INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

A return to form for Kluber boosts rotation

The Indians' Jason Kipnis hasn't had many runners to talk to, but he mentioned a poll he has been conducting at second base. Kipnis has been asking about ace Corey Kluber, who started slow this season but has looked much better recently, adding to that by allowing two runs (one earned) over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 4-3 win against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Via Indians.com
57 minutes ago

Bauer opens homestand on extra day of rest

The Indians and Orioles begin a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday at Progressive Field, with right-handers Trevor Bauer and Mike Wright getting the ball for their respective teams.
Via Indians.com
2 hours ago

5/25 Recap: Tribe Ace Gets team Within a Half Game of First Place

Player of the Game After a couple rough outings, Corey Kluber has allowed just two earned runs in his last two starts, spanning 14 innings. Today, he allowed just one earned and one unearned run while striking out nine in 7.1 innings. He allowed one baserunner per inning with one walk and seven singles and the only earned run actually scored after he was removed from the game, off...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 hours ago

Cleveland Indians 2014 draft in review

Who were the hits and misses of the Tribe's 2014 draft that featured Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and more. Today and tomorrow, I'll be reviewing the last two drafts, where many feel the Indians really started turning things around in their minor league system. If you want to turn back time for immediate reactions to this draft, you can find the original LGT review here...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Could Clint Frazier Help The 2016 Cleveland Indians?

Full disclosure: I am the absolute last person to advocate calling up a prospect before they’re absolutely ready. For a team like the Indians, I am 100% on board with getting the best years out of prospects and that means making sure they are ready to contribute when they come up. But, while waiting for Brantley to come back, why not take a shot to play for this year and next....
Via Burning River Baseball
10 hours ago

Tomlin wins again as Indians beat Sale, White Sox 6-2

CHICAGO (AP) Josh Tomlin beat Chris Sale in a one-sided matchup of unbeaten pitchers and Francisco Lindor had three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Tomlin pitched eight innings of two-run ball to become the first Indians starter to reach 7-0 since Dennis Martinez won his first nine decisions in 1995. Sale was knocked...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians struggling to find consistency

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is just a quarter of the way complete for the Cleveland Indians and their record stands at 23-20, after a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox Monday. The Tribe sit only 2.5 games behind the White Sox in the American League Central Division, which isn’t an insurmountable deficit by any means, but it feels like the Indians aren’t that close...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has mastered the art of live TV videbombs

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has always been known as a quirky and humorous dude, so it's no surprise that he would be the one to prank the Indians' television crew on Monday before the second game of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox.Jensen Lewis and Al Pawlowski were on the field for a pregame live television hit, just trying to be pros and give SportsTime...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians minor league recap: Clint Frazier pulled from Akron game early with leg cramping

He appears to be fine, luckily. Top Cleveland Indians prospect Clint Frazier gave everyone a scare yesterday when he was pulled from the Akron RubberDucks game following his first-inning double. It appears he just had a leg cramp but was taken out as a precaution. The 'Ducks went on to lose that game, as did every Tribe affiliate that played yesterday. Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

All Things Considered; How Much is the Indians Payroll?

When we talk a team’s payroll, we usually start with just the 25 man roster. We have that listed on the ‘Contracts’ page and including players on the DL, it’s about $75.3M give or take a few million depending on who you count. Of course, we should also count guarantees no longer on the roster, so add in about $7M for Chris Johnson and another undisclosed amount that could...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago

Indians' Joba Chamberlain (chest muscle) on disabled list

CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed reliever Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left chest muscle, putting on hold his turnaround season. Left-hander Ryan Merritt was recalled from Triple-A Columbus before Tuesday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Terry Francona said Chamberlain has had a sore side and the pain was more...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Clevinger: An Indians Righty on His First MLB Inning

Mike Clevinger was nervous when he made his major-league debut with the Cleveland Indians last Wednesday. As a matter of fact, he was so nervous that he vomited prior to taking the mound. That didn’t prevent him from pitching well. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed just one run through five innings before faltering in the sixth. He wasn’t involved in the decision, but his...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest Baseball Prospectus playoff odds have Cleveland Indians as American League favorite

