Southpaw Struggles No Longer an Issue for the Cleveland Indians

After taking the series opener against Chicago on Friday night against right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, the Cleveland Indians will face a pair of White Sox left-handers, Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon, in the final two games of their series and homestand before hitting the road to wrap up the 2016 regular season schedule. Once upon a time, the sight of a left-handed pitcher on the mound...

Indians Erase Early Deficit With Offensive Explosion; Indians 10, White Sox 4

Ten runs in the middle innings, including a pair of four-run frames, helped power the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox, 10-4, on Friday night. With the season rapidly winding down, the Indians inched another game closer to making their postseason dreams a reality with Trevor Bauer on the mound. The White Sox would get to Bauer twice with a pair of quick blasts to do some...

Ramirez has big night; Indians move closer to Central title

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians moved a step closer to the AL Central title with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. The Indians dropped their magic number to three games for their first division title since 2007. Trevor Bauer (12-8) overcame two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia....
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Tribe rocks Sox, trims magic number to 3

Coco Crisp pulled into second base, flexed his arms and gave an emphatic salute in the direction of the Indians' dugout. His two-out double in the fifth inning on Friday night put the Tribe ahead for good in a 10-4 romp over the White Sox and moved Cleveland one step closer to a clinching celebration.
19 hours ago

9/23 Recap: THREE is a MAGIC NUMBER

Player of the Game Without a doubt, the player of tonight’s game is Jose Ramirez. The stunner took hold of the game the way he has done it all season long. He went 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs and 4 runs with only a single player left on base. In the bottom of the 4th inning, with Mike Napoli on first and one out, J-Ram hit out of the park to right and tied the game up at two with a single...
Via Burning River Baseball
19 hours ago

Mechanics could be key to Shaw's durability

Bryan Shaw can often be spotted with a football in his hands. It might zip through the clubhouse to a teammate or be carried out to the field for a round of catch. This is not purely an exercise in leisure for the Indians' setup man.
22 hours ago

Plutko’s Surprise Promotion Caps Strong Season on the Farm

The injury suffered by Carlos Carrasco last weekend left the Cleveland Indians starting rotation down a man. To help buffer the loss some, the team purchased the contract of minor league starter Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus, well after the season ended for the Clippers. The belated move was the icing on the cake for the 24-year-old right-hander out of Upland, California, and...

Santana's HR lifts Indians over KC, closer to Central title

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007. Santana's shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians improved to 9-1 against the Royals this season. Kansas City's chances of making the postseason...
Via Associated Press
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Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4

With his latest homer in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, Carlos Santana not only moved Cleveland a little closer to a division crown, but he put the pressure on Mike Napoli for the Tribe's home run title this season. Santana and Napoli are now tied at 34 shots apiece with 10 games left on the schedule. More importantly for the American League Central-leading Indians was the...
1 day ago

DraftKings: Believe in the Hair

The Cleveland Indians' rotation has taken some major hits in the last week or two, with Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar going out for the season with injuries. Mike Clevinger, he of the most beautiful hair I've ever seen this side of Sampson, starts against the Royals today. They need to find a way to expand their rotation options for the postseason, and I suspect that Clevinger...
Via Razzball
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Cleveland Indians eliminate Royals from AL Central race with 4-3 victory

Correction: Jose Ramirez eliminated the Royals. Indians 4, Royals 3 Box Score Indians improve to 88-63 -- What do you get if you combine a locked-in Corey Kluber with a clutch Jose Ramirez? On their own, probably nothing. Jose Ramirez can't score all the runs by himself, and Kluber cannot technically win a game on his own unless he suddenly learns to pick up a bat. However...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
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Optimizing the Indians’ Outfield Now and in the Future

All season long, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield has been a mix-and-match job for Terry Francona. During the season’s first half, Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd made many appearances in the outfield for the Tribe, but in the second gave way to, Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and, more recently, Coco Crisp. At the same time, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin have...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago

News and Notes: TJ House designated for assignment

Not a good day to be a junior tiger TJ House, long past his days as an effective Minnesota killer, was the odd man out on Tuesday when the Indians added Adam Plutko to the 40-man roster. Tiger Junior had the most deceptive 2.76 FIP of all time in his 2.2 innings with the Tribe this season. Opponents BABIP may have been .545, but that's not too unusual when you come in and get hit...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
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Mike Napoli breaks Jim Thome’s Cleveland Indians single-season record

A lot of all... and a lot of nothing... Earlier this month Mike Napoli became the first Cleveland Indians player to reach 30 home runs in a season since Grady Sizemore in 2008. His isolated power is .242, the highest by an qualified Indians hitter since Travis Hafner (.350) and Grady Sizemore (.243) in 2006. Napoli hit some real tape measure blasts, in large part because when he...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
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Guyer's pinch hit in 9th lifts Indians over Royals 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Guyer's hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch-hitter of the inning used by manager...
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Report: Indians considering three-man rotation for playoffs

The once-strong Cleveland Indians rotation is struggling to stay healthy, and the team may have to change its plans for the playoffs as a result. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are now considering using a three-man rotation, with Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer going on short rest. Sources: Cleveland discussing three-man postseason rotation with Kluber and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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How Cleveland’s Injuries Changed Our World Series Odds

Just a little more than a week ago, the Indians had a reportedly healthy Danny Salazar, a totally healthy Carlos Carrasco, and their odds of winning the World Series, according to our projections, sat at 13.4%. Aside from a 24-hour window back on July 5 during which Cleveland’s odds jumped up to 14.2%, last week’s figure was the highest of the year for the soon-to-be American...
Via Fangraphs
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Indians players rip Cleveland columnist Paul Hoynes after writing critical piece

With two weeks remaining in the 2016 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians have a comfortable seven-game lead in the AL Central. Barring an unexpected collapse and surge by the Detroit Tigers, the Tribe will be in the postseason. Yet the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Paul Hoynes believes the Indians’ playoff run won’t last very long after the team lost starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco...
Via Awful Announcing
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Jason Kipnis Tells Reporter to Stay Home

The Cleveland Indians are seven games in front of the Detroit Tigers in their division and own the second best record in the American League. The Tribe is so hot right now, they’re a couple of weeks away from capturing their first Central crown since 2007…but apparently that’s not enough for some Cleveland writers. “Write it down,” Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes wrote...
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Carlos Carrasco out indefinitely with fractured hand

The dreadful injury luck persists for the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation. The team announced on Twitter that right-hander Carlos Carrasco has a non-displaced fracture of the pinky finger on his right hand and has no timetable for a return to action. Some bad news to pass along: Carlos Carrasco has sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right pinky finger.No timetable...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: The impact of Danny Salazar’s injury

On Tuesday, it was announced that Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar will be out three to four weeks after an MRI found a mild strain of the flexor muscle in his right forearm. While Salazar was administered a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured forearm, the Indians have shut him down for 10 days in order to help with the healing process. This injury will...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Near-Historic Characteristic of the Indians Offense

When a below-average lineup in 2015 was followed by a quiet offseason and a Michael Brantley shoulder surgery, it was easy to make a case against Cleveland’s preseason playoff hopes that started and ended with the lineup. Yet here we are, now, in September, and Cleveland is all but a lock to win their division. They’ve gotten here due in large part to a lineup that’s exceeded...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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