Half Way Home: What the Indians Need to Do to Contend in 2015

The All-Star break is considered to be the unofficial half way point in the season, the Indians have actually hit the 81 game mark exactly one week before that has begun. While we will get deeper into an overall look at the Indians first half during the All-Star Break, here is a quick look at how the Indians have fared in their first 81. W L W% Overall 38 43 .469 April 7 14 .333...
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4 Keys for the Indians for July through October

June proved to be a rough month for the Indians and the Fighting Franconas, struggling mightily to hit with runners in scoring position, and an entirely new left side of the infield – switching Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, now in AAA-Columbus) and Jose Ramirez (SS, also with Columbus) out with rookies and highly touted Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela at short and third respectively...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Up the Gang: Why Ty Van Burkleo Should be Removed

Personally, I have never been on to reach for a scape goat or ask for the head of a coach of any kind. In general, the players on the field are responsible for their own actions and when some coaches in recent Indians history have been let go, I have thought it was too early or unnecessary, particularly in the case of the architect of the bullpen mafia, Scott Radinsky. That being...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is in the mid-season shortstop market? – Part I

Yesterday (June 29) I posed that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Jean Segura might be a trade candidate, filling a shortstop need in the New York Mets lineup. But the Mets aren’t the only team with the same up-the-middle weakness. Paul Hoynes with the Northeast Ohio Media Group wrote in early June about Cleveland Indians’ switch-hitting Jose Ramirez still being too green at short....
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

This Week in Tribe 6/29-7/5: Anemic Offense Might Mean Change Brewing

It might be the right time for the Cleveland Indians to make a change, a serious one, because nothing else has seemed to work. The Tribe tried to provide a spark to the ball club when Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez were demoted earlier this month and two of the top prospects were called up the the Big Leagues. Giovanny Urshela was called up June 9 and has been an upgrade over...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe 101 with Prof. Rosen: Mid-Term Evaluation

F or much of this baseball season, I have not been paying terribly close attention to the Indians. Basketball has dominated my attention for much of the past two months or so, but hoops season has come to a close, and it’s time to look to the diamond. I’ve caught some games on the radio and read a fair bit about the Tribe, but I don’t have a great sense of what’s going on...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

WFNY Stats & Info: Indians offense struggling mightily with runners on base

Not all is completely lost for the season with the Cleveland Indians and their 31-35 record. Of course, with the team’s starting pitching, anything might be possible down the stretch of the final 96 games. But one key might just be better situational hitting. For years, folks in the sabermetric community have railed against stats like runs batted in because they’re not that indicative...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fifty Shades of Average

Now that Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez have been tossed down the Columbus Chute, Tribe fans are likely scanning the rest of the roster the way your wife walks around the house in early spring: looking for things to fix. If only they can find the weak links, many fans believe, the Indians can turn this season around and become the type of team we (or rather, Sports Illustrated...
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6/9 Recap: Indians Battery Not Enough To Power Team Past Mariners

Roster Update: The moves were Jose Ramirez & Lonnie Chisenhall Demoted to AAA Columbus” href=”” target=”_blank”>discussed more in depth Sunday night by Danny Cunningham and this morning by Kevin Gall, but for those who missed it, there were some big happenings...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians demote 3B Chisenhall, SS Ramirez to Triple-A

The Cleveland Indians announced a handful of rosters moves late Sunday night. The team optioned third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and shortstop Jose Ramirez to to Triple-A Columbus, recalling infielders Zach Walters and Giovanny Urshela to take their places on the roster. Urshela, 23, hit .275 with three home runs and nine RBI in 21 games at Columbus. He missed all of spring training...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

C-Cap Recap: Indians Drop Series, Shake Up Roster

The Cleveland Indians (27-29) had three chances to reach the .500 mark this past week and lost all of them, capped by a miserable effort in Sunday’s rubber match with the visiting Orioles. The 7-3 loss didn’t just throw a wrench in the Tribe’s Central Division ascendance; it dropped a bomb on the left side of their infield. In an extreme—and yet extremely logical—post-game...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians demote shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Cleveland Indians will option shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus. Sources: #Indians promoting Zach Walters to replace Jose Ramirez, not top prospect Francisco Lindor. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 7, 2015 This move could set up a Francisco Lindor call-up sometime this season but as of right now, he is dealing with...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

With Urshela Up, It’s Time to #FreeLindor

Among Cleveland Indians fans, the worst kept secret in the organization very well may be top prospect Francisco Lindor anxiously awaiting the go ahead to make the two and a half hour drive from Huntington Park in Columbus to Progressive Field in Cleveland. While the wait for Lindor has been growing more and more painful as time has gone on, mainly due to the fact that stop gap shortstop...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians to option Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A, recall Giovanny Urshela

Along with optioning starting shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians also reportedly decided to option starting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to the Clippers as well. The announcement which was first reported by Chronicle reporter Chris Assenheimer After a promising 2014 season that earned him the nickname Lonnie Baseball, Chisenhall...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Kids Alright?

