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DENVER, CO - JUNE 9:  Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Starting Rotation

If the Indians are to make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, it will be largely due to the starting rotation picking up where it left off in the second half of 2014. The Tribe will enter 2015 with the same group of pitchers it ended 2014 with, avoiding the uncertainty that plagued last […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians sits on the ground after doing a split to make a double play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Center fielder Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Jonathan Villar #6 of the Houston Astros during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 21: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals watches as Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on April 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mythbusters: Offseason Acquisitions

February isn’t a particularly exciting time for baseball fans as the vast majority of off-season trades and signings have already occurred and things are beginning to wind down in preparation for Spring Training. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report, much is written around the baseball blogosphere about a particular player claiming to be in […]

Aviles - Bourn - Swisher

Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: January 2015

As usual, January has been a very slow month for baseball signings, continues on with the doldrums that started right after the Winter Meetings ended. For the Indians, the only moves were two minor league deals given to relief pitchers and the rest of the division wasn’t much busier. In fact, the biggest move around […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19:  Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves in the dug out in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on June 19, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  The Braves won 3-0.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Gavin Floyd is Brett Myers

On January 4, 2013, one day after the Indians signed Nick Swisher to a team record deal, the Indians signed veteran right hander Brett Myers to a one year, $7 million deal. Myers proved to be an absolute disaster, appearing in four games making three starts while giving up 10 home runs in just 21.1 […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Nick Swisher On The Mend!

Who Needs to Rebound? Naming a player as a rebound player needs to be defined. First, it’s not necessarily the most improved player, which is typically an unproven player who has a break out season. Second, it’s not a player getting only marginally better. Instead, it is a player who had a bad year, requiring […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 drops a pop fly hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers with backup from Tyler Holt #62 of the Cleveland Indians during the eleventh inning at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is Jason Kipnis Really That Bad Defensively?

The modern era of baseball has been completely redefined by a statistical revolution, providing much more accurate analysis of what is actually happening on the field from an all encompassing view down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, even with these stats making analysis an option for every viewer, fans still fall into the same old […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 31: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field on May 31, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2015 ZiPS Projections

Last week the ZiPS projections for the 2015 Indians were released on Fangraphs.com. Overall, these projections do not vary much from the Steamer or Bill James projections we featured over the course of the last few weeks. Here’s what ZiPS has predicted for the Tribe’s hitters. Player PA R 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG […]

12 Apr 2000: Jim Thome #25 of the Cleveland Indians hits the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Indians defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

Cleveland Indians Home Run History

There is no single event in baseball history quite as exciting as a home run. This is likely, on an emotional level, because of their finality as they leave no doubt the outcome of the play as soon as they clear the fences. It is the ultimate feat of strength as a hitter can do […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Steamer Projections for the 2015 Indians

A few days ago we took a look at Bill James’ projections for the 2015 Indians and today we will examine the Steamer projections for another look at the Indians’ predicted success. Below are the projections for the Indians’ hitters in 2015, these are condensed a bit for brevity’s sake, you can check out the […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians flies out  in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Santana hit a two-run home run earlier in the game. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Beginning of A New Era

It can be difficult to take an outside or long term view of the present, but there are a few signs that the Cleveland Indians may have just entered into a new era. Looking back in the past, there are obvious turning points for the team where large scale changes were made over a short […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.The Indians defeated the Astros 3-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Does Bill James Think of the 2015 Indians?

One of the most exciting parts of the baseball off-season is trying to predict how well a player will do in the upcoming season. Bill James publishes his annual player projections in his book The Bill James Handbook. Below are his projections for the Indians 2015 hitters. Player Games AB 2B HR R RBI SB AVG OBP […]

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