WFNY Stats & Info: Indians playoff odds before the weekend

It’s officially now a three-team race for the two American League Wild Card spots. With the recent hot streaks by the Rays, Indians and Rangers, all the other would-be contenders have been left in the dust. There are now three games left in the regular season to decide what’s next. Looking back in the past,

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The Diff: Statistical thoughts on the Tribe’s outlook

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The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about NBA conference imbalance and the East playoffs. Now, it’s time to get serious about the Tribe. I’m giddy about … Danny Salazar’s second MLB start tonight.

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WFNY Stats & Info: Miami’s Jose Fernandez dominates the Indians

In Little Havana on Friday night, the red-hot Cleveland Indians were first introduced to one of the best pitchers in baseball: a 21-year-old Cuban named Jose Fernandez. One of the game’s best-kept secrets in 2013, the Marlins right-hander continued his dominant pitching with the most impressive start of his young MLB career (21 games) in

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WFNY Stats & Info: Rare accomplishments for Indians starters

With the completion of this week’s four-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox, the Tribe starters have continued their incredibly impressive hot streak. Ever since Carlos Carrasco’s last meltdown on July 6, they’ve been consistently dominant. That’s not news, as I wrote about this previously already. But here are a few more notable facts about

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WFNY Stats & Info: Nick Swisher’s slugging struggles

To many, Nick Swisher’s big signing in the offseason was doomed to be a disappointment. Never much of a star – only one career All-Star game – he reached a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland just after turning 32 years old. The pomp and circumstance were exciting, but would he produce? As an understatement,

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WFNY Stats & Info: How bad has Mark Reynolds been?

The Indians have been a pleasant first-half surprise at 51-44. They’re on pace for 87 wins. Despite their streakiness, they’ve remained fairly close to the playoff picture through mid-July, which is far better than the collapses of the last two seasons. But one player in particular has seen his production fall off the Earth just

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The Diff: Biggest differences with the 2013 Indians

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The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week’s article was a (mostly futile) attempt at looking at 40 recent NBA mock drafts before the Cavaliers’ big day. This week, we’re talking Tribe. Of late, I’ve been getting

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The Diff: Building the Cleveland Indians’ 2014 rotation

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The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, The Diff covered a trio of topics related to Cleveland sports. This week, it’s time to focus on the Tribe’s starters. Entering 2013, the starting rotation was said to

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WFNY Stats & Info: Looking at the Indians’ quality starts

Back at the start of the season, I wrote a long-form edition of The Diff about quality starts and the Cleveland Indians pitching. Mostly, it was an excuse to lament about how awful the Tribe’s starting pitching was en route to the 68-94 season in 2012. Thus, now that we’re just over the 1/3rd mark

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The Diff: Historical finishes for 26-18 MLB teams

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, The Diff was on vacation in sunny Tybee Island, Georgia. Apologies for the lack of content. Now, we’re back this week with more MLB stats. In a roundabout way,

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians lead AL in several batting splits

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Yesterday, before the Indians improved now to 18-4 in their last 22 games, I looked at a six-pack of intriguing statistics behind this very impressive run. Today, I’m looking at several split offensive statistics where the Tribe has shined thus far in 2013. They show a lot of the biggest strengths of the Terry Francona’s

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The Diff: Market saturation and Indians attendance

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In last week’s edition of The Diff, I shared a number of statistical notes about the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers. This week, I’m covering a topic I’ve been trying to get to for a while, but is perfect for right now: Cleveland Indians attendance. Cleveland Indians attendance is a topical news item this week. Firing right

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WFNY Stats & Info: Comparing Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn

Yesterday afternoon, I was reading all about Josh Hamilton’s quotes on Dallas-Fort Worth baseball fans. So it got me thinking: How valuable has he been over the last few years compared to the Cleveland Indians’ most recent free agent splash of an outfielder? Hamilton, who turns 32 in May, has played 737 very-flashy career MLB

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