Analysis

Tribe defense was really bad. Historically bad?

Early in 2014, the Tribe defense was so atrocious, it was on its way to some historic numbers, at least in the modern era. Let’s see if the team defense improved as the season progressed.

In defense of Josh Tomlin

Josh Tomlin pitched his way back into the Indians rotation in 2014, then pitched his way back out of it, finishing the season as a mop-up relief pitcher with an ugly ERA. There's reason to think...

The bullpen set a record for wins this year

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Earlier this year, I noted that the relievers were on pace to potentially set some franchise records for wins and decisions. Now that 2014 is finished, let’s see if that came to fruition.

Yoenis Cespedes seems to be available. Interested?

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The Red Sox are widely expected to shop outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this offseason. The Indians could use an upgrade in right field, and every team could use more power. Could the Tribe put together...

Let's talk about Michael Brantley's defense

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Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a Gold Glove nominee, but advanced defensive metrics say he doesn't really merit that honor. How can that be?

Carlos Santana had a very weird season

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Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana had a very strange 2014 season, marked by a very low batting average, but a very good overall offensive performance (a performance carried by better...

NLCS preview and viewing guide for Indians fans

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The Cardinals and Giants have been been the two most successful teams in NL history, and also in recent years. Which one has the edge to win the NLCS and advance to its 20th World Series?

ALCS preview and viewing guide for Indians fans

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The Orioles and Royals were not among the favorites to reach the ALCS, but here they are, each four wins away from an overdue trip to the World Series. Which team has the edge?

No one was better than Corey Kluber

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber had an incredible season, and while he's not the only candidate with a strong case, it's Kluber deserves who deserves to win the 2014 AL Cy Young Award

Done in by Detroit

There are a number of reasons the Cleveland Indians aren't going to the playoffs this year. One of them is their inability to outplay the Detroit Tigers in September.

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Jose Ramirez is bunting his way into history

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The Cleveland Indians lead all American League in sacrifice bunts and infielder Jose Ramirez leads all AL players, despite his having played less than half a season.

Let's take a peek at the 2015 starting rotation

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The Cleveland Indians have been carried by steller pitching in August and September, with a starting rotation that looks poised to be one of baseball's best in 2015.

Kluber and Carrasco each pitched a Maddux

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Carlos Carrasco pitched the Indians' 8th ever Maddux, and their 2nd of 2014. In the process, he also tied the record for most strikeouts in a Maddux.

Michael Brantley continues to be a tough K

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Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Brantley has been one of the five best players in the American League this season, adding power will continuing to be one of the toughest players in...

Dear T.J. - Sorry about those things I said

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T.J. House is not (pardon the pun) a household name, but maybe he should be. Never pegged as a focal point of the Indians 2014 rotation, he has made quite an impression.

Help Tom Tango rate the Indians' defense

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"Baseball's fans are very perceptive. Take a large group of them, and they can pick out the final standings with the best of them. They can forecast the performance of players as well as those guys...

Extra-inning magic

In the last two weeks, the Indians played four extra-inning games which brought their season total to nineteen. That seems like a lot for one season.

Is the Tribe's goose cooked?

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After losing three of four to Detroit this week, are the Indians still a real playoff contender, or has that ship sailed once and for all this season?

Jose Ramirez's unclear future

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Jose Ramirez doesn't seem to have a clear path to long-term playing time in Cleveland, but he may force the team to reconsider his role. It all depends how the bat plays out.

Corey Kluber has me worried

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Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, but in the last couple weeks his results have not been nearly as good. Is he running out of gas?

Michael Bourn is tripling his fun

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Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn leads the American League in triples, and in Thursday's win over the White Sox he did something no Tribe player had done since Kenny Lofton in 1995.

Just how inconsistent has the Tribe offense been?

Shutout one day, ten runs the next. ...Are the Indians especially inconsistent? Does offensive consistency even matter?

Indians have promoted few prospects in September

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MLB rosters expand in September, and most Minor League teams are finished playing by then, making it a prime time for prospects to get their first taste of the big leagues. The Cleveland Indians...

Mike Aviles should bat second forever

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The Cleveland Indians have had Mike Aviles batting second in a whole lot of games recently, and there's got to be a good reason for that... right?

The most dominant stretch this century

Corey Kluber is having a great season, and has been especially dominant over the last couple months, putting together the best stretch by any Indians pitcher this century.

Yan Gomes is the American League's best catcher

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Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes wasn't even on the team roster when the 2013 season began, but over the last season and a half he has become the best catcher in the American League.

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