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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 29:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians talks with Michael Brantley #23 in the dugout before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians Earn a Disappointing Mid-Season Report Card

After 88 games, the Cleveland Indians season so far can only be described as disappointing after many thought the Tribe would be a World Series contender (mlb baseball lines) in the thick of a division race with a possible wild card as a consolation prize. A record of 42-46 at the All-Star break reflects the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 11: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a triple to left during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jason Kipnis

The Great Jason Kipnis

We have spent the whole day looking back at Jason Kipnis‘ past few years, but since he is an All-Star in 2015, it is about time we looked into what he is doing right now. The primary reason there was so much internet outrage over Omar Infante leading the second base vote for so long […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 19:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians gestures against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 19, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Best of BRB: Should the Indians Extend Jason Kipnis?

This is the third of three Jason Kipnis centered Best of Burning River Baseball articles to come out on 7/13/15. It features an article written by Joseph Coblitz from October of 2013. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in black italics, with new commentary from Danny Cunningham in red.  The Indians have an interesting […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hiting a walk-off three-run home run in the tenth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on May 17, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Mariners 6-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Best of BRB: It’s A Kipnystery!

This is the second of three Jason Kipnis centered Best of Burning River Baseball articles to come out on 7/13/15. It features an article written by Joseph Coblitz from April of 2013. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in black italics, with new commentary from Kevin Gall in red.  Going into the season, Jason Kipnis was […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10:  U.S. Futures All-Star Jason Kipnis #9 of the Cleveland Indians rounds third base as he shakes hands with third base coach Tony Beasley after Kipnis hits a first inning home run during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Best of BRB: The Team is Ready for Kipnis

This is the first of three Jason Kipnis centered Best of Burning River Baseball articles to come out on 7/13/15. It features an article written by Mike Melaragno from July of 2011. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in black italics, with new commentary from Joseph Coblitz in red.  Before the season, most members […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a three run double during the third inning of the baseball game July 11, 2015 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Over The Top: Carlos Gomez To Cleveland?

As the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline looms on the horizon, the Indians are once again in the need of a significant upgrade offensively in order to be serious contenders for a post-season spot. Between now and July 31st, there will be many rumors surrounding teams that are competing for the chance to play […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 21: David Murphy #7 celebrates with teammates after he hit a walk-off sacrifice fly scoring Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians during the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 at Progressive Field on June 21, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Rays 1-0. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** David Murphy

A Dual All-Star: On Murphy and Raburn’s Production

In 2015,  the Indians have struggled to score enough runs to win on a consistent basis. Through Wednesday, July 8th, the Indians are 22nd worst in Major League Baseball with 335 runs scored in 84 games. Although there are several contenders that have scored fewer (such as the Cubs, 331, and the Rays, 319), the Tribe would welcome a jolt […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Francisco Lindor of the World Team fields a ball against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Alterations for the All-Star Game

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the best exhibition game in professional sports. It (usually) pits the best players in each league against each other for 9 innings during a time when most of them are in mid-season form. The showcase lasts several days when the baseball world converges on one city and America can witness […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Relief pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians after the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 8-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Cody Allen

The Annual Snub Debate: 2015 Tribe Edition

The annual All-Star snub debate is almost as fun as the game itself. It’s as typical as arguing why a 1-loss college football team was kept out of the College Football Playoff. The Indians have two players that could have been All-Stars this season but were left off the roster by the players and American League manager Ned […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 1:  Brandon Moss #44 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he makes his way back to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 1, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brandon Moss

Half Way Home: What the Indians Need to Do to Contend in 2015

The All-Star break is considered to be the unofficial half way point in the season, the Indians have actually hit the 81 game mark exactly one week before that has begun. While we will get deeper into an overall look at the Indians first half during the All-Star Break, here is a quick look at […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 20: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on June 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Lindor Wasn’t Ready

From last September on through early June, the constant refrain from the Indians upper management was that Francisco Lindor wasn’t quite ready for the Major Leagues. It wasn’t, they maintained, because keeping in the minors into May would give him an extra year of team control and it wasn’t because keeping him down until mid […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 1:  Pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians prepares to pitch at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 1, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

No No-No: The Much Attempted & Much Eluded Indians No Hitter

Bartolo Colon, September 18th, 2000. Billy Traber, July 8th, 2003. Kevin Millwood, May 9th, 2005. Scott Kazmir, July 24th, 2013. Josh Tomlin, June 28th, 2014. Corey Kluber, May 13th, 2015 and now Carlos Carrasco, July 1st, 2015. None of these names and dates are remembered in the way that Len Barker, May 15th, 1981 is […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor #12 try to make a play on a Kris Bryant's #17 of the Chicago Cubs single during the third inning on June 16,  2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

June 2015 Player Power Rankings

Month by month, the Indians have looked like a very different team from completely inept in April (7-14, 79 runs scored), to mashing in May (17-12, 146 runs scored), to somewhere in between in June (11-15, 79 runs scored). The best hitting hasn’t been as good as it was in May and the best pitching hasn’t […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

KISS: Trevor Bauer And Eliminating Pitches

Trevor Bauer is coming off, what could be argued, the worst start of his young professional career this past Monday against Detroit, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits over just three innings. He struck out three but walked four against a division rival the Indians need to start beating on a consistent basis. In […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Cody Anderson #56 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on June 21, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Cody Anderson

Rotating the Rotation

The Indians were rained out today and will make up the game tomorrow night, but they will do so with a different pitcher than originally expected. Cody Anderson was supposed to start tonight with Trevor Bauer going tomorrow, but instead, the Indians will use the 26 man roster addition to bring up Toru Murata from […]

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