2016 Cleveland Indians
American League Champions
American League Central Division Champion
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Record94–67 (.584)
Divisional place1st
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Owner(s)Larry Dolan
Paul Dolan
General manager(s)Mike Chernoff
Manager(s)Terry Francona
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(Matt Underwood, Rick Manning)
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The 2016 Cleveland Indians season was the 116th season for the franchise and the 23rd season at Progressive Field. The Indians won the American League Central Division for the first time since 2007 and also beat the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series for their first playoff win in nine years. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the American League Championship Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games after blowing a 3-1 series lead in the 2016 World Series. This was their first appearance in the World Series since 1997.

Regular season

Opening day starting lineup

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 vs Boston Red Sox

Name Pos.
Rajai Davis CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Carlos Santana DH
Yan Gomes C
Marlon Byrd LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Collin Cowgill RF

Starting Pitcher: Corey Kluber

April

The Cleveland Indians opened up their 2016 season with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Opening Day was scheduled for April 4, but was postponed due to a mixture of rain and snow until April 5. The Indians lost the opener 6-2. They would get their first win a day later, as newly acquired 1B Mike Napoli hit the go-ahead home run in a 7-6 victory over his former team.

The Indians struggled during the month of April, going just 10-11 during the month. On April 24, SP Carlos Carrasco left a game with a hamstring injury. He would miss the next six weeks. Trevor Bauer, who started the year in the bullpen, would take Carrasco's spot in the rotation. SP Josh Tomlin was a bright spot for April, as he went 3-0 throughout the month.

May

Outfielder Michael Brantley came back from a shoulder injury he suffered late in 2015. He would only play 11 games before re-aggravating his shoulder. He would not return the rest of the season. The Indians won 12 of 17 games between May 2–20, to close to within two games of the division leading Chicago White Sox. The Indians would take three of four in Chicago later in the month to take the division lead. The team finished the month 16-3.

June

The Indians continued their success into June, as they would win their first six games of the month. Later in the month, the Indians would win a franchise record 14 straight games from June 17 through July 1. The Indians were a perfect 11-0 at home in June. They spent the month battling with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and fading Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central. The Indians finished the month two games ahead of Kansas City.

SP Danny Salazar, who went 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a .177 opponent's batting average, was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June. OF Tyler Naquin was named the AL Rookie of the Month after batting .338 with an AL-best 1.219 OPS.

July

The Indians won their game on July 1, 2-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays, in 19 innings - the longest game of the 2016 season - to extend their winning streak to 14 games, but it would end the next day with a 9-6 loss to the Blue Jays. The Indians would maintain a 5-7 game lead over the Detroit Tigers throughout much of July. However the team struggled near the end of the month and the lead slipped down to 4 games. Adding to the struggle was an injury to C Yan Gomes, who would not return until the final game of the season.

The Indians were active at the trade deadline. On July 31, they acquired RP Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for four prospects including OF Clint Frazier and P Justus Sheffield, widely considered two of the top four prospects in the Indians' farm system. The Indians also had a deal on the table for Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy, but Lucroy exercised his no-trade clause and vetoed the trade to Cleveland. He would later be traded to the Texas Rangers.

On July 5, SP Danny Salazar and SS Francisco Lindor were named to the All Star team. On July 8, SP Corey Kluber was also named to the team as an injury replacement. OF Tyler Naquin was named the AL Rookie of the Month for the second straight month.

August

The Indians struggled in early August, going just 3-6 in their first nine games. Their lead over the Tigers decreased to just 2 games. However, On August 11, the team opened an 11-game home stand - its longest of the season - that would put them on the winning track. The Indians swept a four-game series from the Anaheim Angels to open up the home stand and took two out of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays to end the home stand. The Blue Jays series, which was believed to be a potential playoff preview, featured three one-run games including a walk-off inside-the-park home run by OF Tyler Naquin. The Indians' lead over Detroit was back to 712 games by August 22.

The Indians would then go on a west-coast trip that saw them go 2-5, and score one run or less in six of the seven games. However, the team returned home to sweep the Minnesota Twins to end the month. On August 31, the team acquired OF Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. The acquisition of Crisp added outfield depth for the pennant race and postseason run.

