Cleveland Indians Early Season Offensive Woes Cause for Major Concern

Early in the Major League Baseball season, it is very easy for teams like the Cleveland Indians to get off to slow starts and want to ignore major issues with their teams. However in the case of the Indians’ offense, a little light should be going off in the head of manager Terry Francona about his ball club. On Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were shutout for the third...
Via Buckeye State Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New Music: Santana ft. Miguel ‘Indy’

Carlos Santana is prepping for the release of his first-ever Spanish language album CORAZÓN, and with it’s May 6th release being right around the calendar he’s offering more incentives to make an album investment. The Sony-backed disc will have him linking with a number of big name collaborators, and today it’s his joint effort with Miguel that gets […]
Via Word On The Game
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Santana’s Groin

Panic! It is two weeks into the season and Carlos Santana is batting just .157 with no home runs and a single RBI. This is the premier power hitter for the Cleveland Indians and he isn’t hitting, so something must be wrong. There are plenty of excuses people have made for this, starting with Santana transitioning to third base and now adding in a groin injury that Santana said...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Blue Jays at Indians 4/18-20 ☆

The Indians managed a split of two games in Detroit, impressive considering their 4-15 effort in 2013. The Tribe had similar struggles in that series as they have had in each series recently with the top of the line-up under performing and the starting pitching being inconsistent. The line-up has seen some surprise performers (mostly David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall) take up the...
Via Burning River Baseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians can't hold lead as Santana, top of order struggle

DETROIT -- For four and a half innings, things were going the Indians' way. They had a 3-1 lead over the Tigers, chased Justin Verlander and were getting a consistent outing from Danny Salazar. And then, as things have a tendency to do, Detroit took advantage of a couple Salazar mistakes and took control. The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth en route to a 7-5 victory and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Updates: Carlos Santana, Jason Giambi

The Cleveland Indians are sitting at .500 as they go in to today's afternoon affair in Detroit with hopes of sweeping the mini two-game set.  Tuesday's rainout shortened the series & gave the Indians an extra day of rest, which apparently, at least one Indians player needed.Carlos SantanaSantana has played in all 14 games so far this season but he raised some eyebrows...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #14: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Another great start from Zach McAllister Did anyone guess that Zach McAllister was going to be the best pitcher out of the gate this season? I’ve never been too high on McAllister. He’s a pitcher who needs to have excellent control to succeed and he hasn’t consistently shown that type of command. I thought he regressed more than the numbers indicated last year, but his last...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.12: Indians at Tigers

Game 11 Postgame: Indians 3, Tigers 2 Wednesday night’s game started off badly, then looked better, then looked even better, then ended in a somewhat disappointing fashion. Anibal Sanchez averted a near-disaster after starting the game with back-to-back-to-back walks (the Research Department tells us he has only given up 10 leadoff walks his entire career; it is holding out on...
Via Tigers Weblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Morales may have missed chance at long-term deal

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Wednesday, April 16th. Top Stories According to Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune,Kendrys Morales had a contract extension...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Morales may have missed his chance at long-term deal

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Wednesday, April 16th. Top Stories According to Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune, Kendrys Morales had a contract extension...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana attributes slow start to moving around but remains upbeat

DETROIT -- Off to his worst April in his career, Indians third baseman Carlos Santana said before Wednesday's game against the Tigers that the shifting between third, designated hitter and catcher might be affecting his plate production a little bit. He then quickly also noted that it is still early in the season. "It has a little bit (moving around) but it's alright...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Both Tigers and Indians hoping to use upcoming series to get on track

Neither the Tigers nor the Indians are exactly rolling as they prepare to face each other for the first time this season. As the three-game series gets set to open on Tuesday at Comerica Park, the Tribe has dropped five of their last six while the Tigers are 2-4 since opening the season with four straight wins. Even though it is early, Detroit leads the division with the Indians...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Issues starting to surface two weeks in

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook…. Note, things are finally back to normal here at the IBI. This column had to go on the shelf for a few weeks while I feverishly worked to finish the new 2014 prospect book in between three baseball trips and the start of the season. This should once again be a regular Monday column, plus you will also begin to see many of...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
9 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Cold Starts - Time to Heat Up

Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.  We have heard that time and time again.  One of the most important things to be in fantasy baseball is patient.  Your 1st round pick is hitting under .200?  That just means he is about to go on a tear and carry your fantasy team for the next few weeks. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

'Mr. Enthusiasm' leads way as Indians triumph

CLEVELAND -- Happy Bropening Day, indeed. For five innings, I was wondering if Mike Pelfrey was going to do what Randy Johnson couldn't 20 years ago -- pitch a no-hitter against the Indians in their home opener. Carlos Santana's double to lead off the fifth squashed those hopes. Then in the sixth, they got to Pelfrey and took the lead. The one who delivered the game-winning...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
19 days ago  |  Discuss

New replay system will be a work in progress, just ask the Indians

OAKLAND -- Everyone knew that the new instant replay system was going to be a work in progress and that there were going to be a few rough patches along the way. Wednesday's review during the second inning of the first game of the day/night doubleheader between the Indians and Athletics was a perfect example that everyone is still finding their way through things. With one out...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Profcast: Santana’s Value At Third Base

Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from Thursday, March 27. The topics include: Whether Carlos Santana‘s value is any different playing at third base compared to catcher How Alfredo Simon’s conversion will go from reliever to starter Will Yasiel Puig’s attitude get start to eat into his playing...
Via Baseball Professor
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Santana at the Hot Corner

Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Carlos Santana will be the teams third baseman. He went on to say that this will not be a platoon situation (sorry Lonnie Chisenhall owners) and that Santana will play there regularly. Boost in value goes to Yan Gomes who at least initially is guaranteed additional playing time. Santana already had first base eligibility so this news...
Via FF Locker Room
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Madness at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

With winter refusing to release its stranglehold on the North Coast and my NCAA tournament bracket left in tatters, I’ve been pondering the term “March Madness” and how apropos a phrase it truly is. It’s hard not to consider the irony in the expression when considering Cleveland sports in general, and the Cleveland Indians’ specifically. This is a city that has seen its...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Lonnie Chisenhall Undefined with Tribe

When Lonnie Chisenhall was called up to the big leagues in late June 2011, he was perceived as the future third baseman of the Cleveland Indians. When that future may actually be, if ever, still remains a question. After two and a half seasons of platoons and opportunities squandered, Chisenhall’s role and future is as unclear today as it has ever been. Tuesday, Indians manager...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Santana will be Cleveland’s Opening Day third baseman

“Carlos is going to play third,” Francona said Tuesday. “To be honest with you, I don’t have a crystal ball. I’m not sure you really need to have one. Things happen. I think, at the beginning of Spring Training, I said I thought we could be the best team with Carlos and Lonnie. I’m not exactly sure how that’s going to play itself out. I don’t know if anybody really...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana set to become primary Third Baseman for Tribe

Carlos Santana was once viewed as a mediocre defensive catcher. Now, he’s about to become the primary third baseman for the Cleveland Indians. Terry Francona made it clear on Tuesday that Santana is going to play third base for the Cleveland Indians. He also made it clear that Santana will play significant third base. “Carlos is going to play third,” said Francona. While Lonnie...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Francona names Santana regular third baseman

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Tuesday, March 25th. Tribe News The major news of the day came from Cleveland, when manager Terry Francona told reporters...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona names Santana starting 3B, for now

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Terry Francona uttered six words on Tuesday that will leave a whole lot of interpretation over the next month. By saying that "Carlos is going to play third" indications are Santana will be the starting third baseman on March 31 in Oakland. What happens beyond that is something that Francona is not willing to commit to. With Lonnie Chisenhall also assured...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana named starting third baseman, Giambi makes roster

Indians manager Terry Francona announced on Tuesday that Carlos Santana will be the club's regular third baseman to start the season. Lonnie Chisenhall has already made the roster, but he will play in more of a backup role at third base when Santana needs to fill in as the backup catcher or needs a day off. Francona made it clear that it will not be a platoon at third base...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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