2015 Cleveland Indians season

The 2015 Cleveland Indians season was the 115th season for the franchise. The team played its 22nd season at Progressive Field. The team looked to improve upon their 85–77 record and third-place divisional finish from the previous season; however, the Indians finished in third place in the AL Central with an 81–80 record and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

2015 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–80 (.503)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Larry Dolan
General manager(s)Chris Antonetti
Manager(s)Terry Francona
Local televisionSportsTime Ohio · WKYC
(Matt Underwood, Rick Manning)
Local radioWTAM · WMMS
Cleveland Indians Radio Network
(Tom Hamilton, Jim Rosenhaus)
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Offseason

October 30: Jason Giambi becomes a free agent. He later retires.

November 3: The Chicago White Sox claimed J. B. Shuck off waivers, and the Indians sent Chris Gimenez to the minors and invited Tyler Cloyd to Spring training.

November 6-November 18: Signed 5 players to a minor league contract and invited 3, including Shaun Marcum to Spring training.

November 20: Promoted 5 players from the minors.

November 23: Received Charles Brewer from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash and sent Scott Barnes to the minors.

December 2: Signed Destin Hood to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring training.

December 7: Signed Adam Moore to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring training.

December 8: Received Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for Joe Wendle.

December 12-December 15: Signed 5 players to a minor league contract and invited 3 of them to Spring training.

December 16: Signed Gavin Floyd and sent Nick Maronde to the minors.

December 18-December 20: Signed 3 players to a minor league contract and invited 2 of them to Spring training.

January 6-January 26: Released Tyler Cloyd and signed 5 players to a minor league contract, inviting 3 to Spring training.

January 27: Invited 7 non-roster players to Spring training.

Regular season

Season summary

Opening Day starting lineup

  1. CF Michael Bourn
  2. 2B Jason Kipnis
  3. LF Michael Brantley
  4. 1B Carlos Santana
  5. C Yan Gomes
  6. RF Brandon Moss
  7. DH Ryan Raburn
  8. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
  9. SS José Ramírez

SP Corey Kluber

April

The Indians opened the season on April 6 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Despite a strong pitching performance by reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, the Indians failed to score against Dallas Keuchel and the Asros' pitching staff en route to a 2-0 loss. The Indians would bounce back and win the next two games over the Astros as Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer would combine to pitch ​14 13 shutout innings. Indians pitchers recorded 36 strikeouts over the first three games. On April 9, the Indians came within 2 outs of their first no-hitter since Len Barker's perfect game in 1981. Bauer and relievers, Kyle Crockett, Scott Atchison, and Nick Hagadone combined to hold the Houston Astros hitless through the first 8 ⅓ innings. Jed Lowrie broke up the no-hit bid with a home run. Bauer is the first pitcher since 1914 to have at least 11 strikeouts and allow no hits in 6 innings or less.

The Indians' first game at the newly renovated Progressive Field was on April 10, an 8-4 loss to the rival Detroit Tigers. The Indians would struggle to a 7-14 record in April putting them at the bottom of the AL Central. The vast majority of their games were played against division rivals. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber failed to record a win in five starts in April, posting a record of 0-3.

May

The Indians' early struggles continued into the first two weeks of May. On May 14, the team was 12-21, which was the worst record in the American League. The Indians had gone over a month without winning consecutive games, the last time they had done so was the second and third games of the season. The Indians broke that streak by winning two games over the Texas Rangers on May 15 and 16, before winning six straight games from May 19–24. This streak included a sweep over their interleague rivals, the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians won 12 of their last 17 games in May, to climb to within two games of .500.

On May 13, Corey Kluber struck out 18 St. Louis Cardinals batters in 8 innings pitched. He became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to strike out that many in one game, the first American League pitcher with at least 18 strikeouts in a game since Roger Clemens did in 1998, and also tied the franchise record for strikeouts in a game set by Bob Feller in 1938.

Offensively, the Indians were led by second baseman Jason Kipnis, who was named the American League Player of the Month. During May, Kipnis hit .429 with 51 hits and 15 doubles, both of which are the most by any MLB player in a month since 2009. He also had an on-base percentage of .511.

June

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Prospect Francisco Lindor in June 2015

The Indians struggled to an 11-15 record during the month of June. The team won 3 of its first 5 games of the month to climb to within a game of .500, but would then lose 13 of its next 19 games to fall to 33-41 and last place in the AL Central. Kluber failed to record a win for the second month this season, and his record fell to 3-9 by month's end. The Indians' struggles were shown most clearly during a double header in Baltimore on June 28. The Tribe lost both games, 4-0 and 8-0, marking the first time since 1975 that the Indians were shut out in both games of a doubleheader.

