CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 5: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run off starting pitcher Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on May 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

5/5 Recap: Detroit Rock City

Player of the Game Mike Napoli (.015 WPA) is this evenings player of the game. Feathers Up The Indians started the scoring of Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer in the top of the first inning. After retiring the first batter, the bats erupted. Back-to-back singles from Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor allowed Michael Brantley to […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 5: Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers on September 5, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

5/1 Recap: Philadelphia Freedom, I (Don’t) Love You

Roster Update: Prior to the start of the game, the Indians placed back-up catcher Roberto Perez on the DL with a fractured right thumb. He suffered the injury during last nights loss in Philadelphia. Catcher Adam Moore took his place on the roster. In Columbus, he was batting .156/.269/.289 in 45 at-bats in 2016. Moore did […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Continued Success

The Indians farm teams continue to play well! Here is a recap below: Lake County Captains (15-7) by Justin Lada The Lake County Captains road trip last week started out poorly at Lansing, but they came back to out slug the Lugnuts, who are right behind them in the standings. The Captains posted a 12-0 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13:  Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their game on August 13, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.    (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Trevor Bauer And Changes To The Rotation

On April 9th, the newly renovated center-field scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago received a christening. A drone, flown by one of the Cleveland Indians players, crashed into the new giant screen: With little effort, it’s easy to conclude that it was Trevor Bauer‘s drone that bombarded video board. The eccentric righty hopes that recording […]


5/24 Recap: Bittersweet Victory

Player of the Game Jose Ramirez posted a .167 WPA and is today’s “Player of the Game.” Feathers Up The Indians offense continues to make pitchers “labor.” Although Tigers starter Shane Greene allowed two singles in the 1st inning and threw 26 pitches, the offense could not score. The Indians broke the 0-0 tie in […]

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This Is Next Year: Off And Rolling

The Indians farm system continues to thrive as both team records and individual statistics are giving credence to a bright future for the franchise. Extended Spring Training by Joseph Coblitz A very misnamed league, extended Spring Training is really just an extenuation of the same group of players who make up the short season A […]


4/20 Recap: Indians Bats Are Blazed By Mariners Pitching

(photo courtesy of Player of the Game Danny Salazar (.118 WPA) is the Player of the Game. He pitched well but not well enough. Feathers Up Salazar pitched a solid game as his split/change-up was working to his advantage especially ahead in the count. He only made one mistake in the top of the […]


4/16 Recap: Meet The Mets, Everybody Beat The Mets

Player of the Game Despite leaving the game early with an injury to his hamstring, Josh Tomlin went five innings while giving up four hits and only one earned run. He also earned a .131 WPA, .01% better than both Jose Ramirez and Juan Uribe. Feathers Up Indians starter Josh Tomlin worked out of two-out […]

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This Is Next Year: Starting The 2016 Campaign On The Farm

As any fan of a small market, low revenue baseball team knows, effective player development means the difference between the Major League club contending and living at the bottom of the standings for seasons to come. Here at Burning River Baseball, we will do the heavy lifting for you by providing short, weekly updates on […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 1:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first 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)

4/13 Recap: Rays Felt The Heat From Carlos Carrasco (Again)

Player of the Game Indians’ starter Carlos Carrasco continues to be thorn in the Rays side, especially pitching at Tropicana Field. He was able to keep the Rays from scoring through 7 2/3 innings as gave the Indians a much needed victory. He allowed four hits while striking out eight and walking one. He allowed […]

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4/9 Recap: Chicago (Isn’t) My Kind Of Town

Player of the Game Jose Abreu is today’s Player of the Game as he posted a .204 WPA. He went 2-2 with two walks (one intentional) and a solo home-run. This comes as no surprise as Abreu has been a “thorn in the side” of the Indians since his Major League debut in 2014. He […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 7: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field for inclement weather after the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed at Progressive Field on April 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Why Is April So Cruel?

We often hear about players who start slowly attributing it to the colder weather. Science gives us good reasons to believe that offense should rise as the temperature does. Robert K. Adair’s great book The Physics Of Baseball has a good explanation of why balls carry farther in warm air than in cold, for example. […]


The Tale Of Naquin

Drafting 15th in 2012, the Indians selected Texas A&M right fielder Tyler Naquin in the first round. A collegiate standout, Naquin earned the Big 12 Player of the Year Award before the Tribe selected him and shifted him from right field, where he started 115 games as a freshman and sophomore, to center field where he […]

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Dual Threat: Digging into the Tribe’s Back Stops

The Cleveland Indians head into the 2016 with a talented and deep roster. Part of the talent includes having two catchers on the 25-man roster who are very good at their craft. Together, both are a formidable duel and proven assets to a team in contention. In fact, many teams would love to have two […]


Byrd Is The Word In Goodyear

With the exception of Michael Brantley making his 2016 playing debut, Byrd was the word in Goodyear on Thursday. Several sources announced the signing of the 38 year old to a minor league deal, pending a physical at the time of this publication. At 38, most players with Byrd’s skill set join Adam LaRoche to enjoy […]