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DraftKings: If K’s Are King Then This Is Carrasco’s Kingdom

The title says it all gents and 4 ladies; on DraftKings K's are king. If you're rolling out starters looking to win $ on ratios alone then you ain't winning at all. Well maybe you're winning head to head's against your Uncle Ruprecht, but he eats with a cork on his fork and has a patch on his eye. Therein lies today's lesson, target the high K guys vs. the high K lineups. It just...
Via Razzball
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4/25 Recap: Trevor Bauer Sick, Tribe Bats Hungover

Player of the Game Michael Brantley is starting to look like the Michael Brantley that finished 3rd place in the MVP voting last season. Brantley had a four hit day which included an RBI single in the 3rd, and two doubles. Brantley also had a very nice sliding catch in the bottom of the 4th. Brantley finished the day seven for his last eight at bats. Brantley is hitting .419 since...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: April 25, 1997

1997 – The Indians slug eight home runs on the way to an 11-4 win over the Brewers at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Matt Williams, who entered the game with one home run on the season in his first as the Indians third baseman, cleared the fence three times while driving in four runs. David Justice hit a pair and Manny Ramirez, Chad Curtis, and Sandy Alomar each left the yard. The...

Julio Lugo in Trouble in the Dominican Republic

Former big leaguer Julio Lugo is in some hot water down in the Dominican Republic. According to reports, Lugo and four other men were responsible for the kidnapping of a couple at gun point and demanded money from them. Warrants have been issued for Lugo’s arrest in Santo Domingo and La Romana. The charge? Kidnapping. However, some are asking folks not to jump to any conclusions...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Cleveland Indians: Don’t worry about Cody Allen

For the Cleveland Indians, Monday night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox was one of the ugliest in recent memory. The Tribe carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and closer Cody Allen came on to try and shut the door. Cody Allen Unfortunately, Allen couldn’t get the job done. After striking out the first batter he faced, Allen allowed the next seven consecutive White...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Versatility is the Key

The Indians have a problem. Well, they have many problems, but one can be spotted and rectified fairly easily. Despite officially having five outfielders on the roster (not including Brandon Moss, who has played nine of his twelve games in right field), the Indians have been forced to use an infielder, Mike Aviles, in the outfield for a total of 38.1 innings across six games. While...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians’ defense: Still abysmal

In 2014, the Cleveland Indians missed out on the postseason in part to a surging Kansas City Royals team. But—as we discussed several times—several losses throughout the course of the year were due largely to their dreadful defense—or more specifically, run prevention, an area where they were the worst in all of baseball. Had last season’s squad been merely average, fans...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bode Plots: Analyzing Trevor Bauer’s heat maps

SSomewhat lost in the midst of the Cleveland Indians failure to live up to expectations in the early part of the 2015 season is that Trevor Bauer has been quite good. In fact, he has been perhaps the most dominant pitcher in MLB, and, as such, Trevor has been the ace of a staff that has quite a few ace pitcher candidates. Corey Kluber has a Fangraphs “society” dedicated to his...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Cleveland Indians digging an early season hole they can't get out of?

Are the Cleveland Indians digging an early season hole they can't get out of? The short answer is "no." Sure the Indians are 5-9 and currently last place in the AL Central, but as Aaron Rodgers would say, "relax." While many fans are panicked over the Tribe's rough start, it's important to take a step back and look at the numbers and what their record really means in the grand scheme...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

One of Cleveland Indians' top prospects off to hot start in minors

Things might not be going great for the Indians at the big league level, but there is some good news to report down on the farm. One of the Tribe's top prospect, Bradley Zimmer, is off to a hot start down in High-A Lynchburg. The 2014 first-round pick is hitting .295/.396/568 in his first 12 games with the Hillcats. He accounts for half of his team's home runs (four of eight total...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Meisel – 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

In this month’s installment of the Burning River Book Club, we will get back to the present date after focusing on the distant past for the past few months. For April, I will be reviewing Indians beat writer, Zack Meisel’s 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die which was first published just a few months ago in 2015. This book brought out a few different...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Need Back of Pen to Step Back to Forefront

Last year if a game got into the latter stage with scored tied or the Indians ahead, Tribe fans felt pretty good about the situation.  With Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen slamming the door in the final innings, opposing teams simply were rarely scoring late, back-breaking runs. The duo has not been as dynamic in the early stages of this season. Allen already has blown a save and lost...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher ready to begin rehab assignment

Cleveland Indians first baseman and designated hitter Nick Swisher, who has not played in a regular season game for the Indians since August 2014, is expected to begin his rehab assignment Friday at Class AAA Columbus. Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti has indicated that he would like Swisher to complete back-to-back nine-inning games in the field before bringing him back...
Via Waiting For Next Year
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians shouldn’t wait much longer on Lonnie Chisenhall

At what point is a baseball prospect considered a bust? Well, for me, it depends on how the prospect was brought into the organization. Here’s what I mean by that: Lonnie Chisenhall A player can be brought into an organization through a trade, the MLB draft, or a free agent signing. If the cost was high to bring a player into the organization (high draft pick, centerpiece in...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shaking off the Rust: Injuries and Shaky Bullpen Plague Tribe Early

After a long offseason and an encouraging Spring campaign, the Cleveland Indians started their 2015 season with a three game series in Houston. Corey Kluber did not receive the run support that he was hoping for and the Indians fell in their opener 2-0 to a tough-pitching Dallas Keuchel.   Since then, the Indians have been struggling to put together crooked numbers on the scoreboard...
Via Hot Stove MLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher, Zach Walters to begin rehab assignments

The Indians are in an offensive rut and they need all the help they can get to escape it.Thankfully, reinforcements are on the way as outfielder Nick Swisher and infielder Zach Walters will begin minor-league rehab assignments this week, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group.Before Monday's game at U.S. Cellular Field, general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that Swisher...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Revolving Indians Bullpen Door in Full Swing

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Cleveland Indians made yet another transaction that directly affected their bullpen, as reliever Austin Adams was optioned back to Columbus for the second time in the first ten games of the season to make room for starting pitcher Danny Salazar. The move paid off for the starting rotation, as Salazar struck out ten in one of the strongest outings he...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Whatever happened to Travis Hafner?

This is the third installment of my “Whatever happened to” series, where I take a look at the careers and lives of former Cleveland Indians players, before and after their days with the Tribe. To read the first piece on Matt LaPorta, click here. To read the second piece on Grady Sizemore, click here. In his time with the Cleveland Indians, Travis Hafner established himself as...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco hit in face by line drive

Carlos Carrasco   It was a scary moment at Cleveland’s Progressive Field Tuesday night, a very scary moment. Cleveland Indians‘ starter Carlos Carrasco lay flat on the mound, his face on the ground, legs spread wide after being hit in the face by a line drive. Manager Terry Francona and a trainer ran out first and stood over Carrasco’s lifeless body. Outfielder Adam Eaton...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco shockingly OK after getting hit in face by line drive

On Tuesday night, a scary moment that you absolutely never want to see happened at Progressive Field in Cleveland – Indians starter Carlos Carrasco got hit in the face with a line drive. Thankfully, Carrasco got his glove up and slightly deflected the ball, leading to it hitting his cheek instead of his forehead or eye. Somehow, some way, Carrasco was OK after his trip to the...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Yan Gomes Heads to DL with Sprained Knee

It hasn’t taken long for the battle between the Indians and Tigers this season to become bloody as Yan Gomes became the first casualty late in the game Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded, one out and the go-ahead run already in during the ninth inning, Terry Francona brought the infield in for J.D. Martinez. Playing first, Carlos Santana made a nice play on the chopped...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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