September/October

The Indians won six of their first eight games in September to maintain a sizable lead over the Detroit Tigers. However, the team's rotation, widely believed to be their biggest strength, suffered two major injuries during the month. All-Star SP Danny Salazar left the game on September 9 with a strained elbow, resulting in a 3-4 week recovery time. On September 17, SP Carlos Carrasco left the game with a broken hand as the result of a line-drive. This injury ended Carrasco's season. The Indians would put the Tigers away in September by winning two of three September 16–18. On September 26, the Indians clinched the division title - the team's first since 2007 - with a win over the Tigers.

The Indians would end the season with a record of 94-67, earning the No. 2 seed in the American League.

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Season standings

American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584 53–28 41–39
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534 8 45–35 41–40
Kansas City Royals 81 81 0.500 13½ 47–34 34–47
Chicago White Sox 78 84 0.481 16½ 45–36 33–48
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 35½ 30–51 29–52


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 teams qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534
Seattle Mariners 86 76 0.531 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 5
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 5
Kansas City Royals 81 81 0.500 8
Chicago White Sox 78 84 0.481 11
Los Angeles Angels 74 88 0.457 15
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 20
Tampa Bay Rays 68 94 0.420 21
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 30


Record against opponents


Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 8–11 4–3 5–1 5–2 1–6 4–2 4–2 5–1 10–9 3–4 1–6 13–6 3–4 9–10 14–6
Boston 11–8 3–4 4–2 2–5 5–2 2–4 4–3 4–3 11–8 5–1 4–3 12–7 3–3 9–10 14–6
Chicago 3–4 4–3 8–11 7–12 3–3 5–14 2–5 12–7 3–3 5–2 4–3 4–3 4–2 5–1 9–11
Cleveland 1–5 2–4 11–8 14–4 3–4 14–5 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–2 3–4 5–1 2–5 4–3 13–7
Detroit 2–5 5–2 12–7 4–14 4–2 7–12 2–4 15–4 3–3 4–3 4–3 6–1 2–4 3–4 13–7
Houston 6–1 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 3–4 13–6 5–2 2–4 13–6 11–8 3–3 4–15 2–5 11–9
Kansas City 2–4 4–2 14–5 5–14 12–7 4–3 1–5 15–4 2–5 1–6 3–4 5–2 1–6 2–4 10–10
Los Angeles 2–4 3–4 5–2 1–6 4–2 6–13 5–1 2–4 1–6 12–7 8–11 3–4 9–10 4–3 9–11
Minnesota 1–5 3–4 7–12 9–10 4–15 2–5 4–15 4–2 2–5 2–4 4–2 3–4 5–2 1–6 8–12
New York 9–10 8–11 3–3 5–2 3–3 4–2 5–2 6–1 5–2 4–3 3–3 11–8 3–4 7–12 8–12
Oakland 4–3 1–5 2–5 2–4 3–4 6–13 6–1 7–12 4–2 3–4 7–12 5–2 9–10 3–3 7–13
Seattle 6–1 3–4 3–4 4–3 3–4 8–11 4–3 11–8 2–4 3–3 12–7 4–2 7–12 3–3 13–7
Tampa Bay 6–13 7–12 3–4 1–5 1–6 3–3 2–5 4–3 4–3 8–11 2–5 2–4 4–2 11–8 10–10
Texas 4–3 3–3 2–4 5–2 4–2 15–4 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–3 10–9 12–7 2–4 3–4 13–7
Toronto 10–9 10–9 1–5 3–4 4–3 5–2 4–2 3–4 6–1 12–7 3–3 3–3 8–11 4–3 13–7