All hail our robot overlords. Baseball Prospectus' on-going playoff odds, which they calculated through a series of simulations, have some good news for the Cleveland Indians. The latest odds, as of 6:58 a.m. PT on May 21, have the Indians with a 77.8 percent chance of making the playoffs -- the highest in the American League by a slim margin over the Seattle Mariners' 76.1 percent...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shock The World Chronicles: The Suite Life In Cleveland

For the last three years, my fiancée has been attending law school at the University of Akron. Somehow, I had failed to make the trek from Philadelphia for a visit, and with graduation rapidly approaching, time was running out. So last Thursday, I boarded a plane for the short flight to Akron to get the northeastern Ohio tour. I mentioned to her that I would love to take in an Indians...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajai Davis named the Ohio Cup's Most Outstanding Player

Rajai Davis may be new to the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds rivalry but he doesn't let that get in his way in claiming the Most Outstanding Player in the Ohio Cup.With 30 of 33 votes, Davis was named the Most Oustanding Player in the Ohio Cup.Davis went 9-16 (.563), 2 HR, 9 RBI and 10 runs in 4 games against the Southern rival, bumping his season average from .210 to .259...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic Smacks a Home Run at Cleveland Indians Batting Practice

Four days after winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship title against Fabricio Werdum in Brazil at UFC 198, Stipe Miocic was back in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, taking batting practice with the Cleveland Indians. RELATED: Vince Wilfork Plays in J.J. Watt's Charity Softball Game Wearing Overalls With Nothing Underneath You might imagine Miocic would be tired after the...
Via Stack
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Indians Hit a Grand Slam with Walks

Earlier today, I published a post over on the main site digging into Cincinnati’s historically bad bullpen. Within that post, I noted that the Reds’ staff of relievers entered the day with the worst team ERA since 1961, the worst team FIP since 1961, and the worst team home run rate since 1961. The consolation prize, as it were, is that their team walk rate of 11.6% was “only”...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stipe Miocic takes batting practice with Indians, goes yard (video)

Sweet swing Stipe. That’s what the Cleveland Indians were calling UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on Tuesday. Miocic was invited to take batting practice with the Indians before tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, and the champ was able to knock one out of the park. On his last swing of the day, @stipemiocicufc goes yard. The Indians celebrate. pic.twitter.com...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clevinger to make MLB debut Wednesday; Indians activate Chisenhall

During Spring Training, WFNY pondered if Michael Clevinger would be the next ace starting pitcher developed by the Cleveland Indians farm system. He proceeded to impress manager Terry Francona as Tito noted Clevinger put the team on notice with his spring performance. Well, Clevinger took yet another step towards realizing his full potential as the Indians announced he will make...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are keeping their heads above water

The Cleveland Indians will look to take the rubber match in Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Twins and try to stay above .500. The Indians go into Sunday’s game with a 17-16 record after 33 games (which marks one-fifth of the season) and have managed a winning record for most of the season. The Tribes biggest issue has been breaking the trend of win-loss-win-loss and not being...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Crossover Symmetry Q&A explains Indians Brantley injury and rehab

Michael Brantley had surgery on his shoulder at the beginning of November and while the Indians have been consistent in their message about him returning to play in around six months, there has been some question about that time-frame elsewhere. So, rather than rely on team statements for all of the information, WFNY called upon shoulder-specialist Jim Moran PT1 from Crossover Symmetry...
Via Waiting For Next Year
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians place Michael Brantley on DL; call up Michael Martinez

It seems as though Cleveland Indians All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley may have rushed back too quickly from his shoulder surgery last November. After a rollercoaster of events that included a potential return on his target date of Opening Day, he returned to Spring Training quicker than anticipated before suffering a setback and therefore didn’t make his return to the Indians’...
Via Waiting For Next Year
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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