Indians look to protect a young rotation still establishing itself

The Indians made a surprising decision with starting rotation this week. First, the Indians out of nowhere signed right-handed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year $4 million that guarantees him money and a rotation spot for the 2015 season. Then, the Indians announced that Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin will have to duke it out in spring training...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Addition of Floyd gives Indians a lot of options for rotation

The Indians struck again on Tuesday making 31-year old pitcher Gavin Floyd their second significant offseason acquisition.  The deal is $4 million for one year but can escalate up to $6 million if Floyd reaches certain milestones. Those bonuses reportedly kick in once he reaches 19 starts and 160 innings pitched. I recently wrote that the Indians should look at Kris Medlen as an...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The race for the Indians fifth starter job has begun

With the signing of Gavin Floyd on Tuesday, Indians GM Chris Antonetti confirmed to the media that four of the five spots in the starting rotation are locked up with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Floyd (in no specific order).  That leaves one final spot left in the rotation. As it stands, the Indians currently have four pitchers fighting for that fifth and final...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The AL Central’s Rotating Rotations

While we are still early into the off-season, there have been big moves all around. Although many of those moves have taken place in the National League, the American League Central has seen its share of shuffling. While the Indians biggest move has been the trade to obtain Brandon Moss, the rest of the division has been switching starters. Initially, things had moved slowly, but...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 7, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note,...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Potential roster crunch in rotation looms

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Rotation crunch The Indians have a potential rotation crunch brewing. At the moment the Indians opening day five-man rotation is set to be Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and T.J. House. Barring an injury this spring or a very surprising trade of one of them this offseason, the rotation is...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 AL Central Winners: Cleveland Indians

I’m getting a little jumpy here, but I’m excited for Cleveland Indians fans for next year. After making the wildcard play-in game last year, the Indians had a a small letdown this year. A good thing that did come out of the 2014 season is the Indians look poised to win the AL Central next year. The Tigers will obviously be the favorites coming into the season, but I would push...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Veteran Stability Necessary to Avoid Starting Pitching Regression

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.   Regression (n): the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion. The...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 year-end roster: Part two

The 2014 season may have ended with some disappointment with Cleveland missing the playoffs, but finishing with an 85-77 record and being in contention until the last weekend of the season is not all that bad. Before looking forward to 2015, first IBI is going to look back on 2014. Personally, that starts for me with these roster rankings before transitioning to the IBI Awards next...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Today In Tribe History: October 2, 2013

The Cleveland Indians return to the postseason for the first time since 2007 and host the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field. Despite getting nine hits off of Rays pitching, the Indians cannot get a runner across home plate and lose 4-0, ending their season. Delmon Young’s leadoff home run in the third will be the only run the Rays would need...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Cleveland’s Defense Sabotage Danny Salazar’s Start?

Among the points one is compelled to make when arguing on behalf of Corey Kluber‘s candidacy for this year’s Cy Young award is that the defense behind him has been of suspect quality, leading to an inflated BABIP (.316) and higher ERA (68 ERA-) than his main rival for the distinction, Felix Hernandez (63 ERA-). […]
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #158: Royals 7, Indians 1

The Cleveland Indians (82-76) were denied a must-win game by a lopsided 7-1 score at the hands of the Kansas City Royals (86-71) at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Danny Salazar (6-8, 4.25) was tagged with five runs in 4.2 innings, allowing his final five batters to reach base in a back-breaking three run fifth inning and it all happened with two outs. He was effective through...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Salazar struggles and offensive woes send Royals over Indians, 7-1

CLEVELAND—It was there for the taking. For a team that has clawed their way through a roller coaster of ups and downs all season, the ride just about came to a slow halt for the Indians Tuesday night. Offensive struggles continued and any hopes of a shot at October baseball were all but shattered, as the Tribe scampered to a 7-1 loss against Kansas City. “We didn’t win which...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

9/23 Recap: Offense Absent As Magic Number Drops to One

Player of the Game By actually throwing a scoreless inning, Austin Adams is tonight’s player of the game. No other pitcher threw at least a full inning on the night without a run being scored and Adams threw 1.2. The one base runner he did allow was eliminated with a double play. This was Adams first Player of the Game of the year. Feathers Up Danny Salazar put up identical innings...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ventura Blazes By Tribe; Royals 7, Indians 1

