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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Weekend Update 6/22: The Will To Win

In order to get an outside perspective on the Indians offensive struggles, Joe (@TWTWSports) for the Weekend Update. The truth may hurt, but it needed to be said. Among the various topics covered in this very special episode were the Indians leader in TWTW (The Will to Win), why Carlos Santana doesn’t have it, what […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Cody Anderson #56 is taken out of the game by Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians during the eighth 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; Terry Francona

This Week In Tribe 6/22-28: Turn On the Offense

When it comes to batting and scoring runs the Cleveland Indians aren’t exactly a juggernaut. If it seems like the team just can’t quite get a hit in the clutch, there’s a simple stat they proves it’s true. The Indians lead the Major Leagues in an unwanted category – runners left on base at 7.57 […]

Indians Host Detroit Tigers, Visit Red Hot Baltimore Orioles To End June

After dropping two out of three games to the Detroit Tigers last week (June 12-14), the highlight of the Cleveland Indians’ upcoming slate is when they get another chance to make up ground on their deficit in the American League Central division. The Indians are eight games back of the Kansas City Royals, who sit […]

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

6/21 Recap: Anderson Pitches a Gem as Indians Walk-Off

Roster Update: Indians’ prospect Cody Anderson made his major league debut today. Anderson began the season in AA Akron and has dominant through 10 starts, allowing just a 1.73 ERA. He was recently promoted to Columbus where he had similar success. In 3 starts he posted just a 2.33 ERA. Anderson was the Indians’ top pitching […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum on June 11, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Brett Lawrie

As I wrote last week, the Indians are in the need for a bat at the trade deadline. If possible, it would be most beneficial to pick up a right-handed hitter that can play on the left-side of the infield. With Francisco Lindor called up and presumed to be the new everyday shortstop, the Indians […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 20: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on June 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

6/20 Recap: Corey Kluber Remains Unsupported

Player of the Game As the only really positive offensive performer, Jason Kipnis takes home his second consecutive Player of the Game and his fifth of the season. Kipnis singled, doubled and walked, the last of which lead to the Indians only run. Feathers Up Turning a negative into a positive, Kipnis continued his hot […]

This Is Next Year 2015

Meet The 2015 Mahoning Valley Scrappers

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Indians Class A short season affiliate, began their 2015 season yesterday. The Scrappers, members of the New York-Penn League, are typically home to recently drafted players, international free agent signees and the youngest players in the organization in general with this year’s team being no different. So if you’re interested […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 19: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Joey Butler #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on June 19, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/19 Recap: Deja Vu Strikes Out Again

Roster Update: The Indians announced today that they have signed their first round draft pick, Brady Aiken. They have now signed nine of their first 11 picks with the biggest name missing so far being their second pick, Triston McKenzie and he is expected to sign soon. In closer to Major League news, Cody Anderson has […]

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Built From Scratch: The Future of Indians Baseball

There are many ways to go about building a franchise from the big market method of waiting until players hit free agency in their prime and paying big, to scouring the international markets for 16 year old talent or trying to trade veterans for future stars, but the most relied upon method is the MLB […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 18: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew rolls out the tarp for a rain delay during the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on June 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/18 Recap: Rain & A Good Bullpen Lead to Indians Win

Roster Update: As shown by the use of Ryan Raburn and David Murphy as relief pitchers in last night’s ballgame, the Indians bullpen was a little shallow, but that issue has been resolved. Shaun Marcum has possibly made his last start as an Indian as he was designated for assignment to make room for Kyle […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on May 18, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Revisiting the Response Run

Last month on the Tribe Time Now Weekend Update (episode #5 with Bob Toth), we discussed a common topic in the past few Indians seasons, the response run. It was a purely ad hoc argument with no real statistical analysis, the kind of thing that works on a podcast, but not in a full length […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 17: Relief pitcher David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians, who normally plays outfield, pitches during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on June 17, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** David Murphy

6/17 Recap: Raburn and Murphy Platoon the 9th in Blowout

Player of the Game On a night where the game was over before it really got started and Ryan Raburn & David Murphy pitched, Giovanny Urshela wins the Player of the Game due to his tremendous defense. Urshela also went 1-3 tonight, sadly one of the better offensive performances for the Tribe. Feathers Up Giovanny […]

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Minor League Report #5: ‘Tis The Season For Promotions

For this installment of the Minor League Report, Danny Madden (@Danny_Madden) of DidTheTribeWinLastNight.com and Jake Dungan (@MajorLeagueJake) of IndiansBaseballInsider.com joined me to discuss Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela‘s potential impact on the Indians the remainder of the season. We also discuss which Lynchburg Hillcats should be making the jump to Akron and whether Erik Gonzalez […]

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