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, […]

Yan Gomes

Burning River Infirmary: The Coming Return Of Gomes and House

Yan Gomes, who sprained his MCL on a dirty slide at the plate on April 11th, will begin a rehab assignment with the Lake County Captains on Friday, May 15th; Gomes isn’t ready to catch yet, but he will DH until he can regain flexibility in that knee. For Gomes, the test will be whether […]


Get A Little Captains in You

2015 Lake County Captains Midwest League, 3rd in the Eastern Division, 3 games behind the Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) 16-15 (.516 Winning Percentage) 120 Runs Scored, 129 Runs Against (14-17 Pythagorean Record) -9 Run Differential   The Lake County Captains are a young team and so far the age has shown in the team’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 15: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on April 15, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bauer

April By The Numbers: What Did The Month Tell Us?

It is widely known that the Cleveland Indians did not have the April that was expected of them going into the season. It was a month that left fans and pundits scratching their heads and asking “what is wrong with the Indians?” After a week of mediocre baseball, the prudent fan resulted to the old […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 3: Jason Kipnis #22 celebrates with Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians after both scored to tie the game during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on May 3, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

5/3 Recap: “Comeback City, Yeah We Back On The Map.”

Player of the Game Lead-off hitter Jason Kipnis had a fantastic day adding to his solid production as the lead-off hitter for the last week. During several times this game, he was the spark the Indians offense needed to climb back into the game and eventually win it. Feathers Up The obvious takeaway from this […]

Bobby Bradley

This Is Next Year: Bobby Bradley Scouting Report

One of the most prolific hitters in the Cleveland farm system is Bobby Bradley, who is currently a first-baseman for the Lake County Captains, Low-A affiliate of the Indians. The sky is the limit for Bradley as he was named the Rookie-level Arizona League’s Most Valuable Player and was the circuit’s choice at first base […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 19: T.J. House #58 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on April 19, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

House Of Cards: Was Last Season A Fluke For TJ?

The 2015 season has not started well for T.J. House who, after losing his first two starts, is struggling to regain his 2014 momentum. So far this young season, he has a 14.14 ERA and 6.71 FIP while walking 6.43 batters per game. In his first start against Detroit at home, he only lasted 1.1 […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 25:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

4/14 Recap: Same Old Song And Dance

Roster Update: On Monday, the Indians signed AAA reliever Ryan Webb, who had been released by the Dodgers. Because of some odd moves, the Dodgers will receive the 74th pick in the 2015 draft from the Orioles for Webb and will pay his $2.75M salary for the year, making anything he does for the Clippers or […]

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 3: Yan Gone

Indians catcher Yan Gomes will miss significant time with a “moderate” sprain in the tibial (medial) collateral ligament which was suffered when the Tigers Rajai Davis slid into his right leg on a play at home plate during Saturday’s loss. A sprain is a joint injury that causes a stretch in a ligament, a strong […]

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 09:  Nick Hagadone #50 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 9, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Indians Arguments: To Go For The No-No Or Not

The Indians nearly accomplished something on Thursday afternoon they had not in 34 years: throw a no-hitter. It would have been a combined no-hitter using four pitchers but one nonetheless. The last team no-hitter? Lenny Barkers perfect game. It would not come to pass, however. A solo home-run from Jed Lowrie with one out off […]

against the Cleveland Indians on March 13, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Burning River Infirmary 4/8: Michael Brantley Won’t Back Down

Michael Brantley – (Lower Back Stiffness) Day to Day. Michael Brantley was scratched from the lineup last night due to “lower back stiffness.” Brantley dealt with lower back stiffness during spring training as he didn’t take part in the agility test the first day and missed five games in late March. Lower back stiffness can […]


Leading Off An Incredible Summer: Opening Night In 1995

As the Indians prepare to play their 114th opening night in it’s history, they will do so in the same state they opened the 1995 season: Texas. With big expectations placed upon the club from the media, it’s fitting they start the season in a state where everything is bigger. It is a miracle the […]


Keep ‘Em Rolling: Tribe Signs Another Starter To An Extension

The Indians have locked up another starting pitcher returning from last season. According to various sources, the team has signed RHP Carlos Carrasco to a contract extension. It is a four-year contract valued around $38 million and includes Carrasco’s 2015 salary of around $2.55 million and tacks on three more seasons, running through his first […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 27: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning on July 27, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Burning River Infirmary: Leaving Goodyear On A Positive Note

Welcome to the first edition of the Burning River Infirmary. Throughout the season, I will chronicle player injuries and how it impacts the Indians. Every time a player is impacted with an ailment, I will provide in-depth coverage on the type of injury, how the injury occurred,  what part of the body is affected, what […]