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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after getting called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg during MLB baseball action against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Abandoning the Francona Second Half Surge

Not so long ago, a few weeks is all, I wrote about whether or not the Indians could expect a second half bump like they have had in previous seasons under Terry Francona. In it, I postulated that with a similar surge to 2013 and 2014 created by improved roster construction and better play from […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 10: Francisco Lindor #12 starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 Yan Gomes #10 and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1 at Progressive Field on July 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Restructuring for 2016

Death and taxes. Those are the only two things in life that are absolutely certain. Well, at least they used to be, now there’s a third certainty in life, the anemic Cleveland Indians’ offense. The Indians’ offense has been the biggest letdown in a season that started with extremely high expectations. The Tribe has played […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians is greeted by his teammates at home plate after he hit a walk off grand slam home run against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on July 7, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated Blue Jays 5-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where Have All the Grand Slams Gone?

The Grand Slam is one of the most exciting plays in all of baseball. It is the play that scores the most runs in an instant, the best thing a batter can do at any point in any game. Based on the Indians pitching staff this season, a single grand slam would likely be enough […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 12: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor

July 2015 Player Power Rankings

July was the Indians worst month so far this season, not necessarily in winning percent, but in momentum as it was the final one where the dream of 2015 contention still existed. With a clear vision, the Indians became total sellers at the deadline and will look to build towards 2016 with a still promising […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25:  Starting pitcher Esmil Rogers #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

An Analysis of Trade Results from the Shapiro/Antonetti Era

Today is the non-waiver trade deadline and while the Indians may or may not continue to be active, we won’t know the real results of those deals until well in the future. Instead, it is a great time to look into the past and see how the current administration has rated in their previous dealings. […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 12: Starting pitcher Zach McAllister #34 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox with catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians and umpire Hal Gibson III #73 behind the plate at Progressive Field on July 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Trade A Starting Pitcher?

With the July 31st trade deadline just a day away, the Indians find themselves in an interesting position, one they likely did not expect to be in when the season began. It’s no secret that the strength of the Indians roster is the starting rotation. The fearsome foursome of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 28: Right fielder Brandon Moss #44 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Progressive Field on July 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Brandon Moss

Holliday Injury Provides Opportunity, Moss Traded to Cardinals

The Indians made few external improvements to their roster this off-season. The starting rotation, bullpen and defense were all generally the same players brought back from 2013 and 2014 with a few minor league upgrades. The biggest upgrade anywhere was Brandon Moss, the 2014 All-Star, added for AA second baseman Joey Wendle, a position that […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 8: David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double to right during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Good Guy Gone

After a week of trade rumors involving Tribe outfielder David Murphy, the left-handed hitting right fielder was finally shipped off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This season in Cleveland, Murphy was given the opportunity to platoon in the outfield and DH spot with Ryan Raburn and Brandon Moss. The 33-year-old played in 84 […]

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians dives for a ball hit by Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Center Field Career Arcs: When & Why to Go Young

There are two ways of thinking about players with similar abilities, but differing ages. For the veteran, with his decreasing ability level, there is that incalculable advantage of “experience” and “leadership.” For the youngster on the rise, he brings a similar talent level, but the promise of greater abilities in the future. Knowing when to […]

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)

Never Fall in Love with a Reliever

In similar reasoning to why Mama’s shouldn’t let their babies grow up to be Cowboys, baseball fans should never fall in love with relievers. They are all a little wacky and they will either leave you or disappointment in the end. While it may be tempting when they are playing well, it’s always a trap, […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians congratulates Yan Gomes #10 after hitting a three run home run in the top of the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 9-4. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Is There Hope in the Second Half Surge?

Since Terry Francona took over the helm in 2013, the Indians have had an odd tendency to play better after the All-Star break than before. It is this kind of late season magic that the Indians are depending on this season to return to the postseason. Below are the Indians records in each half over […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 11: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Trade Carlos Santana?

Make no bones about it, Carlos Santana‘s season has been the most disappointing of any Indians player this season. While much improved over the last few games, Santana’ batting line is a disappointing .221/.352/.381 with 10 home runs through 82 games played. If the season ended today, his 112 wRC+ rating would by far be […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 7: Michael Brantley #23 celebrates with Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians After Brantley hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 7, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where Should the Indians Front Office Focus Now?

In the past week on BurningRiverBaseball.com, we’ve talked about the Indians results the first half and whether they should be buyers or sellers, but before they can decide that, they need to look at their legitimate play-off odds. You don’t need to visit FanGraphs.com to see that the Indians have a very limited chance to […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 10: Francisco Lindor #12 starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 Yan Gomes #10 and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1 at Progressive Field on July 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

An Optimistic Outlook

The 2015 season began with very, very lofty expectations for the Cleveland Indians. Thanks, SI. Up until this point, the team has done anything but fulfill those expectations. The Indians got off to an all too familiar poor showing out of the gate. Through 21 games, the Indians were 7-14 but since then they are […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 16:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run homerun in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Best & Worst of the First Half 2015

Best Offensive Play  May 16th, Jason Kipnis On this night in Texas, the Indians and Rangers kept going back and forth, scoring runs in 12 of 18 frames. In the ninth, the Indians came to bat down one, but tied the game with a Jose Ramirez fielder’s choice. That was when Jason Kipnis came to […]

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