Clippers Bats Whip Bulls 8-3 to Take a 2-0 Series Lead

IL Playoffs Round 1 – Game 2 Clippers 8, Bulls 3 (box) COL leads series 2-0 Unlike Game 1, this time out both offenses established themselves early. By the end of the first inning, a combination of five runs–two more than had scored in the entire game–were in and on the scoreboard. But, it was

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Indians At the Break: The Starting Rotation

The Indians head into the All-Star break a surprising 47-42 and a half game out of first place in the AL Central. Many experts think they have done it with smoke and mirrors. I believe they have gotten this far thanks to Actaball- a combination of great pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting. Regardless of

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While We’re Waiting…Colt McCoy’s Future, Tribe Rotation Questions and Deadline Deals

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 How long is Colt McCoy’s leash in 2011? “But there is something else that will be hanging over the heads of the Browns in

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Talbot Rocked by Toronto

It’s rare these days for the Indians to put 7 runs up on the board and get 15 hits in one game.  They accomplished this last night but unfortunately Mitch Talbot was on the mound.   He gave up 8 earned runs in just 5 and a third innings pitched last night.  He continues to

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Indians 5 Diamondbacks 4: Chiz, OC, Save The Day

I know many of you couldn’t stay awake for this 9:40 PM start time in Arizona. You should have. Monday night was the long awaited debut of the Indians top hitting prospect, Lonnie Chisenhall. With the offense in a deeper funk than George Clinton and Parliament, GM Chris Antonetti fired his biggest bullet. Manager Manny

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Talbot bounces back, silences Jays with help from his defense

In the first inning, Mitch Talbot could have headed down that dangerous path once again. You know, the one he went all the way down last outing against the Red Sox in his last outing?  With two runners on and one out, though, Talbot coaxed a double play ball from the bat of Juan Rivera

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Is the Indians’ Rotation Really This Good? Well, Yeah…Sorta.

So most of this you’ll already know, but I’m going to talk a bit today about the start that Indians’ rotation has gotten off to.  Not to completely ruin the surprise, but they’ve been pretty good. The obvious questions, then, should be twofold: (1) how have they been so good and (2) is it the

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Cleveland Indians Google Player Popularity Rankings – 4-25-2011

Back in March I decided to analyze the popularity of Cleveland Indians players on the roster based on Google results. That was March 10th and the landscape has changed significantly since the season started and the Indians started pretty hot. There are some outliers like Jayson Nix (who won’t make the next list as he

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Cleveland’s Rotation: Deep Enough to Dream

I really don’t have anything against ESPN writer Keith Law. His article the other day really bothered me though. Particularly his comments about the Tribe’s young pitching staff. Where I doubt Cleveland most is on the run-prevention side of the ledger. The two fluky starts by Mitch Talbot weren’t signs of things to come anyway,

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What’s Behind the Rotation’s Improvement?

Make no mistake: the start of the Indians’ season has been fun. For those keeping track at home, they’re off to the second best start in franchise history, due to a strong offensive showing, improved defense and strong starting pitching. And while I think plenty of people expected the Indians to have a reasonably strong

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What’s Going on with Mitch Talbot’s Elbow?

If you’re one of those people who believes that a team should communicate injury information clearly and quickly, I would wager you’re not a big fan of the Indians’ PR department.  It seems to be the rule rather than the exception that there will be obfuscation, delay and some good old fashioned hemming and hawing

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Keeping the “S” in Scrappy: Mitch Talbot’s Upside

Mitch Talbot was born in October of 1983; he won’t turn 28 until after this season is over.  I suppose it might be safe to say that he doesn’t remember Ronald Reagan or Rubik’s cubes or mix tapes or the USSR. Interestingly, his October birthday also makes him the oldest pitcher in our rotation, and

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Indians 4 Angels 0: “The Fury” Pitches Tribe To Eighth Straight

Who else is having fun? There’s plenty of room on the bandwagon Cleveland, so hop on board. Who needs sleep? Not me, I’d rather stay up watching West Coast Tribe action. I mean, what is not to lose about your Wahoo Warriors right now? They are getting A-Plus pitching from both the rotation and the

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Anyone Else Concerned About “The Fury?”

Heading into Spring Training, it was pretty much a lock that the Indians top four starters would be Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson, Carlos Carrasco, and Mitch Talbot. Anything short of a complete collapse by Carrasco or Talbot would keep them locked in. Or so we think. Carrasco is a legitimate prospect with the kind of

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Acta on Carrasco: “He has the stuff to be one of the best guys in the AL.”

The first week of pitchers and catchers always has everyone thinking positive. They say “hope springs eternal” and “everyone is 0-0.” The managers, GM’s, and players all wax poetic about how great they feel and how much they are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. On top of that, you get

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Tribe Season Recap: The Starting Rotation

In our next installment of the series, we will examine the Indians starting rotation. This was hands-down the team’s biggest question mark coming into the 2010 season. By the end, more question marks arose, while some other names emerged from nowhere to make themselves factors. So what do the Indians have today? Lets take a

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Tribe Sweeps Double Dip To Close Out Home Season

What a nice way to close out your final homestand. The Indians headed into Wednesday night’s doubleheader on a four game winning streak. The weather broke on what turned into a beautiful night, and our beloved Wahoos played about as well as they have all season, taking both legs of the double dip and sweeping

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On Inning Limits, the Indians Rotation & Injury Concerns

After much gnashing of teeth and about 20,000 wasted words from me, this weekend the Indians decided to relegate Justin Masterson to the bullpen for the remainder of the 2010 campaign.  According to the team, the decision was based not on any belief that Masterson slots better out of the bullpen in the future, but

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White Sox 10 Indians 6: A Comeback All For Naught

Talk about a tale of two games down at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. If you were actually watching the big Indians/White Sox tilt last night, you may have turned it off mid-way through the second inning. If you turned it back on around 10:15 EST, you would have been shocked to see the

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While We’re Waiting… Buckeyes, James Davis, Sheldon Brown and Drew Sutton

While We’re Waiting is WFNY’s way of saying “Hey, we’re not really awake and ready for the day yet, but here are some quality Cleveland sports links anyway.” Enjoyed an article or post recently? Send it over via our staff e-mail: tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Quick thoughts on yesterday’s coaches poll release: “The Ohio State University is ranked

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