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All-Time Indians: Art Houtteman

Name: Arthur Joseph Houtteman Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1953-1957 Number: 11   DOB: 08/07/1927 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP Best Season (1954) 15 7 .682 3.35 32 25 11 1 188.0 198 70 14 59 68 1.37 Indians Career 34 22 .607 3.97 114 […]

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4/9 Recap: Chicago (Isn’t) My Kind Of Town

Player of the Game Jose Abreu is today’s Player of the Game as he posted a .204 WPA. He went 2-2 with two walks (one intentional) and a solo home-run. This comes as no surprise as Abreu has been a “thorn in the side” of the Indians since his Major League debut in 2014. He […]

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 ***

Why Is April So Cruel?

We often hear about players who start slowly attributing it to the colder weather. Science gives us good reasons to believe that offense should rise as the temperature does. Robert K. Adair’s great book The Physics Of Baseball has a good explanation of why balls carry farther in warm air than in cold, for example. […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Outfield Updates & Roster Expectations

The Indians have only played two games so far this season thanks to two rain/cold/snow outs, but there has been at least a little good news on the injury front. Michael Brantley has been working out with the team in Cleveland and is expected to work out with the Columbus Clippers while the Indians are […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer & Two Kinds of Flex Pitchers

Probably the most controversial decision made in this year’s Indians roster construction was the inclusion of Cody Anderson in the starting rotation above Trevor Bauer and, rather than sending him to AAA, Bauer’s inclusion in the bullpen. While he did end the 2015 season in a similar role, the exact purpose of his placement has […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 5: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of the opening day game against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

4/6 Recap: Indians Outlast Boston in Marathon

Player of the Game Reaching base in three of four at bats, Carlos Santana earned his first Player of the Game in 2016 in the second game of the season. In the first, he hit a three run home run, then he added a double and a walk later in the game for a WPA […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their game on August 13, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-6.   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Misadventures of the 8 Man Bullpen

For as much as Terry Francona appears to love his bullpen, he historically hasn’t treated it very well. It was a topic of discussion for much of last year and the year before as Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen have pitched constantly with few others being given the responsibility of late inning work. We’ll have […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 5: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during the opening day game at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

4/5 Recap: Indians Finally Play Opener, but Tribe Bats Still Frozen

Roster Update: Since the Indians waited until the last moment to adjust their roster for the regular season, we haven’t yet covered their most recent moves. In order to add Ross Detwiler and Marlon Byrd to the 40 man roster, Zach Walters and Giovanni Soto were each designated for assignment on Sunday. James Ramsey was […]

Baseball & Brews

Cle Baseball and Brews: Predictions and Hammy Calls

Here we are again for episode four! An hour of Indians predictions between my co-host Brad Wojdyla and I, mostly disagreeing on who will finish the season with the most home runs, the best ERA, and who will be selected to play in the All Star Game, just to name a few things. (It’s not […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 25: Francisco Lindor #12 celebrates with Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians after Brantley hit his second two run home run of the game during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor; Michael Brantley

Change Inevitable & a Good Thing for the 2016 Tribe

The Cleveland Indians line-up that will play later today will almost certainly be greatly changed when they end the season as Central Division champions on October 2nd. While that is true of any team, more than any other time in recent history, the 2016 Indians have been built that way on purpose. Rather than being […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 9: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber

Happy Opening Day 2016!

HERE WE GO! It is finally that time! You walk through the gates, and your eyes meet the diamond. The smell of hot dogs and fresh cut grass surround you. All over the place are fans sporting wahoo red, white and blue, giddy that after a long, almost-forever-feeling-offseason, we’ve made it to the new season. […]

Those Sports Guys

Caitlin Boron on Those Sports Guys, April 2nd

In what appears to be a podcast and radio tour, the Element has made the rounds back to Those Sports Guys of WJCU. You can listen by going to their site at wjcu.org or by clicking here. You can also listen to Those Sports Guys live every Saturday on 88.7 FM at 7 PM in […]

Kipnis swings during an MLB Spring game against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

This week in Tribe 4/4 -10: Optimism Kicks Off 2016 Season

It’s been a busy off-season for the Cleveland Indians and there have been changes all across the everyday lineup designed to propel the Tribe to its first World Series championship since 1948. Expectations are a bit tempered compared to this time last year, but this is the time of year when optimism is abundant and fans […]

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