CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI double to score Carlos Santana #41(not pictured) against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Progressive Field on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Indians vs Tigers 9/26-29: It’s Down to One

The magic number has dropped to one game meaning either a win by the Indians or a loss by the Detroit Tigers before the regular season ends October 2 assures the Tribe of clinching the American Central Division. The Indians had a chance to clinch a playoffs berth at home didn’t things quite go as […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on September 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/25 Recap: Quiet Bats Prevent Tribe From Clinching

Player of the Game With his third straight strong start, Josh Tomlin demonstrated that he has regained his early season form. After posting a 3.51 ERA during the first half of 2016, he had a terrible August, making five starts with an 11.48 ERA. He was briefly moved to the bullpen, and the time off […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 5: Center fielder Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Yulieski Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Rajai Davis

9/24 Recap: Time to clinch awaits Sunday despite 8-1 loss

Player of the Game In a game that saw the Indians use eight pitchers in a so-called bullpen game and some minor league callups getting an at-bat, I’ll go with Rajai Davis, who went 2-for-4 to drive in a run in the second inning. A close second would be Jose Ramirez, who went 2-for-3 with […]

BookClub

Pitch Like a Pro – Leo Mazzone & Jim Rosenthal

Breaking things up for the Burning River Book Club this month, rather than looking at history, advanced stats or even fiction, we’ve got a how to book from a ghost of the Indians past, Leo Mazzone. The book is entitled Pitch Like a Pro and was written by both Mazzone and Jim Rosenthal and brings […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 29: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians runs out a double during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 29, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez

9/23 Recap: THREE is a MAGIC NUMBER

Player of the Game Without a doubt, the player of tonight’s game is Jose Ramirez. The stunner took hold of the game the way he has done it all season long. He went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI and 4 runs with only a single player left on base. In the bottom of the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez

Series Preview: CLE vs CWS 9/23-25: Clinch playoffs berth at home

The three-game weekend series against the Chicago White Sox could allow the Cleveland Indians to clinch the American Central Division title at home. There’s a good chance that will happen. Fresh off a three-game sweep against the Kansas City Royals, the Tribe now has a 7 game lead over Detroit (who wrapped up a four-game […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the Texas Rangers points to the dugout as he rounds the bases after a 2 run home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Looking Back at the Trade that Never Was

Almost two months after the debunked Jonathan Lucroy trade Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez have combined to bat .232/.302/.535 during August and September. In Texas, meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .288/.345/.557 (through 09/19). There haven’t yet been serious repercussions, but I believe that the Indians’ franchise fortunes took a nasty, long-term turn for the worse at […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez

9/21 Recap: Indians Eliminate Royals Behind JRaMVP & Cy Kluber

Player of the Game With 4 hits tonight, Carlos Santana played an important role in officially eliminating the Kansas City Royals from winning the division. He pushed the Tribe’s lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the eighth. The RBI turned out to be huge as Cody Allen gave up a leadoff homer to […]

Baseball & Brews

Baseball & Brews: Broken Bones

This week on Cleveland Baseball and Brews, best friend Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I (@cle_itisgone) broke the number one rule of our show: don’t talk about football. And we did! But just a little bit. Back on topic, we covered he current injuries that have plagued the Tribe and possibly hindered their chances at a solid […]

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 30: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates their victory with Michael Martinez #1 (L) and Tyler Naquin #30 (R) during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 30, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rajai Davis;Michael Martinez;Tyler Naquin

Optimizing the Indians’ Outfield Now and in the Future

All season long, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield has been a mix-and-match job for Terry Francona. During the season’s first half, Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd made many appearances in the outfield for the Tribe, but in the second gave way to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and, more recently, Coco Crisp. At the same time, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI double to score Carlos Santana #41(not pictured) against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Progressive Field on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

9/20 Recap: Tribe Beats KC at their Old Game With Strong Defense, Bullpen

Roster Update: In likely the final roster update until the play-offs, the Indians added Adam Plutko to the active roster, largely to help out with Carlos Carrasco now out for the season with a broken hand. At the moment, the Indians are not planning on using Plutko until Saturday, which is a scheduled bullpen start […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 11, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series preview 9/20-22: Tribe Looks to Eliminate KC

The Cleveland Indians continue to take an all hands-on-deck approach while moving closer to clinching the American League Central Division. The Tribe now stands at (86-63) and made big progress last week against the Detroit Tigers (79-70) by lowering the magic number to clinch at seven and enjoy a seven-game lead with 13 games to play. […]

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