C-Cap Recap: Hip to Be Kip(nis)

Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis

The Indians took two out of three from the Texas Rangers in Arlington over the weekend; their first outright series win since the opening week of the season. That’s objectively good news. So is the resurgence of Jason Kipnis, whose offensive performance over the past week has earned him a legitimate place in the all-time

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Next Up: Indians vs. Rangers in Arlington

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After losing two out of three to both the Twins and Cardinals in the just-ended six-game homestand, the Cleveland Indians head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas to face the Rangers in a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series. The Texas series is the first leg of a two-city, seven-game road trip that will conclude with four games

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Ball Played: Surprise! Defense and ex-Tribe bats haunt Indians

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The St. Louis Cardinals are the epitome of a well-run franchise1 . It might be impossible to know if it is more imperative to draft the correct player or develop the player correctly, but the Cardinals have the best assembly line coming out of their farm system in MLB. Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong,

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Next Up: Indians vs. Cardinals

St Louis Cardinals 2006 World Series Ring

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week will see Cleveland matched up against St. Louis, the Tribe’s first National League opponent of the season. The St. Louis Cardinals. Now, there’s a Major League Baseball franchise! One of the all-time winning-est teams and also one of the best in recent years; winners of eleven World Series championships1

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Bode Plots: Analyzing Indians starters

Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians

The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been frustrating to follow thus far. The season began with lofty expectations propped up by the team becoming the national darlings of the now analytic-friendly media. The Indians even managed to win their opening series against the Houston Astros who have unexpectedly been one of the best teams in

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Ball Played: Duffy’s wild while Indians come up aces

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

The big news on Wednesday night was that Nick Swisher would be putting his headband back on to protect his possibly receding hairline after not wearing a headband in the first game against the Kansas City Royals. Or, it was the big news that the Cleveland Indians cancelled a Yan Gomes knee brace giveaway. Wait,

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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 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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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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Ball Played: Triumphant return for Indians Carrasco

Cleveland Indians Carlos Carrasco

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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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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Carlos Carrasco to pitch for Indians on Monday

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

As Carlos Carrasco laid on the ground and players, coaches, and trainers rushed to his side, all while the rest of us prayed that he would be okay after a Melky Cabrera line drive hit him squarely in the jaw, it would have been unfathomable to suggest that he would be pitching anytime in the near

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Ball Played: Thankfully, scary injury for Carrasco not as bad as first appeared

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Normally, I write the top portion of these recaps ahead of time in order to provide a true feel for how the game was expected to be played. Whether the game follows the script or diverges is an important component. I had written up about Carlos Carrasco’s ten strikeout performance and his 2014 dominance of

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Carlos Carrasco hit in face by come-backer; carted off after eight pitches

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

Update: Carrasco is being treated for a contusion. According to team spokesmen, there are no signs of a concussion or head injury. Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was carted off of the field in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night after Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a line drive

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Ball Played: Carrasco dominates, Santana goes yard in win

Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians

Wednesday was the anniversary of Frank Robinson breaking the color barrier by becoming the first African American manager in MLB for the Cleveland Indians in 1975. He celebrated by hitting a homerun in his first at bat of the game. The Indians have made sure to highlight this anniversary with a dedicated plaque outside the

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What impact do these contract extensions have on the Cleveland Indians?

Cleveland Indians Chris Antonetti

As part of the Cleveland Indians 2015 season preview, WFNY’s Andrew Clayman expertly tackled the subject of the contention window and how long fans can expect it to stay open. Since that post, the Indians have signed Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco to extensions locking them up with the team through that contention window. The

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The Indians are smart to bet on Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians extended Carlos Carrasco for $22 million over four years with a couple of option years. Now the hand-wringing begins as we try to figure out if it’s a good deal or bad deal before the player even puts a dent in the playing time for which he’s to be compensated. That’s the

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Health scare played large role in Carlos Carrasco’s contract

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

Most pundits have been lauding the Cleveland Indians for extending both Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco this past week to what may wind up being team-friendly deals (especially considering each came with two team options on the backend of the contracts). The underlying detail that was not revealed until Wednesday, however, is one of the main

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Indians and Carlos Carrasco agree to long-term extension

Carlos Carrasco

On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians and Corey Kluber agreed to a long-term extension, and now on Sunday, the Indians and Carlos Carrasco have reportedly reached an extension, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports added to the report that Carrasco and the Indians agreed to a three-year contract extension on top of his 2015 salary

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Jacob: Start the season already!

Carlos Santana

I am starting to learn a thing or two the Cleveland Indians, and I want to keep that going. I have decided that 2015 is the year in which I will dive back into baseball after years of being only mildly familiar with the sport, and my anticipation for Opening Day is starting to boil over. I have missed

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