CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 30: Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on May 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

5/30 Recap: Rangers Smash Tribe as Tomlin’s Stopper Streak Snapped

Player of the Game One of the few offensive bright spots for the Indians on Friday night was Marlon Byrd, whose strong play continues to make his $1 million contract a steal. On the evening, Byrd went a perfect 4-4, including a home run and a double. Coming into the Monday, Byrd held a solid […]

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Carrasco Rehabs in Akron, Nears Cleveland Return

As the Cleveland Indians have battled their way to the top of the AL Central Standings, they have done so without arguably their best pitcher. Carlos Carrasco injured his hamstring covering first base on April 24 against Detroit, and has been on the disabled list ever since. At the time of the injury, Carrasco was […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 13: Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Bullpens: Loved Or Hated

Closers, or relievers in general, are told to have a short memory. Whether they’ve blown a seven run lead or have converted 84 straight saves, no two back-to-back games and sometimes seasons are alike. Ask the 2008 Indians. Sometimes, fans have shorter memories than the relievers themselves. In 2015, Cody Allen led all relievers in fWAR (2.6) […]

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5/28 Recap: Speed Demons Make Dinner of Sloppy O’s

Player of the Game With the exception of Kipnis, every Tribe batter generated at least one hit today. Mike Napoli was the top performer, reaching base safely on an error in the first and lining a single to left field in the second. Napoli scored 2 runs and knocked 2 in. What really gave Napoli […]

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This Is Next Year: The Summer (And Teams) Are Heating Up

Extended Spring Training by Joe Coblitz The Indians don’t keep score in extended Spring Training, but I do and in the games I’ve attended this year, they are currently 7-0-2. Paraphrasing a discussion between the White Sox coaches after the game on Monday 5/23, “their players are on a whole different level. They just have […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 27: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field on May 27, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

5/27 Recap: Bauer Battles Back, but O’s Get to Z-Mac

Player of the Game Jose Ramirez: Controversy over nicknames aside, J-Ram continued to be one of the Tribe’s best bats. He was a perfect 4-4 on the night with two doubles, and had the Indians’ only multi-hit performance. His strong night raised his season batting average to .309, second to only Francisco Lindor on the […]

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Spring Training Hindsight or Foresight

The Indians are on a roll right now, winning three of four from Chicago shortly after a four game sweep of Cincinnati to move to within a half game of first in the AL Central. The Indians should be pretty happy with their 25-20 record (which projects to a 90 win season) and their run […]

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9 in 9 – Justin Toole

It’s hard to say exactly what kind of book 9 in 9 is. It is not (thank goodness), a 107 page pitch-by-pitch description of the time when Indians minor league utility man Justin Toole played all nine positions in a nine inning game. It is more like a professional athlete had wanted to write a […]

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Baseball & Brews: Pinky & the Brain

This week on CLE Baseball and Brews Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I (@cle_itisgone) go into a topic most Indians fans might want to completely ignore, if Michael Brantley coming back could hinder the team more than help it. Is 2016 Smooth the 2014 Kipnis? Also, we get into the Tribe’s two series against the Cincinnati Reds, Boston […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25:  Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

5/25 Recap: Tribe Ace Gets Team Within a Half Game of First Place

Player of the Game After a couple rough outings, Corey Kluber has allowed just two earned runs in his last two starts, spanning 14 innings. Today, he allowed just one earned and one unearned run while striking out nine in 7.1 innings. He allowed one baserunner per inning with one walk and seven singles and […]

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Could Clint Frazier Help The 2016 Cleveland Indians?

Full disclosure: I am the absolute last person to advocate calling up a prospect before they’re absolutely ready. For a team like the Indians, I am 100% on board with getting the best years out of prospects and that means making sure they are ready to contribute when they come up. But, while waiting for […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 24: Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians (R) slides his fingers across the forehead of Chris Gimenez #38 after Gimenez hit a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on May 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

5/24 Recap: Blame it on Chris Gimenez #SALE

Player of the Game The Indians scored six runs off Chris Sale today, but the single most important player for the Tribe in the win was Josh Tomlin, who kept the White Sox from matching that number. The Indians starter raised his record to 7-0 to start the season with one of his best starts […]

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