CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of their game on September 20, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Josh Tomlin

This Week in Tribe 9/21-9/27: Win or Go Home

The Cleveland Indians trend of winning, losing then winning and losing again continued this past week as moving above the .500 mark continues to be elusive. After winning four of seven, the Tribe finished the week at 74-74 after the split of a four-game series with Kansas City and then taking two of three against the […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 15: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians throws in the first inning during MLB game action on August 15, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton-King/Getty Images)

The Little Cowboy Rides Again

Manny Acta once referred to Josh Tomlin as his “Little Cowboy”. The Tribe right-hander did not take too affectionately to the name, however it has stuck against his wishes. The “little cowboy” has showed up in a big way for the Indians since he has returned from right shoulder surgery which sidelined him until August. On […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 19: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians misses the throw on an error from shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians as Adam Eaton #1 of the Chicago White Sox is safe at second during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on September 19, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/19 Recap: At Least the Clippers are Champions

 Player of the Game The Indians couldn’t get anything together against Carlos Rodon today, but in the ninth they had a little life when Yan Gomes doubled and Chris Johnson brought him home with a home run to very deep center field. For this, Johnson wins his first Player of the Game with the Indians. […]

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Lake County Captains Season in Review

This season was a bit of a disappointment for the Lake County Captains, the Indians single A affiliate, as they finished 9.5 games out of first in the Midwest League Eastern Division. As always, however, from a Major League standpoint the primary focus is on individual achievements at this level, not that of the team […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Third baseman Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians dives for a ground ball hit by Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Aviles

9/18 Recap: Slamtana leads Tribe rout

 Player of the Game When a player hits a grand slam especially against a pitching ace such as Chris Sale, that man is probably going to get this award and this case is no exception. Carlos Santana blasted one over the fence in left-center field to break open what had been a 2-0 game in […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 13: Manager Terry Francona #17 removes Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians from the game during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers during game two of a double header at Progressive Field on September 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. This game makes up a rainout on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Bauer to Bullpen in Rotation Reduction

Trevor Bauer is an enigma.  He can get locked in early and dominate a game with flawless precision and just the same he can give up a base hit and get so far into his own mind he may never come back.  He is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Indians’ pitching staff, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians scores after catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals didn't catch the throw during the second inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez; Salvador Perez

9/17 Recap: Infante Takes Out All-Star Jealousy on Tribe

Player of the Game While there is little good that can happen in an 8-4 loss when almost every game needs to be won to enter the postseason, Jose Ramirez had a pretty good game for himself today. He singled and scored from second on a single in the second, then singled again in the […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 31:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians looks on from the end of the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at Coliseum on July 31, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Reviewing the Replay Reviews

In the second half of the season in particular, much of Terry Francona‘s management style has come under criticism. From his small ball tendencies to his obvious favoritism in the clubhouse, there have been obvious faults, but most of these are quantifiable. It is nearly impossible to tell how much a manager effects the game, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians rounds first on an RBI double to right during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes: Mr. Clutch?

Stats accurate from prior to 9/15. Gomes added two more late and close hits last night as well in two at bats. Probably the most disappointing player in 2015, Yan Gomes came into the year with lofty expectations only to have them shattered by a knee injury that kept him out of the game for […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/16 Recap: Lindor Shines as Tribe Takes Two from KC

Player of the Game From his first at bat, Francisco Lindor made this game his own as he homered in the first inning. In his second at bat in the second, he knocked a two out, two run single then he added another, more authoritative single in the fourth to score one more. Of course, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI double during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/14 Recap: Improved Offense Continues Growth in Win

Player of the Game After his early mistake, Carlos Carrasco really starting to set things down. He took advantage of the Royals aggressiveness by pitching out of the strike zone, starting his great breaking pitches within the zone, before the moved to unhittable locations. This lead to nine strike outs across six innings and he […]

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Weekend Update 9/13: And Finally There Was Baseball

The Cleveland Indians had rolled into their “Doubleheader Day.” With a chance to shake things up, the Indians dominated the Tigers in Game One, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 2, before getting shellacked, falling to 4 ½ games back in the wildcard, with Minnesota and the Angels still in the lead. […]