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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C-Cap Recap: Tribe Sweeps Reds, Wins Sixth Straight

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As the Cavaliers inched one step closer to a sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals, their next-door neighbors—those pesky, Dellavedova-like Indians—had already busted out the brooms to move within one win of their own championship hardware. Sure, you may not personally value the “Ohio Cup”—the trophy handed out to the winner of the annual Indians-Reds

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Ball Played: Bauer defeats Indians’ man of constant sorrow

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On May 7, 2015 Jose Quintana made his MLB debut for the Chicago White Sox against the Cleveland Indians. At the time, he was seemingly a random left-handed pitcher from Columbia whom the White Sox needed in long relief after starter Phil Humber had surrendered eight runs in less than three innings of work. In

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Video: Matt Adams destroys his bat after being embarrassed by Trevor Bauer

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On Thursday afternoon, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was dealing once again. While he would finish the day with 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings pitched, no #whiff may have been more fun to watch than that of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams. Watch as the left-handed power hitter flails helplessly at an 86-mile-per-hour

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C-Cap Recap: Just Out of Reach

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While we all may have wanted Corey Kluber’s incredible 18-strikeout performance to become the indelible image of the 2015 Indians season—the 180-degree course correction that launched the team into contention—Thursday afternoon’s encore match-up with St. Louis provided a far more realistic encapsulation of where this club is at. The lasting image, in this case, was

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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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Ball Played: Indians remain in AL cellar

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Given how April has gone in 2015 for the Cleveland Indians, it does not seem surprising that their best starting pitcher this season had to miss a Saturday start against the division-rival Detroit Tigers due to food poisoning. Trevor Bauer was able to return for a Tuesday start against the Kansas City Royals in what

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Bode Plots: Analyzing Trevor Bauer’s heat maps

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Somewhat lost in the midst of the Cleveland Indians failure to live up to expectations in the early part of the 2015 season is that Trevor Bauer has been quite good. In fact, he has been perhaps the most dominant pitcher in MLB, and, as such, Trevor has been the ace of a staff that

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Cleveland vs. Cleveland, city pride, and the first round: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound! It’s Thursday, and the Cavaliers play Game 3 in Boston tonight. Other than that, everything else seems pretty small in the grand scheme of things. But, I’ll do my best not to just go full Cavs in this edition of the triple dub. Leading off (and hopping up on this soapbox

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Ball Played: Indians deliver goodnight gut punch

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The pitching matchup for Monday’s game was strongly in favor of the Cleveland Indians. Trevor Bauer had been the best pitcher on the staff in the early season having given up a mere two runs in twelve innings pitched, while striking out nineteen and allowing a total of thirteen baserunners. The Chicago White Sox countered

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WFNY Stats & Info: Kluber and Bauer among the best at missing bats

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One way to remove the chance of luck being a factor on the mound: Don’t allow batters to make contact with your pitches. Though most starting pitchers in baseball have amassed just two appearances, two of the best thus far—at least when it comes to missing the bats of would-be hitters—reside in Cleveland. Indians starters

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Indians Series Summary No. 3: Hooray, they beat a lefty

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In the brief two-game series against the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians lost their fifth game of the season by a score of 4-1, then won their third, 4-2. The win was their first home victory after starting 0-4 at Progressive Field. What lousy timing for the Indians so far in this young season. After

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Ball Played: Indians survive game of bunts

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Major League Baseball does a great tribute to Jackie Robinson and, really, all of the players that helped break down the color barrier in baseball every April 15 by having the players wear his 42 jersey, which also lends to writers across the nation expounding on the struggles that he had to overcome. He is

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Indians Series Summary No. 1: One loss, two wins, and three excellent starts

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After the first three games of the season, one can see pretty quickly why the Cleveland Indians have been picked by some as a serious contender: Pitching, and plenty of it. Three starts and three impressive performances — and the starting pitcher who was least impressive pitched a no-hitter over his six innings. This is

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C-Cap Recap: Bauer’s Finest Hour and a Near No-No

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Ijust had that dream again—the one where the Cleveland Indians are three outs away from their first no-hitter in 34 years, and Nick Hagadone is on the hill. …And he’s in his underwear. In what could have easily gone down as the least electric atmosphere for a no-hit bid in Major League history, the roughly

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2015 Indians Season Roundtable Preview

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We finally made it to Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians in Texas against the Houston Astros (not to be confused with the Home Opener on April 10). I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Cleveland Indians preview series that we have staged the last two weeks. It was great getting six different writers involved

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Jacob: Start the season already!

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I am starting to learn a thing or two the Cleveland Indians, and I want to keep that going. I have decided that 2015 is the year in which I will dive back into baseball after years of being only mildly familiar with the sport, and my anticipation for Opening Day is starting to boil over. I have missed

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Indians Spring Training notes: Jerry Sands is a bad man

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Well, the end of March is coming near. The Cleveland Indians have hung some red cards in lockers and there are more to come soon for those players that will not be starting the season in Cleveland. So, let us check in on the team. Trevor Bauer reminds us that it is still Spring Training:

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