Analysis

Get rid of Ryan Raburn now

Ryan Raburn has been one of the worst players in the league, and it's time for the Cleveland Indians to give his roster spot to someone else.

Should we be worried about Jason Kipnis?

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis looked to be turning into one of baseball's best players in 2013, but this season has been a different story. What version of Kipnis is the "real" one?

Has the defense improved at all? Please say yes.

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Earlier this week, the question was posed, has the porous defense progressed at all? So let us review the horrors that are the gentleman that are supposed to use their gloves.

FanGraphs is a big fan of numerous Tribe contracts

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FanGraphs has begun its annual trade value countdown, in which the top deals in baseball are ranked. The Cleveland Indians have three players on the first entry of the series.

Danny Salazar: How's he doing? Will he be back?

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When Danny Salazar comes back to Cleveland, will THE Danny Salazar be back? A look into his numbers and the reports from Triple-A Columbus give us reason to hope.

Corey Kluber is 2014's biggest All-Star Game snub

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber has been one of the very best pitchers in the league this season, but he has been left off the American League All-Star team, making him this year's...

Kluber should be an All-Star (but probably won't)

The rosters for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be announced on Sunday. Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has been one of the best starters in baseball, and deserves a spot on the American League team,...

Sigh of relief, or the saving grace of the Indians

While perusing the Indian’s team stats this week, I was struck by the fact that we have four relievers that already have three victories credited to their name.

Say it ain't so, bro

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I hate to be the bearer of depressing tidings....

Who was the last Indian voted to start the ASG?

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Once again, the Cleveland Indians aren't going to have anyone voted in as a starter for the MLB All-Star Game. This is nothing new. In fact, it's gotten quite old, as the team has gone years and...

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David Murphy is bad and other options are worse

Cleveland Indians right fielder David Murphy started the season well, but has been mired in a spectacular slump for over a month now.

Justin Masterson sure does hit a lot of batters

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson has hit more batters with pitches this decade than anyone else in MLB.

Yan Gomes is in a bad slump at the plate

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes is in the midst of a bad, month-long slump at the plate. Can he snap out of it and get back to being one of the team's better hitters?

Indians pitchers on pace for MLB strikeout record

Cleveland Indians posted one of the highest strikeout totals in history in 2013. In 2014, they're whiffing batters at an even higher rate, and are on pace for the all-time MLB record.

Lonnie Chisenhall's hot start is the real deal

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Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting the ball about as well as anyone in baseball this season. An inflated BABIP may cause some to doubt him, but there are very real improvements underlying his scorching...

Corey Kluber joins Clemens the Big Unit, and Pedro

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber was tremendous in the month of May, with 60 strikeouts and only 8 walks. Those figures put him in very elite company for MLB history.

If not T.J House, who can pitch for the Indians?

A look at the remaining starting pitchers still available via free agency, to see if any of them might be a fit for the Cleveland Indians, who could find themselves in the market for an arm.

Abort, retry, fail, repeat: Errors at third base

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Earlier this season, we documented Yan Gomes’ struggles behind the dish. Somehow we neglected to notice just how poorly our third baseman, Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall, have also been doing.

Asdrubal Cabrera and the first-pitch swing

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdubal Cabrera swing at the first pitch more than almost any other MLB regular. Does this pay off for him, or is he shooting himself (and the team) in the foot?

Indians hit lefties worse than any team in years

The Cleveland Indians are doing worse against left-handed pitchers than any other team in baseball this season... or any other season in many years.

Lonnie Chisenhall should be given the 3B job back

Lonnie Chisenhall has made quite an impact this season and has been one of the Tribe's best players. It's time he saw more playing time.

Justin Masterson's velocity is way down

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Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson has siffered a substantial drop in velocity this season, and his overall numbers have suffered.

Michael Brantley doesn't strike out

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has become one of the most difficult players in baseball to strikeout, and he's putting together the best season of his career.

Error! Error! (Yan Gomes edition)

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Earlier this week we focused on the Indians’ struggles with errors. During the win on Wednesday night, Yan Gomes committed his ninth error in just his 28th game. Just how awful is that rate?

BABIP and xBABIP say the Indians have been unlucky

An examination of players' batting average on balls in play (BABIP) shows that many of the unluckiest hitters in baseball so far in 2014 are Cleveland Indians.

Error! Error!

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After watching error upon error, I was curious just how poor the Tribe’s defense is faring this season.

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