Six-Run Counter Punches Tribe Past Jays; Indians 10, Blue Jays 7

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? In miraculous and come-from-behind fashion, yes! A six-run fourth inning for Toronto off of Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer put the Indians at a substantial disadvantage, but his offensive teammates picked him up two innings later, scoring six of their own in the fifth on the way to a 10-7 victory Sunday afternoon. After reclaiming the lead, the Indians...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

5/2 Recap: A Few Close Plays Turn Close Game Into Blowout

Player of the Game Unlike the three relievers who stumbled through the sixth inning, Ryan Webb was able to get batters out tonight without allowing other batters to reach base. Webb pitched two innings, the seventh and eighth, and they (along with the third) were two of the only three runnerless innings for Indians pitching all game. After two ground outs in the seventh, Webb seemed...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians scratch Bourn with cervical strain

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians outfielder Michael Bourn has been scratched from Saturday's lineup because of a cervical strain. Bourn slid headfirst into the plate Friday trying to score from first base on Mike Aviles' double. He was called safe, but the play was overturned on a replay challenge by Toronto manager John Gibbons. Bourn remained in the game and was in Saturday's lineup before...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ball Played: Finally, an Indians win

The Cleveland Indians came into the 2015 season supposedly offensively superior to the Kansas City Royals, especially when considering power hitting. The Royals invested so many resources into their defense and bullpen that it was thought to have left them a bit short at the plate. The Royals have been the better team at the plate so far, but Wednesday the Indians demonstrated some...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

8-9-1 Hitters, Salazar Help Tribe Snap Skid; Indians 7, Royals 5

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! 8-9-1 hitters (Roberto Perez, Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis) drove in all seven Cleveland runs to snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Royals on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar pitched six strong innings and struck out seven to improve to 3-0 on the year. After the Royals plated two runs in the first, Kipnis brought the Indians...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

4/28 Recap: Bullpen Blows Bauer’s Beauty

Player of the Game Brandon Moss hit a 3-run bomb in the 6th inning to put the Indians up 5-3, it was his 4th of the season. This came after the Royals tacked on the go-ahead run in the top of the inning, and with the Royals’ bullpen set to take over for Guthrie, the Indians may have been running out of scoring chances. This was arguably the Indians biggest hit of the season and...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of the Tigers’ relentless scoring machine, outlasting...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

“It’s Early,” is a Weak Excuse for the Same Old Problems

Everyone has heard it a million times: The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. This adage seems to be the rallying cry for the Cleveland Indians in recent seasons. Slow start after slow start has been met with cries of, “it’s early,” and “on this date a year ago the Indians were (some random record worse than their current one).” A year ago when the Indians started...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Bourn moved to ninth spot in the lineup on Sunday

For the first time since being signed by the Cleveland Indians, Michael Bourn will start on Sunday in the series finale versus the Detroit Tigers, but not at the leadoff spot. Instead of batting first, Terry Francona has decided to drop him to the bottom of the order and bat him ninth versus Detroit. Bourn understood the decision saying, “Sometimes you just catch yourself in...
Via Waiting For Next Year
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Righty Tighty, Lefty Lose-y

Over the years, the current incarnation of the Cleveland Indians has gathered a reputation that they cannot hit left handed pitching and they have done nothing to stem that so far in 2015 as they have began the season 1-4 against south paws with a more fair 4-4 record against right handers. In general, the blame has fallen upon the left handed heavy lineup, something that is generally...
Via Burning River Baseball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

C-Cap Recap: Indians 13, Tigers 1 (For Reals!)

