DETROIT, MI - JUNE 14: Nick Hagadone #50 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 14, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Burning River Infirmary: Nick Hagadone Would Rather Have a Bad Back

The All-Star break was not quite over when the Indians received devastating news: Lefty Nick Hagadone will be done for the season after breaking a bone in his elbow in a rehab appearance with Mahoning Valley on Wednesday (7/15). This was not a typical pitching elbow injury, although there was another recent example as Gavin Floyd had the same issue. […]

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Tribe Time Now: The Pre-Trade Deadline Episode

Stephanie Liscio (@RThompAK13) of More Than a Fan: Cleveland for the 23rd episode of Tribe Time Now! Stephanie and Ryan discuss the Milwaukee series in review, potential trade ideas from IPL, interest in Santana and Mike Aviles, the AL Central’s vast starting pitching marketplace, the shady PR area of announcing why the Indians aren’t trading Mike Aviles, Larry […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their game on August 23, 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

7/23 Recap: Indians Add To Samardzija’s Trade Value

Player of the Game Michael Bourn takes a lot of grief from this site and pretty much every Indians fan in the world but today he had a solid game. He was 2 for 3 including a double and a run scored. Feathers Up The Indians had 4 hits tonight. Two of them came from […]

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Faster than the Naked Eye: Gabriel Mejia

Currently, there are four Mejia’s in Cleveland’s minor league system from the Dominican Summer League to Lake County (including the DSL Indians manager) and since one of our goals here at BurningRiverBaseball is to clarify an often murky farm system, I’ll highlight the most exciting one here, the speedy Gabriel Mejia. This particular Mejia jumped […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 22: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Michael Brantley #23 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Interleague game at Miller Park on July 22, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

7/22 Recap: Indians Mix Hits In With Double Plays, Score Runs

Player of the Game Michael Brantley has been close enough to aflame since the All-Star break to make everyone forget about his aching back Today, he crushed a three run home run to tie the game in the third and added the go ahead RBI on a single in the fifth as well. In his […]


Moneyball – Michael Lewis

The most controversial baseball book since Ball Four, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis doesn’t have the most extreme statistical takes in it, but it did open up that world for the regular baseball fan. More than any other individual brought out into the open that baseball teams were using more […]

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Connor Marabell Profile

Almost every player has had their bad days in the minors. From those bad days came guys like Jason Kipnis, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. They were put in situations they had to learn to work around and became better ball players because of it and the Cleveland Indians low-A affiliate, Mahoning Valley Scrapper’s right […]

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Weekend Update 7/19: The Good, The Bad & The Extremely Ugly

Joe Coblitz (@BirdmanCLE) of Indians Baseball Insider chat about the horrors that have befallen the Indians since the All-Star break and some good stuff as well. In addition, what to do with Swisher and who, what and when to buy, sell or both at the trade deadline. Make sure to tune in again next week when my […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians congratulates Yan Gomes #10 after hitting a three run home run in the top of the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 9-4. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Is There Hope in the Second Half Surge?

Since Terry Francona took over the helm in 2013, the Indians have had an odd tendency to play better after the All-Star break than before. It is this kind of late season magic that the Indians are depending on this season to return to the postseason. Below are the Indians records in each half over […]


7/19 Recap: Reds Walk on the Wild Side, Hand Indians Extra Inning Win

Player of the Game National League rules lead to a short start by Carlos Carrasco tonight, but during the six innings he did pitch, he was dynamite. He allowed just one run on a Eugenio Suarez solo shot and struck out five. Beyond the home run, Carrasco allowed just three other hits, all singles and […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 11: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Should The Indians Trade Carlos Santana?

Make no bones about it, Carlos Santana‘s season has been the most disappointing of any Indians player this season. While much improved over the last few games, Santana’ batting line is a disappointing .221/.352/.381 with 10 home runs through 82 games played. If the season ended today, his 112 wRC+ rating would by far be […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

7/18 Recap: Bats Forget Kluber Is Pitching, Score 9 Runs

Player of the Game Carlos Santana had a fantastic game tonight, extending his recent streak of great play. He had 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He has steadily risen out of the basement of mediocre play and is slowly approaching the levels we have grown accustomed to these last […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 17: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a fly ball near the center field wall in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park on July 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

7/17 Recap: Reds Pitching Outhits Indians Offense, Rain Still Wet

Roster Update: On Thursday, the Indians reactivated Mike Aviles from emergency medical leave and sent Jose Ramirez back to Columbus. Ramirez didn’t get into a game while in Cleveland. Not really a roster update, but Nick Hagadone (on the DL with a strained back) seriously injured his left elbow during his rehab appearance in Mahoning Valley […]