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5/17 Recap: A’s 6 – I’s 2

Roster Update: Bringing up their third prospect in as many days, the Tribe sent down reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus in exchange for T.J. House prior to the game. After using ten relievers after the past two games, the Indians needed some fresh arms in the bullpen, this doesn’t seem to be because of anything […]

Nyjer Morgan’s PCL Sprain and Other Injury Updates…

Nyjer Morgan (Sprained PCL in right knee; Placed on 15 DL on May 15th) Before Friday’s game against the Athletics, the Indians announced that outfielder Nyjer Morgan suffered a Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) sprain while he chased after a double by Toronto’s Adam Lind on Wednesday, May 14th. In an awkward half dive half tumble attempt […]

Asdrubal Cabrera’s Value Rises Along With His Bat

On the morning of April 29th, Asdrubal Cabrera arose from his bed in the team hotel room in Anaheim amidst an early season slump. His performance in the previous evenings game solidified what was a bad statistical April for the all-star shortstop: Going 0-4 with one strikeout while the Indians lost their 4th straight game […]

Is The “Closer By Committee” A Good Thing For The Tribe?

Before Saturday’s game against the Rays, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that John Axford will be taken out of the closer’s role and the team will employ a “closer by committee” for the foreseeable future. According to the skipper, any combination of Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Mark Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw will see time in […]

The Media: Friend or Foe To Nick Swisher.

Nick Swisher created a small stir among the Cleveland media last week after he expressed frustration with them about how the club was being written about during a recent slump. After a 12-5 lop-sided victory against the White Sox on May 2, he spoke his mind saying: “There have been a lot of bad things […]

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About An Oblique Strain.

As mentioned, Jason Kipnis has landed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday as he initiates the healing process for a strained right oblique muscle. He suffered the injury while swinging the bat when he hit into a double-play in the fourth inning against the Angels on Tuesday evening. Strains of the oblique muscles and […]

04/27 Recap Giants -4 Indians 1.

The Indians drop a tough game to the Giants on Sunday, losing 4-1 on a walk-off 3-run HR from Brandon Hicks. By losing this contest, the Tribe got swept for the first time to the Giants since the 1954 World Series. Player Of The Game: Danny Salazar faced 26 batters and only walked 1. He […]

Michael Brantley: The Ned Yost And Dale Sveum Connection.

With the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland and Ned Yost as their manager, it is the perfect time to thank both him and 3rd base coach Dale Sveum for allowing Michael Brantley to become an Indian. On July 7th, 2008 the Indians traded former CY Young award winner, C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for a […]

Nick Swisher

Trying To Explain The Indians Struggles (With Small Sample Sizes)

When a baseball team goes 7-10 during a 17 game stretch in June or July, nobody notices; if they earn that record during the first 17 games of the season, it causes concern. This is exactly where the Indians find themselves to start 2014 especially after they clinched a postseason birth last season. To understand […]

4/13 Recap: Indians 3 – White Sox 4

The Indians lost three in the four game series with Chicago after dropping Sunday’s rain-soaked and raw contest 4-3. It was another back and forth game as the lead changed hands several times. Both closers blew leads in the 9th and there were plenty of mental mistakes made by each team. Player Of The Game […]

4/12 Recap Indians 12- White Sox 6

Another wild game took place in the windy city between these two teams. If this is a sample of things to come; the summer of 2014 should be a wild ride in the central. Player of the Game There were several offensive players that are deserving of tonight’s honors. However, the nod goes to Michael […]

Let’s Not Worry About Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar made history on Thursday night; accomplishing something that has not been seen since 1900: He fanned 10 hitters while only completing 3.2 innings in the game. He finished with the loss, allowing five runs and six hits. Let’s take a deeper look into his numbers on the night: 24.5 K/9, 1.000 BABIP, 66.7% […]

Vinnie Pestano

The Numbers Behind Why Vinnie Was Optioned

Before game one of Wednesday’s double header with the Padres, the club announced that reliever Vinnie Pestano was being optioned back to Columbus. Presumably, the Indians want him to continue to work on his mechanics so that he becomes effective at retiring batters again. In three appearances this season, Pestano has surrendered six runs (four […]

Is It All In Carlos Carrasco’s Head?

He pitched another game that drove Indians fans nuts on Saturday afternoon. A game in which most fans walked away asking themselves: “Who is the real Carlos Carrasco?” A game in which he gave up four earned runs in only 5 2/3 innings but also struck out seven while walking only two. Over the past […]

Josh Tomlin

Abandoning The Four-Seam Fastball: A Case Study.

If Corey Kluber‘s road to the big leagues was long and winding, the reason for his recent success might be short and simple.  Some time in 2011, he gave up on his four-seam fastball and started throwing a two-seamer. After learning more about Kluber from a Spring Training interview he gave with SportsTime Ohio, I […]

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