Nine Arguments for Some Tribe Optimism

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It is May 5 and your Cleveland Indians are 9-15. As an unfortunate coincidence, that’s an identical start to that of the infamous 1987 Tribe—the original “SI Jinx” team that all the paranoid soothsayers kept bringing up back in March. Sure, the ’87 Indians also had a slumping center fielder who had to be moved

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Indians Series Summary No.8: Backs against the wall

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Ordinarily it would be a difficult case to make that a major league baseball team is playing with its back against the wall on May 3. But on Sunday, in the fourth inning, already having lost two of three in a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cleveland Indians were doing just that.

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C-Cap Recap: Undefeated in May

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Sort of like Rocky training with Apollo Creed in order to beat Mr. T, the down-and-out Indians needed the familiarity of an old rival to get them back in shape at the start of a new month, and Mark Buehrle was just the man for the job. Dating all the way back to the year

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Indians Season Series Summary No.7: It may be early but it’s getting late

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As if to emphasize the notion that it’s still early, the Cleveland Indians experimented this week with an early start time of 6:10 p.m. The result: They lost two out of three games a bit earlier than usual. Saying it’s early is not saying much for the Indians in this young season, but that’s about

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C-Cap Recap: The House Doesn’t Always Win

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Glenn Anthony “TJ” House was not a first round draft pick. He never strutted up to a podium to shake Bud Selig’s hand, nor was he ever handed an ill-fitting Indians cap to balance on his head while flash bulbs popped around him. After his selection as the 501st overall pick in round 16 of

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Ball Played: Finally, an Indians win

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The Cleveland Indians came into the 2015 season supposedly offensively superior to the Kansas City Royals, especially when considering power hitting. The Royals invested so many resources into their defense and bullpen that it was thought to have left them a bit short at the plate. The Royals have been the better team at the

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Ball Played: Indians remain in AL cellar

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Given how April has gone in 2015 for the Cleveland Indians, it does not seem surprising that their best starting pitcher this season had to miss a Saturday start against the division-rival Detroit Tigers due to food poisoning. Trevor Bauer was able to return for a Tuesday start against the Kansas City Royals in what

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Ball Played: Defense, bullpen, and score all favored Royals

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Corey Kluber entered the night with 495 career strikeouts and it was largely expected that he would record number 500 on Monday night. The Kansas City Royals are the most difficult team in MLB to strike out, however, and it took Corey until the sixth inning to achieve that 500th strikeout when he froze Lorenzo

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Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

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Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of

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C-Cap Recap: Indians 13, Tigers 1 (For Reals!)

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Well, I guess you’d have to be pretty gullible to think a Major League baseball team could hit a collective .186 with runners in scoring position for almost three whole weeks and not be just joshin’ ya. Give the Indians credit for sticking with that extended April Fools Day charade for as long as they

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Bode Plots: Analyzing Trevor Bauer’s heat maps

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Somewhat 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

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Indians Series Summary No. 5: Oh, man, that was cold

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Except for Carlos Carrasco’s happy reunion with the mound on Tuesday night, there were no warm and fuzzy feelings produced by this fifth series of the season for the Cleveland Indians. This was their second consecutive Lost-Won-Lost series and all three games were played in mid-40s temperatures with wind-chill factors that made one glad to

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Drawing Tribe Town’s Perimeter

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When it comes to college football, most of the Buckeye State is united in the state’s namesake. Professional baseball, however, is a different story. The Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates can all claim portions of Ohio as their base. While we can safely guess which baseball hats you would see in Kirtland, it

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Ball Played: Indians lose fourth straight Kluber start

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Happy Earth Day, everyone. Wait, is that still a thing or did it die out when Captain Planet went off the air? Just to be safe put your bottles and cans in the recycle bins today1. The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians were doing their part for energy conservation on Wednesday by playing a

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Ball Played: Triumphant return for Indians Carrasco

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The last pitch Carlos Carrasco threw before Tuesday night came off of Melky Cabrera’s bat, deflected off his glove, and hit him in the jaw. Somehow, less than a week later, Carrasco took to the mound again to face the same Chicago White Sox team. It is impossible to determine the emotional and mental state

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The Tribe’s Ray Fosse — Roger Remembers

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“You call the next one.” In disc yard golf, the winner of the previous ‘hole’ chooses and describes the next ‘hole.’ Roger twirled the heavy Frisbee around his index finger. “Over the driveway, around the garage to the left, and hit the corner of the wooden fence in the side yard. The driveway, my truck,

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Ball Played: Indians deliver goodnight gut punch

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The pitching matchup for Monday’s game was strongly in favor of the Cleveland Indians. Trevor Bauer had been the best pitcher on the staff in the early season having given up a mere two runs in twelve innings pitched, while striking out nineteen and allowing a total of thirteen baserunners. The Chicago White Sox countered

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Indians Series Summary No. 4: L-W-L and gratitude for picture-in-picture

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The good news going into the Cleveland Indians’ fourth series of 2015 was that they weren’t scheduled to face any left-handed starters. The bad news is that it didn’t seem to matter. They still couldn’t hit. Over the three games in Minneapolis, the Twins started Mike Pelfrey, Phil Hughes, and Trevor May, all righties. They

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C-Cap Recap: Perfection to Dejection

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If ever a baseball game were capable of halting and reversing an entire city’s blossoming springtime enthusiasm—sending every new leaf burrowing right back into its bud and every twittering songbird fleeing for Florida—it would be tonight’s 3-2 Indians loss to the Minnesota Twins. Hyperbole? Maybe. But it’s 12:24 on a Friday night, and much like

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Indians Series Summary No. 3: Hooray, they beat a lefty

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In the brief two-game series against the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians lost their fifth game of the season by a score of 4-1, then won their third, 4-2. The win was their first home victory after starting 0-4 at Progressive Field. What lousy timing for the Indians so far in this young season. After

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