Ball Played: Kids in the hall with leather

David Murphy after home run June 30 2015 v Rays

Bullpens have become a popular topic in baseball circles since Tom Verducci penned a fantastic article detailing the dominance of the modern bullpen on Tuesday. In the article, Verducci details how the Houston Astros’ and the Kansas City Royals’ continual outperformance of expectations in the standings can largely be attributed to their bullpens. The Tampa

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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: Indians literally drop the ball

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers June 23 2015 at Progressive Field

Sometimes, one play can summarize a larger facet of a season. No single play can ultimately change an entire season especially in the third of a six month season. One play, however, can certainly serve as a symbol for what has occurred during said season. In 2014, the defensive struggles of the entire season for the

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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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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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Ball Played: Indians cannot hang on by their fingernails in loss

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Going into Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, it had been mentioned but not truly quantified that the Cleveland Indians offense has been much improved during the month of May. Much of the offensive improvement is rightfully attributed to the outstanding month of Jason Kipnis, but the overall team statistics have risen more than

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C-Cap Recap: That’s Called a Winning Streak

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Had this game been played in Cleveland, one could only assume they would have dropped confetti from the upper deck. The Indians have won three in a row! It’s their first such string of the entire season, but more importantly, the low-stress 5-2 win over the White Sox Thursday night gave the Tribe an honest-to-gosh

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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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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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C-Cap Recap: Swish, Salazar and a Salvaged Weekend

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While you were distracted by various thrilling, high-stakes buzzer beaters this weekend, your Cleveland Indians quietly lost two out of three to an inexplicably red hot Minnesota Twins club, salvaging some pride with a dominant Danny Salazar effort in an 8-2 win on Sunday. Overall, the Tribe has now gone 32 days without winning a

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Ball Played: Bro at the Bat, but the Indians get beat

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Finally, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona unveiled what many fans of the have been waiting for all season. No, Francisco Lindor is still in Columbus where he should be (for now). Yes, Nick Swisher making his 2015 debut, serving as a gauge of how healthy or productive he can be for the team. In fact, Nick’s

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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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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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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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Danny Salazar Recalled from Triple-A

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With Carlos Carrasco (somehow) only needing an extra day of rest before his next start following a line drive striking him in his face Tuesday night, the Cleveland Indians had to make a decision on how to handle the mound on Saturday for Game 2 in Minnesota. In turn, they have recalled starting pitcher Danny Salazar

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Indians option Danny Salazar to Class AAA Columbus

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The Cleveland Indians have optioned pitcher Danny Salazar to Class AAA Columbus. This means Zach McAllister, T.J. House and Josh Tomlin will fight for the final two rotations spots for the Indians. The team has their first three rotation spots settled with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, so these final two spots will need to be decided

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What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

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We have estimated in the past that only about ten percent of what we gather in Spring Training is actually useful. As such, I have been taking accounts of what I have witnessed during Spring Training. I will write what I believe, you can determine what truly matters, and I will hope to surpass the

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Grantland: Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, and Danny Salazar poised for breakout seasons

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Grantland’s Jonah Keri is a big fan of the Cleveland Indians this season, so much so that he recently placed them among the top five teams in baseball. With a Cy Young candidate for an ace, an MVP candidate in left field and one of the best catchers in the game, this makes sense. But

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Danny Salazar being investigated for possible sexual assault

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Update: WEWS NewsChannel 5 was first to report that no charges will be filed against Danny Salazar. #BreakingNews: No charges will be filed against @Indians pitcher Danny Salazar in accusations of sexual assault, according to @CLEpolice — WEWS NewsChannel5 (@WEWS) February 4, 2015 Police just told me City Prosecutor has seen evidence & has decided

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