BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run in the with inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Orioles won 4-3.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Fangraphs New Shift Data Shows What the Expected About Santana and Success for Napoli

In additional to several of the great things provides fans (imagine that), they’ve added offensive and defensive numbers against different shifts to their data base. For example, in 39 plate appearances through April 16, the Indians are hitting .256 against the traditional shift (24th in baseball). See the explanation below of traditional vs. non-traditional […]

Baseball & Brews

CLE Baseball and Brews: Is Kluber Malfunctioning?

This week on episode 6 of Cleveland Baseball and Brews, we had out first guest! Your own Joe Coblitz hung out with us all the way from hot and sunny Goodyear, Arizona to talk some Tribe! While it seemed I had completely lost my mind and the ability to form words, Brad and Joe took the reigns […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 19:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians gestures against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 19, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

This Week in Tribe 4/18-24: Early Season Ups & Downs

Despite early inconsistent play, the Cleveland Indians really aren’t in too bad of shape after finishing the past week with three wins and three losses. The Tribe, now at 5-5, has managed to forgo a disastrous start to begin the season so far, which isn’t too bad considering the team is missing two of its top […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians talks with pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 during a visit to the mound in the first inning against the New York Mets  at Progressive Field on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

4/17 Recap: Mets Matz Masters Bats

Player of the Game With a double, the Indians only extra base hit of the day and one of just three hits total, Francisco Lindor wins the player of the game. He also struck out and stole first in his final at bat, at least producing a positive outcome. In a rather embarrassing effort, everyone […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 4: Catcher Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox catches the throw as Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians scores during the second inning at Progressive Field on October 4, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Line-Up Maximization and Roberto Perez

Going into the season,  the Indians had a last second worry when Roberto Perez showed some concussion symptoms after one of the final Spring Training games in Texas. It wasn’t until the last second that they were able to make sure he passed the concussion protocol and were able to add Joba Chamberlain to the […]


4/16 Recap: Meet The Mets, Everybody Beat The Mets

Player of the Game Despite leaving the game early with an injury to his hamstring, Josh Tomlin went five innings while giving up four hits and only one earned run. He also earned a .131 WPA, .01% better than both Jose Ramirez and Juan Uribe. Feathers Up Indians starter Josh Tomlin worked out of two-out […]

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This Is Next Year: Starting The 2016 Campaign On The Farm

As any fan of a small market, low revenue baseball team knows, effective player development means the difference between the Major League club contending and living at the bottom of the standings for seasons to come. Here at Burning River Baseball, we will do the heavy lifting for you by providing short, weekly updates on […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 15: Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets pithes during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

4/15 Recap: Colon Pitches Like It’s 1999; Mets Take Game 1

Player of the Game Juan Uribe came into the game with one hit in 19 at bats, but he won the battle of the veterans tonight as he went 3 for 3 against Bartolo Colon. The rest of the team had just five hits against the 42 year old, but Uribe certainly looked comfortable, ultimately […]

Frazier warms up during minor league Spring Training. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Clearing The Way For The Future

Last year I wrote a piece about the excessive amounts of dead weight that existed within the Tribe’s organization that was unnecessarily taking roster spots from individuals whom were more deserving. This list included such players as Jerry Sands, Carlos Moncrief and Zach Walters. At the time I posted that article, I believed (and still do) that […]


WE & You: How to be a Less Reactive Baseball Fan

Baseball is an emotional game. This is true on the field, in the stands and for those watching at home, often to an extreme level. In many cases, the reality of the situation doesn’t enter into the equation and it has been this way since the beginning of the game. A pitcher has a better […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 1:  Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 1, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

4/13 Recap: Rays Felt The Heat From Carlos Carrasco (Again)

Player of the Game Indians’ starter Carlos Carrasco continues to be thorn in the Rays side, especially pitching at Tropicana Field. He was able to keep the Rays from scoring through 7 2/3 innings as gave the Indians a much needed victory. He allowed four hits while striking out eight and walking one. He allowed […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 7: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field for inclement weather after the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed at Progressive Field on April 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Is There a Better Way to Schedule April Play?

The Indians have played fewer games through the first two weeks of the season than any other team and it has reached the point where it seems like the Indians began their slate of game just yesterday, against Tampa. After the Home Opener was called for cold and made up the following day, the final […]