Found September 13, 2013 on Burning River Baseball:
It was no secret that the top weakness the Indians were looking to improve upon during the 2012 off-season was their offensive performance against left handed pitchers. It seemed in that season, a left handed starter appearing on the probable pitchers list was an automatic loss. Opponents were so aware of this that they would bring up a left handed starter from AAA to throw against Cleveland instead of a proven right hander, and the strategy almost always worked. They finished that season 18-35 against against south paws, a record that was largely to blame for their fourth place finish in American League Central. If that had even managed to match their record against right handers, they would have finished 74-88, good enough for a third place finish, a lot closer than their eventual 20 games back was. Chris Antonetti didn't sit by and do nothing, in fact almost every single move he made during the off-season had to due with addressing this problem. First he traded questionab...

Trend Spotting: Brantley, RBI production and a rambling wreck

When an offense is struggling, the blame is spread quickly and with relative ease usually beginning with expected cornerstones and then the manager. This course inevitably leads to a discussion about lineup optimization and if the fan base is particularly blood thirsty, issues with the hitting coach. In all reality, Terry Francona has adapted at an acceptable rate, balancing the...

Indians keep pace in wild card race

Danny Salazar and Ryan Raburn helped the Cleveland Indians keep pace in the American League wild-card playoff race. The Cleveland bullpen also played a role, too. Salazar struck out nine in 3 2-3 innings, Raburn hit an RBI double in the fifth, and the Indians earned a 3-1 win Friday over the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland defeated Chicago for the 10th consecutive time this season...

Salazar, Raburn help Indians beat White Sox 3-1

Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 2-3 innings, Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday, beating the White Sox for the 10th time in a row this season. Salazar's pitch count was limited to 85, and after allowing Dayan Viciedo's single with two outs on his 78th pitch, he was replaced by Nick Hagadone with runners on first and...

Yan Gomes and Cleveland’s Luck

Not everything has gone right for Cleveland this year, but Yan Gomes, who now looks like a potential starting catcher, has worked out and has been a big part of their run to playoff relevance this season.

Salazar strikes out nine in 3 2/3 innings as Indians beat White Sox, 3-1

Sometime next season the Indians are going to take Danny Salazar out of the barn and let him run free. Right now the organization's show pony is allowed to merely paw the ground snort and rear back and shake his hooves at the heavens before having a blanket thrown over him and being led back to the barn. When that day comes it should be something to see. The Indians in the...

Indians rout White Sox 14-3

Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago White Sox 14-3 on Thursday night to remain to 1 1-2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot. The Indians blew the game open with a seven-run, rain-delayed fifth inning, when their first nine batters reached base. Charlie Leesman, who relieved Chicago starter John Danks (4-13), faced...

Daily Notes: A Brief Timeline of the Corey Kluber Society

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. A Brief Timeline of the Corey Kluber Society 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule A Brief Timeline of the Corey Kluber Society The Purpose of This Post The purpose of this post is to announce a […]

WFNY Stats & Info: Indians win 9th straight over White Sox

With last night’s crucial rain-soaked blowout win over the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians have now won nine in a row against their long-time division rival. The Indians Twitter account shared earlier today that, per Elias Sports, it is the longest winning streak in franchise history over the White Sox. That statistic was confirmed by Baseball-Reference’s Play Index...

Indians lose again to Royals, head out on road

The Cleveland Indians are heading to Chicago on a down note. A 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday meant another day Cleveland failed to gain ground in the American League playoff chase. The Indians began the day 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot. For the second straight day, Cleveland lost ground to the Royals and now leads Kansas City by 1...

A Royal Pain at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

There’s a bit of worry here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, as the Kansas City Royals leave town having beat the Cleveland Indians in two out of three games in the latest installment of their season series. The Indians entered the series with an 8-4 record against the Royals in 2013, but lost two-of-three from their Central division rivals. It really wasn’t supposed...

Explaining Ubaldo

Ubaldo Jimenez has been one of the more perplexing starters in baseball over the years. Coming over in a July trade deadline deal in 2011, the Indians received a starter with declining velocity on his fastball but under fiscal control for several more seasons. The high risk trade gave the Indians a potential ace who's contract was small market friendly. The goal was for him to...

9/13 Recap: Indians 3 - White Sox 1

Player of the Game Don't be worried by Danny Salazar's 3.2 innings pitched today, as he shut out the White Sox during that time and struck out nine. Salazar was on a strict pitch count and was pulled from the game at just about 80 pitches. Because September Call-Ups have expanded the Indians bullpen to excess, the Indians are able to use Salazar in a manner that is best...

Indians-White Sox Preview

Despite being in the midst of the AL wild-card chase, the Cleveland Indians haven't been greeted by much enthusiasm from their home fans, at least in terms of attendance. Maybe going on the road for the next seven games will help, especially considering the trip opens against the division's worst team. The Indians try to bounce back after back-to-back home losses as they...
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