Inside the Wigwam

By: T.J. Zuppe

It Is Good to Be Home: The Cleveland Indians are returning home to the friendly confines of Progressive Field, following a six-game road trip in Kansas City and Detroit. The Tribe went 1-5 on the trip, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers. The three-game set against the Oakland Athletics will begin a nine-game homestand, that will also feature the Royals and Chicago White Sox. The Indians are not exactly defending the home turf however, and in fact have lost 11 of the last 15 in Cleveland. Overall, the club is 26-33 at their home park, and currently sit 21.5 games back in the American League Central Division, the most they have been back of the division leader since 2006 (24).

Clippers Pitcher Carlos Carrasco

September is on the Way: As the calendar inches closer to the month of September, so does the Indians’ ability to expand their roster to the full 40-men. While Indians manager Manny Acta has alluded to not wanting to bring up many more youngsters, the pitching staff could use the help. More importantly, the starting rotation could use the relief, where some arms are not used to the number of innings they have pitched this year, and others have already experienced dead-arm. One of the key contributors in the final month of the season will be Clippers right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco at Class-AAA Columbus has been turning up the heat in his last three starts. In that period, he is 1-1 with a 2.18 earned run average. He has thrown 20.2 innings in those starts, giving up 15 hits, and five earned runs. That includes last Sunday, in which he worked into the eight inning against Toledo, giving up four runs, but only one of which earned. He struck out eight batters. On the season, he has lowered his ERA to 3.77, and he is now 10-6 in 24 games started. He is fourth in the International League in strikeouts with 127.

McAllister Debut: Right-handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister, who the Indians acquired as the player to be named later in the Austin Kearns trade with the Yankees, will makes his Indians organization debut on Tuesday night for the Clippers. He will be facing the Toledo Mud Hens at 6:35 PM. On the year at Class-AAA Scranton, McAllister

Clippers' Zach McAllister

was 8-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 132.2 innings. In 24 starts, he has struck out 88 hitters, while walking 38. The 23-year old McAllister pitched one complete game this season, and ranks 11th in the International League in innings pitched. He also has had his strikeout pitch working in August, whiffing 25 hitters in just over 24 innings this month.

McAllister is another strong candidate to eat some September innings for the Indians, as they skip some regular starters normal days of work, and look to expand the 5-man rotation at points next month.

When Will Brantley be Back? Indians outfielder Michael Brantley could be back as soon as Wednesday, after taking batting practice and running the bases on Tuesday. He is still officially listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain, and tonight will mark the fourth straight game he will miss due to the injury. Since returning to the Indians on August 6th, Brantley is hitting .327, collecting 16 hits in 12 games. He has added a double, triple, two home runs and seven runs batted in, to the otherwise meager Tribe lineup. He has raised his average on the campaign from .118, to his current mark of .212.

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