MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Breaking into the Record Books 2015

While as a team, the Indians season was largely disappointing, they still had plenty of individual successes. Of particular note was the starting rotation with four starters striking out 170 batters each for the first time in Indians history among other impressive stats. Below follows all the Indians players who have moved into the top […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 4: Trevor Bauer #47 Mike Aviles #4 Jason Kipnis #22 Carlos Carrasco #59 Yan Gomes #10 Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians watch from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on October 4, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bauer; Mike Aviles; Jason Kipnis; Carlos Carrasco; Yan Gomes; Corey Kluber

End of 2015 Season Power Rankings 1-15

Continuing from yesterday’s list, here are the top 15 Cleveland Indians players from the 2015 season. The remainder of the final Indians roster can be seen here. Before reading this list and judging, know that players are ranked by what they have done in the entire year, not what they are at their best or […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 6: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians slides into third base with a triple during the fifth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on September 6, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

End of 2015 Season Power Rankings 16-34

Before we move on to next season, Burning River Baseball brings you a player by player break down about how each member of the Indians performed this year and how important they were to the team. These are the 16th through 34th best Indians players from the 2015 season ranked by their production. Unlike the […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on April 21, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Top 10 Cleveland Indians Pitching Performances of 2015

The season has obviously not gone the way the Indians and their fans had hoped it would. There are a number of potential reasons for the Indians underachievement, most of them related to offensive futility during the first 3/4 of the season. The one aspect of this Indians’ team that has not failed to disappoint, […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 29:  Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians strikes out against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on May 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated Cleveland 2-0.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It’s Official: The 2015 Indians are Done

Whether you gave up on the Indians at the All-Star break, last week or head on to the bitter end, the Indians were officially eliminated late last night/early this morning when the Houston Astros beat the Mariners to retake the lead in the second Wild Card. While there is little honor in being the third […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run single against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Real Deal Chisenhall

When talking about the Indians in any area, the one name that pops up more than any other is Lonnie Chisenhall. As a barely replacement level part time player who is far removed from being a top prospect and just as far from being a reliable veteran, this may seem unwarranted, but it really does […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 15, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Francisco Lindor & The Greatest Indians Rookies Ever

All around baseball, the 2015 season will likely be remembered as the year of the rookie. Already 20 rookies across the league have been worth at least two wins above replacement and at least half these will be very disappointed when they don’t win the Rookie of the Year. While that will be a very […]


The Ship Didn’t Sink: The Case For Francona To Be AL Manager Of The Year

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- Martin Luther King Jr. For the better half of the 2015 regular season, the Cleveland Indians underachieved during what was supposed to be playoff-contending summer. They were the […]

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)

The Resurgence of Lonnie Baseball

In Cleveland, there is a star in every sport. The Cavs have Brony-Basketball, the Browns have Johnny-Football, and the Indians have Lonnie-Baseball. Since returning to The Show as a right fielder, Lonnie Chisenhall has excelled and then some. The excitement around him is growing and if you are at the ballpark expect to get an […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 15: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians throws in the first inning during MLB game action on August 15, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton-King/Getty Images)

The Little Cowboy Rides Again

Manny Acta once referred to Josh Tomlin as his “Little Cowboy”. The Tribe right-hander did not take too affectionately to the name, however it has stuck against his wishes. The “little cowboy” has showed up in a big way for the Indians since he has returned from right shoulder surgery which sidelined him until August. On […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 13: Manager Terry Francona #17 removes Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians from the game during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers during game two of a double header at Progressive Field on September 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. This game makes up a rainout on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Bauer to Bullpen in Rotation Reduction

Trevor Bauer is an enigma.  He can get locked in early and dominate a game with flawless precision and just the same he can give up a base hit and get so far into his own mind he may never come back.  He is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Indians’ pitching staff, […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 31:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians looks on from the end of the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at Coliseum on July 31, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Reviewing the Replay Reviews

In the second half of the season in particular, much of Terry Francona‘s management style has come under criticism. From his small ball tendencies to his obvious favoritism in the clubhouse, there have been obvious faults, but most of these are quantifiable. It is nearly impossible to tell how much a manager effects the game, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians rounds first on an RBI double to right during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes: Mr. Clutch?

Stats accurate from prior to 9/15. Gomes added two more late and close hits last night as well in two at bats. Probably the most disappointing player in 2015, Yan Gomes came into the year with lofty expectations only to have them shattered by a knee injury that kept him out of the game for […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans Richard and Jodi Tattoni shoot a photo of rain soaked Progressive Field on September 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians was postponed due to weather. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Continuing With Undue Optimism: How the Indians Could Make the Play-Offs

A few weeks ago, just prior to the end of August, I wrote about the Indians play-off chances as a long shot. They could have simplified things by then pulling off a protracted losing streak, but instead, they have went 13-5 since August 25th. The team deserves a lot of commendation for this, particularly considering […]