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Oh, Dickerson, We Hardly Knew Ye

As mentioned in the post game report last night, the Indians have demoted Chris Dickerson in what was a very oddly timed move. Dickerson was originally purchased from the Tigers in July to help with outfield depth after injuries to Michael Bourn and Nyjer Morgan really thinned things out. When he initially joined the club, […]

Parallels to the Past

The schedule makers for the Major Leagues had an eye for retribution this year or else it was a tremendous coincidence as for the second year in a row, the Indians faced off against the Tigers for a four game series at home right when the play-off races were heating up and for the second […]

Corey Kluber

Regression To The Mean To Describe Corey Kluber and Cody Allen

In their past two outings, both Corey Kluber and Cody Allen have been less than stellar, especially considering the high stakes.  However, it is a matter of mere perception and regression to the mean rather than deteriorating talent. The concept of regression towards the mean is important in fields far beyond baseball. Wikipedia provides this […]

Indians Have Plenty of Innings Left For October

August was an anomaly compared to the rest of the season as the eighth best offensive team in the Majors became one of the worst and starting pitching, that has struggled to get out of the fifth inning all season looked like a rotation of All-Stars, posting a 2.40 ERA in August. In August only […]

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August 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians had a generally positive month of August (17-9-1) and they did so despite being the fourth worst team in the Majors in terms of runs scored (just 3.7 per game). In order to win 65.4% of their games, the Indians pitching staff has had to have been fantastic and was even better. The […]

Nick Swisher O-H-I-O

Why the Indians Should Never Trade Nick Swisher

Photo by Chuck Crow, Plain Dealer However exciting the signing of Nick Swisher may have been back in December of 2012, the deal is now almost universally considered to be a bust. In his first two seasons, Swisher has batted .231/.316/.386 in 242 games and in his most recent year, he broke his streak of […]

The Rise & Fall of Lonnie Chisenhall

Lonnie Chisenhall has had a roller coaster of a season in 2014. He started out being hated and disrespected, prior to the season, when he was replaced on the field by Carlos Santana and in the lineup by Jason Giambi, being excluded from All-Star voting. From there he became almost a cult figure while batting […]

Scott Atchison

Indians Get Older By Extending Scott Atchison

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians and relief pitcher Scott Atchison reached an agreement for an extension into the 2015 season with an option for 2016. The 38 year old is amazingly still in his arbitration years and was set for his final year of arbitration, so rather than go to an arbiter or argue during […]

Why The Indians Will Go To The Play-Offs in 2014

Now that I have your attention, I can admit that the title should actually be “How the Indians could possibly back into the play-offs if a lot of other things go right,” but that doesn’t ooze the type of confidence that Cleveland fans love and wouldn’t fit easily on the top of a web page. […]

Bryan Shaw: The Man Who Never Rests

Recently, Indians manager Terry Fracona said something about Bryan Shaw to support his use of the right handed reliever. He supposed that Shaw, who has been used more than any other reliever in the American League at 59 times, pitches better with one or no days of rest between appearances than when he has a […]

Worst Defense Since…?

The Indians defense has put up some impressive numbers this season. They are last in all of baseball in fielding percent (.980), while being first in errors committed (92) despite the pitching staff being second in the Majors in strike outs (1,046) meaning they have had to make fewer plays than almost any other Major […]

Who’s On The Mound?

There have been few steady parts of the Indians roster this season (the back end of the bullpen and Michael Brantley), but perhaps the least consistent has been the starting rotation. Corey Kluber has done his job as the ace, making 25 starts on pace for 34 by the end of the year, but the […]

August Can Be A Pain

Win/Loss record aside, the Indians have had some major problems with injuries over the first half of August. The outfield has been the site for most of these and Terry Francona has been scrambling all month to field three men who can run and provide at least a little offense. In all, Chris Dickerson, Nick […]

Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez’s WAR on Asdrubal Cabrera’s UZR

It has been just over a week since Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals and already, there are those who miss him. After his first error of the season, the Tribe fans that base their point of view on whatever happened last were calling for Francisco Lindor, disregarding Lindor’s development and being willing […]

Masterson

The Indians Dodged A $25 Million Bullet

Let’s flash back to spring training. The word was that Justin Masterson was asking for a three-year deal valued at less than the $17.5 million Homer Bailey received. What’s more, that he was willing to take a 2-3 year contract too. Which, for a front-line starter, was insanely reasonable. But the Indians weren’t willing to […]

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