June also saw the Indians send opening day infielders Lonnie Chisenhall and José Ramírez to AAA Columbus and brought up infielders Giovanny Urshela and former first round pick Francisco Lindor.

One bright spot for the Indians was the emergence of SP Cody Anderson. In two starts in June, Anderson went 15 ​23 innings, giving up only one earned run. Anderson's second start on June 29 was the first of three consecutive starts in which an Indians' pitcher took a perfect game into at least the 6th inning.

July

The Indians began July right where they ended June, with a dominant pitching performance. On July 1, SP Carlos Carrasco would come within one out of a no-hitter in an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros, marking the third consecutive start in which an Indians' pitcher took a perfect game into at least the 6th inning.

On July 5, 2B Jason Kipnis was named as the Indians' lone representative in the All-Star Game as a reserve. He had one at-bat, in which he struck out.

The Indians' inconsistent play continued throughout July, as they would have several winning and losing streaks of at least three games. Shortly after the All-Star Break, the Indians had a major set-back as they would get swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox at home, part of a 1-6 home stand. This moved the Indians back into last place in the division, and seemingly out of the playoff race.

The Indians would make several trades before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They sent OF David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for AA infielder Eric Stamets. They traded 1B/OF Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitching prospect and 2013 first round draft pick Rob Kaminsky. Lastly, they traded RP Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for AAA OF Abraham Almonte.

Despite these struggles, the Indians would go on to win the final three games of the month to finish July at 13-13.

August

The Indians struggles continued, as they would lose five of their first six games of the month, falling ten games below .500 on August 7. On that day, they traded CF Michael Bourn and 1B/OF Nick Swisher and $10 million in cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for 1B Chris Johnson. The team would bring up OF Abraham Almonte from AAA Columbus after the trade.

The Tribe began a turnaround on August 8, as they would win their next four games, and close out the month winning 15 of 23, including 9 of 10 home games. During this stretch, the Indians recorded 10 base hits in 10 consecutive games, something the Indians had not accomplished since 1936. At the end of the month, the Indians had climbed to within two games of .500 at 64-66, and four games behind the Texas Rangers for the second wild card spot.

September–October

The Indians played the majority of the season's final month against their Central Division rivals. The Indians lost 3 of their first 4 games of the month while Kluber suffered a hamstring injury, causing him to miss 12 days. The Indians then won five of their next six games between September 6 and 13, improving their record to 70–70 and marking the first time the Indians were .500 since they were 2–2. The Indians would also be 71-71, 72-72, 73-73, and 74-74, but lost the following game each time. They briefly made it over the .500 mark at 77–76 on September 26, but went on to lose three in a row.

The Indians spent much of September 3–5 games behind the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros for the second wild card spot in the American League. They remained mathematically in the playoff race until the final week of the season, when they lost three out of four to the Minnesota Twins, another one of the teams in the hunt for the last playoff spot. The Indians were officially eliminated from the wild card race during this series on September 30. The Tribe however went on to sweep the Boston Red Sox in their final series of the season, to finish the season at 81–80. This marked the third straight season that the Indians finished above .500, which had not happened since 1999 through 2001.

Season standings

American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 95 67 0.586 51–30 44–37
Minnesota Twins 83 79 0.512 12 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 13½ 39–41 42–39
Chicago White Sox 76 86 0.469 19 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 74 87 0.460 20½ 38–43 36–44

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Kansas City Royals 95 67 0.586
Toronto Blue Jays 93 69 0.574
Texas Rangers 88 74 0.543
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 87 75 0.537 +1
Houston Astros 86 76 0.531
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 85 77 0.525 1
Minnesota Twins 83 79 0.512 3
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503
Baltimore Orioles 81 81 0.500 5
Tampa Bay Rays 80 82 0.494 6
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 8
Chicago White Sox 76 86 0.469 10
Seattle Mariners 76 86 0.469 10
Detroit Tigers 74 87 0.460 11½
Oakland Athletics 68 94 0.420 18

