Indians’ Starting Rotation Battle Royale coming to a close

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As Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, the battle for the fourth and fifth starting positions in the Cleveland Indians pitching rotation has almost completed. So, before the announcement becomes official, let us take a look at how the pitchers have done this spring. The statistics from Spring Training are not a true measuring stick

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Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

Original: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were

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What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

Original: Chuck Crow/Plain Dealer

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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Carlos Carrasco is a popular breakout candidate for Indians

Carlos Carrasco

The Cleveland Indians starting rotation has been a popular topic for the sporting world as they prepare for the 2015 MLB season. Corey Kluber winning the Cy Young has been referenced by nearly everyone writing a breakout candidate column and Danny Salazar has already been named a sleeper Cy Young candidate for this season despite

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 3)

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Third verse, same as the first: Baseball is not broken. Baseball is as beautiful a sport as it has ever been. The art of hitting a baseball with an elongated, rounded bat has amazingly persevered through the generations as something that is worth attempting. The drama that builds during crucial games is incredible as every

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David Schoenfield names Indians Danny Salazar sleeper Cy Young candidate

Danny Salazar Cleveland Indians

Another day, another positive article being written about the Cleveland Indians. Apparently, David Schoenfield had drawn the Friday slot for waxing poetic about one of the Indians pitchers, but the pitcher that he wrote about may surprise you. He started off with the basic premise of attempting to identify the 2015 pitchers who might best

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Indians have injury setback; scooter is day-to-day

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The great thing about Spring Training baseball is that everyone is much more relaxed than they are during the season. Therefore, you get more stories about random occurrences from the players and managers lives. The Indians have been extra cautious with injuries this spring. The team mentioned that Gavin Floyd’s first start will be pushed

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Spring Training Notes: Tomlin, House audition for starting role with the Tribe

Josh Tomlin Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians added another Spring Training contest to their 2015 resume. Here’s a look at the last 24 (or so) hours of Tribe baseball. Giddyup: Josh Tomlin got the start on Wednesday and T.J. House received his first innings of the year. Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Francisco Lindor also made their 2015 debuts. The

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Play Ball: Indians spring season begins with McAllister audition

Zack McAllister

Finally, the long winter season without baseball games has ended as the Cleveland Indians opened the Cactus League season with a game against their spring baseball partner Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday afternoon. Given that the Indians brought back nearly everyone and did not make any big moves in the offseason (with apologies to Brandon Moss),

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 2)

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I repeat: Baseball is not broken. Baseball is as beautiful a sport as it has ever been. The art of hitting a baseball with an elongated, rounded bat has amazingly persevered through the generations as something that is worth attempting. The drama that builds during crucial games is incredible as every single pitch can have

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 1)

Baseball MLB

Baseball is not broken. Baseball is as beautiful a sport as it has ever been. The art of hitting a baseball with an elongated, rounded bat has amazingly persevered through the generations as something that is worth attempting. The drama that builds during crucial games is incredible as every single pitch can have more meaning

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The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

Goodyear Ballpark

Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we

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Terry Francona and Nick Swisher discuss MLB’s Pace of Play rule changes

Terry Francona Cleveland Indians

Rob Manfred, baseball’s new commissioner, has been on the job for a short period of time, but has already shown that he is not afraid to push Major League Baseball in new directions if he believes said changes will make for a better product for the fans.1 It was during just last season that Keith Olbermann

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Charting Expectations for the Indians by Kluber’s Enthusiasm

Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

The genesis for this article was actually spawned from one of my alltime favorite WFNY running articles (Anderson Varejao Enthusiasm Charts from Denny Mayo). He has graciously allowed me to completely mangle it by extending the concept to the Indians and the player who wears his emotions as outwardly as anyone ever has. If you

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Brandon Moss and Jason Kipnis: Early storylines coming out of Goodyear

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On Wednesday, I explained some of the reasons Spring Training matters to me. In doing so, I neglected to discuss anything about the actual pitchers and catchers reporting for the Cleveland Indians. Well, the Tribe did have their official opening of Spring Training and MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that most of the players are already in Goodyear

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Celebrate the Indians’ Pitchers and Catchers Reporting

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I miss many things about Arizona where I spent the first four years of my professional adulthood. I miss going to Canyon Lake with my wife and dogs.1 I miss the beauty of the mountains in the distance. Or, the beauty of the mountains from their peaks at South Mountain or Top of the Rock

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I’m not going to debate Wahoo again this season

From the @dechief twitter page

I recently saw someone on Twitter quip that it’s about that time of year where we get all hot and bothered about Chief Wahoo and whether he is racist or not or stays or goes. It is that time of year, no doubt—Wahoo debates tend to go into hibernation once the season comes to a

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MLB.com looking for “Stats Stringers” for the Tribe

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Have you ever wondered how all that live game data gets updated on live game trackers? Well, wonder no more. MLB.com posted on Cleveland Craigslist that they are looking for “Stats Stringers” for the Cleveland Indians. Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the

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