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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, […]

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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, […]

Economy and Ticket Sales

In any numerical list, there is an entity in first and an entity in last. When looking at ticket sales in Major League Baseball, the Indians are the entity in last. They have just averaged 12,871 fans per home game (all numbers as of May 16th), their lowest total since 1991 at Cleveland Stadium. While […]

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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 […]

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