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August 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians had a generally positive month of August (17-9-1) and they did so despite being the fourth worst team in the Majors in terms of runs scored (just 3.7 per game). In order to win 65.4% of their games, the Indians pitching staff has had to have been fantastic and was even better. The […]

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Why the Indians Should Never Trade Nick Swisher

Photo by Chuck Crow, Plain Dealer However exciting the signing of Nick Swisher may have been back in December of 2012, the deal is now almost universally considered to be a bust. In his first two seasons, Swisher has batted .231/.316/.386 in 242 games and in his most recent year, he broke his streak of […]

The Rise & Fall of Lonnie Chisenhall

Lonnie Chisenhall has had a roller coaster of a season in 2014. He started out being hated and disrespected, prior to the season, when he was replaced on the field by Carlos Santana and in the lineup by Jason Giambi, being excluded from All-Star voting. From there he became almost a cult figure while batting […]

Scott Atchison

Indians Get Older By Extending Scott Atchison

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians and relief pitcher Scott Atchison reached an agreement for an extension into the 2015 season with an option for 2016. The 38 year old is amazingly still in his arbitration years and was set for his final year of arbitration, so rather than go to an arbiter or argue during […]

Why The Indians Will Go To The Play-Offs in 2014

Now that I have your attention, I can admit that the title should actually be “How the Indians could possibly back into the play-offs if a lot of other things go right,” but that doesn’t ooze the type of confidence that Cleveland fans love and wouldn’t fit easily on the top of a web page. […]

Bryan Shaw: The Man Who Never Rests

Recently, Indians manager Terry Fracona said something about Bryan Shaw to support his use of the right handed reliever. He supposed that Shaw, who has been used more than any other reliever in the American League at 59 times, pitches better with one or no days of rest between appearances than when he has a […]

Worst Defense Since…?

The Indians defense has put up some impressive numbers this season. They are last in all of baseball in fielding percent (.980), while being first in errors committed (92) despite the pitching staff being second in the Majors in strike outs (1,046) meaning they have had to make fewer plays than almost any other Major […]

Who’s On The Mound?

There have been few steady parts of the Indians roster this season (the back end of the bullpen and Michael Brantley), but perhaps the least consistent has been the starting rotation. Corey Kluber has done his job as the ace, making 25 starts on pace for 34 by the end of the year, but the […]

August Can Be A Pain

Win/Loss record aside, the Indians have had some major problems with injuries over the first half of August. The outfield has been the site for most of these and Terry Francona has been scrambling all month to field three men who can run and provide at least a little offense. In all, Chris Dickerson, Nick […]

Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez’s WAR on Asdrubal Cabrera’s UZR

It has been just over a week since Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals and already, there are those who miss him. After his first error of the season, the Tribe fans that base their point of view on whatever happened last were calling for Francisco Lindor, disregarding Lindor’s development and being willing […]

Masterson

The Indians Dodged A $25 Million Bullet

Let’s flash back to spring training. The word was that Justin Masterson was asking for a three-year deal valued at less than the $17.5 million Homer Bailey received. What’s more, that he was willing to take a 2-3 year contract too. Which, for a front-line starter, was insanely reasonable. But the Indians weren’t willing to […]

The Firm of Morgan, Dickerson & Bourn

Earlier this week, the Indians announced the outright release of Nyjer Morgan along with the rehab assignment of Michael Bourn returning from the DL. While the release of Morgan is disappointing as the veteran outfielder brought a surprising amount of energy and ability on both sides of the ball. It was this energetic play that […]

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July 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians have really turned things around in the short month of July and it should be no surprise that they went 14-12 when it is seen how many individual players outplayed their expectations and had their best month of the year. If it is confusing that one player moved up in the rankings while […]

Nick Swisher

NicK Swing & Misser

Photo provided by the AP. The pride of Ohio State and President of BrOhio, Nick Swisher has finally had a hot streak to make his bros proud, raising his average from a season low of .192 on June 30th to .215 on July 22. Even more impressively, raising his terrible slugging percent of .316 to […]

How Cabrera’s Back Will Affect the Indians

As, Khia once said, “my neck, my back” and that appears to be the problem with the Indians’ short stop. Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday’s game in the second inning with back spasms and was kept out of the next game as well with Terry Francona stating he was still “locked up.” With the possibility that […]

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