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“Sure, Kazmir has a more refined and nuanced approach to pitching than he did five years ago. But he’s also managed to reverse the ravages of time on his fastball: he’s averaging 92.5 miles per hour with his four-seam fastball, essentially identical to the 92.7 from 2008, and he’s throwing his two-seamer, at 92.3 miles per hour, is the fastest it’s been since 2007.
So when Scott Kazmir says he thinks he can be even better now, at age 29, than he was before he suffered a dramatic fall that ends most pitching careers, it isn’t crazy. With the tools still at his disposal, and superior knowledge, it actually makes sense.” [Howard/Sports on Earth]
“This is bad. This is the anti-Greg Little, the anti-Tristan Thompson. Have any of you played for a high school coach who would be ok with you walking after a dropped ball in practice? Me neither. When national football watchers are “shocked” that you “loaf a lot” it’s time to take inventory. Gordon looks like AJ Green when he steps on the field. Green, like Greg Little, had a team suspension in college. We’d feel a lot better about Gordon’s suspension(s) if they fell in the category of ‘enterprising college athlete’ and not ‘recidivist slave to drugs to the point of jeopardizing millions of dollars.’” [Kanick]
“Well, he ought to be. It would be much easier if Dwyane Wade were himself. That’s another story: Wade’s ability to buttress James in this series, as he did in the Finals against the Mavericks, has vanished. His sore knee is one thing. His halfhearted defense is another. But that’s not a new issue: James entered this series knowing he was going to have to carry Wade.
In 2007, James was wide-eyed and underequipped for such a task. In 2011, James was locked into some sort of bizarro world in which he looked at J.J. Barea and thought he was seeing Bill Russell. But now, James’ eyes are wide open.” [Windhorst/ESPN]
“On May 10, when Kluber gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers, the initial thought was that he was sliding back to some of the missteps he made last season. That rough outing is looking more and more like a fluke. In six turns since that forgettable start, Kluber has posted a 3.09 ERA with 37 strikeouts against six walks in 35 innings. In his 10 appearances other than the May 10 start, he has a 3.08 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 53 strikeouts and 10 walks in 52 2/3 innings. What’s going on with this guy?” [Bastian/MLB.com]
A look at Horton’s defensive tendencies from Arizona. [Kolonich/The OBR]
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Another Cleveland Indians draft has come and gone.
With that it means over the course of the next month the Indians will sign and bring in about two dozen of the 39 players they selected in the draft. With so much new talent in the system it brings new hope that the Indians past draft misfortunes are finally over and that this is the year they got it right, and they get a few impact...
After a very promising spring training, countless experts and fans alike anticipated a breakout season from Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall, who was entering his third season with the Tribe, earned the starting spot at the hot corner after dominating opposing pitchers in spring training. After two injury-riddled and inconsistent seasons, it seemed that...
The first batch of official 2013 Draft signings are now in the books as they have officially signed 8th round pick right-handed pitcher Trevor Frank, 20th round pick catcher Shane Rowland, 23rd round pick third baseman Grant Fink and 36th round pick second baseman Mike Giuffre.
While the club has not yet announced where they will be assigned, all four players are expected to join...
The Cleveland Indians may be thrilled to return home.
Justin Masterson may be the most relieved.
Coming off a lackluster road trip, the Indians hope Masterson can continue his home dominance in Friday night's series opener with the Washington Nationals.
Cleveland (32-33) opened a nine-game road trip by losing seven in a row before finding some solace in winning the last two,...
ARLINGTON – The Cleveland Indians completed a nine-game road trip with their second-straight win as they topped the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Wednesday.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 4.86) received the start for the Indians to counter Texas righty Nick Tepesch (3-5, 4.34).
The Indians posted a pair in the second inning as designated hitter Jason Giambi was hit by a two-out...
ARLINGTON – The Cleveland Indians halted an eight-game losing streak as a stellar outing from Corey Kluber led the team to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Kluber (3-4, 4.14) was looking to rebound from a rough outing in New York as he outdueled Texas righty Derek Holland (5-2, 3.11), who received a no-decision in his previous outing.
Cleveland drew first blood...
It feels like forever since the Indians won two games in a row. Actually it was May 29th and 30th at home against Cincinnati. Last night in Texas, they had a chance to do it again and take some much needed momentum home with them after a brutal nine-game stretch against three of the top teams in the American League.
Arlington has been a house of horrors for the Indians over the past...
The month of June continues to be a painful one for the Clippers who are now 32-34 after another losing week which saw the team go 2-4 in two series against Toledo and Gwinnett. The starting pitching has been throwing better as of late but if Columbus expects to contend for a playoff spot, the rotation will have to delve deeper into games to prevent late-season exhaustion in the...
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that Columbus was off yesterday.
Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Rodriguez through the months:
April: .245/.250/.351 line, .601 OPS, .106 ISO in 24 games...
Another day, another update on the signing status of several of the Indians draft picks. In today's update Tony gives an update on Clint Frazier and has the day he will sign, discusses a few new players who are expected to sign, talks about some high leverage players that will decline to sign and go to or back to school, and more.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jason Kipnis had a home run among his three hits and the Cleveland Indians got a series-clinching 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
A night after ending an eight-game losing streak, and a span of 12 losses in a row away from home, the Indians made it consecutive victories to clinch their first road series in a month. They had gone 0-4...
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The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, The Diff provided an update on the various top Cleveland Indians prospects. This week, I’m covering three varying Cleveland sports topics.
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