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How are the Senators getting it done?

Through the first 11 games of the Ottawa Senators’ season, the team’s 7-4-0 record belies the team’s performance. Sustained puck possession has been a problem for the Senators. Their 46.21 Corsi For percentage is the second lowest mark in the league per Corsica.Hockey and they also rank in the bottom ten of the league when it comes to the percentage of five-on-five shots for...
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28 days ago

ALCS Game 2 Preview: “Circumstances” Take The Indians To Toronto

The Indians venture North of the border to continue the American League Championship series in Toronto. They look to add to their 2-0 advantage in the series. The Blue Jays have been held to one run in two ALCS games so far and in fact they only have 10 hits and two walks in their 18 offensive innings. Cleveland’s pitchers have simply shut them down. According to Jays slugger...
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October 17, 2016

Burning River Baseball Indians Prediction Results: A Check-Swing At Reality

Before the first games of the 2016 season were played, the BurningRiverBaseball staff tried our best to predict the future. The crystal ball might have been a little cracked, but was appropriately mended, as not all our guesses were far from reality. This season for the Cleveland Indians has been one for the positive record books. A 14-game win streak, going an entire regular season...
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October 16, 2016

Andrew Miller is Ridiculously Good at His Job

Before the ALCS, Las Vegas set the odds of Andrew Miller winning the ALCS MVP at 18-1. Two games into the series, many fans may be wishing they had called their bookie. Perhaps words do not justify how crucial Miller’s performance has been so far in the postseason. When Cleveland traded for Miller in July, they knew they were getting a top notch reliever, capable of making opposing...
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October 16, 2016

2016 Player of the Game Results

The Player of the Game stat is one of my own personal creation that I created back in 2007 (long before BurningRiverBaseball) and have tweaked every year since to make it as accurate as possible. The goal was similar to that of wRC+, to find the most important player in each game, but unlike that stat, which measures the change in probability of winning any particular game provided...
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October 16, 2016

ALCS Game 2 Recap: Tribe up 2-0 on Toronto Thanks to more Incredible Pitching

Terry Francona has relied on his bullpen, particularly his big three, to an extreme level this post-season and he continued to in game two as the trio of Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen had perhaps their most impressive performance to date. Josh Tomlin was no slouch either as the pitching staff made two runs stand up for the second day in a row. Here’s how it all went...
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October 15, 2016

Indians vs Blue Jays Line-ups Game 2 of the ALCS

The Indians didn’t have a ton of base runners on Friday in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, but Jason Kipnis drew a five pitch walk in the 6th inning and Francisco Lindor belted a two run homer to give the Indians a 2-0 lead that they held for a Game 1 win. Lefty and 20 game winner J.A. Happ goes for Toronto in Game 2, so the Indians lineup looks a bit different: Oct...
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October 15, 2016

ALCS Game 2 Preview: What’s the Happs?

The Indians were able to shut down the powerful Toronto offense in game one with a combination of the best pitching available as Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen tossed a shut out while striking out a dozen. At the same time, the offense only managed a pair of runs against Marco Estrada and both sides of the game will be significantly tougher Saturday in game two. Left...
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October 15, 2016

ALCS Game 1 Recap: Lindor Supplies the Runs as Kluber and Miller shut down the Jays

The Indians went into game one with their best available pitching situation, a healthy and well rested Corey Kluber and a fully rested bullpen. The results, detailed below, were the best possible given that situation as Kluber shut down the fifth best offense in the AL the same way he shut down the best offense in baseball during the ALDS. First Inning Progressive Field was certainly...
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October 14, 2016

Video: Francisco Lindor Breaks Scoreless Tie In ALCS Game 1 With Two-Run Homer

The Cleveland Indians hadn’t had much luck getting runners on vs. Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada. While Corey Kluber recovered from some early jams to keep the Blue Jays off the board, the Indians hadn’t had may runners in scoring position. Once again, the world got another dose of Francisco Lindor. The big-smiling 22-year old hit the third homer in ALDS Game 1 vs. Boston...
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October 14, 2016

Indians vs Blue Jays Line-Ups for Game 1 of the ALCS

While the Indians got some bad news today with Trevor Bauer getting pushed back from game two to game three with a laceration on his pinky, it’s still on with the show for the rest of the guys. Game one begins at 8:08 PM on TBS and will feature the pitching match-up of Corey Kluber and Marco Estrada. With the right handed 2016 All-Star on the mound for the Blue Jays, Terry Francona...
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October 14, 2016

Roberto Perez: Surprising or Unsurprising Hero?

