against the Cleveland Indians on March 13, 2015 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Burning River Infirmary 4/8: Michael Brantley Won’t Back Down

Michael Brantley – (Lower Back Stiffness) Day to Day. Michael Brantley was scratched from the lineup last night due to “lower back stiffness.” Brantley dealt with lower back stiffness during spring training as he didn’t take part in the agility test the first day and missed five games in late March. Lower back stiffness can […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 25:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians Contracts Update 4/8

Here are the Indians color coded contractual considerations. From top to bottom, players that have signed long term contracts are listed first, followed by the arbitration eligible players in order of experience, ending with pre-arbitration eligible players. Players not listed are pre-arb. In general it can be assumed that pre-arb players will make between $500 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 3:  Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning on June 3, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland defeated Boston 5-3.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

You Kan’t Spell ReKord BreaKing Without K

Well, maybe you can, but that’s not the point. Last season, the Indians set a new Major League record with 1,450 as a pitching staff. While this likely had a lot to do with the over 500 innings pitched by the bullpen, particularly by the top three pitchers, it had even more to do with […]


Leading Off An Incredible Summer: Opening Night In 1995

As the Indians prepare to play their 114th opening night in it’s history, they will do so in the same state they opened the 1995 season: Texas. With big expectations placed upon the club from the media, it’s fitting they start the season in a state where everything is bigger. It is a miracle the […]


Keep ‘Em Rolling: Tribe Signs Another Starter To An Extension

The Indians have locked up another starting pitcher returning from last season. According to various sources, the team has signed RHP Carlos Carrasco to a contract extension. It is a four-year contract valued around $38 million and includes Carrasco’s 2015 salary of around $2.55 million and tacks on three more seasons, running through his first […]


Preliminary 2015 Player Power Rankings

While the Indians will be best suited to play as a team, it doesn’t mean we can’t break them down for a little internal competition to see who is the most important to the team for the upcoming season. The following list is a break down of the 25 man roster, ranking the players from […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 08:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Comerica Park on July 8, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Value of Good Luck

This season, the American League Central Division looks as competitive as it has ever been in its 21 year existence with four teams holding a completely legitimate chance of winning the division outright. Each of the White Sox, Indians, Tigers and Royals have the talent to compete, but will ultimately separate this group this season […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  Austin Adams #73 of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during a photo day at Goodyear Ballpark on February 28, 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Final 25 Man Roster For Opening Day 2015

For everyone else, new additions and promotions are marked in green while players dropped from a starting spot or removed entirely will be listed in red. The original group can still be seen back here. Starting Lineup C(1) Yan Gomes 1B(2) Carlos Santana 2B(3) Jason Kipnis SS(4) Jose Ramirez 3B(5) Lonnie Chisenhall LF(6) Michael Brantley […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in the first game of a doubleheader on June 28, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Rotation Depth: A Worrisome Start to 2015 Season

I’m excited about the Cleveland Indians heading into the 2015 season although I don’€™t think they will win the American League Central Division, despite the trendy pick status granted by some national publications and writers along predictions by my colleagues at Burning River Baseball. The Detroit Tigers to me seem to have more firepower on […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros during their game at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Pitching Aplenty: A Dream Come True

When I dream about what a division winning Major League Baseball team looks like, I envision a club with a deep starting rotation and bullpen. After all, there is a good chance there will be multiple pitchers with injuries over the course of a 162 game schedule. A long season takes it toll on men […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 2: Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on May 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Maximizing the Indians Line-Up Production

Picking the expected line-up for a Terry Francona team begins as a travesty as Francona generally doesn’t have one reusable line-up throughout the year. That being said, we will attempt here, to find the optimum line-up based on who is expected to be in the Indians starting nine. To start, we will take a look […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros during their game at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Salazar Demoted After Rough Start

After a month of telling you to ignore Spring Training stats, especially the amount of home runs allowed in the offense friendly Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians are telling you the opposite. Less than one day after saying that no one start will make or break a pitcher’s chance at the starting rotation, Danny Salazar has […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster of the Future (3/26/15)

We are ever closer to reducing to 25 men in camp as the most recent set of cuts brought the Indians to just 37 players left in Goodyear. There were definitely some surprises this time around as two players who were considered possibilities, Bruce Chen and C.C. Lee, were reassigned to minor league camp. There […]

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Finding A Scorebook Number For Jason Kipnis

There is an impending dilemma the Indians front office will face at some point before the All-Star break this season. It’s one that 29 other clubs wish they had and while the Tribe’s decision makers aren’t complaining, they are embracing the difficult decision ahead: What to do with second-baseman Jason Kipnis when prospect Fransisco Lindor […]