A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens in baseball. At 513.1 innings pitched, the squad had the 5th most innings pitched among...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have been plenty of Indians greats who were born locally...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, the introduction

Over the past three months, IBI has rolled out the year-end rankings for every minor league affiliate in the Cleveland system. Next up, we will be running down the top-100 performers based on those WAR rankings, albeit with a slight twist. Simply ranking each player based on the raw numbers would have some value, but not nearly as much as when the stats are adjusted for how old the...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL Spotlight: Louis Head

The “AFL Spotlight” is a weekly feature piece on a player from the Cleveland Indians farm system that is participating in the Arizona Fall League. League play wraps up on November 15th. Here are the previous 2014 spotlight pieces on other players: Grant Sides The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus pitchers season in review

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Columbus Clippers pitchers. The list of previous season in reviews are below: The Carolina Mudcats hitters and pitchers The Lake County Captains hitters and...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Revisiting “Is Nick Haga-Done?”

Back in the middle of June, I wrote a piece describing the dire situation that Nick Hagadone was in. At 28, he was sent back to AAA yet again and it looked like he may be stuck there for good with Kyle Crockett replacing him at the Major League level. I highly recommend using the link above to read that article, if you haven’t already, as this one will continue on that line of...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB unlikely to play overseas in 2015 after Taiwan talks stall

Major League Baseball officials held discussions with organizers in Taiwan about playing regular-season games there in 2015 but were unable to reach an agreement, sources told FOX Sports. As a result, it’s unlikely MLB will play regular-season games outside the US and Canada in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks began this season in Sydney, Australia; MLB has...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Pitcher

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fourth installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Pitcher. Previous awards for this season include: Most Valuable Hitter Most Valuable...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What Went Wrong in 2014

After a short exit from the play-offs disappointed the Indians in 2013, nothing less was expected this year. Despite those expectations, the Indians were eliminated even earlier in 2014 than they were the season before, two days before the regular season’s end. While some of this is due to the maturing talent in Kansas City, where the Royals will play in October for the first...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Lee Needs to Use Remainder of Season to Iron Out Speed Bumps

This Indians season has been, without a doubt, a rollercoaster for fans. Cleveland started the season ready to finish the business the team approached last season, and have been treated to a 2014 of highs and lows, with the team at times asserting themselves into the thick of the playoff chase, while simultaneously falling short when it matters most. The season has also been one...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians reliever C.C. Lee unaware he's been pranked

Rookie pranks are commonplace in baseball but poor C.C. Lee didn't even know this one was happening as it unfolded. The 27-year-old Indians reliever was innocently hanging out with his Tribe teammates on the dugout rail during Monday's game in Houston. What he didn't know was that his uniform had an addition to it. If Lee is looking for a buddy with whom to commiserate, the Padres...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians reliever C.C. Lee pranked with cup-on-the-hat (Video)

Cleveland Indians reliever C.C. Lee fell victim to the cup-on-the-hat prank during the opening moments of Monday night's game in Houston.Lee stood at the front railing of the dugout with no clue that a Powerade cup had been secured to the top of his cap with bubble gum. Lee finally figured it out as he walked out to the bullpen with the other relievers in the bottom of the first...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe week in review: Where did it go wrong?

If there was one play to sum up how the Indians' games have gone against the Tigers in September, it wasn't Bryan Shaw giving up home runs on Saturday or Sunday, it was C.C. Lee's wild pitch. In other words, anything that could go wrong against Detroit did. In the eighth inning on Sunday and the Tribe behind 4-3, Lee was trying to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler to load the bases...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

(Arizona) Indians Win Championship!

While it may not be the World Series that Indians fans have been looking for since 1948, a team with their namesake and future players did win it’s league championship last night and that team was the Arizona League Indians. The team plays at the MLB Indians Spring Training site in Goodyear, Arizona and while winning the game over the Giants on Monday night made it official, there...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are back

T hey are back. They are right in the thick of it. And they aren’t going anywhere. Your Cleveland Indians, left for dead by almost everyone, continue to win and are surging into September. Their best month of the season came at the right time. The Wahoos were 16-9 and were three outs away from being 17-9 before mother nature took over in Kansas City. All of a sudden, a team that...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside from that? It’s a crap shoot. The Brewers only have a one game lead over the...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside from that? It’s a crap shoot. The Brewers only have a one game lead over the...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #131: Chicago 3, Cleveland 2

After more dramatics from Zach Walters on Tuesday, Corey Kluber took the mound on Wednesday in a game where the Indians were the heavy favorites. The White Sox were losers of seven straight and 14 of their last 18. Meanwhile, the Indians had their ace on the mound, had won three straight, and were facing a pitcher they’d hit well all season.  It didn’t matter.  Kluber gave...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians 8, White Sox 6: Bunt, Force, Trauma

8:06 PM – I crunched some numbers earlier today that suggested the Indians need to shoot for at least 90 wins if they want to make the playoffs.  I don’t know why I did that work, because you could probably just have hit a corpse on the nose with a ball-peen hammer before the season and have concluded largely the same thing.  Nevertheless, to win 90 games the Indians need to...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

8/26 Recap: Walters Does It Again As Indians Win

Player of the Game Forgoing the sacrifice bunt with two strikes, Zach Walters hit his sixth home run as an Indian to give the Tribe the lead in the tenth inning. The bunt was on for the beginning of the bat, with Lonnie Chisenhall on second after a double, but once the count reached 2-2, Walters was able to swing away and gave the Indians a two run lead with the blast to deep right...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #119-120: Indians split doubleheader

Indians Walk-Off Again In game one of the doubleheader Zach Walters hit the Indians’ sixth walk off home run of the season, the most in the majors. In the process he showed everyone exactly why they acquired him two weeks ago. With his power, Walters has the ability to be a difference maker in the Indians’ lineup. When he was acquired I was hopeful that Walters was a player...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe falls in extras to split twin bill: Diamondbacks 1, Indians 0, 12 innings

Not only were fans treated to a true doubleheader – buy one ticket, see two games – Wednesday, but the twin bill finished with some bonus baseball. But while Tribe starter Josh Tomlin and the Indians bullpen combined to give up one run to the Diamondbacks in 12 innings, the Indians offense couldn’t push one across as the Tribe lost 1-0 for the twin bill and series split. The...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

8/7 Recap: Lack of Runs, Extraneous Errors Cost Cleveland Again

Roster Updates & More: In addition to a couple roster moves today, the Indians announced a major renovation to Progressive Field that will take place during the Winter in time for the 2015 season. An abbreviated version is that the Indians will be removing over 5,000 seats and adding more enrichment areas like a larger kid’s zone and bars for adults. In addition, the bullpens...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Defense Allows Cincinnati to Run by Tribe; Reds 4, Indians 0

Finding good, Indians starting pitching has been tough this season. The Indians found a good start from T.J. House, however, they didn’t support it with solid defense or timely hitting. Instead, Homer Bailey set down the Tribe while Cincinnati took advantage of defensive miscues and made the most of timely hitting to win 4-0. The victory gives the Reds a win in the four-game series...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians send Salazar to minors, call up Lee

CINCINNATI (AP) The Indians called up right-hander C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, adding a reliever for the final game of their interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds. Lee begins his fourth stint with Cleveland. He's 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 15 games this season. Cleveland optioned starter Danny Salazar to Columbus a day after he started an 8-3 loss to the Reds...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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