Game log

2016 Game Log: 94–67 (Home: 53–28; Away: 41–39)
April: 10–11 (Home: 3–5; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
April 4 Red Sox Postponed (rain). Makeup date: April 5.
1 April 5 Red Sox 2–6 Price (1–0) Kluber (0–1) 34,493 0–1 L1
2 April 6 Red Sox 7–6 McAllister (1–0) Tazawa (0–1) Allen (1) 10,298 1–1 W1
April 7 Red Sox Postponed (rain). Makeup date: August 15.
3 April 8 @ White Sox 7–1 Salazar (1–0) Danks (0–1) 38,019 2–1 W2
4 April 9 @ White Sox 3–7 Sale (2–0) Shaw (0–1) 20,192 2–2 L1
April 10 @ White Sox Postponed (rain). Makeup date: May 23 (Game 1).
5 April 12 @ Rays 1–5 Cedeño (1–0) Kluber (0–2) 10,283 2–3 L2
6 April 13 @ Rays 4–1 Carrasco (1–0) Smyly (0–2) Allen (2) 10,117 3–3 W1
7 April 14 @ Rays 6–0 Salazar (2–0) Archer (0–3) 10,715 4–3 W2
8 April 15 Mets 5–6 Colón (1–1) Anderson (0–1) Familia (3) 15,365 4–4 L1
9 April 16 Mets 7–5 Tomlin (1–0) Harvey (0–3) Allen (3) 20,165 5–4 W1
10 April 17 Mets 0–6 Matz (1–1) Kluber (0–3) 17,621 5–5 L1
11 April 19 Mariners 3–2 Carrasco (2–0) Miley (0–2) Allen (4) 9,393 6–5 W1
12 April 20 Mariners 1–2 Walker (1–0) Salazar (2–1) Cishek (2) 9,980 6–6 L1
13 April 21 Mariners 7–10 (10) Zych (1–0) Allen (0–1) Cishek (3) 11,525 6–7 L2
14 April 22 @ Tigers 2–1 Tomlin (2–0) Verlander (1–2) Allen (5) 25,086 7–7 W1
15 April 23 @ Tigers 10–1 Kluber (1–3) Sánchez (2–2) 31,163 8–7 W2
16 April 24 @ Tigers 6–3 Bauer (1–0) Greene (1–2) Allen (6) 31,947 9–7 W3
17 April 25 @ Twins 3–4 Jepsen (1–3) McAllister (1–1) 17,503 9–8 L1
18 April 26 @ Twins 5–6 Jepsen (2–3) Allen (0–2) 17,493 9–9 L2
19 April 27 @ Twins 6–5 Tomlin (3–0) Berríos (0–1) Allen (7) 17,746 10–9 W1
20 April 29 @ Phillies 3–4 (11) Hernandez (1–1) Allen (0–3) 18,677 10–10 L1
21 April 30 @ Phillies 3–4 Bailey (1–0) Hunter (0–1) Gómez (8) 23,636 10–11 L2
May: 16–13 (Home: 9–7; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
22 May 1 @ Phillies 1–2 Velasquez (5–2) Salazar (2–2) Neris (1) 23,809 10–12 L3
23 May 3 Tigers 7–3 Tomlin (4–0) Verlander (2–3) 11,022 11–12 W1
24 May 4 Tigers 4–0 Kluber (2–3) Sánchez (3–3) 8,766 12–12 W2
25 May 5 Tigers 9–4 Bauer (2–0) Fulmer (1–1) 10,350 13–12 W3
26 May 6 Royals 7–1 Salazar (3–2) Ventura (2–2) 13,587 14–12 W4
27 May 7 Royals 0–7 Kennedy (4–2) Anderson (0–2) 17,302 14–13 L1
28 May 8 Royals 5–4 Tomlin (5–0) Vólquez (3–3) Allen (8) 14,463 15–13 W1
29 May 9 @ Astros 1–7 Fiers (3–1) Kluber (2–4) 20,222 15–14 L1
30 May 10 @ Astros 4–0 Bauer (3–0) Devenski (0–2) 23,976 16–14 W1
31 May 11 @ Astros 3–5 (16) Feliz (1–0) Anderson (0–3) 24,453 16–15 L1
