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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 01:  Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum on August 1, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Lonnie Baseball’s Comeback

The Akron Rubberducks’ Canal park isn’t my normal home field and the same can be said for Cleveland Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall. Even so, in the last week we both had made our way to the gorgeous AA field and again both accomplished something new. I talked to my favorite Indians player, and Chisenhall […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run in the with inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Orioles won 4-3.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Fangraphs New Shift Data Shows What the Expected About Santana and Success for Napoli

In additional to several of the great things fangraphs.com provides fans (imagine that), they’ve added offensive and defensive numbers against different shifts to their data base. For example, in 39 plate appearances through April 16, the Indians are hitting .256 against the traditional shift (24th in baseball). See the explanation below of traditional vs. non-traditional […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 4: Catcher Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox catches the throw as Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians scores during the second inning at Progressive Field on October 4, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Line-Up Maximization and Roberto Perez

Going into the season,  the Indians had a last second worry when Roberto Perez showed some concussion symptoms after one of the final Spring Training games in Texas. It wasn’t until the last second that they were able to make sure he passed the concussion protocol and were able to add Joba Chamberlain to the […]

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WE & You: How to be a Less Reactive Baseball Fan

Baseball is an emotional game. This is true on the field, in the stands and for those watching at home, often to an extreme level. In many cases, the reality of the situation doesn’t enter into the equation and it has been this way since the beginning of the game. A pitcher has a better […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 7: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field for inclement weather after the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed at Progressive Field on April 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Is There a Better Way to Schedule April Play?

The Indians have played fewer games through the first two weeks of the season than any other team and it has reached the point where it seems like the Indians began their slate of game just yesterday, against Tampa. After the Home Opener was called for cold and made up the following day, the final […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Tyler Holt #62 after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of their game on September 28, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Indians defeated the Rays 7-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Trade Retrospective: James Ramsey and Zach Walters

Over the last few years, the Cleveland Indians’ small trades seemed to have the same feeling you get when you find a $20 bill in your jeans in the laundry. Unless you’re still living in 2008-09 and don’t realize that Carlos Carrasco and Michael Brantley are pretty good, the Indians have been pretty good at […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 7: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field for inclement weather after the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed at Progressive Field on April 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Why Is April So Cruel?

We often hear about players who start slowly attributing it to the colder weather. Science gives us good reasons to believe that offense should rise as the temperature does. Robert K. Adair’s great book The Physics Of Baseball has a good explanation of why balls carry farther in warm air than in cold, for example. […]

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

Outfield Updates & Roster Expectations

The Indians have only played two games so far this season thanks to two rain/cold/snow outs, but there has been at least a little good news on the injury front. Michael Brantley has been working out with the team in Cleveland and is expected to work out with the Columbus Clippers while the Indians are […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer & Two Kinds of Flex Pitchers

Probably the most controversial decision made in this year’s Indians roster construction was the inclusion of Cody Anderson in the starting rotation above Trevor Bauer and, rather than sending him to AAA, Bauer’s inclusion in the bullpen. While he did end the 2015 season in a similar role, the exact purpose of his placement has […]

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)

The Misadventures of the 8 Man Bullpen

For as much as Terry Francona appears to love his bullpen, he historically hasn’t treated it very well. It was a topic of discussion for much of last year and the year before as Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen have pitched constantly with few others being given the responsibility of late inning work. We’ll have […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 25: Francisco Lindor #12 celebrates with Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians after Brantley hit his second two run home run of the game during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor; Michael Brantley

Change Inevitable & a Good Thing for the 2016 Tribe

The Cleveland Indians line-up that will play later today will almost certainly be greatly changed when they end the season as Central Division champions on October 2nd. While that is true of any team, more than any other time in recent history, the 2016 Indians have been built that way on purpose. Rather than being […]

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Preseason Player Power Rankings 2016

Before the Indians begin their first team as a single unit, it’s time to break them down and set them against each other to see who is the most important player on the team. Below, all 25 men on the roster are ranked based on their expectations for the 2016 season. For each power ranking […]

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Anderson, Tomlin named starters, Bauer to bullpen

It turns out there was a quite a surprising finish in the battle for the back end of the Cleveland Indians rotation. Cody Anderson was named the fourth starter on March 30th and Josh Tomlin was named the fifth starter while Trevor Bauer starts the season in the bullpen. With this, the rotation shapes out […]

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(Almost) Final Tribe 25 Man Roster

The Indians finalized 23 players from their final 25 man roster today and, unfortunately, a few names are missing from the original expected list. Michael Brantley will begin the season on the DL as originally expected and Lonnie Chisenhall will be joining him. A full list of all disabled and suspended players is located at the […]

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 7: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after a throwing error on first baseman Carlos Santana allowed Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds to score a run in the first inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on August 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Shedding Light On Indians Outfield Search

As of March 21st and 23rd, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported the Indians scouring the trade market for outfield help. Carfardo mentioned that the Indians had been “pitching a trade” to the Red Sox. Boston, with David Price and a lot of question marks following him, could […]

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