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2009 Cleveland Indians season

2009 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
  • Cleveland, Ohio (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Larry Dolan
    General manager(s) Mark Shapiro
    Manager(s) Eric Wedge
    Local television SportsTime Ohio · WKYC
    Local radio WTAM
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    The 2009 Cleveland Indians season marks the 109th season for the franchise, with the Indians attempting (but failing) to improve on their 81-81 record and third place finish in the AL Central in 2008. The team played all of its home games at Progressive Field (formerly known as Jacobs Field).

    The season began on April 6 with a 9–1 loss to the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Home Opener was on April 10 with the Indians losing 13–7 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The season ended on October 4 against the rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

    2009 is the first year that the Indians held Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Goodyear replaces Winter Haven, Florida after 15 years of Spring Training.

    The Indians ended their season at 65-97. For the Indians, this marks their first season since 1987 (the infamous "Indian Uprising" season) that they were below .500 for the entire season.

    Regular season


    The Indians struggled at the beginning of the season, losing their first five and seven of their first eight games. They finished with an 8-14 record in April, and were in last place in the AL central for the entire month. One of the few highlights of the month was the Tribe defeating former Indian CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 10-2 in the first game ever at the new Yankee Stadium. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee had his first win of the season in that game. Two days later, the Indians defeated the Yankees 22-4.


    The Indians went 14-16 in May, but were in last place in the division throughout the entire month. The Indians struggled on many fronts, including an ineffective bullpen and poor hitting. Several players were sent to the disabled list including Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, and Asdrúbal Cabrera. The poor play and injuries allowed many minor league players to come up from AAA Columbus and contribute to the Indians. A turning point came in the season when on May 25, when the Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 11-10 after coming back from a 10-0 deficit. The Indians rallied to win 5 of the final 7 games in the month

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings

    Record vs. opponents

    Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
    Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
    Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
    Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
    Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
    Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
    Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
    Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
    New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
    Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
    Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
    Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
    Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
    Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11

    Through October 5, 2009


    2009 Cleveland Indians
    Pitchers Catchers



    Other batters



    Game log

    2009 Game Log

    Player stats


    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

    Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
    Greg Aquino
    <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Josh Barfield <center>17 <center>20 <center>5 <center>8 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>2 <center>.400 <center>0
    Rafael Betancourt <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Michael Brantley <center>28 <center>112 <center>10 <center>35 <center>4 <center>0 <center>0 <center>11 <center>.313 <center>4
    Asdrúbal Cabrera <center>131 <center>523 <center>81 <center>161 <center>42 <center>4 <center>6 <center>68 <center>.308 <center>17
    Jamey Carroll <center>93 <center>315 <center>53 <center>87 <center>10 <center>2 <center>2 <center>26 <center>.276 <center>4
    Shin-Soo Choo <center>156 <center>583 <center>87 <center>175 <center>38 <center>6 <center>20 <center>86 <center>.300 <center>21
    Trevor Crowe <center>68 <center>183 <center>22 <center>43 <center>9 <center>3 <center>1 <center>17 <center>.235 <center>6
    Mark DeRosa <center>71 <center>278 <center>47 <center>75 <center>13 <center>0 <center>13 <center>50 <center>.270 <center>1
    David Dellucci <center>14 <center>40 <center>3 <center>11 <center>3 <center>0 <center>0 <center>1 <center>.275 <center>0
    Ben Francisco <center>89 <center>308 <center>48 <center>77 <center>21 <center>1 <center>10 <center>33 <center>.250 <center>13
    Ryan Garko <center>78 <center>239 <center>29 <center>68 <center>10 <center>0 <center>11 <center>39 <center>.285 <center>0
    Chris Gimenez <center>45 <center>111 <center>12 <center>16 <center>2 <center>0 <center>3 <center>7 <center>.144 <center>1
    Mike Gosling <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Tony Graffanino <center>7 <center>23 <center>1 <center>3 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.130 <center>0
    Travis Hafner <center>94 <center>338 <center>46 <center>92 <center>19 <center>0 <center>16 <center>49 <center>.272 <center>0
    Matt Herges <center>5 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    David Huff <center>2 <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Matt LaPorta <center>52 <center>181 <center>29 <center>46 <center>13 <center>0 <center>7 <center>21 <center>.254 <center>2
    Aaron Laffey <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Cliff Lee <center>3 <center>5 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Jensen Lewis <center>4 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Lou Marson <center>14 <center>44 <center>6 <center>11 <center>6 <center>0 <center>0 <center>4 <center>.250 <center>0
    Andy Marte <center>47 <center>155 <center>20 <center>36 <center>6 <center>1 <center>6 <center>25 <center>.232 <center>0
    Victor Martinez <center>99 <center>377 <center>56 <center>107 <center>21 <center>1 <center>15 <center>65 <center>.284 <center>0
    Tomo Ohka <center>1 <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Carl Pavano <center>1 <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Jhonny Peralta <center>151 <center>582 <center>57 <center>148 <center>35 <center>1 <center>11 <center>83 <center>.254 <center>0
    Rafael Perez <center>4 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Anthony Reyes <center>1 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Niuman Romero <center>10 <center>14 <center>2 <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.143 <center>0
    Kelly Shoppach <center>89 <center>271 <center>33 <center>58 <center>14 <center>0 <center>12 <center>40 <center>.214 <center>0
    Tony Sipp <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Grady Sizemore <center>106 <center>436 <center>73 <center>108 <center>20 <center>6 <center>18 <center>64 <center>.248 <center>13
    Joe Smith <center>4 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Jeremy Sowers <center>1 <center>2 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>.000 <center>0
    Wyatt Toregas <center>19 <center>51 <center>1 <center>9 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>6 <center>.176 <center>0
    Luis Valbuena <center>103 <center>368 <center>52 <center>92 <center>25 <center>3 <center>10 <center>31 <center>.250 <center>2
    Luis Vizcaíno <center>3 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    Kerry Wood <center>4 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>— <center>0
    <center>Totals <center>162 <center>5568 <center>773 <center>1468 <center>314 <center>28 <center>161 <center>730 <center>.264 <center>84


    Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

    Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
    Winston Abreu <center>0 <center>0 <center>10.50 <center>5 <center>0 <center>0 <center>6.0 <center>8 <center>7 <center>4 <center>6
    Greg Aquino <center>1 <center>2 <center>4.50 <center>10 <center>0 <center>0 <center>16.0 <center>8 <center>8 <center>15 <center>11
    Rafael Betancourt <center>1 <center>2 <center>3.52 <center>29 <center>0 <center>1 <center>30.2 <center>15 <center>12 <center>15 <center>32
    Fausto Carmona <center>5 <center>12 <center>6.32 <center>24 <center>24 <center>0 <center>125.1 <center>97 <center>88 <center>70 <center>79
    Carlos Carrasco <center>0 <center>4 <center>8.87 <center>5 <center>5 <center>0 <center>22.1 <center>23 <center>22 <center>11 <center>11
    Vinnie Chulk <center>0 <center>1 <center>3.75 <center>8 <center>0 <center>0 <center>12.0 <center>6 <center>5 <center>10 <center>4
    Mike Gosling <center>0 <center>0 <center>5.04 <center>15 <center>0 <center>0 <center>25.0 <center>15 <center>14 <center>11 <center>13
    Matt Herges <center>2 <center>1 <center>3.55 <center>21 <center>0 <center>0 <center>25.1 <center>10 <center>10 <center>6 <center>18
    David Huff <center>11 <center>8 <center>5.61 <center>23 <center>23 <center>0 <center>128.1 <center>82 <center>80 <center>41 <center>65
    Zach Jackson <center>0 <center>0 <center>9.35 <center>3 <center>1 <center>0 <center>8.2 <center>10 <center>9 <center>4 <center>10
    Masahide Kobayashi <center>0 <center>0 <center>8.38 <center>10 <center>0 <center>0 <center>9.2 <center>9 <center>9 <center>4 <center>4
    Aaron Laffey <center>7 <center>9 <center>4.44 <center>25 <center>19 <center>1 <center>121.2 <center>69 <center>60 <center>57 <center>59
    Jensen Lewis <center>2 <center>4 <center>4.61 <center>47 <center>0 <center>1 <center>66.1 <center>37 <center>34 <center>29 <center>62
    Scott Lewis <center>0 <center>0 <center>8.31 <center>1 <center>1 <center>0 <center>4.1 <center>4 <center>4 <center>1 <center>3
    Justin Masterson <center>1 <center>7 <center>4.55 <center>11 <center>10 <center>0 <center>57.1 <center>35 <center>29 <center>35 <center>52
    Tomo Ohka <center>1 <center>5 <center>5.96 <center>18 <center>6 <center>0 <center>71.0 <center>47 <center>47 <center>19 <center>31
    Carl Pavano <center>9 <center>8 <center>5.37 <center>21 <center>21 <center>0 <center>125.2 <center>80 <center>75 <center>23 <center>88
    Chris Perez <center>0 <center>1 <center>4.32 <center>32 <center>0 <center>1 <center>33.1 <center>16 <center>16 <center>12 <center>38
    Rafael Perez <center>4 <center>3 <center>7.31 <center>54 <center>0 <center>0 <center>48.0 <center>41 <center>39 <center>25 <center>32
    Anthony Reyes <center>1 <center>1 <center>6.57 <center>8 <center>8 <center>0 <center>38.1 <center>30 <center>28 <center>23 <center>22
    Rich Rundles <center>0 <center>0 <center>0.00 <center>1 <center>0 <center>0 <center>1.0 <center>0 <center>0 <center>1 <center>1
    Tony Sipp <center>2 <center>0 <center>2.93 <center>46 <center>0 <center>0 <center>40.0 <center>16 <center>13 <center>25 <center>48
    Joe Smith <center>0 <center>0 <center>3.44 <center>37 <center>0 <center>0 <center>34.0 <center>16 <center>13 <center>13 <center>30
    Jeremy Sowers <center>6 <center>11 <center>5.25 <center>23 <center>22 <center>0 <center>123.1 <center>73 <center>72 <center>52 <center>51
    Jess Todd <center>0 <center>1 <center>7.40 <center>19 <center>0 <center>0 <center>20.2 <center>17 <center>17 <center>7 <center>18
    José Veras <center>1 <center>2 <center>4.38 <center>22 <center>0 <center>0 <center>24.2 <center>16 <center>12 <center>14 <center>22
    Luis Vizcaíno <center>1 <center>3 <center>5.40 <center>11 <center>0 <center>1 <center>11.2 <center>7 <center>7 <center>12 <center>9
    Kerry Wood <center>3 <center>3 <center>4.25 <center>58 <center>0 <center>20 <center>55.0 <center>26 <center>26 <center>28 <center>63
    <center>Totals <center>65 <center>97 <center>5.06 <center>162 <center>162 <center>25 <center>1434.0 <center>865 <center>806 <center>598 <center>986

    Minor league affiliates

    Classification level Team League Season article
    AAA Columbus Clippers International League 2009 Columbus Clippers season
    AA Akron Aeros Eastern League 2009 Akron Aeros season
    Advanced A Kinston Indians Carolina League
    A Lake County Captains South Atlantic League
    Short Season A Mahoning Valley Scrappers New York–Penn League
    Rookie Gulf Coast Indians Gulf Coast League
    Rookie DSL Indians Dominican Summer League

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