Record against opponents

2015 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 3–3 5–1 4–3 3–4 3–4 2–4 0–7 10–9 6–1 3–3 10–9 1–6 8–11 12–8
Boston 8–11 3–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 4–3 2–5 2–5 8–11 5–1 4–3 9–10 2–5 10–9 13–7
Chicago 3–3 4–3 10–9 9–10 5–1 7–12 4–3 6–13 2–5 5–2 4–3 1–5 3–3 4–3 9–11
Cleveland 1–5 4–2 9–10 7–11 5–2 9–10 4–2 7–12 5–2 3–4 4–3 5–2 3–3 3–4 12–8
Detroit 3–4 2–4 10–9 11–7 3–4 9–10 1–6 11–8 2–5 2–4 4–3 3–3 2–5 2–4 9–11
Houston 4–3 4–2 1–5 2–5 4–3 4–2 10–9 3–3 4–3 10–9 12–7 2–5 6–13 4–3 16–4
Kansas City 4–3 3–4 12–7 10–9 10–9 2–4 6–1 12–7 2–4 5–1 4–2 6–1 3–4 3–4 13–7
Los Angeles 4–2 5–2 3–4 2–4 6–1 9–10 1–6 5–2 2–4 11–8 12–7 3–3 12–7 2–5 8–12
Minnesota 7–0 5–2 13–6 12–7 8–11 3–3 7–12 2–5 1–5 4–3 4–3 4–2 3–3 2–5 8–12
New York 9–10 11–8 5–2 2–5 5–2 3–4 4–2 4–2 5–1 3–4 5–1 12–7 2–5 6–13 11–9
Oakland 1–6 1–5 2–5 4–3 4–2 9–10 1–5 8–11 3–4 4–3 6–13 3–4 10–9 1–5 11–9
Seattle 3–3 3–4 3–4 3–4 3–4 7–12 2–4 7–12 3–4 1–5 13–6 4–3 12–7 4–2 8–12
Tampa Bay 9–10 10–9 5–1 2–5 3–3 5–2 1–6 3–3 2–4 7–12 4–3 3–4 2–5 10–9 14–6
Texas 6–1 5–2 3–3 3–3 5–2 13–6 4–3 7–12 3–3 5–2 9–10 7–12 5–2 2–4 11–9
Toronto 11–8 9–10 3–4 4–3 4–2 3–4 4–3 5–2 5–2 13–6 5–1 2–4 9–10 4–2 12–8

Detailed records

(End of regular season)

American League
Opponent Home Away Total Pct. Runs scored Runs allowed
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 1-2 0-3 1-5 .167 10 29
Boston Red Sox 3-0 1-2 4-2 .667 26 20
New York Yankees 2-1 3-1 5-2 .714 29 27
Tampa Bay Rays 1-2 4-0 5-2 .714 27 16
Toronto Blue Jays 2-2 1-2 3-4 .429 32 39
9-7 9-8 18-15 .545 126 134
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 3-6 6-4 9-10 .474 66 73
Cleveland Indians -
Detroit Tigers 3-6 4-5 7-11 .389 85 94
Kansas City Royals 4-6 5-4 9-10 .474 90 78
Minnesota Twins 4-6 3-6 7-12 .368 89 80
14-24 18-19 32-43 .427 330 345
AL West
Houston Astros 3-1 2-1 5-2 .714 20 15
Los Angeles Angels 3-0 1-2 4-2 .667 29 15
Oakland Athletics 1-2 2-2 3-4 .429 16 17
Seattle Mariners 1-2 3-1 4-3 .571 27 23
Texas Rangers 1-2 2-1 3-3 .500 42 33
9-7 10-7 19-14 .576 134 102
National League
Opponent Home Away Total Pct. Runs scored Runs allowed
Chicago Cubs 1-1 1-1 2-2 .500 11 22
Cincinnati Reds 3-0 2-1 5-1 .833 29 19
Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 1-1 3-1 .750 25 21
Pittsburgh Pirates 1-2 1-2 .333 8 8
St. Louis Cardinals 1-2 1-2 .333 6 10
7-3 5-5 12-8 .600 79 80

