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Tribe Looking for Improved Stability at the Corners

Nobody likes going to the dentist. So if you just had a root canal or have one coming soon, I’d advise you to skip ahead a few paragraphs. The following few aren’t exactly a stroll through a childhood trip to Disneyland. Do you remember a time when the Indians had one player lead the team […]

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Tribe 25 Man Roster Prediction: First Cuts 2016

This is our third look at the Indians potential 25 man roster now that the first cuts have been made. There were seven players cut this time around including six pitchers and one position player. Of these, only one had previous Major League experience and he was the only one to be a huge surprise […]

Clevinger pitches during MLB action at Goodyear Ballpark in 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

This Week in Tribe: Week Two in Review

The second week of Spring Training went by pretty smoothly for the Indians as no players were injured and those who came into the week hurt (Michael Brantley) progressed nicely. Many players performed as expected, but a few exceeded early expectations, particularly Michael Clevinger and Tyler Naquin who both are taking advantage of the early […]

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How Potent Can Indians’ Middle Infield be in 2016?

While the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation has deservedly earned the recognition as the team’s biggest area of strength, the case can be made that the Tribe’s middle infield isn’t far behind. If Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor play up to their potential, there is no question that Cleveland’s middle infielders can match up with anyone […]


Central Division Showdown: Minnesota Twins

After a very slow start and successfully stemming a run of four straight seasons with 92 losses or more, the youthful Twins hope to build on those gains with an even stronger postseason push in 2016. It will not be easy, however. Of course, the world series champion Kansas City Royals are in the same […]

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Taking a Peek at The Indians’ Starting Rotation

If the Tribe is going to make it back to the play-offs this season, it is going to come on the backs of their starting rotation. Since the end of the 2014 season, the Indians have created a trio of starting pitchers that only few teams in all of baseball can rival Corey Kluber, Carlos […]

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Depth Chart Diving: 2016 Indians Bullpen

In general, the Indians bullpen has been a positive force for more than a decade and in particular, since 2013 from which point on they’ve been worth at least two WAR as a group every season. The 4.9 combined WAR of all relievers was the best of those years and the best overall since 2007. […]


Central Division Show Down: Kansas City Royals

For the past two seasons the Kansas City Royals have been considered among the cream of the crop in the American League. Highlighted by a World Series championship in 2015 and a World Series appearance in 2014, the Royals have also changed much of the thinking across baseball that it’s not how you start a […]


Central Division Showdown: Chicago White Sox

In recent seasons the American League Central has been among the most competitive divisions in all of baseball, with the Chicago White Sox finding themselves on the wrong side of that competition. With the recent acquisition of Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds, the White Sox may be poised to finally make some noise in […]

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Why Carlos Santana Shouldn’t Hit Leadoff

Indians Manager Terry Francona made some waves recently when he suggested he was considering the possibility of using Carlos Santana to bat lead-off in the team’s lineup. Admittedly, Francona knows a lot more about baseball than I do and probably has what he feels are good reasons for such a consideration, however, I think this […]


Spring Training Opening Day 2016

While it’s not as monumental as Opening Day or the home opener (which are one in the same this year against Boston on April 4th), the first game in March is an important date in preparation for the upcoming season. The games mean nothing in themselves and stats are often extremely out of line with […]


It’s All About Who You Play: Analyzing The 2016 Schedule.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a fan of (and occasional analyst of) college football, but I have paid a lot more attention to schedule strength over the past few seasons. Because of the varying strength of conferences, and the elective nature of non-conference scheduling, you have to take into account the caliber of a team’s opponents […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Will Venable #30 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 15, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Almonte Suspension Hurts

The unfortunate situation in the Cleveland Indians outfield, has become, well, a little bit more unfortunate. Abraham Almonte, who was the front runner to be the starting center fielder to open the season, has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major […]


Central Division Showdown: Cincinnati Reds

In general, whenever we say the Central Division on Burning River Baseball we mean the American League Central, but for our series looking into how well the Indians match-up against the teams they will play the most in 2016 we’ll ease into things with a look at the team the Indians will play the most […]

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Best Indians Defense Since…

About a year and a half ago, back in August of 2014, I wrote this (Worst Defense Since…) about the state of the Indians defense at the time. In the time since, the Indians front office has stated that fixing the defense was a primary goal and massive strides were made with the advancement of […]