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The Hardship of Playing First Base

First base has generally been known as the easiest defensive position on the field. You don’t need to be fast, like in the outfield, or agile, like at third base. It is the home of the 275 pound Prince Fielder and was the home of his 230 pound father, Cecil. It is a place the […]

Three Reasons Why The Indians Record Will Most Likely Improve

After watching the Indians play this weekend, it is easy to worry about what direction the team will take the remainder of the season.The Tribe was swept by the Oakland Athletics losing in the series-finale 13-3 Sunday at Progressive Field. The A’s outscored the Indians 30-6 during the three-game weekend-series, dropping the Indians 10-games back […]

Nyjer Morgan’s PCL Sprain and Other Injury Updates…

Nyjer Morgan (Sprained PCL in right knee; Placed on 15 DL on May 15th) Before Friday’s game against the Athletics, the Indians announced that outfielder Nyjer Morgan suffered a Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) sprain while he chased after a double by Toronto’s Adam Lind on Wednesday, May 14th. In an awkward half dive half tumble attempt […]

Asdrubal Cabrera’s Value Rises Along With His Bat

On the morning of April 29th, Asdrubal Cabrera arose from his bed in the team hotel room in Anaheim amidst an early season slump. His performance in the previous evenings game solidified what was a bad statistical April for the all-star shortstop: Going 0-4 with one strikeout while the Indians lost their 4th straight game […]

Kyle Crockett: The Next Relief Ace

The Indians have a different strategy when it comes to relief pitchers and it has been a long time coming. Rather than overspending on 39 year old closers, they have preferred to fill from below with players that perform at a similar level for a fraction of the cost. The latest in this line was […]

Is The “Closer By Committee” A Good Thing For The Tribe?

Before Saturday’s game against the Rays, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that John Axford will be taken out of the closer’s role and the team will employ a “closer by committee” for the foreseeable future. According to the skipper, any combination of Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Mark Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw will see time in […]

An Unexpected Battle: Nyjer Morgan takes on Michael Bourn

We spend all Spring Training talking about positional battles and roster decisions like they will be permanent, but it continues throughout the season. The most recent of these has come to the surface during the past week as Nyjer Morgan, who has replaced Michael Bourn in center field while he missed time with injury, has […]

Killing Two Birds with One Ball

The Indians have had a few problems this season (obviously given their 17-19 record), but some of these may be more to do with stubbornness than talent. While the Indians’ defense overall has not been great, it is unfair to stigmatize everyone as a whole. For example, the Indians outfield currently boasts a .990 fielding […]

The Media: Friend or Foe To Nick Swisher.

Nick Swisher created a small stir among the Cleveland media last week after he expressed frustration with them about how the club was being written about during a recent slump. After a 12-5 lop-sided victory against the White Sox on May 2, he spoke his mind saying: “There have been a lot of bad things […]

DL Abuse: The Jason Giambi Story

Jason Giambi was placed on the disabled list yesterday, but to call him disabled is an injustice, instead, maybe he should be referred to as “differently abled.” Giambi hurt his calf a few days ago during an at bat against the White Sox (he couldn’t have hurt it running as he is yet to reach […]

Lonnie Chisenhall Proves How RBI Are Overrated

For those who have read Money Ball or any similar, recent statistical analysis, you already know that situational counting stats, like RBI, wins and saves are considered to be incredibly overrated by the new school. While this is generally discussed with an all encompassing view, Lonnie Chisenhall has provided perfect anecdotal evidence of the same […]

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About An Oblique Strain.

As mentioned, Jason Kipnis has landed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday as he initiates the healing process for a strained right oblique muscle. He suffered the injury while swinging the bat when he hit into a double-play in the fourth inning against the Angels on Tuesday evening. Strains of the oblique muscles and […]

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April 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians have had their ups and downs during the first month of the season, but remain within 6 games of first place, despite a record below .500. This is not the time to look at team-wide successes and failures however, but to break things down and look at every player individually. Like in previous […]

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Carlos Carrasco: Back Where He Belongs

According to Paul Hoynes, on twitter, the Indians have finally moved Carlos Carrasco back into the bullpen. In the short term, this means Zach McAllister will be making his expected start on April 30th against the Angels going on short rest, while Carrasco should become almost immediately available in bullpen. Trevor Bauer is the most […]

Michael Brantley: The Ned Yost And Dale Sveum Connection.

With the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland and Ned Yost as their manager, it is the perfect time to thank both him and 3rd base coach Dale Sveum for allowing Michael Brantley to become an Indian. On July 7th, 2008 the Indians traded former CY Young award winner, C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for a […]

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