32 May 13 Twins 7–6 McAllister (2–1) May (0–2) Allen (9) 17,803 17–15 W1
33 May 14 Twins 3–6 Santana (1–2) Kluber (2–5) 15,428 17–16 L1
34 May 15 Twins 1–5 Duffey (1–2) Bauer (3–1) 13,236 17–17 L2
35 May 16 Reds 15–6 Hunter (1–1) Lamb (0–1) 12,184 18–17 W1
36 May 17 Reds 13–1 Salazar (4–2) Simón (1–4) 13,095 19–17 W2
37 May 18 @ Reds 8–7 (12) Allen (1–3) Sampson (0–1) Otero (1) 22,815 20–17 W3
38 May 19 @ Reds 7–2 Tomlin (6–0) Cotham (0–3) 21,173 21–17 W4
39 May 20 @ Red Sox 4–2 Kluber (3–5) Buchholz (2–4) Allen (10) 37,354 22–17 W5
40 May 21 @ Red Sox 1–9 Kelly (2–0) Bauer (3–2) 37,254 22–18 L1
41 May 22 @ Red Sox 2–5 Porcello (7–2) Salazar (4–3) Kimbrel (12) 36,021 22–19 L2
42 May 23 @ White Sox 6–7 Latos (6–1) Clevinger (0–1) Robertson (12) 22–20 L3
43 May 23 @ White Sox 5–1 Anderson (1–3) Johnson (0–2) 18,323 23–20 W1
44 May 24 @ White Sox 6–2 Tomlin (7–0) Sale (9–1) 21,550 24–20 W2
45 May 25 @ White Sox 4–3 Kluber (4–5) Quintana (5–4) Allen (11) 22,561 25–20 W3
46 May 27 Orioles 4–6 Bundy (1–1) McAllister (2–2) Britton (13) 21,054 25–21 L1
47 May 28 Orioles 11–4 Salazar (5–3) Jiménez (2–6) 21,110 26–21 W1
48 May 29 Orioles 4–6 Tillman (7–1) Manship (0–1) Britton (14) 18,565 26–22 L1
49 May 30 Rangers 2–9 Holland (4–4) Tomlin (7–1) Ramos (1) 14,514 26–23 L2
50 May 31 Rangers 3–7 Lewis (5–0) Kluber (4–6) Dyson (6) 10,428 26–24 L3
June: 22–6 (Home: 11–0; Away: 11–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
51 June 1 Rangers 5–4 (11) Gorzelanny (1–0) Claudio (1–1) 10,524 27–24 W1
52 June 2 Royals 5–4 Hunter (2–1) Soria (2–2) 11,131 28–24 W2
53 June 3 Royals 6–1 Salazar (6–3) Vólquez (5–5) 24,753 29–24 W3
54 June 4 Royals 7–1 Tomlin (8–1) Kennedy (4–4) 23,258 30–24 W4
55 June 5 Royals 7–0 Kluber (5–6) Young (2–6) 16,747 31–24 W5
56 June 6 @ Mariners 3–1 Bauer (4–2) Paxton (0–2) Allen (12) 15,824 32–24 W6
57 June 7 @ Mariners 1–7 Miley (6–2) Anderson (1–4) 16,944 32–25 L1
58 June 8 @ Mariners 0–5 Walker (3–6) Carrasco (2–1) 15,337 32–26 L2
59 June 9 @ Mariners 5–3 Otero (1–0) Benoit (1–1) Allen (13) 19,901 33–26 W1
60 June 10 @ Angels 6–2 Kluber (6–6) Santiago (3–4) 39,487 34–26 W2
61 June 11 @ Angels 3–4 Salas (3–2) Shaw (0–2) 38,296 34–27 L1
62 June 12 @ Angels 8–3 Salazar (7–3) Huff (0–2) 36,383 35–27 W1
63 June 13 @ Royals 1–2 Vólquez (6–6) Carrasco (2–2) Davis (18) 31,269 35–28 L1
64 June 14 @ Royals 2–3 Soria (3–2) Shaw (0–3) 29,293 35–29 L2
65 June 15 @ Royals 4–9 Kennedy (5–5) Kluber (6–7) 33,546 35–30 L3
66 June 17 White Sox 3–2 Allen (2–3) Jones (2–2) 27,912 36–30 W1