Well, I guess you’d have to be pretty gullible to think a Major League baseball team could hit a collective .186 with runners in scoring position for almost three whole weeks and not be just joshin’ ya. Give the Indians credit for sticking with that extended April Fools Day charade for as long as they did, especially convincing a new guy like Brandon Moss to play along so believably...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive Struggles Reminisent of a Season Ago

It wasn’t supposed to be like this again for the Cleveland Indians offense. It wasn’t supposed to be like this after getting key players healthy and adding a powerful bat in Brandon Moss. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but through eight games it is. Through eight games, the Tribe batters have done little to erase the memory of the final two months of 2014 in which the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 2

With a full week of baseball now under our belts, the fantasy baseball season is in full swing and we’ve already had plenty of action to warrant some waiver wire moves. Whether you’re replacing an injured player, picking up a setup guy who just got the closer gig (there’s already been five such instances in the first week alone — remind me again why you should pay for saves...
Via Baseball Professor
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-Bourn or Re-Injured?

Is 2015 finally the season where Cleveland gets a healthy Michael Bourn? During the first half of his four year contract that he signed prior to the 2013 season, Bourn has been nothing short of disappointing. The upside of the former All-Star probably still remains, as Bourn has sporadically shown flashes of his former brilliance. Injuries, however, have led to inconsistent performances...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Maximizing the Indians Line-Up Production

Picking the expected line-up for a Terry Francona team begins as a travesty as Francona generally doesn’t have one reusable line-up throughout the year. That being said, we will attempt here, to find the optimum line-up based on who is expected to be in the Indians starting nine. To start, we will take a look at the baseballmusings.com Lineup Analyzer, but we will take FanGraph’s...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Finding A Scorebook Number For Jason Kipnis

There is an impending dilemma the Indians front office will face at some point before the All-Star break this season. It’s one that 29 other clubs wish they had and while the Tribe’s decision makers aren’t complaining, they are embracing the difficult decision ahead: What to do with second-baseman Jason Kipnis when prospect Fransisco Lindor is called up. Here’s the situation...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were able to obtain second to last place in the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

We have estimated in the past that only about ten percent of what we gather in Spring Training is actually useful. As such, I have been taking accounts of what I have witnessed during Spring Training. I will write what I believe, you can determine what truly matters, and I will hope to surpass the ten percent threshold. First, I believe that we should have a moment of silence to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via Bloguin Best
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via The Outside Corner
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting jWAR with the 2015 Tribe

Two years ago, WFNY alum Jon Steiner put a lot of work into a player dashboard, combining the stats of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs from the previous five years to come up with one win above replacement stat to rule them all, jWAR. A few weeks later, with this tool of nerd-vana now at my disposal, I used jWAR to rationalize my optimism toward the outlook of the 2013 Indians...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians counting on speedy Bourn to bounce back in 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Michael Bourn got back in the starting blocks this winter. A track sprinter in high school, Cleveland's speedy outfielder had some hurdles to clear. At the Indians' urging, the fleet-footed Bourn spent three months working with former Olympic champion Leroy Burrell. The former world record-holder at 100 meters, Burrell helped Bourn refine his running skills...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Spring Training Notes: Tomlin, House audition for starting role with the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians added another Spring Training contest to their 2015 resume. Here’s a look at the last 24 (or so) hours of Tribe baseball. Giddyup: Josh Tomlin got the start on Wednesday and T.J. House received his first innings of the year. Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Francisco Lindor also made their 2015 debuts. The Little Cowboy is another year removed from Tommy John...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Holt Could Eventually Be Cleveland’s Utility Outfielder

Tyler Holt does not have the speed of a healthy Michael Bourn. He does not have the power of a Brandon Moss. He doesn’t, nor do many baseball players, have the overall game of a Michael Brantley. In short, the 25-year-old outfielder is never going to supplant any of the above as an every day player in what is projected to be Tribe’s outfield on most days. However, he may be just...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Argument for Flipping the Michaels

With most of the roster decided before pitchers and catchers even reported and few real new additions to talk about, relatively unimportant positional debates can begun earlier than normal. In this particular case, it is the argument that Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley should be flipped in the outfield, despite Brantley’s “comfort level” and Bourn’s “experience.”...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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