BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28: Toru Murata #61 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in his major league debut in the first inning during game two of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

6/28 Game 2 Recap: Toru Leaves Early, Bullpen Doesn’t Save the Day

Player of the Game Another scoreless game leads to another reliever winning the Player of the Game. This time, the lucky recipient is Cody Allen, who struck out all three batters faced in a perfect seventh inning. Props also go to David Murphy and Roberto Perez, who never gave up despite the score and went […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28:  Ubaldo Jimenez #31 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

6/28 Game 1 Recap: Shades of 2013 as Ubaldo Jimenez Dominates Tribe

Roster Update: Taking advantage of the 26 man roster for double headers, the Indians have purchased the contract of Toru Murata from AAA. He is scheduled to start the second game of the double header. Player of the Game In one of the Indians most mediocre games of the season, all but one player used […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

KISS: Trevor Bauer And Eliminating Pitches

Trevor Bauer is coming off, what could be argued, the worst start of his young professional career this past Monday against Detroit, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits over just three innings. He struck out three but walked four against a division rival the Indians need to start beating on a consistent basis. In […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Cody Anderson #56 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on June 21, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Cody Anderson

Rotating the Rotation

The Indians were rained out today and will make up the game tomorrow night, but they will do so with a different pitcher than originally expected. Cody Anderson was supposed to start tonight with Trevor Bauer going tomorrow, but instead, the Indians will use the 26 man roster addition to bring up Toru Murata from […]

Colon Then & Now

The Winner of the Bartolo Colon Trade, 13 Years Later

Happy Anniversary everyone! Be honest, you forgot again, didn’t you? Today is the 13th anniversary of the date most consider to be the end of the 1990’s Indians and the beginning of the reconstruction project that culminated in a near World Series appearance in 2007. That’s right, the Bartolo Colon trade happened exactly 13 years […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Brandon Moss #44 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates a solo home run the second inning with third base coach Mike Sarbaugh #16 during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

6/26 Recap: Three Long Balls Not Enough To Get Kluber June Win

Player of the Game Reaching base in three of four at bats, Brandon Moss was the Indians top performer of the night. His home run gave the Tribe their first run of the night and he later added a single and a walk for a POG score of 3.63. Other players with decent nights were […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 30:  Pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by a teammate after getting the save against the Seattle Mariners during MLB baseball action at Safeco Field on May 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Things Turning Around for the Indians Bullpen

It’s no secret that this season has not gone according to the plan that the Cleveland Indians, and much of the sports world had thus far. The Indians have struggled mightily in a few areas, some of them all season long, and some of them have come and gone. Over the past couple of seasons, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 21: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Carlos Santana Needs To Be Better

Since Carlos Santana joined the Indians in 2010 a debate has raged on between more traditional baseball fans and those who subscribe to sabermetric analytics as to whether or not Carlos Santana is a good hitter. Those who buy into the more traditional approach point to Santana’s low batting average and high strikeout rate as […]

BookClub

Men At Work – George Will

The June 2015 entry into the Burning River Book Club is actually one from Spring of 1990. Not just the greatest pop band of the 1980’s, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George F. Will is a thorough look at the on the field and off the field effort put out by four particular exemplary […]

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Halfway to its Destination: Lake County Captains Midseason’s Review.

34-30 (.531 Winning Percentage) 292 Runs Scored, 276 Runs Against (34-30 Pythagorean Record) +16 Run Differential One Year Park Factor: 92 Three Year Park Factor: 97 The Midwest League all star game was played on June 23rd in Peoria, Illinois and with it marked the unofficial mid-way point of the Captains season. The summer is treading on […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/24 Recap: Lindor Hits 1st Home Run As Tribe Pounds Clawless Cats

Player of the Game From May 10th through June 6th it seemed like every starter made an excellent start each time his turn came to take the mound. Since then, things have been a little more sporadic, but Carlos Carrasco appeared to be back in line today and combined with a great debut from Cody […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 23: Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/23 Recap: Breaking News: Indians Lose to Tigers

Roster Update: The Indians youth movement continues as the average age of the club dropped an unconfirmed amount when Scott Atchison was designated for assignment. In his place, Austin Adams has been recalled from AAA for the fifth time this season. In those turns, Adams has pitched well with a 2.38 ERA and .200 BAA […]

This Is Next Year 2015

Meet the 2015 Arizona League Indians

Both the league with the most potential and least general interest, the Arizona League is the home to all Cactus League teams’ high school draft picks and rehabbing players from higher levels. Generally, players who stand out in Goodyear are quickly advanced to Mahoning Valley as more rookies from the current year’s draft sign and […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 22: David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/22 Recap: Murphy Pinches…Hard

Player of the Game A couple of late inning home runs by David Murphy and Roberto Perez weren’t quite enough support to bring the Indians victory over the Tigers. Perez contributed the most to the Tribe’s offense tonight with 2 extra base hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Feathers Up Trevor Bauer and the […]

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