67 June 18 White Sox 13–2 Salazar (8–3) Shields (2–9) 31,066 37–30 W2
68 June 19 White Sox 3–2 (10) Otero (2–0) Robertson (0–1) 25,269 38–30 W3
69 June 20 Rays 7–4 Shaw (1–3) Ramírez (7–5) Allen (14) 13,811 39–30 W4
70 June 21 Rays 6–0 Kluber (7–7) Snell (0–2) 15,629 40–30 W5
71 June 22 Rays 6–1 Bauer (5–2) Archer (4–10) 21,216 41–30 W6
72 June 24 @ Tigers 7–5 Salazar (9–3) Zimmermann (9–4) 37,886 42–30 W7
73 June 25 @ Tigers 6–0 Carrasco (3–2) Sánchez (4–8) 39,028 43–30 W8
74 June 26 @ Tigers 9–3 Tomlin (9–1) Verlander (7–6) 36,502 44–30 W9
75 June 27 @ Braves 8–3 Bauer (6–2) Jenkins (0–1) 15,538 45–30 W10
76 June 28 @ Braves 5–3 Kluber (8–7) Vizcaíno (1–3) Allen (15) 19,206 46–30 W11
77 June 29 @ Braves 3–0 Salazar (10–3) De La Cruz (0–1) Allen (16) 16,600 47–30 W12
78 June 30 @ Blue Jays 4–1 Carrasco (4–2) Dickey (5–9) Allen (17) 41,365 48–30 W13
July: 12–12 (Home: 7–5; Away: 5–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
79 July 1 @ Blue Jays 2–1 (19) Bauer (7–2) Barney (0–1) 45,825 49–30 W14
80 July 2 @ Blue Jays 6–9 Grilli (2–2) Otero (2–1) Osuna (16) 46,197 49–31 L1
81 July 3 @ Blue Jays 1–17 Happ (11–3) Kluber (8–8) 45,962 49–32 L2
82 July 4 Tigers 5–3 Manship (1–1) Rondón (2–1) Allen (18) 34,163 50–32 W1
83 July 5 Tigers 12–1 Carrasco (5–2) Sánchez (5–9) 19,448 51–32 W2
84 July 6 Tigers 2–12 Fulmer (9–2) Tomlin (9–2) 24,098 51–33 L1
85 July 7 Yankees 4–5 Nova (6–5) Bauer (7–3) Chapman (17) 23,848 51–34 L2
86 July 8 Yankees 10–2 Kluber (9–8) Green (1–2) 34,045 52–34 W1
87 July 9 Yankees 6–7 (11) Chapman (3–0) Hunter (2–2) 32,951 52–35 L1
88 July 10 Yankees 7–11 Eovaldi (7–6) Carrasco (5–3) 29,089 52–36 L2
87th All-Star Game in San Diego, California
89 July 15 @ Twins 5–2 Carrasco (6–3) Santana (3–8) Allen (19) 27,074 53–36 W1
90 July 16 @ Twins 4–5 (11) May (1–2) Colón (0–1) 29,447 53–37 L1
91 July 17 @ Twins 6–1 Tomlin (10–2) Gibson (2–6) 25,692 54–37 W1
92 July 18 @ Royals 3–7 Hochevar (2–2) Shaw (1–4) Davis (20) 38,042 54–38 L1
93 July 19 @ Royals 7–3 Salazar (11–3) Flynn (1–1) 31,144 55–38 W1
94 July 20 @ Royals 11–4 Carrasco (7–3) Kennedy (6–8) 33,455 56–38 W2
95 July 22 @ Orioles 1–5 Bundy (3–2) Bauer (7–4) Britton (31) 39,358 56–39 L1
96 July 23 @ Orioles 2–5 Gausman (2–7) Tomlin (10–3) Britton (32) 31,946 56–40 L2
97 July 24 @ Orioles 3–5 O'Day (3–1) Allen (2–4) 37,821 56–41 L3
98 July 26 Nationals 7–6 Shaw (2–4) Papelbon (2–4) 23,711 57–41 W1
99 July 27 Nationals 1–4 Strasburg (14–1) Carrasco (7–4) Treinen (1) 26,607 57–42 L1
