KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 18:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hittng a solo home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 18, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

7/18 Recap: Dyson Sunk the Manship

Roster Update: After separating his shoulder while trying to beat out a play at first base last night, Yan Gomes has been placed on the 15 Day DL and is expected to miss at least a month. To replace him, the Indians have taken Roberto Perez off the 60 Day DL a little earlier than […]

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Cleveland Baseball & Brews: What’s Your Favorite Baseball Flick?

This week on Cleveland Baseball and Brews, Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I were again joined by Best Friend Steph Who’s Here To Drink, and two guest appearances by WTAM’s Glenn Forbes (@GlennForbes1) and Will Burge (@WillBurge). The main topic of the day? What’s your top five baseball movies, and what is one classic that you’ve never […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 8: Relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong #51 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 17-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In House Options for the Tribe’s Reliever Search

It’s well known the Cleveland Indians are on the market for a reliever and even with an injury to Yan Gomes, and not to put the cart ahead of the horse, reliever still remains the biggest need to put this team in position to be dangerous in October. An additional dominant bullpen arm paired with […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

7/17 Recap: When Twins Cry

The Indians finally win a series against the Minnesota Twins in 2016. The Tribe’s 28-13 (.675) record & 3.15 ERA since June 1st are both best in the Majors; record-wise,  the next-closest team is Houston at 25-13 (.658). The Indians 28-12 (.692) record within the A.L. Central is the best intra-division record of any team […]


Burning River baseball on Baseball PHD Podcast

This week I was on the Baseball PHD podcast with Ed Kasputis talking about what the Indians needed to do to go all the way and a little bit about Ashtabula for some reason. Make sure to check out Ed’s site at BaseballPHD.net as he comes out with a new podcast each week.

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Brady Aiken Impressing Beyond Stats

If you look at the Arizona Rookie League numbers of the Indians 2015 first round pick, Brady Aiken, it would be easy to get disappointed. Their comp pick from 2015, Triston McKenzie, dominated in his first run in the AZL with a 0.75 ERA and 17 K’s in 12 innings and has already been promoted […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 16: Chris Gimenez #38 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Kennys Vargas #19 of the Minnesota Twins at home plate during the fourth inning of the game on July 16, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

7/16: Twins Walk-off in Wet, Wild One

Player of the Game With three hits including a double, two RBI and a run scored, Carlos Santana was the Indians top performer tonight. There will be quite a bit more upcoming on Santana, including his defense, which detracted heavily from his value tonight. Feathers Up Santana started the game with a single up the […]

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This Is Next Year: Hey Now, You’re An All Star

As the Indians coasted into the All Star break, so did the Rubber Ducks and Clippers. In fact, both teams had representatives at each game and one even made an appearance at the Major League futures game. What’s better than being named to the Eastern League All-Star team when it’s played in your hometown? Being named […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates scoring against the Minnesota Twins on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of the game on July 15, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

7/15 Recap: Rested Tribe Start Second Half on Top

Roster Update: Yesterday, the Indians announced that Erik Gonzalez would be joining the 25 man roster for the first time in his career. You can read more about that here.  To make room, T.J. House was sent back to AAA Columbus. Player of the Game Technically, Mike Napoli reached base in each of his four at […]

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A Potentially Optimized Indians 2nd Half Roster

The Indians are beginning the second half tonight in first place and with a commanding lead, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The largest reason for the Indians improvement has been the starting rotation, which shouldn’t be touched, but there have been questions in the bullpen and the line-up with some players […]

Erik Gonzalez bats in front of the festive looking Devin Mesoraco of Cincinnati. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Erik Gonzalez Finally Promoted After 8 Years in Minors

A day before embarking on the second half of the season, Mike Chernoff and the Indians have promoted infielder Erik Gonzalez while reducing the bullpen to a more manageable seven with T.J. House returning to AAA. This will have strategic ramifications including leaving the team without a left handed reliever, but the primary focus should […]

Baseball & Brews

CLE Baseball & Brews: An Attempt At The First Half Wrap Up

This week was a weird one, where Brad “The Red Ranger” (@BradWojdyla), surprise guest “Best Friend Steph Who’s Here To Drink” and I go completely off track of the normal show topics. Do we talk about baseball and beer? Of course, but the All-Star Break mindset was already on the brain. As we navigated through […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 25:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 25, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

This Week in Tribe 7/15-24: Road Trip Starts Second Half

With the All-Star game behind us and Corey Kluber getting the scorer’s credit for the American League’s 4-2 win, it’s time for the Cleveland Indians to move forward and begin the season’s second half. To recap, the Indians sit alone in first place with a 52-36 record and enjoy a 6.5-game lead over Detroit (46-43) and […]