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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 12: Starting pitcher Zach McAllister #34 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox with catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians and umpire Hal Gibson III #73 behind the plate at Progressive Field on July 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Trade A Starting Pitcher?

With the July 31st trade deadline just a day away, the Indians find themselves in an interesting position, one they likely did not expect to be in when the season began. It’s no secret that the strength of the Indians roster is the starting rotation. The fearsome foursome of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 28: Right fielder Brandon Moss #44 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Progressive Field on July 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Brandon Moss

Holliday Injury Provides Opportunity, Moss Traded to Cardinals

The Indians made few external improvements to their roster this off-season. The starting rotation, bullpen and defense were all generally the same players brought back from 2013 and 2014 with a few minor league upgrades. The biggest upgrade anywhere was Brandon Moss, the 2014 All-Star, added for AA second baseman Joey Wendle, a position that […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 8: David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double to right during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Good Guy Gone

After a week of trade rumors involving Tribe outfielder David Murphy, the left-handed hitting right fielder was finally shipped off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This season in Cleveland, Murphy was given the opportunity to platoon in the outfield and DH spot with Ryan Raburn and Brandon Moss. The 33-year-old played in 84 […]

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians dives for a ball hit by Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Center Field Career Arcs: When & Why to Go Young

There are two ways of thinking about players with similar abilities, but differing ages. For the veteran, with his decreasing ability level, there is that incalculable advantage of “experience” and “leadership.” For the youngster on the rise, he brings a similar talent level, but the promise of greater abilities in the future. Knowing when to […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 13: Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Never Fall in Love with a Reliever

In similar reasoning to why Mama’s shouldn’t let their babies grow up to be Cowboys, baseball fans should never fall in love with relievers. They are all a little wacky and they will either leave you or disappointment in the end. While it may be tempting when they are playing well, it’s always a trap, […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians congratulates Yan Gomes #10 after hitting a three run home run in the top of the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 9-4. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Is There Hope in the Second Half Surge?

Since Terry Francona took over the helm in 2013, the Indians have had an odd tendency to play better after the All-Star break than before. It is this kind of late season magic that the Indians are depending on this season to return to the postseason. Below are the Indians records in each half over […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 11: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Trade Carlos Santana?

Make no bones about it, Carlos Santana‘s season has been the most disappointing of any Indians player this season. While much improved over the last few games, Santana’ batting line is a disappointing .221/.352/.381 with 10 home runs through 82 games played. If the season ended today, his 112 wRC+ rating would by far be […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 7: Michael Brantley #23 celebrates with Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians After Brantley hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 7, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where Should the Indians Front Office Focus Now?

In the past week on BurningRiverBaseball.com, we’ve talked about the Indians results the first half and whether they should be buyers or sellers, but before they can decide that, they need to look at their legitimate play-off odds. You don’t need to visit FanGraphs.com to see that the Indians have a very limited chance to […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 10: Francisco Lindor #12 starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 Yan Gomes #10 and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1 at Progressive Field on July 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

An Optimistic Outlook

The 2015 season began with very, very lofty expectations for the Cleveland Indians. Thanks, SI. Up until this point, the team has done anything but fulfill those expectations. The Indians got off to an all too familiar poor showing out of the gate. Through 21 games, the Indians were 7-14 but since then they are […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 16:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run homerun in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Best & Worst of the First Half 2015

Best Offensive Play  May 16th, Jason Kipnis On this night in Texas, the Indians and Rangers kept going back and forth, scoring runs in 12 of 18 frames. In the ninth, the Indians came to bat down one, but tied the game with a Jose Ramirez fielder’s choice. That was when Jason Kipnis came to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians is removed from the game by Manager Terry Francona #17 against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning of their game on April 27, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Why the Indians Won’t Have to Sell the Farm This Time

It is too early in the year to tell for sure whether the Indians could be legitimate contenders for one of the ever growing number of play-off spots, but one way or the other, there won’t likely be a large destruction of the franchise rebuilding towards the future anytime soon. While this has been an […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 29:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians talks with Michael Brantley #23 in the dugout before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians Earn a Disappointing Mid-Season Report Card

After 88 games, the Cleveland Indians season so far can only be described as disappointing after many thought the Tribe would be a World Series contender (mlb baseball lines) in the thick of a division race with a possible wild card as a consolation prize. A record of 42-46 at the All-Star break reflects the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 11: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a triple to left during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jason Kipnis

The Great Jason Kipnis

We have spent the whole day looking back at Jason Kipnis‘ past few years, but since he is an All-Star in 2015, it is about time we looked into what he is doing right now. The primary reason there was so much internet outrage over Omar Infante leading the second base vote for so long […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 19:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians gestures against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 19, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Best of BRB: Should the Indians Extend Jason Kipnis?

This is the third of three Jason Kipnis centered Best of Burning River Baseball articles to come out on 7/13/15. It features an article written by Joseph Coblitz from October of 2013. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in black italics, with new commentary from Danny Cunningham in red.  The Indians have an interesting […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hiting a walk-off three-run home run in the tenth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on May 17, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Mariners 6-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Best of BRB: It’s A Kipnystery!

This is the second of three Jason Kipnis centered Best of Burning River Baseball articles to come out on 7/13/15. It features an article written by Joseph Coblitz from April of 2013. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in black italics, with new commentary from Kevin Gall in red.  Going into the season, Jason Kipnis was […]

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