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 […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Change You Can’t Count On: Why Ty Van Burkleo Should Not Be A Scapegoat

Yesterday, Joseph Coblitz gave his argument for the firing of Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. In interest of fairness, today Mike Melaragno brings you his take on why he shouldn’t be let go. The recent offensive struggles from the Indians have the media, fans, national pundits and writers on this website wondering whether change […]

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 […]


Halfway to its Destination: Lake County Captains Midseason’s Review.

34-30 (.531 Winning Percentage) 292 Runs Scored, 276 Runs Against (34-30 Pythagorean Record) +16 Run Differential One Year Park Factor: 92 Three Year Park Factor: 97 The Midwest League all star game was played on June 23rd in Peoria, Illinois and with it marked the unofficial mid-way point of the Captains season. The summer is treading on […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Texas Rangers at Coliseum on June 11, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Brett Lawrie

As I wrote last week, the Indians are in the need for a bat at the trade deadline. If possible, it would be most beneficial to pick up a right-handed hitter that can play on the left-side of the infield. With Francisco Lindor called up and presumed to be the new everyday shortstop, the Indians […]


6/16 Recap: No Lord Stanley Magic For The Cubs

Player of the Game Carlos Santana will win tonight’s honors. He went 2-3 with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s. If you do the hard math, he knocked in 2/3rds of the Indians runs this evening. Feathers Up The Indians made Jake Arrieta throw 28 pitches in the first inning. Santana ended the Indians 0-13 hit-less […]

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Burning River Infirmary 06/16: The saga of Nick Swisher’s Knee

Nick Swisher received an injection in his left knee Monday after being placed on the disabled list the previous day with left knee inflammation. Swisher underwent surgery on both knees and started the season on the DL and did not play until May 5th. Inflammation of the knee is also referred to as Patellar Tendonitis, […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 6: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to center field to drive in two runs in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Todd Frazier

Believe it or not, the non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball is quickly approaching and the Indians are, once again,  in the market for an impact bat. This season specifically, the front office needs to make a move to bolster an average offense on a team that hopes to reach the postseason. There are […]


06/11 Recap: Very HAPP-y with today’s win.

Player of the Game Shawn Marcum has battled back from adversity in his career and thus I will give the award to today’s tribe starter; partly because he earned it and partly because I’m simply a nicer guy than Joe. In facing 21 batters he only gave up 2 hits and struck out 5 on […]


When Nobody Knows Your Name: Potential 2015 Indians Draft Choice Ian Happ

(Photo courtesy of As we get closer to the 2015 MLB first-year player draft, the Indians have been rumored to be interested in a high school pitcher, but there’s not much separation among the prep arms. With picks at 42 and 59, the Indians can re-visit high school pitching after a secure opening pick. After […]

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Diamonds In The Rough: Two Deserving All Stars in Eastlake.

Believe it or not, the 2015 baseball season is already at the point of discussing All Stars selections. This is especially true in the minor leagues, where the season ends the first week of September. According to the Lake County Captains, the Midwest League announced their mid-season All Star teams and the Lake County has […]

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 […]

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5/22 Recap: A Mossy Finish

Player of the Game Brandon Moss went 2-4 with a HR a double and three RBI in key situations in the game: First by putting the Indians ahead by one in the 3rd and another by putting the game away in the 4th. Feathers Up The Indians hitters were very patient with Leake in the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 is examined by a trainer and Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians after Gomes suffered an injury during the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Terry Francona

Burning River Infirmary: Yan Gomes Will Return To The House

The return of Yan Gomes is eminent, Indians fans. It’s been a long time coming and he is anxious to return. After a short rehab trip to Lake County and now in Columbus, he will certainly be ready by next week to rejoin the big league club. “It hasn’t felt like a month,” Gomes said […]