stolen from the parking lot of the Alyeska Resort Hotel on Arlberg Avenue. The truck was allegedly taken some time between 11:30pm on Monday and 11:30am Tuesday. Its license plate reads JAR531. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two vehicles were stolen this week in Girdwood; one was taken from a hotel and the other from a private residence.center_img The investigation into both incidents is continuing. Alaska State Troopers welcome any and all public tips.last_img read more

Two Arrested For Burglary, Vehicle Theft, And Numerous Other Charges

first_imgDonna Juliussen, 31, of Kenai was also contacted at the residence and also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. On November 4, at around 1:23 a.m., Soldotna-based Troopers responded to the call, and upon arrival to the residence located a stolen vehicle, which had been damaged and was displaying unassociated license plates. Story as aired: Opel was additionally remanded on one count of False Information as well as the outstanding warrant. Juliussen was additionally remanded on one count of Resisting Arrest. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in the Poppy Ridge Road area of Soldotna upon receipt of an open-line 911 call.center_img Both individuals were found to have illegally entered the residence, which was found to have been forced open. According to the trooper dispatch, Kenneth Opel, 59, of Soldotna was contacted during the investigation and provided a false name to Troopers. Opel was found to have an outstanding $5000 felony arrest warrant for failing to comply with probation conditions. Opel was additionally found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Opel and Juliussen were both arrested, transported and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of burglary in the first degree, two counts vehicle theft in the first degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fifth degree, improper use of evidence of registration, and misconduct involving controlled substances in the fourth degree.last_img read more

Player open to making Leicester City permanent exit, already told club…

first_imgThe reports have been coming from the English and Turkish press, and the Lisbon outlet sounds excited about it, as they give the story a big article in today’s edition.Now A Bola doesn’t have much to add about the negotiations, but are sure about one thing: Slimani would be really keen about returning to Sporting.They say the player has been open to this move for a long time now, and already told Sporting he would happy to be a Lion again.Embed from Getty ImagesSlimani has only five goals in 25 appearances for Fenerbahce this season, and his return to Leicester City in the summer sounds very likely.Things haven’t worked out well for him since joining the Foxes on a €30m deal in 2016.As he’s considered to be an ‘expensive’ player by the Portuguese clubs, a move back to Lisbon would only happen if Leicester present good conditions for Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo Portuguese newspaper A Bola highlights today the recent claims which said Leicester City striker Islam Slimani could soon return to Sporting.last_img read more

Were PSLs really an ‘investment’ all those years ago? Ravens fans will soon find out

first_imgPart 3: The Ghost of Baltimore Football FutureAs Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass recently pointed out in a letter to the club’s Personal Seat License holders and top financial supporters, the spaciousness of the team’s home games this season can certainly be traced back to a warm afternoon a continent away in London, England when a dozen players took The Wembley Knee during the National Anthem.Or, on “foreign soil,” as so many patriots have stated on the internet. It’s unclear how many PSL owners are purposely keeping those seats empty as a boycott and how many just can’t resell or even give away the tickets for free as a gift.The new “cool debate” during the holidays has been the loyal Ravens fans excited about a playoff berth and still going to the games fighting with the ones who used to go to the games about how any real, true-blooded American could possibly support the National Football League and these disrespectful black players who hate our military and The President.That’s where we are in this debate entering 2018.But you want me to “stick to sports,” right?Let’s be clear about how the upper deck got empty and how the fan base got uppity: if Donald J. Trump didn’t go on the attack with NFL players and call them “sons of bitches,” The Wembley Knee wouldn’t exist nor would The Knee of 180 players of color that around the sport that day in September 2017.No sane person should argue this point.But, no matter the reason, rationale, politics, philosophy, patriotism or the color of your skin or theirs, the result has been quite eye-opening for anyone who has witnessed a home game for the Baltimore Ravens since The Wembley Knee and subsequent drubbing at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars in London back on September 24th.Time will tell what the impact of The Wembley Knee will be in the coming years to season tickets and PSLs and their street value.Time will also tell what real damage there will be to the franchise and how it rebounds from this political crisis that Steve Bisciotti never could’velast_img read more

