Next Up: Indians vs. Orioles at Camden Yards

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Beautiful Camden Yards changed everything, and a fair share of the credit for that goes to Janet Marie Smith. Who is she, you might ask. To properly answer that, we must first look back at what came before the Orioles played in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s history with

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Ball Played: Tigers continue mastery over Indians

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The missing ingredient for the Cleveland Indians offense is often said to be a right-handed power bat. Perhaps a hitter capable of knocking around 50 extra base hits while winning a Silver Slugger Award would give them the necessary boost. Of course, the 2015 Indians expected to have such a hitter in their lineup, but

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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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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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In the four-game, couple here-couple there series against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians were finally rained out on Monday night, their first postponement of the season. In the remaining three games the Cubs outscored the Indians 20-10. But thankfully the 17-0 lambasting of the Tribe on Wednesday night counted for only one win. The Indians won

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Ball Played: Kipnis steals the Lindor show in Indians win

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National League rules are infuriating. The American and global economy have shown the value in specializing in all fields, yet MLB still requires one of the more incredibly specialized fields needing a ridiculously rare skillset (pitching) to also attempt to also professionally do another specialized job. It is akin to having a heart surgeon control

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Ball Played: Indians RISP-phobia

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The Cleveland Indians have had their share of offensive frustration in 2015. Despite a middle of the pack ranking in runs per game1 , it has often seemed like the Indians have let many run scoring opportunities go to waste. No game epitomized that frustration more than the Wednesday night’s against the Seattle Mariners, in which the

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Next Up: Seattle Mariners visit Cleveland

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When the Cleveland Indians visited Seattle just twelve days ago for a four-game series, the Indians and Mariners were both 7-3 in their previous ten games. The Tribe got the best of Seattle in that series, winning three. Granted, they accomplished that in part by avoiding Felix Hernandez, arguably the leading candidate for this season’s

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Indians embrace advanced pitching development

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The Cleveland Indians need to be bold if they are going to compete in a sports league with franchises spending twice as much on payroll, while those teams also make more profit1. With their first three selections in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, the Cleveland Indians made the daring decision to draft high school pitchers

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C-Cap Recap: Tribe Tops Royals, Cures Your Ills

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While the Cavs were forced to play five minutes too many, the Indians got to play one inning fewer than usual tonight, beating the Royals in the rain-shortened rubber match of a three game set in Kansas City, 6-2. Trevor Bauer was Mr. QS yet again, protecting an early 4-0 lead en route to 6.2

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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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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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