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CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 6: Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on July 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Examining the Innings Limit Wall for the Indians Rotation

Some combination of the Indians current starting rotation of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin has been going essentially since 2013 with a few spare parts thrown in between. Because of this length of time, they are generally considered established veterans and issues with innings and durability that may rise […]

Aguilar warms up in Spring Practice in Goodyear, AZ. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Potential 40 Man Roster Cuts Before Rosters Expand

As the calendar flips from August to September, something incredible happens in the world of Major League Baseball: the active roster for each team expands from 25 to 40. For some teams who may not be in playoff contention, the extra roster space allows an opportunity for prospects to get a low-pressure cup of coffee […]

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A Complete List of Indians Catchers Who Have Batted Under .200

With a headline like this, you may expect a one sentence article that says: Roberto Perez .096 in 2016, Yan Gomes .165 in 2016, but there is a much more illustrious history than that. In fact, 52 players have batted under .200 for a season with the Tribe in the past 116 with a minimum […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three run home run against  the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Lonnie Chisenhall Doesn’t Suck

We tend to view first round picks as players who should be All-Stars, at the least. While you want your first rounders to be the best of the best and be impact players, the truth is, they all can’t be. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a good first round pick. In the MLB Draft, especially […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off starting pitcher Alfredo Simon #31 of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why is Almonte Playing if he isn’t Play-Off Eligible?

This may be another of those articles that is for a very limited number of people, but there has been enough confusion in recent days that it is worth addressing. Because of his PED suspension to start the season, Abraham Almonte is in fact not eligible to play for the Indians in the play-offs. This […]

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 22:  Fans of the New York Yankees stand and applaud in front of a sign referencing the Seattle Mariners regular season 116 victories during game five of the American League Championship Series on October 22, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  The Yankees defeated the Mariners 12-5 and won the best-of-seven series four games to one to advance to the World Series.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Why it Might Not Be a Good Idea to Win them All

If the Indians won every single game for the rest of the season (an impossible 43 game winning streak), they wouldn’t come close to the all time Major League record for best winning percent of .763 (1906 Chicago Cubs). They would be four wins short of the single season wins record as well, held by […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 31: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Napoli

Indians Hitting Them Out Like it’s 1999

For a generation of Indians fans, home runs were an expectation. Anyone who started watching the game in the 1990’s saw Albert Belle break the team single season record with 50 in 1995 and three players break the career mark that had been held by Earl Averill since May 1st 1932 when he hit his […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians watches after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tyler Naquin’s Success Depends On Trouble With The Heater

Trouble? What trouble? Tyler Naquin is hitting .314 with a .972 OPS on the season. He just had three hits, including a game tying double helping to finish off the sweep of the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. What could he possibly need to fix This piece was planned before Naquin’s three-hit Sunday performance. […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Relief pitcher Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Andrew Miller

It’s the 9th Inning, Do You Know Where Your Best Reliever Is?

Goose Gossage hates a lot of about baseball these days, including Bryce Harper and his selfish desire to “make baseball fun again.” One thing to side with the nine time All-star over is the use of relievers, specifically a team’s best reliever. The Cleveland Indians gave up some pretty good prospects (I’m still trying not to […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 8: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on July 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Carlos Santana: Lead-Off Hitter

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but we have passed the point where Matt Underwood and Rick Manning have stopped mentioning how “no one thought Carlos Santana could be a lead-off hitter” three times per game. Of course, that “no one thought” that about Santana was a view held purely by those who have […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08:  Hedvig Karakas of Hungary (white) competes against Chen-Ling Lien of Chinese Taipei in the Women's -57 kg Repechage Judo contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Why Baseball Doesn’t Need the Olympics

The Summer Olympics in Rio have been dominating the sporting news cycle of late as the once every four years event stared last week and also causing a slight blip was that the 2020 Olympics will include baseball (and softball) again for the first time since 2008. First, while baseball and softball have been lumped […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 25:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 25, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tribe Still Heavy Favorites Despite Recent Downturn

A look into nearly anything Indians related over the past few weeks will reveal quite the doom and gloom. After winning 14 in a row culminating in a 19 inning win against Toronto, the Indians have went 13-16 and taken a seven game lead in the division going into July 2nd (peaking at 7.5 on […]

Terry Francona, Chris Antonetti

Front Office’s Patient Approach Paying Dividends for Tribe

Limited payroll is an objective reality for the Cleveland Indians. Whether the problem is the market size, the owners, or both – the Indians have and will continue to rank among the league’s lowest payrolls for the foreseeable future. For several years, that reality was a glaring hindrance to the Indians’ on field success. Specifically, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 13: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians jumps to catch the throw as Eduardo Nunez #9 of the Minnesota Twins is safe at second on a stolen base during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on May 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jason Kipnis Putting It All Together

Jason Kipnis is having a really nice year for a change rather than just a really incredible 4-6 weeks that generally carries his season stats. It’s being overlooked, however, because Mike Napoli keeps partying and hitting balls at the new giant Progressive Field scoreboard. So let’s look at Kipnis’ season and why he’s becoming a more […]

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