Go for Gold adds Kent Salado

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “Those guys are there to help us in every which way they can: playing their position, attitude towards winning, finding a niche, and doing its part to achieving a bigger result,” he said.Salado averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.3 steals for the Chiefs this past NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Cagayan de Oro native, however, saw his collegiate season cut short after tearing his a right MCL late in the second round of the season.Tang believes the acquisition of Salado will bring nothing but good things to the team as he hopes that his St. Benilde core, bannered by Unique Naboa, Edward Dixon, and Clement Leutcheu will pick up a thing or two from the speedy playmaker. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Santos wants Balkman back in PBA: ‘Everyone deserves a second chance’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “We want to be competitive as we can get, but at the same time, build and give ample exposure to our players from St. Benilde. Knowing that they have experienced what it takes to compete for a championship, we are certain that they can bring in positivity to the culture and process we are rebuilding with,” the youthful mentor said.Salado last saw action for Racal Motors in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where he became only the third player to post a triple-double in PBA D-League history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGo for Gold bolstered its backcourt with the addition of Kent Salado in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Coach TY Tang confirmed the news on Tuesday as the Arellano guard joins National University  stalwarts J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem in the Scratchers camp.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten run ends

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We knew we would lose one day,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “The positive thing is that in a week we have a chance to rebound and advance.”Messi had his chance from the spot after Sergi Roberto was fouled by Esteban Granero, but his low shot into the right corner was stopped as Diego Lopez dived to his left to tip the ball away.It was a rare miss for Messi, who is having a stellar season and is the Spanish league’s top scorer with 17 goals.“The penalty save gave us the boost that we needed,” Melendo said. “We were playing too defensively.”Melendo netted the winner with a low shot from the middle of the area after a well-timed pass by Marc Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Upsets continue as heat rises: Muguruza, Konta out of Aussie Open Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde did not use all of the team’s regular starters, leaving players such as Luis Suarez on the bench.The match was interrupted for a few minutes in the 76th after Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was hit by an object thrown by fans behind his goal.Barcelona midfielder Paulinho was replaced in the second half because of a foot injury.SEVILLA STRIKES FIRSTSevilla scored two late goals to come from behind and beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal.Diego Costa gave Atletico the lead in the 73rd but the visitors equalized with an own-goal by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya in the 80th and secured the victory with a strike by Joaquin Correa after a breakaway in the 88th.Atletico was debuting its attacking trio of Costa, Antoine Griezmann and Victor “Vitolo” Machin, a former Sevilla player, but they were not able to get the job done in an entertaining match in which both teams created many scoring chances at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.“It was an open match, but they capitalized on their chances,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “They deserved the victory.”The result ended Atletico’s four-game winning run.Sevilla is enduring a five-game winless streak in La Liga but had won both games against second-division Cadiz in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. “I have no words, I was looking forward to this first goal,” said the 20-year-old Melendo, who had come on as a substitute in the second half.It was Espanyol’s first win against Barcelona at its RCDE Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe second leg of the Catalan derby is next week at Camp Nou.Barcelona hadn’t lost since a 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Aug. 16. It had won 23 of its last 29 matches in all competitions. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, looks down during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, first leg, soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday.Messi failed from the spot in the 62nd minute, his shot brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Youngster Oscar Melendo netted the winner for the hosts in the 88th with his first goal as a professional.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police said an Atletico fan in his early 20s was hospitalized in a serious but stable condition before the match after being stabbed in a fight near a metro station in the stadium area.VALENCIA ALSO RALLIESValencia also scored two late goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over 10-man Alaves.Ruben Sobrino put the visitors ahead with a strike from outside the area into the top corner in the 66th, but Valencia equalized seven minutes later with Goncalo Guedes. His angled shot deflected off a defender and goalkeeper Antonio Sivera was unable to recover in time to make the save.Alaves played a man down from the 77th after defender Adrian Dieguez was sent off with a second yellow card.Forward Rodrigo scored the winner from close range, firing a shot that hit the post before going in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

