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Coming off a come from behind, 4-3 victory over the Royals, the Indians have gone 5-2 in their past 7 games, which means their twenty-game, 4-16 debacle is finally over. Some credit has to be given to Terry Francona and his players for weathering the storm, but there has to be just as much concern.
Yes, those twenty games were against the likes of the Tigers, Red Sox, Reds, Rays, Yankees, and Rangers.
Yes, four of those six teams were ... Read more
Kyle Ferrara | Wednesday, June 19
The Indians surged back into second place in the A.L. Central with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Kansas City, driving the Royals back below .500 where they belong, and rising to .500 themsleves, where âŚ well, they probably belong. In todayâs B-List, Buff marvels at our pitching staffâs collective ability to throw baseballs in almost any direction but at their targets, gleefully recaps the three-run 8th, and remembers a time when Cody Allenâs play on Eric Hosmerâs grounder seemed ... Read more
Steve Buffum | Wednesday, June 19
Here's an observation for you. The Royals needed one thing last year. Pitching. If they had it, there's no telling what the AL Central might have looked like.
What's the one thing they have this year? Pitching. Like, loads of it. So where is the offense? Their offense wasn't one of the best, but it was young and figured to be trending upwards towards being really darn good. Yeahhh about that. It's still kind of in the middle, not quite what ... Read more
Nino Colla | Wednesday, June 19
The Indians dropped the opener to Kansas City, falling behind the Royals into third place in the A.L. Central, and falling back under .500 in the process. In todayâs B-List, Buff congratulates the alien that inhabited Carlos Carrascoâs body, laments Jason Kipnisâ tough day at the plate, wonders if Mike Aviles was actually worse, wonders whether Brian Shaw was the best choice, likes all of Matt Albersâ pitches but one, and takes cheap shots at Jason Giambiâs speed, Rich Hillâs ... Read more
Steve Buffum | Tuesday, June 18
Using a Poker Strategy in Football
Successful poker players may lose many small pots and still be totally happy, for their goal is to win the occasional big ones. The same thinking comes naturally in football. When the Browns are in a fourth down, moving all in, in the meaning of going for it, is worthwhile only if the odds for success are good enough. In most other cases, it's probably wiser to just fold the hand, as in punting the ball away. In the same way, winning or losing a single yard means nothing as long as they manage to get a first down.
He may not be a Ghostbuster, but Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona knows who he needs to call to help the Tribe when they are coming off a loss.
Sunday's start against Washington marked the sixth time that Kluber has taken the mound following a Tribe loss this season. In those six starts, Kluber has gone 4-1 with an ERA ... Read more
Thomas Moore | Monday, June 17
Being a catcher is one of the most physically and mentally demanding positions in all of sports. Catchers are involved on every pitch while their team is in the field and have a lot of pregame work to do as well. Theyâre right there with the pitchers while they study hitters and their tendencies, helping to formulate the plan for ... Read more
Adam Burke | Saturday, June 15
The Indians took two of three from the reeling Washington Nationals, depending on a pair of two-run outbursts to overcome the punchless Washington offense. In todayâs B-List, Buff compares and contrasts the performances of Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber, who were both outstanding. He mentions Scott Kazmirâs performance, which, while standing out, was ironically not âoutstanding.â He cheers Jason Kipnis ... Read more
Steve Buffum | Saturday, June 15
Sometimes I have no words to describe my reaction to a game. This is one of those games. So I'll just ramble incoherent nonsense.
I'll skip the incoherent nonsense.
ROYALS - 2 | INDIANS - 1
W: Aaron Crow (3-2)
L: Bryan Shaw (0-1)
S: Greg Holland (15)
No wait, I gotta get it out.
Told you it was nonsense. As was all two runs the Royals ... Read more
Nino Colla | Saturday, June 15
It was June 6, 2011, 67 years to the day after Generals Eisenhower and Bradley ordered the combined allied troops to begin storming the beaches of Normandy, France in what was the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitlerâs â1000 yearâ Reich. Coincidence? Absolutely. Because all weâre talking about is the 2011 Rule 4 Amateur draft. I was sitting nervously ... Read more
Al Ciammaichella | Friday, June 14
Remember a few years back when Stephen Strasburg was being called up and he made one of his first starts in Cleveland? The Indians countered with their stud-call up of Carlos Santana and the two went head-to-head on Sunday. It was called Strasburg-Santana Sunday and honestly, I barely remember that the Nationals won or if the Indians even won that ... Read more
Nino Colla | Friday, June 14
Itâs been a crazy couple of weeks in the McPeek residence. Soccer galore, volleyball galore and a newly graduated high school senior have dominated the time that would have otherwise been devoted to condensing all the Cleveland sports action into a weekly column for the past two weeks. This weekend will be no different as the previously aforementioned recent graduate ... Read more
Brian McPeek | Thursday, June 13
When the Cleveland Indians built their outfield of center fielders, most of us were thinking about defense, and how it would benefit the pitching staff.ĂÂ ĂÂ On Friday, at the corner Carnegie and Ontario, a couple of those center fielders did all they could to reward Justin Masterson, Cody Allen, and Joe Smith for their efforts, but not necessarily with their ... Read more
Jeff Rich | Thursday, June 13
If you are like me, you cannot help it- you mentally catalogue people by the iconic images of them that you hold. When particular individuals come to mind, those images are what you âsee.â Sometimes they are like still photos; speaking for myself, the images are often the mental equivalents of .gif files, or short video ... Read more
Greg Popelka | Thursday, June 13
You have to think that something might be wrong with your baseball team when a first inning home run, let alone two back-to-back, spells doom for your club like no other 1-0 or 2-0 lead in baseball history.ĂĂ Once upon a time, Scott Kazmir was supposed to be what David Price ended up being, a top-of-rotation southpaw that shys away ... Read more
In 2010, the Indians were trade deadline sellers. They sent the often underappreciated Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals in a three-team trade that included Ryan Ludwick and received a Double-A right hander from the Padres named Corey Kluber. Around that same time, they traded Austin Kearns to the Yankees for a player to be named later. That player to be ... Read more
Adam Burke | Wednesday, June 12
How bad is it right now to be a Cleveland sports fan?
Itâs bad, obviously, as to paraphrase one of Coughlinâs Laws, âeverything in Cleveland sports ends badly, otherwise it wouldnât be Cleveland.â
But just how bad is it compared to other historically bad times in Cleveland sports? And, yes, we get that comparing poor eras is a very Cleveland thing to ... Read more
Thomas Moore | Wednesday, June 12