Danny Salazar and Yordano Ventura could match up against one another for several years to come while the Indians and Royals battle for the Central Division. But for now, it’s Ventura and the Royals who rein supreme over the Tribe and Salazar. Tuesday night Kansas City likely drove the final nail into Cleveland’s postseason coffin with a 7-1 win at Progressive Field behind a pair...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tribe is alive, but next year they will thrive (Part 1)

Fans of the Cleveland Indians are surely disappointed as the team stumbled mightily in the first two weeks of September, a month which proved so successful for them in last season’s torrid sprint to the playoffs. While the Tribe is still mathematically alive, their failure to take advantage of tremendous starting pitching has cost them a great opportunity to make the playoffs in...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe top ‘Stros, celebrate in style

From the first pitch, an 89-mile-per-hour sinker from the hand of the towering Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman, this Thursday night contest had given off the scent of weirdness. The Cleveland Indians had trouble with the 6-foot-7-inch, right-handed Feldman. The Astros, they had trouble with Danny Salazar, the 24-year-old who barely touches 6-feet. The umpires had trouble...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #152: Indians 2, Astros 1

It got to the point where even I was on the verge of ruling this team out in their playoff chase over the weekend. Yet just four days later, here they are once again won three straight to take the four game set in Houston and fight their way back to just four games away from a playoff berth. Unfortunately, time is not on their side as they have only 10 games left to work with. However...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

9/18 Recap: Ramirez Runs Tribe To Series Win

Player of the Game Danny Salazar continued another run of great starts with nine strike outs in 7.1 shut out innings. He also allowed just five hits, all singles, and one earned run that was aided by a wild pitch. Tribe pitchers have now thrown at least seven innings, with one run or less, two walks or less and at least nine strike outs in the past three starts. Going back further...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians continue playoff fight as Salazar gets start in series finale

A pair of strong pitching performances have helped the Cleveland Indians bounce back from a rough start to their final road trip of the regular season. Danny Salazar now looks to avoid a third straight rough outing while helping the Indians end Scott Feldman's run of home success for the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Cleveland (78-73) snapped a four-game skid Tuesday when Corey...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

What to watch: Indians vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Danny Salazar hopes to get back on track tonight as the Indians seek to even their series against the Tigers. Salazar (6-7, 4.19 ERA) gave up six runs on eight hits in Monday's 12-3 loss to the Angels. All of the runs the right-hander gave up came in the fifth, which snapped Salazar's string of 21 consecutive innings without giving up a run. Prior to that start, Salazar...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Lobstein looks to build on first big league win Saturday

While Danny Salazar turned in arguably the worst start of his career his previous time out, he was at his best against the Detroit Tigers last week. The visiting Cleveland Indians could surely use another gem as they try to keep pace in the postseason chase Saturday night against the Tigers, who just climbed into first place in the AL Central. Detroit (81-66) has won four of five...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #142: Angels 12, Indians 3

Makeup Monday isn’t Kind to Salazar, Indians For four innings it looked like the Indians were in store for yet another nail-biter. Danny Salazar was cruising, and the Indians offense wasn’t generating much against Jered Weaver. Then it all unraveled. Salazar was hit hard in the fifth inning, giving up two home runs and six runs before being replaced by Zach McAllister–...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Due for a clunker, Tribe sleepwalks through makeup tilt

I woke up yesterday and had completely forgotten that the Indians had a makeup day game at Progressive Field. Judging by the attendance, so did the rest of the city. I hate the attendance conversation and it is completely irrelevant to Monday afternoon. I follow this team as closely as anyone and even I didn’t have the game on my radar. Nevertheless, The Los Angeles Angels came...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A One-Game Beating

Player of the Game Lonnie Chisenhall wins this afternoon’s nod. He accounted for all three Indians runs with a two-run home run in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the sixth that pulled the Indians to within 6-3 at the time. Feathers Up Chisenhall temporarily put the Indians back into contention with a two-run homer in the fifth (No.13) and an RBI single in the sixth to make...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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