It’s the old dog you’re not supposed to be able to teach new tricks; youngsters are supposed to be the easily moldable. Yet, for the Cleveland Indians, it seems that the younger members of the team are the ones that are struggling to rise to the occasion and revamp their performances to be big league worthy. Last year, there was an idea that the young members within the organization...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend Update 6/7: Breaking News: Jose Ramirez Isn’t Very Good

Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) and Mike Melaragno (@melaragno_22) rep Burning River Baseball on the Weekend Update, talking about the Indians lackluster offense and tremendous pitching. After discussing the struggles of Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall, we get to break the news that one of the two has been demoted to AAA. In addition, we cover Justin Verlander’s start against the Clippers...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians send struggling Chisenhall, Ramirez to minors

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have demoted half of their struggling infield, sending Lonnie Chisenhall and shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus. The club made the moves late Sunday night, following hours of speculation they might be prepared to bring up shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top prospect in Cleveland's organization. Instead, they sent Chisenhall, batting just .209...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Drops Series Finale to Baltimore; Orioles 7, Indians 3

The Indians dropped Sunday’s series finale against Baltimore, 7-3. Cleveland is 13-6 over its last 19 games and has still won five of its last seven series. The Orioles scored three in the fourth to chase Carlos Carrasco after 4-plus innings; Brandon Moss had an RBI double in the bottom half, and Ryan Raburn later had two RBI. KIPNIS WATCH: The reigning AL Player of the Month got...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez sent down; Lindor getting the call?

After Sunday’s afternoon contest between the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles, Yahoo! Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan reported that the Tribe had optioned shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus. As Passan also reported, there has been no corresponding move made as of yet. None of this has been confirmed...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking News: Jose Ramirez Demoted to AAA Columbus

Jose Ramirez has been demoted to AAA Columbus. This move came following a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, June 7. Jose Ramirez has played well below average this season, posting a slash line of .180/.247/.240 as well as a fielding percentage of .948% Many people throughout Cleveland have been calling for the demotion of Ramirez, due to his inability to hit...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians option shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus; Lindor coming soon?

Jose Ramirez, who has had a rough first-third of the 2015 season, was optioned by the Cleveland Indians down to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers after Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan first reported the news. No official announcement or corresponding move had been announced as of 5:30 p.m. EST. Ramirez, who is still only 22 years...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The NBA Finals and nothing but: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Thursday, Blawg Pound! The Draft is Thursday. Wait, that’s not right. Well, it is and it isn’t. Yes, the NBA Draft is on a Thursday, June 25th, three weeks from now. But, The Finals are Thursday. Today is Thursday. The Finals are today! The Cavs are in them! The best way to describe my disposition for the last six or seven weeks has been nervous excitement. It’s that...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB apologizes to Royals for costly glitch in replay system

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Major League Baseball has apologized to the Kansas City Royals for a breakdown in its replay process during a crucial moment in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The issue occurred in the eighth inning of a tied game Tuesday night, when first base umpire Bob Davidson ruled the Indians' Jose Ramirez had beaten out a relay throw to prevent a double play. Replays...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

How to Score More; Clutch Hits or Walks?

It has been a matter of debate among Indians fans, particularly those writers who speak on the Tribe Time Now network of podcasts, why the Indians had trouble scoring runs early in the season. On one side, they weren’t getting hits with runners in scoring position. On the other, they weren’t getting many runners in scoring position. This is a solid old school versus new school...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe has no Answer for Prince, Throws Game Away Late; Rangers 10, Indians 8

The Indians climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead, then did the same from a 7-5 deficit to take an 8-7 lead on Monday. But the Rangers eventually took advantage of two late errors by Indians pitchers to win the opener of a three-game set, 10-8. The loss ended the Tribe’s winning streak at six, but they’ve still won eight of their last 11. Carlos Santana (solo shot...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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