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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tribe Time Now All-Star Round Table: The Bourn Trajectory

Joe Coblitz (@stephanieliscio) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”, Hayden Grove (@JimPeteEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland, and Mike Brandyberry (@RThompAK13) of More Than a Fan: Cleveland  are together again for the mid-season round table of Tribe Time Now. In this edition, the crew discusses the All-Star Game, The Home Run Derby, the first half in review, potential […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 7: Michael Brantley #23 celebrates with Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians After Brantley hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on July 7, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Where Should the Indians Front Office Focus Now?

In the past week on BurningRiverBaseball.com, we’ve talked about the Indians results the first half and whether they should be buyers or sellers, but before they can decide that, they need to look at their legitimate play-off odds. You don’t need to visit FanGraphs.com to see that the Indians have a very limited chance to […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 10: Francisco Lindor #12 starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 Yan Gomes #10 and Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-1 at Progressive Field on July 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

An Optimistic Outlook

The 2015 season began with very, very lofty expectations for the Cleveland Indians. Thanks, SI. Up until this point, the team has done anything but fulfill those expectations. The Indians got off to an all too familiar poor showing out of the gate. Through 21 games, the Indians were 7-14 but since then they are […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 16:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run homerun in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Best & Worst of the First Half 2015

Best Offensive Play  May 16th, Jason Kipnis On this night in Texas, the Indians and Rangers kept going back and forth, scoring runs in 12 of 18 frames. In the ninth, the Indians came to bat down one, but tied the game with a Jose Ramirez fielder’s choice. That was when Jason Kipnis came to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians is removed from the game by Manager Terry Francona #17 against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning of their game on April 27, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Why the Indians Won’t Have to Sell the Farm This Time

It is too early in the year to tell for sure whether the Indians could be legitimate contenders for one of the ever growing number of play-off spots, but one way or the other, there won’t likely be a large destruction of the franchise rebuilding towards the future anytime soon. While this has been an […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12:  Bradley Zimmer #5 of the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bradley Zimmer: The Indians’ Next Star?

Five-Tool baseball players are almost mythic creatures that only seem to come around once in a generation. By definition, a Five-Tool player is one who can hit for average, power, possesses great speed and baserunning abilities, plays great defense and has a great arm. A player who can do it all is revered by fans […]

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