If you nose around the Tribe's website a little, you'll find a link to a page on MLB's main site that will provide you with access to the game notes that the team issues to the media before every game. These things are a source of endless fascination. For example, if you looked at last night's sheet for the Indians, you'd have learned that:
- Victor Martinez has thrown out 14 of 51 baserunners (27.5%), which places him third among AL catchers. He's thrown out 6 of 17 baserunners (36%) in the month of June. By way of comparison, last year at this time, Martinez had thrown out only 5 out of 58 baserunners (8.9%).
- Victor Martinez also leads all Major League catchers in home runs with 12 and RBIs with 54.
- The Tribe ranks first in the AL in comeback wins, with 23 so far this season. They have 11 wins when tied or trailing after seven innings--they had only 12 such wins during the entire 2006 season.
- Grady Sizemore has played in 274 consecutive games, which is the second longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Juan Pierre is first with a 351 game streak.
- Grady's 22 stolen bases so far this season are a career high.
- The Tribe's bullpen ERA is 3.95, which ranks 7th in the AL. Over the last 20 games, however, the bullpen's ERA is 2.90. Last year at this time, the Indians had 12 blown saves and only 11 saves. (This year, the Indians have managed 22 saves out of 27 save opportunities).
- The Indians have allowed the fewest walks in the Majors with 193.
- The Indians are 42-12 when they score four or more runs. They are 4-20 when they score three or fewer runs (make that 5-20 thanks to Ben Francisco).