PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Catcher Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning during a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

A Recent History of One Run Affairs

In a complete reversal of the past few seasons, the Indians must have been so excited to see the Tigers come to town on May 3rd. In their previous three game series in late April, the Indians swept Detroit with a run differential of 18 to 5. After the first 2-1 win, the Indians scored […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on October 3, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

5/4 Recap: Kluber Shuts Out Tigers 4-0, Indians Move to 5-0 vs Detroit

Roster Update: For the third time 2004, the Indians have acquired catcher Chris Gimenez, the second time from the Rangers. He was purchased from Texas, where he has spent the entire 2016 season in AAA, for cash and immediately added to the Indians Major League roster as the back-up catcher. In a corresponding move, Adam […]

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Who Should be the Indians Fifth Starter?

Although it seems like we’ve already answered this question, an injury to Carlos Carrasco and control issues for Cody Anderson have brought back up a look into the Indians depth chart. Thanks to a pair of off-days, the Indians were able to navigate the past time through the rotation with a four man crew; Corey […]

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 1: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians slides safely into second base with a double in the eighth inning during MLB game action as he evades the tag by Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays on September 1, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

April 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

One month of Indians baseball is now in the books and considering the injuries and early issues, it has to be considered a success. Instead of looking at the group as a team, however, we will now break them apart and rank them all according to their production in the first month. The first Power […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

4/30 Recap: No Walk Off, but Indians Lose Late Yet Again

Player of the Game For getting out of a particularly difficult situation and pitching another scoreless inning afterward, Joba Chamberlain is your Indians co-Player of the Game. His WPA of 1.87 was almost completely derived from his two outs in the fifth, which will be further expounded upon later on. Lonnie Chisenhall earned an identical […]

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The Kid is Alright – Naquin Impressive in First Month

In any baseball game there are moments where you can look back and say, if this did not happen, the other team would have won or if one player was absent from the lineup that the results would have been different. In a one run game, this can be even more extreme. This line of […]


Burning River Book Club: 1954 – Bill Madden

The year of 1954 should be one held in reverence to all Indians fans, but just for those who don’t know their history it was the year the team broke the all time single season wins record by going 111-43 and lost in four games to the Giants in the World Series. Of course, much […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run double against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of the game on April 27, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4/27 Recap: Santana Leads Way in Tribe Win

Roster Update: The Indians third roster change of the season was as unsurprising as the first two. After Cody Anderson struggled with command for his third consecutive start (of four this season), he has been demoted to AAA Columbus in exchange for Kyle Crockett. Aiding this move is the fact that the Indians are off […]

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Cleveland Indians Top 10 MiLB Outfielders 2016

In a new segment for Burning River Baseball, we will break down the Indians minor league system by position, covering one each month throughout the season. To start, we’ll look at the location of the Indians top two prospects and arguably the deepest position in the minor league system, the outfield. Rankings were decided by […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 26: Manager Terry Francona #17 and Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians congratulate Juan Uribe #4 on a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the game on April 26, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4/26 Recap: Twins Double their Pleasure with Second Walk-Off Win

Player of the Game Things looked desperate again late tonight, but the most recent goat, Mike Napoli, turned hero with a game tying home run in the top of the ninth. Napoli had struck out twice earlier in the game and K’d 12 times in his last five games, but he had no trouble with […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 25: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians reacts as umpire Doug Eddings #88 calls Danny Santana #39 of the Minnesota Twins safe after a dive back to first base during the fifth inning of the game on April 25, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians challenged the call and the call stood. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4/25 Recap: Game Full of Oddities Ends in Walk Off T-Win

Roster Update: Prior to tonight’s game, Michael Brantley was activated off the disabled list after his rehab assignment in Columbus. In order to make room for Brantley, the Indians placed Carlos Carrasco on the 15 Day DL with a hamstring strain. He sustained the injury on Sunday and is expected to miss four to six […]