TERRY FRANCONA NEWS

Why April Doesn’t Count

Everybody just calm down. We’ve seen the Indians do this before and will almost certainly see them do it again. Like those obnoxious Geico commercials with Salt-N-Pepa and free range chicken tell us, it’s what they do. For the third straight year, it appears the Tribe is going to suck in April. We could wig out and try to figure out why: early injuries, bad spring training performances...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians Series Summary No. 3: Hooray, they beat a lefty

In the brief two-game series against the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians lost their fifth game of the season by a score of 4-1, then won their third, 4-2. The win was their first home victory after starting 0-4 at Progressive Field. What lousy timing for the Indians so far in this young season. After opening the 2015 campaign by taking two out of three in Houston, the Tribe...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco to pitch for Indians on Monday

As Carlos Carrasco laid on the ground and players, coaches, and trainers rushed to his side, all while the rest of us prayed that he would be okay after a Melky Cabrera line drive hit him squarely in the jaw, it would have been unfathomable to suggest that he would be pitching anytime in the near future. However, today the Indians announced that Carlos Carrasco will start on Monday...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona: Carrasco's next start pushed back a day

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona said pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who was struck in the face by a line drive Tuesday, will have his next start pushed back a day. Francona said Carrasco will start Monday against the Chicago White Sox instead of Sunday, his regularly scheduled day, when the Indians play Minnesota. Carrasco appeared in the Indians clubhouse Wednesday morning...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians would rather not make history against White Sox Wednesday

It's been more than a century since the Cleveland Indians started their home schedule with five straight losses. They would much rather not make history Wednesday. The Indians try to notch that elusive first win at Progressive Field and prevent the Chicago White Sox from a fourth consecutive victory in the conclusion of this two-game series. Cleveland's struggles continued with Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Line drive off Carrasco's face just beginning of bloody Tuesday in MLB

The Major League Baseball season, the experts say, is a marathon, not a sprint. If that is the case, quite a few big names have already pulled up lame, and we’re barely at the one-mile mark. Tuesday was easily the bloodiest, most painful day of this young MLB season, with several big names leaving games early due to injury. But the most noteworthy, and scariest, injury of the day...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach McAllister does not belong in the Indians rotation

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsIf you recall, I predicted Zach McAllister to make the opening day rotation in my previous article. I was right (it doesn’t happen often), but don’t misplace that with a ringing endorsement. I have been saying this for a while: McAllister is not starting pitching material. Yes, he has shown spurts of talent and promise in his last few years with the...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Brantley out again with back issue

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is not in Cleveland's starting lineup for the fifth time because of a bad back. Brantley has been bothered by lower back stiffness since he reported to training camp in February. The 27-year-old played the season opener in Houston before resting two games. He returned to the lineup on Friday for Cleveland's home opener...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: What to make of Week 1

The first week of the 2015 Major League Baseball regular season is officially in the books. Through the first week of the season, the Cleveland Indians compiled a record of 2-4 and are currently tied for third in the American League Central with the Chicago White Sox. The Indians are already 4.5 games out of first place in the division, a spot held by the undefeated Kansas City Royals...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox-Indians Preview

The Cleveland Indians were plagued by bad pitching and injuries in a disastrous first home series. They hope Carlos Carrasco can help them avoid their longest home skid to start a season in 28 years Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland (2-4) was swept at home over the weekend by Detroit and learned that catcher Yan Gomes, third on the club with 74 RBIs last year...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.7: Tigers at Pirates

Make that 6 – 0! Although that is still only good enough for a tie for first, since those pesky Royals won again. (I think the Royals own that in the sports world now, the “pesky” moniker). The Cleveland sweep, while satisfying, showed that this season will not be the breeze that a 6 – 0 start would suggest, because: pitching. The Lobster spent much of the game in hot water...
Via Tigers Weblog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Déjà Broom: 4 Years, 9 Tiger Sweeps, 15 Tribe Reactions