Discovery enters sports telecast space with DSPORT

first_imgMumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Expanding its footprint in the country, Discovery Communications today launched its sports channel DSPORT that will broadcast over 4,000 hours of live content a year across sports like horse racing, cycling, football, golf, motorsports and cricket among others.”India is one of the first market where we are expanding our sporting play (beyond Europe). We have realised that there are some passionate sporting communities or fans, whose needs are completely undermet in India right now because of the over emphasis on cricket,” Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Senior Vice President and General Manager, Karan Bajaj told reporters here.Among the sports properties that the new channel will offer include football from Brazilian League, Chinese Super League, Portuguese League and Major League Soccer (USA); golf from British Open, US Open, PGA Championship and LPGA; NASCAR motor racing, and six Nations Rugby along with UK and Irish horse racing events.”We have 4,000 hours of live content which is 3-4 times more than the next broadcaster in sports. We will have at least 10 hours of live content a day in sports that we think are very popular but yet underserved,” he said.”We know exactly who we are getting after. So it is not like we are spreading ourselves too thin by buying rights here and there. We are building scale in properties that we think have a wide viewership in India, who dont have currently access to them. We are picking up sports based on three criteria — popular, unmet and causing a disruption — (if we do that in our acquisition) then it is a home run for us,” he added.advertisementDSPORT is in advanced negotiations for selected high quality cricket events to add to its portfolio.”We are in advanced discussions with one or two cricket boards. If the business model turns out be right, if the properties are at the right valuation and we feel we can add value to it, we buy it. If we have enough live hours then we will buy it. We will have cricket very soon on the channel in next couple of months,” Bajaj said. (MORE) PTI DS RMT BASlast_img read more

2017 Tight End Logan Rudolph Recruit to Keep an Eye On

first_imgAn interesting recruit to keep an eye on in the 2017 class is tight end prospect Logan Rudolph. Name sound familiar? Logan is the younger brother of OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph, and appears to be gaining some buzz in recruiting circles.On Tuesday, Rudolph picked up an offer from Appalachian State. The 6-foot-4 prospect also holds offers from East Carolina, Charlotte, and Kentucky.Rudolph is an intriguing prospect who many Cowboy fans will want to follow. With interest from Tennessee and likely more offers coming during his senior season, it will be interesting to see if the Cowboys extend an offer and if his brother’s presence at OSU will play a factor in determining his college decision.The good news from a recruiting perspective is that the Cowboys have already got him on campus before. He made a trip to Stillwater last April and was able to see the facilities with Mason and tight end Jordan Frazier.Days in the…Midwest @Rudolph2Mason @jfragetd— Logan Rudolph (@Logan4Rudolph) April 13, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

TIFF 2016s cantmiss movies

center_img Login/Register With: Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter. Family encouragement combines with Aisholpan’s strength as this remarkable girl masters the centuries-old, sacred skill of capturing and training a massive golden eagle as a hunting partner. Executive producer Daisy Ridley provides the narration, Sia the closing song and Aisholpan all the inspiration.L.B. drama – Aquarius – Brazil/France Strength of story, strength of history, strength of vision: Nate Parker’s slave rebellion drama surely testifies. Parker manifests destiny with this fact-based tale of Nat Turner, an American-born slave turned rebel leader in 1800s Virginia. It’s even more intense than 12 Years a Slave, with brutal images that are harder to watch, but it’s a must-see regardless. Parker commands the frame as Turner, also writing/directing/producing, but he gets strong support from Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley and Gabrielle Union.P.H. Advertisement drama – Christine – U.S.A. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The mystery 1974 on-air suicide of Florida TV newswoman Christine Chubbuck, long the stuff of grim speculation, becomes the story of a flesh-and-blood woman in Rebecca Hall’s superb title rendering. This fact-based drama by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) rings with emotional truth in the absence of hard facts, turning a probing and revelatory lens on the soul-destroying task of chasing ratings with sensationalistic news, long before clickbait became a journalistic mission rather than a punchline.P.H. As surely as a bud unfurls to rose, a Brazilian neighbourhood reveals its secrets and truths, in this empowerment drama from the country’s Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds). Sonia Braga is superbly forceful and sexy as the widowed Clara, a retired music journalist and mother of three meddling adult children, who refuses to be wooed or kicked out of her waterfront apartment by a determined developer. She also isn’t about to let age cool her bedroom ardour.P.H.last_img read more