It’s very easy to look at Roberto Perez‘s 58 wRC+ line and determine him a subpar offensive catcher or all glove, no hit catcher, but of course in the postseason, like Tony Pena before him, unlikely heroes can emerge. Pena, who normally would have started with Dennis Martinez pitching, wound up catching when the Indians pinch-ran for Sandy Alomar, Jr. in the 10th of game one...
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October 14, 2016

Roster Updated for the ALCS: Gimenez out, Merritt in

It was amusing, that after all the arguing and discussion over the Indians ALDS roster, they needed barely more than the starting line-up to complete the sweep. They used a total of 12 position players and seven pitchers, leaving six men on the roster who didn’t get into a game, Yan Gomes, Chris Gimenez, Zach McAllister, Cody Anderson, Jeff Manship and Mike Clevinger. With the...
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October 14, 2016

ALCS Game 1 Preview:

After nine years of waiting, the American League Championship Series returns to Cleveland. It starts tonight with a terrific pitching matchup between two of the hottest starters in the American League. The Toronto Base ball club will make its epic return to Northeast Ohio for the first time since that entertaining three game series in late August. The weather will be perfect for...
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October 14, 2016

Video: Salazar to be left off ALCS Roster

The Indians announced Wednesday that, despite making every effort to get back from his right forearm injury, Danny Salazar will not be ready to pitch in the ALCS. He has not completely recovered and has been told not to throw any breaking pitches as they have caused further discomfort and the Indians certainly don’t want to risk losing him for even longer by pushing his limits...
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October 13, 2016

How the Indians Beat the Sox at their Own Game

The Red Sox were one of the first teams to embrace the statistical revolution, hiring the father of that revolution, Bill James, as a consultant in 2003. While nearly nothing is known of his strategies within the team, the focus on obtaining players who get on base by any means necessary has been highlighted since Moneyball came out. There is little question that this was a focus...
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October 13, 2016

Breaking Down the ALCS: Cleveland vs Toronto

Fresh off an impressive sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians will play for a chance to represent the American League in the 2016 World Series. An interesting wrinkle in this American League Championship Series match-up against the Toronto Blue Jays is that there will be familiar faces in the front office in Mark Shapiro, the longtime GM and team president, and Ross...
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October 13, 2016

Mark Shapiro Returns to Cleveland to Face the Team He Helped Build

When the Toronto Blue Jays take the field at Progressive Field Friday evening to open up the American League Championship Series, there will most likely be a familiar face in attendance. It will mark the first time Mark Shapiro returned to Cleveland since the final game of the 2015 season after he accepted the Jay’s offer to become their club president. The organization Shapiro...
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October 12, 2016

Top 10 Indians in the ALCS

While it has existed for a much shorter period (1995 through the present), the Indians had a lot more qualifying entries when looking at the previous top 10 of players in the ALDS. The American League Championship Series has existed since expansion in 1969, but the Indians missed out on the first quarter century, going just four times in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2007. Despite this, they...
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October 12, 2016

Baseball & Brews: Playoff Action!

How exciting! Our very first postseason episode of Baseball and Brews! Brad (@bradwojdyla) and I(@cle_itisgone) and our guest, Joe Coblitz (@BurningRiverBB) from BurningRiverBaseball, break down the amazingness of the first two games of the ALDS! Excuse my happy sounds when Lonnie Chisenhall comes up… But there’s a lot of Boston talk, mostly me asking why their media is so horrible...
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October 11, 2016

The 2016 Burning River Awards

The awards with the funny names are back as Burning River Baseball brings you our unofficially official Tribe team awards for the sixth straight year. Prior to 2015, these awards were selected solely by myself, Joseph Coblitz, but for the second year in a row we have increased the voting pool. This year, Burning River Staff writers, Mike Melaragno, Kevin Gall, John Hutchison, Caitlin...
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October 11, 2016

ALDS Game 3 Recap: Indians Headed to ALCS Thanks to Sweep of Boston

In an even more closely contended match than game one, the Indians prevailed over Boston in Boston for the three game ALDS sweep. Huge games from Josh Tomlin and Coco Crisp propelled the Indians to victory while the bend, but don’t break bullpen did just enough to get through the final innings. First Inning The Red Sox gifted the Indians a base runner to start the game as Brock...
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October 10, 2016

Tomlin Goes Five Strong Innings in Game 3, Gives Way to Andrew Miller

Josh Tomlin‘s job was simple enough starting Game 3: go five (or more) innings and hand over the reigns to the bullpen. While it doesn’t sound too difficult, given Tomlin’s propensity for allowing home runs and Boston’s knack for hitting them, nothing was a sure bet for Tomlin on Monday. However, the man called Little Cowboy came through in a big way for Cleveland: he pitched...
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October 10, 2016

Coco Crisp Sends One Over the Monster to Give Tribe 4-1 Lead

In the 6th inning on Monday night, Coco Crisp dealt a significant blow to his former team by sending a 1-2 Drew Pomeranz offering over the Green Monster. With Jose Ramirez on second base, Crisp’s two-run home run against the former Indians’ top prospect gave the Indians a crucial 4-1 in the 4th inning. Watch the clip below: http://burningriverbaseball.com/wp-content/uploads...
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October 10, 2016

Top Ten Defensive Plays for the Tribe in 2016

We’ve done a top ten list for the Indians best defensive plays every since 2011, but the term best is relative and many of those seasons featured some pretty poor overall defense. This year, things were completely different. According to FanGraphs’ defense stat, the 2016 Indians team was the greatest in franchise history and according to UZR/150 (only available from 2003 on)...
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October 10, 2016
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