100 July 29 Athletics 5–3 Anderson (2–4) Graveman (7–7) Allen (20) 33,134 58–42 W1
101 July 30 Athletics 6–3 Tomlin (11–3) Overton (1–2) 32,850 59–42 W2
102 July 31 Athletics 8–0 Kluber (10–8) Gray (5–10) 23,739 60–42 W3
August: 16–14 (Home: 12–6; Away: 4–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
103 August 1 Twins 5–12 Berríos (2–1) Salazar (11–4) 15,018 60–43 L1
104 August 2 Twins 6–10 Pressly (6–5) Carrasco (7–5) 15,835 60–44 L2
105 August 3 Twins 5–13 Duffey (6–8) Bauer (7–5) 17,176 60–45 L3
106 August 4 Twins 9–2 Otero (3–1) Santiago (10–5) 19,193 61–45 W1
107 August 5 @ Yankees 7–13 Pineda (6–10) Tomlin (11–4) 39,252 61–46 L1
108 August 6 @ Yankees 5–2 Kluber (11–8) Sabathia (6–9) Miller (10) 37,264 62–46 W1
109 August 7 @ Yankees 2–3 Tanaka (8–4) Carrasco (7–6) Betances (2) 39,720 62–47 L1
110 August 9 @ Nationals 3–1 Bauer (8–5) Scherzer (12–7) Allen (21) 30,978 63–47 W1
111 August 10 @ Nationals 4–7 Gonzalez (8–9) Tomlin (11–5) Melancon (32) 30,185 63–48 L1
112 August 11 Angels 14–4 Kluber (12–8) Chacín (2–6) 16,652 64–48 W1
113 August 12 Angels 13–3 Carrasco (8–6) Skaggs (1–1) 27,014 65–48 W2
114 August 13 Angels 5–1 Clevinger (1–1) Shoemaker (6–13) 30,409 66–48 W3
115 August 14 Angels 5–4 Bauer (9–5) Weaver (8–10) Allen (22) 18,979 67–48 W4
116 August 15 Red Sox 2–3 Pomeranz (9–9) Tomlin (11–6) Kimbrel (20) 19,174 67–49 L1
117 August 16 White Sox 3–1 Kluber (13–8) Quintana (9–9) Allen (23) 13,857 68–49 W1
118 August 17 White Sox 7–10 Turner (0–2) Allen (2–5) Robertson (30) 14,371 68–50 L1
119 August 18 White Sox 5–4 Miller (7–1) Turner (1–2) 12,982 69–50 W1
120 August 19 Blue Jays 3–2 Manship (2–1) Osuna (2–2) 30,665 70–50 W2
121 August 20 Blue Jays 5–6 Biagini (4–2) Tomlin (11–7) Osuna (28) 33,604 70–51 L1
122 August 21 Blue Jays 3–2 Clevinger (2–1) Cecil (1–7) Allen (24) 26,696 71–51 W1
123 August 22 @ Athletics 1–0 Carrasco (9–6) Dull (5–4) Miller (11) 10,114 72–51 W2
124 August 23 @ Athletics 1–9 Manaea (5–8) Salazar (11–5) 13,141 72–52 L1
125 August 24 @ Athletics 1–5 Graveman (10–8) Bauer (9–6) 12,795 72–53 L2
126 August 25 @ Rangers 0–9 Hamels (14–4) Tomlin (11–8) 23,768 72–54 L3
127 August 26 @ Rangers 12–1 Kluber (14–8) Pérez (8–10) 31,853 73–54 W1
128 August 27 @ Rangers 0–7 Griffin (6–3) Carrasco (9–7) 44,944 73–55 L1
129 August 28 @ Rangers 1–2 Holland (6–6) Salazar (11–6) 35,225 73–56 L2
130 August 29 Twins 1–0 (10) McAllister (3–2) Kintzler (0–1) 11,327 74–56 W1
131 August 30 Twins 5–4 Otero (4–1) Wimmers (0–1) Miller (12) 11,937 75–56 W2
