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Indians Increase Expectations for Second Half

“With us, we’re in a different position. We have guys already in those roles that are capable of contributing,” Antonetti said. “For us to improve, we need to improve upon a higher standard. In some cases, we’re counting on guys we’ve already made commitments to rebounding.” That statement was part of an interview Indians’ GM […]

Michael Brantley, More than an All-Star

Michael Brantley is slated to be the only Indians player in tomorrow’s All-Star Game in Minnseota. The first thing that makes this special is that the Indians have sent multiple players to the game in the past three years and many times those players (like Justin Masterson in 2013 and Asdrubal Cabrera in 2012), made […]

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What Have You Done For Me Lately: The Vinnie Pestano Edition

The Cleveland Indians are an organization that prides itself of giving people second chances. In the most recent version of the team, they have done so with many people including Ryan Raburn, signing the below average utility infielder to a minor league deal after his worst career season in 2012 when he batted .171 and […]

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Cleveland Indians All-Star Snubs, or Are They?

It seems every year the Indians have deserving players who are excluded from the American League All-Star team and this year is no exception. Michael Brantley has been announced as an extra outfielder for the team and barring any injuries and the final vote, could likely be the Indians only representative on this year’s squad. […]

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Michael Brantley Plays All Fields, Because He Must

Depth on a baseball team can be a temperamental thing. Prior to the Indians 2014 campaign, it looked like the team was set in the outfield and bullpen, but would have trouble putting together a solid rotation. There were (well founded) questions about Carlos Carrasco as well as uncertainty surrounding Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar […]

Best of BRB: The Remarkable Consistency of Nick Swisher

This is the second edition of Best of Burning River Baseball and it features an article written by Mike Melaragno back in February of this year. The original article is repeated in its entirety below, in italics, with new commentary in red.  Throughout Major League Baseball, Nick Swisher has been underrated for much of his […]

Best-Of BRB: Swishalicious, the Nick Swisher Debacle

The first Best of Burning River Baseball article for Nick Swisher Day has to be the first ever written about Swisher in the history of the site. I wrote this prior to him actually signing and it came out on December 12th, 2012. In addition to a reprinting of the original article, in italics, there […]

Which Indians Stars Should Be All-Stars?

Every year we predict the Indians who we at BurningRiverBaseball.com think will make the All-Star team and those who are deserving but will not make it and there has never been such a clear cut answer. Even so, we will still go over the two players who almost certainly make the team and a couple […]

June 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians started off June in impressive fashion, taking a six game winning streak through the first week. After getting back to within two games of the Central Division lead on June 10th, things went back the other way for the Tribe, going 6-12 and moving back into third place. As far as the Power […]

Half Way Through, Are the Indians Buyers or Sellers?

Today’s game against the Mariners marked the Indians 81st of the season, also known as the official midway point (as opposed to the unofficial midway point, the All-Star Game). This makes it as good a time as any to go back and look at the first half of the season to see where the team’s […]

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A Deeper Look Into Tomlin’s Historic Start

Josh Tomlin threw one of the best games in baseball this year, behind Clayton Kershaw’s perfect game, but on par with the two other no hitters thrown by Josh Beckett and Tim Lincecum. In Tomlin’s game, he threw a complete game, allowed no runs, no walks and just one hit, a single by Kyle Seager […]

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Kyle Crockett Made Josh Outman the Out-Man.

(Photo courtesy of foxsports.com) Before Wednesday evenings rain out, the Indians activated pitcher Zach McAllister from the disabled list, two days before his scheduled start. To make roster space, the club designated lefty reliever Josh Outman for assignment. The team has 10 days to trade him, release him or try to pass him through waivers. […]

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 […]

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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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