C-Cap Recap: Bald Heads and Broomsticks

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The Cleveland Indians won a ballgame with Corey Kluber on the mound for just the fourth time all season, as a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning secured a 5-4 triumph and a four-game sweep / public shaming of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Thursday matinee—played on a moldy green shag carpet inside

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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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C-Cap Recap: Two Nothin’s Is Nothin’

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Terry Francona’s ever-present windbreaker may as well be an invisibility cloak considering how little criticism he’s getting for the plodding parade of mediocrity that is the 2015 Cleveland Indians. I’m not saying he really deserves any blame, mind you. But after a potentially spirit-breaking series sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles this weekend

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Kevin Love opts out, Corey Kluber just can’t win, Terrelle Pryor and Johnny Manziel – WFNY Podcast – 2015-06-27

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Note: Apologies for the buzzing sound on my mic. To download the podcast directly, here’s a link to the MP3 file Andrew was available to chat today and I have been itching to crack a mic on all the things that we seem to be talking about, that in my estimation aren’t worth talking about.

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Next Up: Indians vs. Orioles at Camden Yards

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Beautiful Camden Yards changed everything, and a fair share of the credit for that goes to Janet Marie Smith. Who is she, you might ask. To properly answer that, we must first look back at what came before the Orioles played in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s history with

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Rosen: Mid-Term Evaluation

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F or much of this baseball season, I have not been paying terribly close attention to the Indians. Basketball has dominated my attention for much of the past two months or so, but hoops season has come to a close, and it’s time to look to the diamond. I’ve caught some games on the radio

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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: Sea witch Urshela makes Indians debut in 3-2 loss

at Progressive Field on June 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Seattle defeated Cleveland 3-2.

Columbian born Giovanny Urshela was signed as an international free agent by the Cleveland Indians during the summer of 2008, the same summer when Lonnie Chisenhall was a first round draft pick of the Tribe. Chisenhall was coming out of college, three years older than Urshela, and had a more advanced bat, and his path to MLB

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Next Up: Seattle Mariners visit Cleveland

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When the Cleveland Indians visited Seattle just twelve days ago for a four-game series, the Indians and Mariners were both 7-3 in their previous ten games. The Tribe got the best of Seattle in that series, winning three. Granted, they accomplished that in part by avoiding Felix Hernandez, arguably the leading candidate for this season’s

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Ball Played: Corey’s special Ks not enough in KC

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The Kansas City Royals were determined to not allow Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber to work them deep into counts, which inevitably seem to end in strike outs. The Royals entered Wednesday’s game still as the most difficult team to strike out in baseball, while also leading in batting average. The Royals, however, also had

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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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Jonah Keri: I think the Indians will surge back into the playoff hunt

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At least one prominent baseball mind thinks that the Cleveland Indians’ recent hot streak is a sign of more good things to come. Grantland’s Jonah Keri, a WFNY favorite who has long been bullish on this version of the Tribe — and especially on Danny Salazar — wrote that he thinks the Indians will contend for the

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Next Up: Indians vs. Reds at home

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After the Cleveland Indians’ successful seven-game road trip to Arlington and Chicago from May 15 to May 21, the Sports Cynics Club might be looking for the darker hidden meaning of it all, but let us not be tempted to turn the Tribe’s growing success against left-handed starters into a left-handed compliment. On the trip

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Ball Played: Kluber versus Sale

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It is really difficult for a team to be doing as poorly as the Cleveland Indians are in the standings considering some of the individual performances they have had. For instance, the top four starters are so strong that they have masked the complete destruction that comes when Zach Chenhouse1 starts. The starting rotation ranks second in

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Next Up: Indians vs. White Sox

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Fresh off their first series win since awaaaaay back on April 9, the Cleveland Indians head to Chicago to play the White Sox in a four-game, Monday-through-Thursday series. They’ll be playing at U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago and all games have an 8:10 p.m. start time (for you eastern time zone

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

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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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Corey Kluber pitched the greatest eight-inning game in MLB history

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Corey Kluber may have been searching for his first win of the season, but the reigning Cy Young winner certainly made his first one count. In striking out 18 batters in just eight innings of work. Kluber managed to not only tie Bob Feller’s longstanding record, but he lofted his name into the mix with

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Ball Played: Kluber’s 18K gem gives Indians new life

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Sometimes, it is only from the depths of frustration that one can create an assemblage of beauty. Sometimes, it takes the threat of having everything taken away to create the proper focus required. Seven starts into the 2015 Cleveland Indians season, Corey Kluber was still searching for his first win, as well as the first win for

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Next Up: Indians vs. Cardinals

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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

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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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