To the all the fairweather “woe-is-me” Tribe fans out there, it probably feels like the Detroit Tigers have come in and swept nearly every high-profile series between these two clubs over the past four years. That’s ridiculous, of course… Except for it being kind of true. After Sunday’s eerily familiar 8-5 Tiger win at Progressive Field, Detroit’s broomsticks are starting...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Yan Gomes Heads to DL with Sprained Knee

It hasn’t taken long for the battle between the Indians and Tigers this season to become bloody as Yan Gomes became the first casualty late in the game Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded, one out and the go-ahead run already in during the ninth inning, Terry Francona brought the infield in for J.D. Martinez. Playing first, Carlos Santana made a nice play on the chopped...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Yan Gomes Heads to DL with Sprained Knee

It hasn’t taken long for the battle between the Indians and Tigers this season to become bloody as Yan Gomes became the first casualty late in the game Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded, one out and the go-ahead run already in during the ninth inning, Terry Francona brought the infield in for J.D. Martinez. Playing first, Carlos Santana made a nice play on the chopped...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Brantley out again with back spasms

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is again sidelined with a back issue that has bothered him for several weeks. Brantley will sit out Saturday's game against Detroit, and manager Terry Francona indicated the 27-year-old will probably miss Sunday's series finale as well. The Indians are off Monday, giving Brantley more time to recover. Francona says Brantley...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 A.L. Central Preview-The Cleveland Indians

So over the years, I have never really disliked the Indians for some reason, maybe it's that I never really felt that threatened by them.   I mean they had a good run in the 90's, and showed that mid-sized cities can have a huge love for baseball.  I think they sold out Jacob's Stadium for something like 5 straight years (455 consecutive games to be exact) during that...
Via Royals Blue
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians confident they'll contend and maybe do more in 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) While their AL Central rivals jockeyed during the offseason, one trying to outdo the other to improve their chances of winning a World Series title, the Indians watched. That was the plan. No, they didn't make any blockbuster trades, sign a big-name, big-ticket free agent or overhaul their roster with new faces. The Indians, who somehow stayed in contention last season...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Starting Rotation Battle Royale coming to a close

As Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, the battle for the fourth and fifth starting positions in the Cleveland Indians pitching rotation has almost completed. So, before the announcement becomes official, let us take a look at how the pitchers have done this spring. The statistics from Spring Training are not a true measuring stick for players as they can come against opposing players...
Via Waiting For Next Year
22 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time for Francisco Lindor in Cleveland

Last summer I stood on the field before the Eastern League All-Star Game and spoke with Francisco Lindor about his life, his development and his future with the Cleveland Indians. When I asked him if he received the call to the big leagues, if he felt he was ready, his answer was like most every thing he does; outstanding and far better than you would expect from a 21-year old. “If...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees, and would have been staring down the barrel of a four-game sweep if not for...
Via Waiting For Next Year
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Feeling Optimistic About 2015; Opening Day Tickets Start at $66

In his second season as the manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona has the arrow pointing up when discussing the Indians’ rank in the American League Central division. After winning 92 games in 2014 and reaching the American League Wild Card game, the Indians finished with 85 wins in 2014, five games back of the Detroit Tigers. But the Indians have been consistent for...
Via Burning River Baseball
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona tells Swisher opening day unlikely

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Terry Francona acknowledged it was unlikely that Nick Swisher would be ready for opening day. And the Cleveland Indians' manager thinks that's just fine. ''We talked to Swish, today,'' Francona said Tuesday. ''We told him opening day is not the final deadline.'' Swisher has been making steady progress in his return from August surgery on both knees. The 34-year...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians not expecting Swisher to be ready for opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona said he doesn't expect slugger Nick Swisher to be ready for the team's April 6 season opener at Houston. Swisher underwent surgery on both knees in August and has been slower to recover than expected. Swisher only began running the bases last week and is expected to play in a minor league game on Wednesday. On Monday, Francona...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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