CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans Richard and Jodi Tattoni shoot a photo of rain soaked Progressive Field on September 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians was postponed due to weather. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Continuing With Undue Optimism: How the Indians Could Make the Play-Offs

A few weeks ago, just prior to the end of August, I wrote about the Indians play-off chances as a long shot. They could have simplified things by then pulling off a protracted losing streak, but instead, they have went 13-5 since August 25th. The team deserves a lot of commendation for this, particularly considering […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 6: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians slides into third base with a triple during the fifth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on September 6, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

How Abraham Almonte Turned the Tribe Around

On August 7th, the Cleveland Indians traded Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves in a salary dump that included Nick Swisher and netted the team Chris Johnson. One day later, Abraham Almonte, who had himself been picked up in the much smaller salary dump of Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego, made his Cleveland debut. Through […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 25: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians signals to the bullpen for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on July 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Terry Francona

An Extremely Early Look at the 2016 Bullpen

Thanks to September call-ups, a few poor starts and Terry Francona‘s judicious use off his relievers, we have had an increased look of late at some pitchers we might have not otherwise seen. While Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are still working their normal pace, we have also had the opportunity to see a little […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New Danny Salazar

On July 11, 2013, many Indians fans thought they had just witnessed the next coming of Bob Feller in the form of a 23 year old flame throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic. On that July afternoon Danny Salazar exploded onto the stage, pitching 6 nearly un-hittable innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out […]

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Carlos Moncrief & The Indians 40 Man Roster Inflexibility

Yesterday, the Indians designated long time prospect, Carlos Moncrief, for assignment to make room for Giovanni Soto and Michael Martinez on the 40 man roster (T.J. House was also taken off the 40 man roster by moving him from the 15 to the 60 Day DL). Moncrief was never a top prospect, but he was […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 12: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single scoring Jose Ramirez #11 to win the game in the sixteenth inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on August 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Yankees 5-4 in the 16th inning. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Michael Brantley

Could Kipnis or Brantley Win the Batting Title?

Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley are in the midst of two great seasons and because of them, the Indians are in a position to make things interesting in this final month of play. Playoffs aside, Kipnis and Brantley are also in the midst of batting title battle that could see an Indians bring home the […]

Mark Shapiro’s Legacy

The son of big time sports agent Ron Shapiro, Mark has far surpassed his father’s legacy since joining the Indians in 1991. Initially the Director of Player Development under GM John Hart, Mark Shapiro saw the rise of more Indians greats than in any other decade with the likes of Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Charles […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases on a double to deep left during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

August 2015 Player Power Rankings

Continued mediocrity followed by a six game winning streak to end August has kept the Tribe within play-off limbo. Still too far out to be considered legitimate contenders, but too close to throw in the season. A rash of injuries, including shoulder issues for Kipnis, Carrasco and Brantley, hand and wrist problems for Johnson and Aviles […]

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How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and […]


A Change Is Going To Come: Shapiro To Blue Jays

Unless you have been sleeping until football season starts, the rumors of Indians president Mark Shapiro becoming the President of the Toronto Blue Jays have been hot the past week. A shock to some, it was only a matter of time before one of the most sought-after executives left Cleveland to pursue another opportunity. On […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians scores on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall #8 during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Stupid, Crazy Optimism

Ever since the Indians went into the All-Star break sitting behind eight teams in the Wild Card race and then even more so after they went on to lose six in a row to the White Sox and Royals I have been firmly in the camp of waiting for 2016. At that moment it looked […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their game on August 13, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-6.   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Happened to the Quality Start & Why It Shouldn’t Disappear

In the current war between traditionalists and sabrmetricians, there have been a few casualties. Families have been driven apart by the usefulness of OBP over AVG and severe insults are hurled every day on twitter against and in defense of WAR. One of the casualties rarely noticed has been the quality start. The Quality Start […]

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Gavin Floyd Hit Around in Rookie League Rehab Start

The Indians signed former Braves starter Gavin Floyd last winter to a one year, $4M deal for him to be the team’s fifth starter. With the expectations that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar would be the majority of the rotation, Floyd was supposed to be the veteran leader keeping the others […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning of their game on July 26, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Francisco Lindor & The Sacrifice Bunt

It took him a few weeks, but after bottoming out with a line of .205/.239/.253 on July 7th, Francisco Lindor has been largely unstoppable, smashing a .343/.377/.489 line while consistently providing incredible defense at the most important position on the field. In that span, he’s hit four home runs and stole a couple bases, providing […]

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 02: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians takes the ball from starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 taking him out of the game against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the seventh inning at Coliseum on August 2, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

That Thing Trevor Bauer Doesn’t Want to Talk About

Trevor Bauer is one of the most interesting pitchers not just on the Indians roster, but in all of baseball. From his homemade drones to his analytically-minded approach to studying the art of pitching, he is truly a unique breed of ballplayer. Aside from interesting personality quirks, Bauer is a tremendously talented pitcher, although lately […]