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Here it is, the annual IBI Roundtable.
We pooled together 14 writers on the site to get their quick thoughts on the Indians outlook this season and make their predictions on the playoffs and the winners of all the postseason hardware.
I have not included my own thoughts, though you can get them in more detail in my Tribe Happenings piece posted earlier today; however, I did provide my predictions in the chart below. Here is what the rest of the IBI staff has to say about this upcoming season….
Jim Pete: The Indians made a serious move this offseason to become a “contender-in-a-year,” and I’m pretty sure that they have done just that. Their offense, led by newcomers Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, as well as holdover Carlos Santana, will be one of the best and most balanced in the American League. The Bullpen will continue to be one of the best in all of baseball, with Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano, Nick Hagadone, Joe Smith and Cody Allen leading the way. The only question mark will be...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Now that the baseball season is upon us, it is time once again to undertake the task of ranking the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster. Just like last year, I will do this five times throughout the season, revisiting the rankings to see who has risen, who has fallen, and what new players are crashing the party.
This year's roster is particularly interesting after an offseason...
The Cleveland Indians have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and added him to the 25-man Major League roster.
Kazmir, 29, went 1-0 with a 3.46ERA in four games this spring (13.0IP, 18H, 5R/ER, 1BB, 13K), winning the fifth spot in the rotation after accepting a non-roster invitation to Major League camp on January 8.
TORONTO -- Nick Swisher bobbed through the Cleveland Indians clubhouse after Tuesday nights season opener.Wheres that lineup card? Swisher said. Gotta get that one for No. 17.No. 17, of course, is new manager Terry Francona, who no doubt will appreciate the gesture after his tenure got off to a grand opening with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.To Francona this...
The Akron Aeros will take the field at Canal Park Thursday night at 6:35 looking to repeat as Eastern League champions. The team has a new owner in Ken Babby, a new state-of-the-art scoreboard that is breathtaking in person, and a young team loaded with top prospects.
There are plenty of new faces on the team this year, as well as a few returning guys from the championship team....
Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir has a sore abdominal muscle and might miss his first scheduled start for the Indians.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. The Indians open the season Tuesday night at Toronto.
Manager Terry Francona said Kazmir will be reevaluated after he tries to throw a bullpen on Wednesday. The 29-year-old lefty was...
Goodbye Goodyear. Hello Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians officially completed Spring Training with a strong 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The win ensured that the Indians finished the spring season with a winning record, and the Tribe left Goodyear with a 17-16-2 record.
Given the team’s many additions this offseason, there definitely seemed to be a different...
From the sleepless nights to the gut-wrenching decisions in the dugout, Terry Francona couldn't be happier to be back managing again. Even if it doesn't always sound that way.
''I love doing this,'' the new Cleveland manager said before Wednesday's game at Toronto. ''Sometimes it kills you, but I don't want to do anything else. That's...
After winning back-to-back Triple-A National Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Columbus Clippers failed to make the playoffs in 2012, finishing second in the International West Division with a 75-69 record. This season, under the leadership of first-year manager Chris Tremie, the Clippers will look to get back to their championship caliber selves.
Tremie said that in all aspects...
It’s a Start
Big right-hander Justin Masterson made his second consecutive opening day start for the Indians on Tuesday against the Blue Jays and overall was effective in six innings of work. However, Masterson did struggle with his pitch location in his first three innings as he surrendered three hits and walked four over that time frame and loaded the bases in the third inning...
The Indians today outrighted LHP DAVID HUFF to AAA Columbus after he cleared waivers without another team claiming him. TheY weren't so lucky with regards to Ezeuiel Carrera, who was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Huff was told early on in camp that he would only be battling for a spot in the talented bullpen. Nick Hagadone and Rich Hill aready seemed like locks, as both...
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves for it's sixth season, and will be bringing on board a brand new sponsor! The Indians Baseball Insiders, Tony and Jim, return as your hosts, and the Akron Aeros will not only sponsor this year's edition, but will be providing several ticket giveaways this season, including tonight. Tune in every week at 10:00 PM for the live feed of...
The Indians started off their season with a win last night in Toronto. We know all about the new acquisitions and how the team was built. We also understand how the Clippers, Aeros and Lake County Captains fill out their rosters. But what about an independent league team like the Lake Erie Crushers?
The Crushers finished the 2012 season on September 2nd with a 6-2 loss to the Southern...
Roster Moves: Scott Kazmir was added to the Indians roster today with the anticipation that he will be placed on the 15 Day DL, retroactive to his last start in Spring Training. To make room, Nick Hagadone has been sent back to AAA Columbus, but he will be able to be brought back as soon as Kazmir is placed on the DL. Carlos Carrasco could be the fifth starter and is already on the...
The Cleveland Indians started their 2013 season north of the border with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This was Indians manager Terry Francona’s first win with his new team. Justin Masterson pitched 6 innings giving up just 1 run and 3 hits. Masterson walked 4 and struck out 5 batters. In his first at bat for the Indians, Tribe center fielder Michael Bourn was almost decapitated...
By Tony LastoriaSpecial to FOX Sports Ohio
The Indians kick off their 2013 season in a matter of hours.
As with every season there is always some excitement that comes with the first game of the season. That enthusiasm can quickly dissipate a few days or weeks into the season, but nonetheless, at least for one day at the start of the season optimism is at its' height.