The Diff: Reviewing stats on the surprising 2013 Indians

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote on the varying playoff odds formulations. This week, I’m revisiting many of my stats comments about the Tribe in 2013. Today is Sept. 25 and the Cleveland Indians

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The Diff: Analyzing the struggling Cleveland Indians offense

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote a comprehensive article on all of the top Tribe prospects. Now, I’ve dissecting the mediocre Cleveland offense. There might not be a better time than shortly after a

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MLB News: Mark Reynolds signs with the New York Yankees

Former Cleveland Indians first baseman/third baseman Mark Reynolds has reportedly signed with the New York Yankees. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Reynolds chose the pinstripes over three other teams. Reynolds has hit 14 home runs against the Yankeees in 165 at-bats, the most vs any American League team. His 10 home runs against the Red

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TD talking Tribe, Browns and turkey sandwiches – WFNY Podcast – 2013-08-14

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I couldn’t get a proper cold cuts conversation out of Brian Spaeth, so I saw an opening with TD and I grabbed it! Also, make sure you let us know what you think of the two songs I put together as potential replacements for our opening sounder. The Indians collapse Craig tries out two new

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Asdrubal Baerga, a tired rotation, and a Sunday game-changing comeback

The past seven days were well on their way to being the worst week of Tribe baseball since the days of 2009 The Bullpen From Hell Part 2. The Tigers stomped all over them for four nights and all but ended any shot the Wahoos had at overtaking them for AL Central division supremacy. There

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Cleveland Indians miss big on deals for Myers and Reynolds

Terry Francona, Chris Antonetti

The Cleveland Indians front office has to be nearly flawless to compete for the playoffs in any year. If you don’t believe that proposition, just ask the Moneyball A’s or Wall Street Rays, whose innovation and knack for value propelled them to long playoff runs. Entering 2013, the Tribe made major long-term investments on Nick

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MLB News: Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment

Cleveland Indians first baseman Mark Reynolds has been reportedly designated for assignment. After hitting .301 with eight home runs and 22 runs batted in for the month of April, the man who was affectionately known as “Mega Mark” has seen his production plummet, driving in just seven runs over the course of the last three months.

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Two of Three in Miami, bring on Detroit!

The weekend series in Miami was kind of glossed over coming in. The Indians arrived in Little Havana with an eight-game winning streak and all kinds of momentum. They knew they had the first place Detroit Tigers coming to Cleveland on Monday, and a let down against the Marlins, one of baseball’s worst teams, could

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Brooming the Rangers out of C-Town

This Cleveland Indians team is amazing. There is no pegging them. Hasn’t been since the first month of the season and their certainly isn’t as we change the calendar to August this week.  Just think, back in April the starting pitching was a serious question mark after Justin Masterson, the bullpen was still strong, and

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What To Make Of Chris Antonetti’s Recent Comments

Danny Salazar

We’ve talked extensively here at the site about the trade deadline and how it pertains to the Indians. Jon had a great piece about the different paths the Tribe could go down. TD examined the club’s greatest need, a left-handed matchup guy out of the bullpen and the options available. Now, we’re four days away from

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Sunday Tribe Notes: Target Field, lefty relievers and 2014 salaries

kevin correia

This was not how the Indians front office wanted their team to begin the second half. Entering the break at 51-44 and riding a four-game winning streak, there were high hopes for the immediate future, especially with Minnesota and Seattle the first two teams on deck. After back-to-back disheartening 3-2 losses at Target Field, the

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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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Indians All-Star Break Review: The Position Players

Asrubal Cabrera

We have arrived at baseball’s All-Star break. The Cleveland Indians sit at 51-44, a game and a half out of first place in the AL Central. It has been quite a ride since GM Chris Antonetti hired Terry Francona to manage this club. The shot had been fired – a change in culture was about

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Brantley’s homers and Reynolds’ defense fuel Tribe past Royals 6-3.

Brantley Homer

I know. The headline sounds like it is backwards. It isn’t. Justin Masterson allowed plenty of baserunners early, but kept them away from scoring with timely strikeouts and a few decent defensive efforts. Two of those were excellent diving plays by Mark Reynolds at first. In the fourth inning he saved at least a pair

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Tribe Weekend Wrapup: A Ode To Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber

Could “Team Streak” be trending upwards again? Your Cleveland Indians were a blown save away from sweeping the Washington Nationals out of Progressive Field this weekend in grand fashion. They settled for a series win, which you will take all day long especially when the opposing pitchers are Tribe killer Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman, and

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Swisher’s Shoulder Could Land Him On DL

After last night’s game where fans saw first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher rotate and move his left shoulder around uncomfortably after a fifth inning at-bat, word came after the game that Swisher’s discomfort in that shoulder could land him on the disabled list, per Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer. “I’m grinding guys,” said Swisher. “I

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Rangers 6, Indians 3: Eight is enough…The streak has to be stopped

yan Gomes

The Indians are in a rut. A deep rut. And it extends to every portion of the team—the offense, the defense, the starting pitching, and the bullpen. Each had a helping hand in Arlington last night as the Rangers dropped another loss on the Tribe, their eighth straight, to the tune of 6-3. Our boys

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Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds are third in AL All-Star voting at their positions

Major League Baseball released the first update for All-Star balloting. Two Indians placed among the leaders at their respective positions. Catcher Carlos Santana is third in the voting with 547,873 votes, trailing first place vote getter Joe Mauer (863,450) and Baltimore’s Matt Wieters (715,055). Mark Reynolds (452,708) is also third at designated hitter, trailing David

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While We’re Waiting… All baseball talk, all the time

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“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Anytime FanGraphs writes about positive things in the Tribe organization, I’m thrilled. With this, I’m bouncing-off-the-walls ecstatic: “In 2013, the 27-year-old Santana might be

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