Next Up: Indians visit the Angels in Anaheim, and where do they go from here?

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The Cleveland Indians have played 16 games in five series since the All-Star break, winning six and losing ten. Each series, with the exception of the Kansas City Royals, was against a team with a losing record. In fact, except for those first-place Royals (against whom the Tribe went 1-2) every opponent since the break

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Weekend Recap: Indians split series thanks to starters and Lonnie

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The Cleveland Indians traveled westward to Oakland, California for a four-game series against the AL-worst Oakland Athletics with the hopes of continuing their momentum from a 12-run outburst against the Kansas City Royals in the last game of an otherwise miserable homestand1 . The pitching remained golden in the Golden State; however, the lineup brought

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Next Up: Oakland Athletics, the West Coast, and the End of the World

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The Martians, the Zombies and the Mindless Marauders have been defeated. We’re safe … for now. Near the beginning of the Indians game against the Royals on Wednesday, STO play-by-play man Matt Underwood asked his partner Rick Manning if, when he was still playing, an Indians losing streak was perceived as an end-of-the-world scenario as it’s portrayed

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C-Cap Recap: A Thoroughly Defeated Tribe

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To say that the Cleveland Indians were just “defeated” four straight times by the Chicago White Sox feels like a woefully inadequate summation of a series in which Cleveland (45-52) was outscored 26-5 on its home field and banished back to the Central Division basement. It’d be more fitting to say that Tito Francona’s club

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Next Up: Indians Host the White Sox for a Four-Game Series

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The Cleveland Indians began the second half of the 2015 season by winning two of three in Cincinnati and splitting the two-game series in Milwaukee. Going 3-2 on the road isn’t ordinarily something to complain about, but those two bottom feeders of the NL Central are a combined 84-104, so, really, they shouldn’t have been

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MLB Trade Rumors: Indians listening to offers for Carlos Carrasco

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Carlos Carrasco is the latest Cleveland Indian to see his name floated on the trade market, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Cleveland Indians have been listening to offers for their starting pitchers. He goes on to state that conversations centered around Carlos Carrasco have been had between the Indians and the Toronto

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Fangraphs Trade Value Rankings: Four Indians make top 50

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Fangraphs released their annual trade value rankings over the All-Star break that attempts to gauge the most valuable players in MLB as a function of talent, age, and contract status. So, younger players with more team control will usually win out over older players even if the youth have statistics that lag slightly behind as

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Making sense of advanced pitching statistics

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If you missed it, we already delved into the layman definitions of advanced hitting statistics. This post is a look into the pitching side of all of those crazy abbreviations and acronyms. Corey Kluber will go into the MLB All-Star break with a 4-10 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA. Despite those mediocre

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Ball Played: That’s the way Cookie crumbles

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Three steps backward, four steps forward, three steps back. That sequence not only describes the past 10 games for the Cleveland Indians, but it also feels like an overall summary for the season. The Indians dig themselves a hole before starting to climb out of it, only to start digging again. In the end, this team

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July 1, 2015 was a very good day for Cleveland sports fans

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Days like July 1, 2015 don’t happen very often in any sports city, let alone Cleveland. Everything that was in play that could have swung up or down ended up kissing the sky. Kevin Love and Cleveland Indians and Iman Shumpert and the pure joy of knowing at least a little bit about a bright

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Ball Played: Carrasco’s night, my kind of team

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Carlos Carrasco has had one hell of a calendar year. He has had to rescessitate his career as a starter and navigate health issues while maintaining a level of excellence on the field that led to his long-term financial security. The culmination of those efforts came on Wednesday as Carlos Carrasco pitched one out away

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Carlos Carrasco gets Gatorade shower after near no-no

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Carlos Carrasco was one strike away from no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night. Alas, facing an 0-2 count with two away in the bottom of the ninth, Tampa leftfielder Joey Butler broke it up with a looping line drive just over the head of Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis. Indians manager Terry Francona pulled

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One pitch away: Carlos Carrasco loses no-hitter in the bottom of the 9th

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One. Pitch. That’s how close Indians righthander Carlos Carrasco was to no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday night. WFNY will have a full game recap Thursday morning, but here’s the quick and dirty of what happened. Carrasco was perfect through six innings. He struck out 10 to that point, including two hitters in each of

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg

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After being swept by the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend, the Cleveland Indians are now 33-41, leaving them 12 games behind first place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tribe is reeling, inviting metaphors of the staggered boxer with wobbly legs and blinking eyes or the slow motion balletic scenes of Robert De Niro

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Ball Played: Yada, yada, yada; Indians destroy Tigers

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The St. Louis Cardinals are currently being investigated by the F.B.I. for hacking into the Houston Astros database known as Ground Zero. The Astros current GM, Jeff Lunhow, was hired away from those Cardinals in 2011 where he had spearheaded the creation of a similar database called Redbird. Of course, the Cleveland Indians with their

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Next Up: Indians host the Tigers

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Here’s hoping all you dads had a very nice Father’s Day on Sunday. Or, as the late, great Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner once said while announcing for the New York Mets, “On this very special Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all of you a very happy birthday.” It seems like such a short

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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In the four-game, couple here-couple there series against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians were finally rained out on Monday night, their first postponement of the season. In the remaining three games the Cubs outscored the Indians 20-10. But thankfully the 17-0 lambasting of the Tribe on Wednesday night counted for only one win. The Indians won

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Ball Played: C is for Carrasco, and that’s good enough to win

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Was the solid month of May that the Cleveland Indians just completed with historic feats by Jason Kipnis the result of improved overall play, or the result of an easier schedule? Either of those narratives could be argued as the Indians’ defense definitely improved1 , but the Indians also did not win a series against a team

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The K-Team: Putting the Indians’ Staggering Strikeout Rate in Context

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In the same way you probably slept through last night’s 5-3 Indians win in Seattle (and the 13 Kluber K’s that came with it), you might also be forgivably unaware that the 2015 Tribe pitching staff is well on pace to shatter the all-time Major League record for strikeouts in a season. That’s a record,

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Ball Played: Indians continue Cleveland celebration

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The Cleveland Indians missed a fantastic opportunity on Tuesday night as fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers spilled out from Quicken Loans Arena in pure jubilation to chaotically celebrate the Cavs punching their NBA Finals ticket for the first time since 2007. Many of those fans found their way to the gates of Progressive Field. Michael

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