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Top 10 players at every MLB position for the 2018 season

MLB Opening Day is just around the corner, but before it gets here, why not take a trip around the diamond and see our top 10 at every position rankings for 2018 first? 4. Chris Sale, Red Sox Whether it be his menacing glare, often nasty disposition or the snake-like way he unfurls on the mound, Sale has always had a special type of intimidation factor on the hill. Of course, the...
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Top 10 closers for 2018

While debates regarding the value of saves and the role of the closer are nothing new, the difference-making impact of having an elite one is unmistakable. The ability to get the job done and close the door is still highly valued and handsomely rewarded. Over the last two winters, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis have raised the bar for how closers are...
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Terry Francona stuck with his conviction on Trevor Bauer and it paid off

Terry Francona was criticized by many — including us — for his decision to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 of the ALDS. Not only did Francona stand strong behind his decision, but the move paid off.Bauer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and went 6.2 innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out eight as he took the win in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-0 victory over the...
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October 06, 2017  |  Discuss

The curious case of Cody Allen’s grounder year

For a brief moment, Cody Allen was a ground ball pitcher. Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen is a very good, if pretty conventional, relief pitcher. He throws a curveball instead of a slider, but generally his profile is familiar. He get a lot of strikeouts. He gives fans a heart attack every now and again. And his batted ball profile has a stark outlier in it. Usually a pitcher...
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September 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Terry Francona keeping Cody Allen as Cleveland closer, Andrew Miller in setup role

Andrew Miller may be the Cleveland Indians’ best reliever, but he won’t be closing games for them to start 2017.Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Cody Allen remains the team’s closer, with Miller and Bryan Shaw serving as the bridge to get leads to the 9th inning. At first glance, this looks odd, but the Indians have great bullpen depth and are taking full advantage of it...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

Before looking into the individual case of the current Indians closer, Cody Allen, I have to say that my general rule with relief pitcher extensions is never. Relief pitchers have a unique tendency in baseball to come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. There are hundreds of examples of this and very limited examples of sustained success. In fact, Mariano Rivera is the go to...
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November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Don’t worry about Cody Allen

For the Cleveland Indians, Monday night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox was one of the ugliest in recent memory. The Tribe carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and closer Cody Allen came on to try and shut the door. Cody Allen Unfortunately, Allen couldn’t get the job done. After striking out the first batter he faced, Allen allowed the next seven consecutive White...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Leads Bullpen Looking for Postseason Birth

Each year since his arrival, Cody Allen has assumed a larger role for the Cleveland Indians. While the role may not have much more room to grow, the level of importance could. Now Cleveland’s closer, Allen will be expected to close down games for the Tribe with hopes of progressing to the Indians’ first division crown since 2007. Allen was selected by the Indians in the 23rd round...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

To begin, reliever extensions almost never work out and closers even less often, but Winter is coming and rumors are abound. The general reasoning behind not keeping relievers around for a long time is that they benefit greatly from the unknown. There are so many minor league relievers that teams cannot focus scouts on each one and often, when they do make it to the Majors, as Kyle...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Succeeds in Any Role He’s Given

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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