132 August 31 Twins 8–4 Kluber (15–8) Dean (1–5) Shaw (1) 11,811 76–56 W3
September/October: 18–11 (Home: 11–5; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Streak
133 September 2 Marlins 6–2 Carrasco (10–7) Cashner (4–11) 24,415 77–56 W4
134 September 3 Marlins 8–3 Bauer (10–6) Fernández (13–8) 27,483 78–56 W5
135 September 4 Marlins 6–5 Allen (3–5) Rodney (2–4) 25,910 79–56 W6
136 September 5 Astros 2–6 Fiers (10–6) Clevinger (2–2) 13,062 79–57 L1
137 September 6 Astros 3–4 Hoyt (1–0) Kluber (15–9) Giles (9) 11,023 79–58 L2
138 September 7 Astros 6–5 Carrasco (11–7) Fister (12–11) Allen (25) 12,063 80–58 W1
139 September 8 Astros 10–7 Bauer (11–6) Paulino (0–1) Allen (26) 15,275 81–58 W2
140 September 9 @ Twins 5–4 Colón (1–1) Duffey (8–11) Allen (27) 20,173 82–58 W3
141 September 10 @ Twins 1–2 (12) Chargois (1–1) Colón (1–2) 23,584 82–59 L1
142 September 11 @ Twins 7–1 Kluber (16–9) Berríos (2–6) 20,301 83–59 W1
143 September 12 @ White Sox 4–11 González (4–6) Carrasco (11–8) 12,588 83–60 L1
144 September 13 @ White Sox 1–8 Quintana (12–10) Bauer (11–7) 15,588 83–61 L2
145 September 14 @ White Sox 6–1 Tomlin (12–8) Rodon (7–9) 15,808 84–61 W1
146 September 15 @ White Sox 1–2 Robertson (5–3) Shaw (2–5) 14,190 84–62 L1
147 September 16 Tigers 11–4 Kluber (17–9) Fulmer (10–7) 29,137 85–62 W1
148 September 17 Tigers 1–0 (10) Miller (8–1) Wilson (4–5) 26,654 86–62 W2
149 September 18 Tigers 5–9 Norris (3–2) Bauer (11–8) Rodríguez (43) 21,382 86–63 L1
150 September 20 Royals 2–1 Miller (9–1) Flynn (1–2) 13,623 87–63 W1
151 September 21 Royals 4–3 Kluber (18–9) Kennedy (11–10) Allen (28) 13,888 88–63 W2
152 September 22 Royals 5–2 Otero (5–1) Gee (7–9) Allen (29) 15,253 89–63 W3
153 September 23 White Sox 10–4 Bauer (12–8) González (4–8) 18,937 90–63 W4
154 September 24 White Sox 1–8 Quintana (13–11) Anderson (2–5) 32,088 90–64 L1
155 September 25 White Sox 0–3 Rodon (8–10) Tomlin (8–10) Robertson (36) 24,118 90–65 L2
156 September 26 @ Tigers 7–4 Miller (10–1) Farmer (0–1) Allen (30) 24,981 91–65 W1
157 September 27 @ Tigers 0–12 Verlander (16–8) Clevinger (2–3) 25,696 91–66 L1
158 September 28 @ Tigers 3–6 (5) Hardy (1–0) Colón (1–3) 26,934 91–67 L2
September 29 @ Tigers Cancelled (rain).
159 September 30 @ Royals 7–2 Merritt (1–0) Ventura (11–12) 24,741 92–67 W1
160 October 1 @ Royals 6–3 Clevinger (3–3) Strahm (1–2) Allen (31) 28,569 93–67 W2
161 October 2 @ Royals 3–2 Tomlin (13–9) Kennedy (11–11) Allen (32) 29,475 94–67 W3
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Indians team member

