OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 02: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians takes the ball from starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 taking him out of the game against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the seventh inning at Coliseum on August 2, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

That Thing Trevor Bauer Doesn’t Want to Talk About

Trevor Bauer is one of the most interesting pitchers not just on the Indians roster, but in all of baseball. From his homemade drones to his analytically-minded approach to studying the art of pitching, he is truly a unique breed of ballplayer. Aside from interesting personality quirks, Bauer is a tremendously talented pitcher, although lately […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on July 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Carlos Carrasco and the 1st Inning Disaster

The Indians have seen a lot of excellent starting pitching this season, particularly stemming from the arms of Corey Kluber (3.46 ERA, 186 K, .239 BAA) and Carlos Carrasco (3.68 ERA, 165 K, .234 BAA), two pitchers who were extended long term prior to the season and are expected to be Cy Young candidates for […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 9: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

New Look Tribe Sees Attendance Spike

Much attention has been paid to the Indians recent roster moves, particularly the trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta for Chris Johnson, and the subsequent offensive increase, but there has been another increase that went less noticed. Playing against the Twins and Yankees for six games, the Indians had their highest attended […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 8: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians runs out a double during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 10-9. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is Abraham Almonte For Real?

The Trade Deadline was a very active time for the 2015 version of the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, the Tribe did not have the winning season that Cleveland fans envisioned and became sellers at the end of July. First, David Murphy was sent to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a minor league short stop, Eric […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 9: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after hitting a two run home run against starting pitcher Phil Hughes #45 of the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Progressive Field on August 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Top 10 Second Half Surprises Since 2005

Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson have had the luck to have some of their best games ever in their first games for the Tribe this year particularly for Almonte, who’s 2 home runs and four RBI in two games are near enough to his best season totals of three and 15 in 59 games last […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 14:  Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians lays down a bunt against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning on May 14, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cardinals defeated the Indians 2-1.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Lonnie Chisenhall, Utility Man?

Since his recall on July 30th, after more than a month and a half in AAA, Lonnie Chisenhall has been used exclusively in right field. One of the “advantages” of being out of the play-off race early is that a trial by fire at a new position (he played just four games there in AAA, […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2: Chris Johnson #23 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 2, 2015 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Merry Swishmas: Part 2

George Carlin had a bit once where he said: Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’ […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after getting called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg during MLB baseball action against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Abandoning the Francona Second Half Surge

Not so long ago, a few weeks is all, I wrote about whether or not the Indians could expect a second half bump like they have had in previous seasons under Terry Francona. In it, I postulated that with a similar surge to 2013 and 2014 created by improved roster construction and better play from […]

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)

Restructuring for 2016

Death and taxes. Those are the only two things in life that are absolutely certain. Well, at least they used to be, now there’s a third certainty in life, the anemic Cleveland Indians’ offense. The Indians’ offense has been the biggest letdown in a season that started with extremely high expectations. The Tribe has played […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians is greeted by his teammates at home plate after he hit a walk off grand slam home run against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on July 7, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated Blue Jays 5-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where Have All the Grand Slams Gone?

The Grand Slam is one of the most exciting plays in all of baseball. It is the play that scores the most runs in an instant, the best thing a batter can do at any point in any game. Based on the Indians pitching staff this season, a single grand slam would likely be enough […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 12: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor

July 2015 Player Power Rankings

July was the Indians worst month so far this season, not necessarily in winning percent, but in momentum as it was the final one where the dream of 2015 contention still existed. With a clear vision, the Indians became total sellers at the deadline and will look to build towards 2016 with a still promising […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25:  Starting pitcher Esmil Rogers #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

An Analysis of Trade Results from the Shapiro/Antonetti Era

Today is the non-waiver trade deadline and while the Indians may or may not continue to be active, we won’t know the real results of those deals until well in the future. Instead, it is a great time to look into the past and see how the current administration has rated in their previous dealings. […]

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 […]