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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

More Bullpen Games Might Not Be the Worst Option

The Indians are as of yet undecided on how to proceed with their fifth spot in the rotation for the rest of the season. The first four places have remained or returned to excellence from their various ailments and bad outings, but number five is still a mystery. Josh Tomlin held the fifth spot almost […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 31: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Napoli

9/7 Recap: Astros Keep it Interesting, but Indians Prevail Late

Player of the Game The party is back on as Mike Napoli hit a monster bomb tonight, his second in three games after going homerless in the previous 21. Tonight’s shot was a two pointer and for that and his defensive aid in a one run game, he deserves the honors. Feathers Up The Indians […]

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Baseball & Brews: September Baseball!

Fall Ball is upon us! This week on Cleveland Baseball And Brews Brad and I had a return guest! Mike Melaragno (@MikeMelaragno22)! The three of us dive right into a (way too small) bottle of Southern Tier Pumpking, and what September should hold for the Indians. We also compared the schedules of the Tribe, Tigers and […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

9/6 Recap: Too Little, Too Late as Tribe Falls to Houston

Roster Update: The last of the Indians minor league teams wrapped up their regular season play yesterday and with that, players on non-playoff teams are free to return to the Majors without waiting the normal ten day period. This is why Shawn Armstrong was sent to Lake County rather than Columbus and he is now back […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 5: Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on September 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

9/5 Recap: Tribe’s 6 Game Win Streak Ends on Bullpen Day

Roster Update: What would a bullpen game be without Kyle Crockett? With this in mind (and also likely because the Indians needed 4.1 innings out of their pen last night), he was activated from AAA. Since he was already on the 40 man roster, no corresponding move was needed. The Indians will likely add Shawn […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 29: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians runs out a double during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 29, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez

9/4 Recap: Indians Walk Their Way to Another Walk-Off

Player of the Game It was the second straight great start for Danny Salazar, despite Joe West’s constantly shifting strike zone that both hurt and helped him at times. He struck out 11, walked two and allowed just six hits in 5.2 innings. The only Marlins run scored against Salazar was thanks to a wild […]

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Top 10 Cleveland Indians MiLB Corner Infielders for 2016

Unlike the middle infield, the Indians corner spots are anything but under control for the foreseeable future. For a moment, it appeared that Giovanny Urshela and Jesus Aguilar could be the answers, but you will not find them on this list as they have already been given a shot and summarily forgotten about. Looking into […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: Francisco Lindor #12  celebrates as he scores on a single by Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians during the third inning against the Miami Marlins during an interleague game at Progressive Field on September 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor

9/3 Recap: Coco, and Kipnis, and Lindor… Oh My!

Player of the Game After the first inning, it looked as though Trevor Bauer would have a short outing tonight. Bauer did quite the contrary. He continued to pitch 7.1 more innings. The only hit he gave up since the first inning was to the lead off hitter, Ichiro, in the 9th. Bauer was dominate […]

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This is Next Year: Heading into the Final Week

The Dominican Summer League wrapped up last week, the Arizona League this week and the rest of the crew will finish out their regular seasons on September 5th. For some, play-offs will follow, but a few teams will have to sit at home and watch this year. This doesn’t necessarily mean the whole team, however, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Miami Marlins during an interleague game at Progressive Field on September 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/2 Recap: Carrasco Uses Gift Runs to Win Game One vs Miami

Roster Update: The Indians made a pile of roster moves since the last update and Justin Lada highlighted those and what they mean earlier today. The simplest way to put it is that they added Danny Salazar, Coco Crisp, Cody Anderson, Erik Gonzalez, Adam Moore and Joseph Colon to the active roster (now at 31) and […]

Jones waits on deck at Goodyear Ballpark in a 2016 AZL game against the Athletics. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

A Tale of Two Halves: 2016 AZL in Review

The AZL Indians 20-8 first half set the pace in the Arizona League and, excluding their first three games, had a 22-6 run early in the season before everything fell apart. They earned a play-off spot as first half champions in the AZL Central, but went 11-17 in the second half and finished the year […]

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Tribe Time Now: My Coco

Joseph Coblitz from Burning River Baseball and Stephanie Liscio from It’s Pronounced Lajaway enjoy the return of Coco Crisp, wonder who else is coming up and think about the Tribe’s rotation, bullpen and outfield situation as September call-up season is upon us. topic: The Return of the Crisp September Call-Ups Josh Tomlongball links: Examining the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 16: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Omar Narvaez #38 of the Chicago White Sox at first to end the top of the fourth inning at Progressive Field on August 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

August 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

Below follow the Indians Player Power Rankings for the month of August. As always, players are ranked by their full season’s output, but judged on only their performance for the month. Every player will receive a rating of “Above,” “Even” or “Below” comparing their actual results to what we thought would happen. In addition, each player […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

8/31 Recap: Tribe Sweep Twins in Style

Roster Update: After another short start and a rough night for the bullpen, Mike Chernoff and the Indians decided they couldn’t wait one more day for rosters to expand to add another reliever. For this, Perci Garner has been promoted from AAA for the first time in his career and Shawn Armstrong has been sent […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Relief pitcher Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Andrew Miller

How One Man Started a Bullpen Revolution in Cleveland

The Indians knew going into the July 31st trade deadline that the one position that needed to be upgraded over everything else was the bullpen. They were ninth in baseball with a 3.55 ERA in the first half, but most importantly, they only went about three players deep when it came to close games. With […]

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