Analysis

You can believe in Michael Brantley's new power

Four home runs in April is no joke. Four in seven games is even more impressive. But is this just a hot April for the Indians left fielder? Or the start of a career year?

Danny Salazar should be demoted

Danny Salazar has great stuff, but terrible results so far in 2014. It's time for the Cleveland Indians to send him to Triple-A Columbus to see if he can work things out there. Trevor Bauer should be called up to take his place.

Strikeout rates can already tell us something

Strikeout rate is the first major statistic to stabilize, which means among the first statistics we can stop worrying about sample size and learn something from. What can we learn about the Indians?

Yan Gomes' defense hasn't looked as sharp

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes was one of the best defensive players at the position last season, but so far in 2014 he has not been nearly as sharp.

Let's try and solve Salazar's struggles

It's clear Danny Salazar has not been the same pitcher in 2014 as he was last year. We take a look at what's gone wrong and how the Indians might go about fixing the young pitcher's problems.

Early returns on offseason pitching decisions

The Cleveland Indians have gotten inconsistent results from their starting rotation so far this season. Should they have re-signed Ubaldo Jimenez or Scott Kazmir, or have kept Aaron Harang after spring training?

Don't worry about the offense

There are even signs that 2014 may feature more fireworks than 2013, you just have to look a little deeper to find them.

The Indians are overdue for a really good closer

A look at Cleveland Indians closers of the last decade, and how they compare to those of other MLB teams.

The Indians' starting rotation isn't doing its job

The Cleveland Indians have been plagued by short outings by its starting pitchers so far in 2014, a trend that must turn around soon if the team is going to contend.

Indians fans apologize to David Murphy

Indians right fielder David Murphy was criticized by fans for most of his first two weeks with the team, but on Saturday he finally one over many of his detractors.

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The walks are piling up; should the Indians worry?

No one has allowed more free passes than the Indians on the young season, continuing a bad trend from 2013. How worried should we be?

Salazar and other elite, young K artists

A look at Danny Salazar and the other 23-year-old pitchers in baseball history who struck batters out at the highest rate, a group that includes Stephen Strasburg, Sam McDowell, Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw.

Other 2B tell us Kipnis deal a good bet to pay off

Jason KIpnis has agreed to a big extension with the Cleveland Indians. How did similar second baseman do in the years Kipnis is now locked up for?

At least one thing seems clear after three games

A look at the Indians' first three lineups of the season, and how the bench was used in those games gives signals to how the roster is going to be used, and seems to make clear who the last man on the team is.

This is not the third base decision I wanted

The Indians have decided Carlos Santana is their starting third baseman for 2014, which pushes Lonnie Chisenhall into a minor role.

What does Vegas have to say about the 2014 season?

A look at betting lines for the 2014 World Series, American and National League MVP and CY Young races, and each MLB team's win total.

2014 preview and predictions: Jason Kipnis

Here's your chance to predict what Jason Kipnis will do in 2014.

The Ax-Man Cometh

The Cleveland Indians signed relief pitcher John Axford in order to give the bullpen a sense of dependability that was lacking in the latter innings last season.

Nick Swisher was better than you think last year

Nick Swisher didn't post the kind of numbers many Indians fans expected after the team signed him to a big contract last offseason, but his production was better than you probably think.

Five candidates for the final rotation spot

The Cleveland Indians have a number of starting pitchers in camp, four of whom are almost assured of a spot in the rotation. The final spot is up fro grabs, with five different guys all hoping to win it.

In defense of Lonnie Chisenhall

Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has not performed as well as fans hoped, and there's a sense that 2014 is his last chance to prove can produce, but plenty of good players have taken longer to establish themselves.

A look at the Indians' 2014 Interleague opponents

The Cleveland Indians will play 20 interleague games in 2014, taking on their rival Cincinnati Reds as well as all five NL West teams. Here's a brief look at each of those teams' offseason happenings.

If $100M is the price, let Masterson go

The Cincinnati Reds and starting pitcher Homer Bailey are reportedly on the verge of a 6-year, $100-million extension. If that's to be the cost for Justin Masterson too, the Cleveland Indians should let their ace go.

Can Carrasco be a good #5 starter?

It's make or break time for Carlos Carrasco. The fifth spot in the Indians rotation is his for the taking, but does he have what it takes?

Introducing the Tribe's roster battles

A few bullpen arms, a 5th starter and one last bat can still earn a ticket to Opening Day for the Indians. Who's in the running for a roster spot.

Hot Stove Update: American League East, Part II

Previously we reviewed the Red Sox and Rays. In this installment we look at the Orioles, Yankees and Blue Jays. Part two of two.

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