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CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 27: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a double to deep center during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on May 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jason Kipnis

May 2015 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

In general, May was a much friendlier month to the Indians than April, particularly among the hitters. This success has lead to a much better win loss record, but unlike the sport itself, this article is about the players individually, not the overall result. The following list ranks the Indians 25 man roster by their […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Right fielder Jerry Sands #40 of the Cleveland Indians can't get to a fly ball hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jerry Sands

Cutting Dead Weight

Having depth in sports is typically viewed as a very good thing. By their inherent nature, all sports come with a fairly substantial risk of serious injury. You can point to the Indians’ starting rotation to see how important this concept is. The Indians began spring training with 10 legitimate contenders for spots in the […]

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When It Takes Two To Make One, The Perfect Platoon

A lineup filled with players like Michael Brantley, who hit .300 against both right and left handed pitchers would be optimal, but there is only one Michael Brantley. The Indians only have seven regular starters beyond Brantley and in order to fill out a lineup card on a daily basis, Terry Francona has found going […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 2: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on May 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

2015 All-Star Candidates: Who Wants To Road Trip to Cincinnati?

Major League Baseball announced the first vote totals for the 2015 last Tuesday (stats and vote totals accurate of 5/26) and things aren’t looking good for the Tribe. This shouldn’t really be a surprise as a sub-.500 team from a fly over state can’t be expected to be leading a popularity contest in which the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 23: Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians scores on a double by Jason Kipnis #22 during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field on May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Michael Bourn

The (Re) Bourn Indians

On May 15th, the Indians record sat at 12-21 and were a season high nine games below .500.  They had just landed in Arlington, TX to begin a tough seven game road trip which concluded with a stop on the south side of Chicago to play the division rival White Sox in four games. Prior […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians walks against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning of their game on April 27, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

How to Score More; Clutch Hits or Walks?

It has been a matter of debate among Indians fans, particularly those writers who speak on the Tribe Time Now network of podcasts, why the Indians had trouble scoring runs early in the season. On one side, they weren’t getting hits with runners in scoring position. On the other, they weren’t getting many runners in […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 13:  Pitcher Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians watches a two-run home run hit by Alex Avila of the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on September 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

What’s Wrong With Our Bullpen?

Last season, the Indians bullpen was a source of strength and one of the best relief corps in all of baseball. This year the bullpen has been far from the shutdown crew that Indians fans expected. Last season the bullpen sported the league’s 7th best ERA at 3.12, while throwing the 5th most innings in […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 22: Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on August 22, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

How Nick Swisher Could Ruin Zach Walters’ Career

Zach Walters is an interesting individual. The only return from the loss of Asdrubal Cabrera has no real defensive position, terrible plate discipline and a swing full of holes yet is the Indians top power opportunity since Travis Hafner was blasting home runs into Pronkville. The problem is that, while Hafner was a career .273 […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 16:  Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a sacrifice fly against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Is Michael Brantley the Next Joe Sewell?

Continuing on with an unplanned series comparing the players of today to the greats of the past in one small aspect, the time has come for the Indians All-Star and Silver Slugger, starting left fielder Michael Brantley. In the first two editions, I discussed whether Corey Kluber could pull a Luis Tiant and if Danny Salazar […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 13: Starter Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field on May 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Corey’s Amazing, Spectacular & All Around Great Day

Rarely is a single game of so much interest that it deserves more than a single post game report, let alone an extra 1,000 words describing the improbability of it’s occurrence, but Corey Kluber was so amazing last Wednesday, he is going to get one more look at that historic game. This time, not of […]

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A Second Chance to Score

The Indians have many incredible pitchers in their history including five who made it into the Hall of Fame as Indians and nine more Hall of Famers who were enshrined as members of another team, but played for the Indians, but there is one pitcher who seemed an obvious choice after his first two seasons, […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 13: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning on May 13, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Assessing the Best Starting Rotations in the MLB so Far

With the MLB season now well under way, we are beginning to get an idea as to which teams have the best starting rotations, or at least which teams’ pitching departments have started the year in the most encouraging form. Ahead of the season, one of the main storylines was how the Washington Nationals’ rotation, […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 7:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians throws in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 7, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

What’s Eating Corey Kluber?

To say this has been a tough start to the season is a gross understatement. The Indians came into the year with the highest expectations of any season since 2008 and perhaps that was an omen of things to come as that year’s squad also failed to live up to their lofty expectations. Unfortunately there […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians walks to the dugout after striking out against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning of their game on April 27, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Royals defeated the Indians 6-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** David Murphy

Trash Collector: Who Would Take the Indians Bad Contracts?

There is no hiding the Indians struggles right now and while a suddenly not so reliable starting rotation, a bullpen that hasn’t been reliable all season and the sub-optimal offense are all partly to blame, not having the team’s best players in Cleveland is another big part of the issue. While everyone already knows and […]

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A Closer Look at the Defense of Jose Ramirez

Since pleading for the promotion of Francisco Lindor doesn’t appear to be getting him to the Majors any quicker, it may be time to see what we really have now instead of focusing on the future. Jose Ramirez has had things tough so far this year, possibly at an even greater level than Jhonny Peralta […]

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