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All-Time Indians: Jake Westbrook

Name: Jacob Cauthen Westbrook Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 2001-2008, 2010 Number: 37 Accolades: 2004 All-Star DOB: 09/29/1977 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2004) 14 9 .609 3.39 33 30 5 1 215.2 208 81 19 61 116 1.25 .244 Career […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Steamer Projections for the 2015 Indians

A few days ago we took a look at Bill James’ projections for the 2015 Indians and today we will examine the Steamer projections for another look at the Indians’ predicted success. Below are the projections for the Indians’ hitters in 2015, these are condensed a bit for brevity’s sake, you can check out the […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians flies out  in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Santana hit a two-run home run earlier in the game. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Beginning of A New Era

It can be difficult to take an outside or long term view of the present, but there are a few signs that the Cleveland Indians may have just entered into a new era. Looking back in the past, there are obvious turning points for the team where large scale changes were made over a short […]

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All-Time Indians: Fred Blanding

Name: Frederick James Blanding Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1910-1914 Nick Name: Fritz     DOB: 02/08/1888 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1912) 18 14 .563 2.92 39 31 23 1 262 259 85 4 79 75 1.29 .248 Career 46 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.The Indians defeated the Astros 3-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Does Bill James Think of the 2015 Indians?

One of the most exciting parts of the baseball off-season is trying to predict how well a player will do in the upcoming season. Bill James publishes his annual player projections in his book The Bill James Handbook. Below are his projections for the Indians 2015 hitters. Player Games AB 2B HR R RBI SB AVG OBP […]

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23: Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians over-throws a ball hit by Ryan Flaherty #3 of the Baltimore Orioles (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Indians Avoid Arbitration With All Six Eligibles

The Indians have expertly avoided arbitration for most of the history of arbitration, but last season they proved that they would be willing to to break their streak if for a good cause. Last year, it was Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano that went the distance, but this year, things were cleared up in a hurry. […]

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Holt Vs. Walters

Last September, the Indians made full use of the expanded rosters by showcasing a few prospects while maintaining a few injured veterans like David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi on the roster. Cleveland had plenty of worthwhile prospects worth the time, including Jesus Aguilar, J.B. Shuck and a pair of outfielders in Tyler Holt […]

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All-Time Indians: Walter Johnson

Name: Walter Perry Johnson Position: Manager Tribe Time: 1933-1935 Nick Name: Big Train Accolades: Hall of Fame (1936) DOB: 11/06/1887 As Manager W L W% Finish   Best Season (1934) 85 69 0.552 3 Career 179 168 0.516 3.3 Walter Johnson is largely considered the greatest pitcher in baseball history, using an incredible fastball to […]

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Mike Aviles is Casey Blake

Mike Aviles and former Indians third baseman/right fielder Casey Blake may not seem to have much in common on the surface, but they are in fact, the same individual. Aviles was born in New York City in 1981 while Blake is from Iowa and was born almost a decade earlier. Blake began his career as a […]

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The Five Most Trecherous Villains in Indians History

Earlier this Winter, BurningRiverBaseball.com highlighted the ten worst tragedies in Indians history and while some of these were accidental (like Don Black) and some were self inflicted (like Tim Crews), there have been plenty of terrible things in Tribe history that have come by the direct fault of someone involved in the game of baseball. […]

Best & Worst AL Central Off-Season Moves

As we prepare for the start of the new season, teams across the country are looking to assemble their squads ready to handle the pressures of a full MLB campaign. Whether it’s Joe Maddon’s move to the Chicago Cubs or the decision by the Toronto Blue Jays to hand Russell Martin a monster new deal, there have […]

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All-Time Indians: Heinie Berger

Name: Charles Carl Berger Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1907-1910 DOB: 01/07/1882 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1908) 13 8 .619 2.12 29 24 16 0 199.1 152 47 1 66 101 1.09 .203 Career 32 29 .525 2.60 90 68 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 19: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit by Dioner Navarro #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Progressive Field on April 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Defense

This is the final part of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on BurningRiverBaseball.com by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the second part (found here) I covered the pitchers side of the game, focusing on FIP and more advanced analysis of thrown baseballs. Today, it’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Starter Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches to Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats for Evaluating Pitching

This is part two of a three part series detailing the use of advanced metrics on BurningRiverBaseball.com by explaining their value in evaluating players on a deeper level. During the first part (found here) I covered the offensive part of the game, focusing on BABIP and the all-encompassing stat of WAR. Today, we look at […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch #9 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates as Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after Kipnis struck out to end the game during the twelfth inning at Progressive Field during the second game of a double header on August 13, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Offense

Pushing aside our usual analysis of the Indians, past and present, I’d like to explain why we at Burning River Baseball use the numbers we do and where they come from. While I don’t speak for everyone on the site, all our writers use a combination of traditional and modern stats and this is for […]

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