8/1 Recap: Offense Still Struggling as Win Streak Ends

Player of the Game With no great pitching to speak of and only one run scored, Lonnie Chisenhall won his first Player of the Game since May 2nd tonight, his second of the year. His solo home run to right center scored the Indians only run and his assist from right field to nab Max Muncy at the plate saved one from scoring. Feathers Up Taking the small sample size for what it...
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Carrasco goes the distance in Indians' 3-1 victory

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night. Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak. Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven. Carrasco...
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Carrasco goes the distance in Indians' 3-1 victory

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night. Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak. Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven. Carrasco...
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Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky is a troubling deal for Cardinals

Say it ain’t so, Mo… When SB Nation MLB Daily Scoop reporter Chris Cotillo first reported a possible Cleveland Indians/St. Louis Cardinals trade, I was excited. Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana could all help the Cardinals in big ways. However, upon confirmation this morning that the Birds are sending 2013 1st round lefthanded pitcher Rob Kaminsky for Moss straight...
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Clutch Hitting Burying Tribe

Games like Wednesday afternoon’s 12-1 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals give Tribe fans a glimpse of what might have been. It is also frustrating to see what the Indians, picked by some this past offseason as a World Series contender, can do when clicking on all cylinders. Wednesday’s home win went just as the team drew things up to go this season. Ace and reigning American...
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Report: Indians, Cardinals working on “significant trade”

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Indians and Cardinals are believed to be close on a deal that would include Cardinals’ prospect Rob Kaminsky. Cotillo speculates that Brandon Moss, Carlos Santana, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar could be available and that he’s heard the Cardinals could target Moss to place first base. Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images...
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Tribe Drops Fifth Straight; Royals 9, Indians 4

The Royals jumped on Indians starter Cody Anderson for seven runs in 5.2 innings, and the Indians offense once again struggled to deliver timely hits in a 9-4 loss to KC on Monday night. The Indians have lost five straight. Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and had three hits, while Kendrys Morales also drove in three. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer in the second and...
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Weekend Update 7/26: Everybody Hates Carlos

Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball is joined by Michael Hattery (@HatmanEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland fame to discuss a little controversy in Cleveland. How should you react to the Johnny Cueto trade? Is it ok to root for the Royals if the Indians are out of it? Did Jason Kipnis just call out Carlos Santana for his bear like lack of hustle? Was Jesus Aguilar...
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Today in Tribe History: July 26, 2008

2008 – The Cleveland Indians announce that utility man Casey Blake had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for catching prospect Carlos Santana and minor league pitcher Jon Meloan. Blake found out about the trade following the team’s 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins the night before. The versatile veteran improved his batting average to .289 on the season with a 2-for-4 night...
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Today in Tribe History: July 25, 2011

2011 – The rookie delivers. Second baseman Jason Kipnis drives in Carlos Santana with a walk-off single to right field off of Hisanori Takahashi as the Cleveland Indians score two in the ninth to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2. Both the hit and RBI are the first of his career. In a well-pitched contest between the Angels’ Dan Haren and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona (Roberto...
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Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on the wrong set of data, and that we should instead be looking at...
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On sluggers, arbitrary milestones, and Carlos Santana

When the Cleveland Indians were at their peak from 1995-2001, they had the biggest, baddest offense in the league. It was a glorious time to love the sport of baseball in Northeast Ohio. During that seven-year stretch — the height of MLB’s steroid era — the Tribe ranked top-two in baseball in total runs, doubles, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging...
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C-Cap Recap: Ducks on the Pond, Walk Walk Walk

Somewhere in a Rockwellian suburbia untouched by cynicism, doe-eyed Little Leaguers still don their rally caps and sing the songs of a simpler age: “Ducks on the pond / Quack quack quack / Come on, Timmy! / Give it a whack!” What they don’t realize is that Timmy has no intention of swinging the bat. Timmy is a Cleveland Indians fan, and if there’s anything he’s learned...
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Should The Indians Trade Carlos Santana?