Postseason

American League Division Series

Main article: 2016 American League Division Series

By virtue of winning the AL Central, the Indians were placed in the American League Division Series against the AL East champion Boston Red Sox. Because the Indians had the better regular season record, they had home field advantage in the best-of-five series.

The Indians won Game 1, 5-4, thanks in part to a three-run 3rd inning that featured home runs by Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor, the first postseason home run in each of their careers. The Indians' pitching was led by starter Trevor Bauer and relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, who each threw over 40 pitches, to clinch the victory. Indians' ace Corey Kluber went seven shutout innings in Game 2, a 6-0 Indians' win. The big blow for the Indians was a Lonnie Chisenhall 3-run home run.

The Indians and Red Sox then had two days off - a regularly scheduled travel day and rainout as the remnants of Hurricane Matthew affected Boston. When the teams got back to baseball on October 10, Josh Tomlin and the Indians' bullpen would lead the team to a 4-3 victory and a sweep of the division series. The Red Sox mounted a rally in the bottom of the 9th, but Cody Allen was able to close out the game. The Indians would advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2007.

American League Championship Series

Main article: 2016 American League Championship Series

The Indians would face the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, again having home-field advantage. The Indians would win a pair of pitchers' duels in Games 1 and 2, 2-0 and 2-1. In Game 1, the Indians scored their only runs on a Francisco Lindor home run in the sixth inning. Indians' starter Corey Kluber went six shutout innings and relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completed the shutout. In Game 2, Carlos Santana's leadoff home run in the second off of Toronto pitcher J. A. Happ gave the Indians a 1−0 lead, but the Blue Jays tied it in the third with a Josh Donaldson RBI double. Cleveland responded with a Lindor RBI single in the third. Starter Josh Tomlin, along with Bryan Shaw, Miller, and Allen, would make that 2-1 lead stand up the rest of the game.

The series shifted to Toronto for Game 3. Indians' starter Trevor Bauer left the game in the bottom of the inning due to a bloody finger as a result of being cut from a drone before the series started. The bullpen answered the call and gave up two runs in more than 8 innings of work. Led by Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis home runs, the Indians won this game 4-2, to take a 3-0 series lead.

World Series

Main article: 2016 World Series

Postseason game log

2016 Postseason Game Log: 10–5
American League Division Series: 3–0
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series Box Score
1 October 6 Red Sox 5–4 Miller (1–0) Porcello (0–1) Allen (1) 37,763 1–0 Box
2 October 7 Red Sox 6–0 Kluber (1–0) Price (0–1) 37,842 2–0 Box
October 9 @ Red Sox Postponed (rain). Makeup date: October 10.
3 October 10 @ Red Sox 4–3 Tomlin (1–0) Buchholz (0–1) Allen (2) 39,530 3–0 Box
American League Championship Series: 4–1
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series Box Score
1 October 14 Blue Jays 2–0 Kluber (1–0) Estrada (0–1) Allen (1) 37,727 1–0 Box
2 October 15 Blue Jays 2–1 Tomlin (1–0) Happ (0–1) Allen (2) 37,870 2–0 Box
3 October 17 @ Blue Jays 4–2 Shaw (1–0) Stroman (0–1) Miller (1) 49,507 3–0 Box
4 October 18 @ Blue Jays 1–5 Sanchez (1–0) Kluber (1–1) 49,142 3–1 Box
5 October 19 @ Blue Jays 3–0 Shaw (2–0) Estrada (0–2) Allen (3) 48,800 4–1 Box
World Series: 3–4
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series Box Score
1 October 25 Cubs 6–0 Kluber (1–0) Lester (0–1) 38,091 1–0 Box
2 October 26 Cubs 1–5 Arrieta (1–0) Bauer (0–1) 38,172 1–1 Box
3 October 28 @ Cubs 1–0 Miller (1–0) Edwards (0–1) Allen (1) 41,703 2–1 Box
4 October 29 @ Cubs 7–2 Kluber (2-0) Lackey (0-1) 41,706 3–1 Box
5 October 30 @ Cubs 2–3 Lester (1–1) Bauer (0–2) Chapman (1) 41,711 3–2 Box
6 November 1 Cubs 3–9 Arrieta (2–0) Tomlin (0–1) 38,116 3–3 Box
7 November 2 Cubs 7–8 (10) Chapman (1–0) Shaw (0–1) Montgomery (1) 38,104 3–4 Box
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Indians team member

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Akron

References