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Closer By Committee In Name Only

After two losses taken by John Axford in a row on the fourth and fifth of May, Terry Francona announced that he would be removed from the closer’s role and replaced by a unit that included Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Scott Atchison and Marc Rzepczynski depending on the situation. Since then, 11 pitchers have made 133 […]

Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley’s All Star Season

You earn the nickname “Dr. Smooth” for a reason. For both Michael Brantley and the Indians, that reason is clear: Being the best all-around position player on a contending team. Being the best all-around player on any team, let alone a contending team, should merit an All Star appearance. If anything, last season should have […]

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Is Nick Haga-Done?

Nick Hagadone’s most recent turn with the Indians ended abruptly yesterday when he was sent back down to AAA for a much younger left hander, Kyle Crockett. Hagadone was surprisingly used regularly an in late inning situations, going against Terry Francona’s general policy of overusing his top four or five relievers. In his first two […]

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It’s Tribe Time Now (To Mirror The Twins.)

While the Minnesota Twins’ signing of Kendrys Morales probably won’t make them a contender , it indicates to fans and general managers of the American League Central that every team in the division believes that they are only one or two pieces away from winning it. If the Twins, who are 31-33 at the time […]

Squeezing the Central

It’s official. This is as close as the Central Division has been by June 13th in it’s twenty year history. No other season since the creation of the Wild Card and three division league as seen such a tight pack. Not only is there no amazing team running away with things, there is also no […]

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See Ya In Cooperstown: A Closer Look At Chisenhall’s Historic Performance.

When Lonnie Chisenhall arrived at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday afternoon, he learned that the Baseball Hall Of Fame requested a bat of his. Not just any ordinary bat but rather one similar to Roy Hobbs’ “Wonderboy” from the movie The Natural. In case you haven’t read or heard by now, here was Chisenhall’s line from Monday […]

Carlos Santana: POG by POS

Regular readers of BurningRiverBaseball.com should be familiar with the ‘Player of the Game’ scoring system, but for those who are not, read about it here first, because it will be the primary evaluator for the rest of this article. There has been a lot made about Carlos Santana’s slow start as Indians fans grow tired […]

Twins Sign Kendrys Morales, But Why?

It took until June, but the final big free agent has come off the market as the Twins have signed Kendrys Morales for $8M, more than he has ever made in his career, but less than the qualifying offer made by the Mariners last Fall. The Twins will also have to give Seattle their first […]

Reliever Abuse Help Line, Dial 1-800-FRANCONA

The Indians have a league leader and it’s not just Corey Kluber. That leader is Marc Rzepczynski, who leads the Majors in games pitched with 31. Of course, this isn’t that odd for a match-up left hander and Zep has only pitched 21 innings in those games, a number he is completely capable pitching. The problem […]

What Could Corey Kluber Do?

Corey Kluber just put together an amazing May, leading him to become the Tribe’s best starter of the season. We already know that he leads the American League in strike outs for the season, lead it in May and was the first pitcher to strike out 60 in a month since Yu Darvish last September, […]

Michael Brantley

May 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians have added a lot of new blood to the rankings this month, because of a vast amount of injuries and some very unimpressive starts. The new players have had mixed results with one shooting all the way up to number seven on this month’s rankings, despite playing in just five games. As always, the rankings […]

I Can’t Stand Losing (You): The Injury Bug Hits Swisher And Santana.

If losing to your division foe on Memorial Day wasn’t hard enough, losing two key players from your lineup in one day certainly is. The Indians placed first baseman Nick Swisher and third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Swisher was […]

Lefty on Lefty Crime: The Secret to Lonnie Chisenhall’s Early Success

There are different types of left handed hitters. Some are like Michael Brantley, so valuable in the field and at the plate to remove from lineup despite having below average numbers against left handers (.756 career OPS vs RHP, .661 vs LHP). Some are like Jason Kipnis, who is an incredible hitter against pitchers against […]

How The Indians Defeated Both Verlander and Scherzer

The Indians not only swept the division leading Detroit Tigers, they did so by beating up their two aces in back to back games. The tribe’s offense, which has been vastly critiqued this season for not performing when it matters, collected a combined 23 hits 12 earned runs and 5 walks in 13 innings against […]

Roster Moves 5/22: The Cost of a Win

The Indians left it all on the field yesterday against the Tigers and they may be feeling the effects for some time. In the 13 inning win, the Indians used nine pitchers including Zach McAllister (2 IP), who started and Carlos Carrasco (2 IP) and Josh Tomlin (3 IP), who pitched in relief. In addition, […]

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