Game log

2015 Game Log[1]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Indians team member

Player stats

Batting

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Austin Adams 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jesus Aguilar 7 19 0 6 1 0 0 2 .316 0
Cody Allen 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Abraham Almonte 51 178 30 47 9 5 5 20 .264 6
Cody Anderson 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Mike Aviles 98 290 37 67 10 0 5 17 .231 3
Trevor Bauer 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 0
Michael Bourn 95 289 29 71 12 1 0 19 .246 13
Michael Brantley 137 529 68 164 45 0 15 84 .310 15
Carlos Carrasco 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0
Lonnie Chisenhall 106 333 38 82 19 1 7 44 .246 4
Kyle Crockett 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yan Gomes 95 363 38 84 22 0 12 45 .231 0
Nick Hagadone 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Hayes 14 32 4 5 0 0 3 6 .156 0
Tyler Holt 9 20 2 2 0 0 0 0 .100 0
Chris Johnson 27 90 6 26 3 0 1 7 .289 0
Jason Kipnis 141 565 84 171 43 7 9 52 .303 12
Corey Kluber 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Francisco Lindor 99 390 50 122 22 4 12 51 .313 12
Jeff Manship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Martínez 16 30 6 8 2 0 0 2 .267 0
Zach McAllister 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Moore 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .250 0
Brandon Moss 94 337 36 73 17 1 15 50 .217 0
David Murphy 84 206 22 61 12 1 5 27 .296 0
Roberto Perez 70 184 30 42 9 1 7 21 .228 0
Ryan Raburn 82 173 22 52 16 1 8 29 .301 0
Jose Ramirez 97 315 50 69 13 3 6 27 .219 10
Marc Rzepczynski 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Salazar 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jerry Sands 50 123 11 29 5 1 4 19 .236 0
Carlos Santana 154 550 72 128 29 2 19 85 .231 11
Bryan Shaw 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Swisher 30 101 6 20 4 0 2 8 .198 0
Giovanny Urshela 81 267 25 60 8 1 6 20 .225 0
Zach Walters 12 30 0 4 0 0 0 3 .133 0
Ryan Webb 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 161 5439 669 1396 303 28 141 640 .257 86

Pitching

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Austin Adams 2 0 3.78 28 0 1 33.1 15 14 13 23
Cody Allen 2 5 2.99 70 0 34 69.1 26 23 25 99
Cody Anderson 7 3 3.05 15 15 0 91.1 32 31 24 44
Shawn Armstrong 0 0 2.25 8 0 0 8.0 2 2 2 11
Scott Atchison 1 1 6.86 23 0 0 19.2 15 15 4 12
Trevor Bauer 11 12 4.55 31 30 0 176.0 90 89 79 170
Carlos Carrasco 14 12 3.63 30 30 0 183.2 75 74 43 216
Bruce Chen 0 1 12.79 2 2 0 6.1 9 9 1 4
Kyle Crockett 0 0 4.08 31 0 0 17.2 9 8 7 15
Gavin Floyd 0 0 2.70 7 0 0 13.1 4 4 4 7
Nick Hagadone 0 1 4.28 36 0 0 27.1 16 13 12 28
T. J. House 0 4 13.15 4 4 0 13.0 19 19 12 7
Corey Kluber 9 16 3.49 32 32 0 222.0 92 86 45 245
CC Lee 0 0 5.40 2 0 0 1.2 1 1 1 3
Jeff Manship 1 0 0.92 32 0 0 39.1 4 4 10 33
Shaun Marcum 3 2 5.40 7 6 0 35.0 21 21 11 30
Zach McAllister 4 4 3.00 61 1 1 69.0 28 23 22 84
Toru Murata 0 1 8.10 1 1 0 3.1 5 3 1 2
David Murphy 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 5 0 1 0
Ryan Raburn 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.2 2 0 1 0
Marc Rzepczynski 2 3 4.43 45 0 0 20.1 15 10 10 24
Danny Salazar 14 10 3.45 30 30 0 185.0 79 71 53 195
Bryan Shaw 3 3 2.95 74 0 2 63.0 24 21 19 54
Giovanni Soto 0 0 0.00 6 0 0 3.1 0 0 0 0
Anthony Swarzak 0 0 3.38 10 0 0 13.1 9 5 4 13
Josh Tomlin 7 2 3.02 10 10 0 65.2 22 22 8 57
Ryan Webb 1 0 3.20 40 0 0 50.2 21 18 12 31
Totals 81 80 3.68 161 161 38 1432.2 640 586 425 1407

Roster

2015 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Chris Tremie
AA Akron RubberDucks Eastern League Dave Wallace
A-Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Mark Budzinski
A Lake County Captains Midwest League Shaun Larkin
A-Short Season Mahoning Valley Scrappers New York–Penn League Travis Fryman
Rookie AZL Indians Arizona League Anthony Medrano
Rookie DSL Indians Dominican Summer League Jose Mejia

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus[2]

References

  1. ^ "2015 Cleveland Indians Sortable Schedule". Cleveland Indians.
  2. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2015). Baseball America 2016 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-60-2.

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