CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Ryan Merritt #54 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Progressive Field on August 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

9/30 Recap: Merritt Debuts & Lindor Returns for Tribe Win

Roster Update: Yan Gomes  is apparently at least a week or two ahead of schedule and was activated from the 60 Day DL today. To make room on the 40 man roster, Carlos Carrasco was deactivated and placed on the 60 Day DL with a broken right hand. He was already out for the season, […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Indians vs Royals 9/30-10/2: Tribe Remains in Hunt for Home Field

Many preseason predictors thought the Cleveland Indians final regular season series of the year in Kansas City might determine who would win the American League Central Division. Instead, the Tribe clinched the division title on September 26th and the Royals were later eliminated from playoff consideration, so the series now can have impact only for […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 5: Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on September 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

Rookies to the Rescue: Tribe Has Seen Play-off Success with Youngsters

The injuries of Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco in the past two weeks have been devastating to the Indians, but when the Indians talked of starting rotation depth in March, they weren’t just talking about the starting five. Yes, the reason why the Indians came into the season with a great advantage over the rest […]


9/28 Recap: Rain Shortens & Disrupts Indians vs Tigers

Player of the Game Carlos Santana continued his recent hot streak with two more hits in his limited two at bats tonight (he also walked in between). His first was an RBI double, scoring Jason Kipnis from third after the Indians had taken two bases on a overthrown pick off attempt. In his third at bat, […]

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08:  The Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees by the score of 6-4 to win the American League Division Series in four games at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nearly a Decade Later, Comparing Central Champions

On October 23rd, 2007, the Cleveland Indians clinched the Central Division title in a year that would ultimately see them take the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox to game seven of the ALCS. After winning the first five Central Division titles ever (1995 through 1999), it took the Indians nine years to return to […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Shortstop Erik Gonzalez #9 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Justin Upton of the Detroit Tigers at first base on a grounder during the fifth inning Comerica Park on September 27, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

9/27 Recap: A Post Celebration Massacre In Motown

There was good news on the evening despite the final score. The MRI on Corey Kluber revealed mild strain of quadriceps muscles. and the groin injury was ruled out. Timetable for return to games is 7-10 days. Mild quad strains usually heal within 10 days. Moderate strains take 10 days to six weeks, and severe strains […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Cleveland Indians player celebrate clinching the Central Division Championship after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park on September 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians Clinch Division and Are Ready for More

Read this intro, then close your eyes, and take a deep breath before continuing on. Let Hammy’s words, “Cleveland! We WILL have an October to remember!” sink in. That feeling we all had in our gut just a few months ago has returned, where we all just know for whatever reason that this season was […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians singles against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Comerica Park on September 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Santana scored on a double by Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

9/26 Recap: Indians Clinch Central Title in Detroit

Player of the Game After hitting safely in just two of his last eight games and getting not getting on base multiple times in a game since September 11th, Roberto Perez made his own luck with three hits in four at bats. His biggest hit was a solo home run in the seventh, but he […]

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 […]


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 […]