Make no bones about it, Carlos Santana‘s season has been the most disappointing of any Indians player this season. While much improved over the last few games, Santana’ batting line is a disappointing .221/.352/.381 with 10 home runs through 82 games played. If the season ended today, his 112 wRC+ rating would by far be the lowest of his career. Much of Santana’s struggles...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive Woes A Puzzling Piece of Tribe’s Season

Saturday’s 9-4 win followed the recipe that has been missing for the Cleveland Indians for chunks of time this season. Hit the ball hard, score some runs early, and win some games. The steps for success have been notably absent, especially in Corey Kluber’s starts, which made the early three-run bomb from Michael Brantley, the Brandon Moss two-run blast in the third, and the...
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7/18 Recap: Bats Forget Kluber Is Pitching, Score 9 Runs.

Player of the Game Carlos Santana had a fantastic game tonight, extending his recent streak of great play. He had 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, and 1 stolen base. He has steadily risen out of the basement of mediocre play and is slowly approaching the levels we have grown accustomed to these last 5 years. Feathers Up The Indians got things going early tonight, giving Corey...
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Four Noteworthy Storylines Heading Into the Indians Second Half

Well Tribe fans, it’s officially the second half of the season. Gone are the days of, “it’s still early,” and looming closer is the end of the season and the much-sought-after playoff spot. The Indians are in a position to go a myriad of ways in the second half, depending on the maintained dominance of their starting pitching, a possible emergence of their offense, hopefully...
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State of the Indians: President Mark Shapiro on all things Tribe

The Cleveland Indians are nearing the end of the mid-summer All-Star break of a relatively disappointing campaign that has seen them start the year 42-46 and in a tie for last place in the AL Central division. Indians president Mark Shapiro recently sat down with Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal to discuss the 2015 season of the Cleveland Indians.1 Team building is always...
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My Reaction to Mark Shapiro’s Q and A

The Indians closed the first half on Sunday afternoon, suffering a 2-0 loss, and falling to a 42-46 record. The Tribe finds themselves 11 games in back of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central Division and 5.5 games in back of the Wild Card, with five teams to pass to reach the last playoff spot. If the Indians want to win 88 games, giving themselves a chance to make...
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Mixed Results and Feelings For Tribe as First Half Concludes

It’s hard to believe, but Sunday’s action concludes the unofficial first half of the regular season in Major League Baseball. It’s a tough feeling to digest, especially in the northeast Ohio region where entering the second full week of July, summer hasn’t fully kicked spring to the curb. But like the annual hopes for an eventful and entertaining summer, the 2015 season has...
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7/11 Recap: Santana Slam Not Enough as A’s Tie Series

Roster Update: Mike Aviles has been placed on the family emergency medical leave for the second time this year. In his stead, Jose Ramirez will be the Indians utility man, at least until they return from the All-Star break. Player of the Game Carlos Santana has really been turning things around of late and today’s game may have been the culmination of both hard work and his luck...
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Will Indians Be Buyers Or Sellers As Deadline Looms?

The Cleveland Indians are in the toughest position in regards to personnel alterations with the non-waiver trade deadline looming in the coming weeks. Cleveland has experienced a tumultuous roller coaster of a season, stretching extensive winning and losing streaks due to an inability to align solid offence and their dominant pitching. The overall result? Three games below .500...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Making sense of advanced hitting statistics

Following baseball can be a chore. Determining if Felix Hernandez or Corey Kluber was worthy of winning the 2014 Cy Young Award would have been simple a generation ago. Take a look at that win/loss record, ERA, and strikeout totals. The main debate would have been if either of them deserved to win on non-playoff teams or if the head-to-head victory that Kluber won in September should...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Where are they now? — Second Basemen

View image | As we get to our third stop in the “Where are they now?” series, we find another position where there have some significant disappointments. In fact, first base is unique amongst the positions because there were only mild disappointments. When we look at the rest of the infield we find some really thin positions and a lot of that is due to players...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

7/7 Recap: Kluber Makes Do With Little Run Support For Win

Player of the Game As good as he has been all year (2nd in AL in WAR), Corey Kluber has improved in each of his last four starts. Coming off a great, 14 strike out performance against the Rays, the Tribe ace struck out seven in 6.2 shut out innings against the Astros. He walked just two on the night and allowed five hits, all singles. While he still didn’t get much for run support...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss
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