Michael Brantley

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 […]


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 […]

Nick Swisher

Trying To Explain The Indians Struggles (With Small Sample Sizes)

When a baseball team goes 7-10 during a 17 game stretch in June or July, nobody notices; if they earn that record during the first 17 games of the season, it causes concern. This is exactly where the Indians find themselves to start 2014 especially after they clinched a postseason birth last season. To understand […]

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Carlos Santana’s Groin

Panic! It is two weeks into the season and Carlos Santana is batting just .157 with no home runs and a single RBI. This is the premier power hitter for the Cleveland Indians and he isn’t hitting, so something must be wrong. There are plenty of excuses people have made for this, starting with Santana […]

Carlos Carrasco, Reliever of the Future

Carlos Carrasco decided to do something a little different his last time out. Instead of warming up in the bullpen prior to the start of the game and heading into the dugout before first pitch, Carrasco came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the first as if he didn’t know he was starting […]

Let’s Not Worry About Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar made history on Thursday night; accomplishing something that has not been seen since 1900: He fanned 10 hitters while only completing 3.2 innings in the game. He finished with the loss, allowing five runs and six hits. Let’s take a deeper look into his numbers on the night: 24.5 K/9, 1.000 BABIP, 66.7% […]

Vinnie Pestano

The Numbers Behind Why Vinnie Was Optioned

Before game one of Wednesday’s double header with the Padres, the club announced that reliever Vinnie Pestano was being optioned back to Columbus. Presumably, the Indians want him to continue to work on his mechanics so that he becomes effective at retiring batters again. In three appearances this season, Pestano has surrendered six runs (four […]

Michael Bourne

Bourn to Run

Michael Bourn went on the DL the final week of Spring Training with the thought that a couple days rest and a few quick games with the Clippers would be all he would need to get back to the Tribe. The AAA games would be a test to make sure he was set to sprint […]

Is It All In Carlos Carrasco’s Head?

He pitched another game that drove Indians fans nuts on Saturday afternoon. A game in which most fans walked away asking themselves: “Who is the real Carlos Carrasco?” A game in which he gave up four earned runs in only 5 2/3 innings but also struck out seven while walking only two. Over the past […]

Josh Tomlin

Abandoning The Four-Seam Fastball: A Case Study.

If Corey Kluber‘s road to the big leagues was long and winding, the reason for his recent success might be short and simple.  Some time in 2011, he gave up on his four-seam fastball and started throwing a two-seamer. After learning more about Kluber from a Spring Training interview he gave with SportsTime Ohio, I […]

Jason Kipnis

Extending the Extensions

The Indians have already announced the long term signings of two young players this Spring, but that wasn’t enough for the Tribe. After bringing in Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes long term, Cleveland has finally locked up their greatest player for a very long time. The deal, announced before the Home Opener, is for six […]

Long Term Yanimal

The Indians know the value of a great catcher and they have had their fare share over the past few decades. Starting with Sandy Alomar in the 1990′s, the Indians have had Victor Martinez and Carlos Santana continuing the offensive strength at the historically weak position. Last season, Yan Gomes took over and, although it […]

Final 2014 Spring Training Results

The Indians finished their 2014 Spring campaign earlier this week with a win against the split-squad Diamondbacks in Scottsdale. Their final 19-8 record was one loss better than their previous best of 19-9 in 2010. With that record, the Indians not only lead all Cactus League teams, but finished in first in winning percent in […]

Mark Lowe Will Have A Chance To Contribute In 2014

On Saturday, the Indians agreed to terms with RHP Mark Lowe on a minor league contract after failing to make the Tampa Bay Rays’ Opening Day roster. Lowe posted an 0.87 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio as a non-roster invitee with the Rays this spring. He opted for free agency this week after being informed […]