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Friday, September 23, 2016

No manager blends the human and the math quite like Terry Francona | FOX Sports

Cubs fans might disagree.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona

Monday, September 19, 2016

Despite injuries, the Indians aren’t panicking just yet. | Sports on Earth

At this point they are just breathing into paper bags and ordering anxiety meds.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Indians walk off vs. Tigers; magic number at 7 | MLB.com

This is a tough loss.

Carrasco exits: Two pitches into Saturday’s game, Kinsler sent a sharp line drive back up the middle and off Carrasco’s right hand. The pitcher was in clear pain and was removed from the contest. The Indians announced that Carrasco sustained a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal, which is a bone in the hand located beneath the pinky finger, and is done for the season. That setback initiated an unexpected bullpen day for the Tribe.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians, injuries

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cody Allen on His Weird Year (2016 Version) | FanGraphs Baseball

On bullpen usage and leverage: “The way Tito has been doing it… he hasn’t just gotten crazy to where it’s the fifth inning and he puts in Andrew Miller. He knows he can’t warm up Andrew every time a hairy situation comes up. But I think [using your best relievers in high-leverage situations] provides value to a club. That’s especially true when you have a couple of guys willing to do it.

“Of course, Andrew matches up well against anybody, whether they’re right-handed or left-handed. Like I said, I’ve fared better against righties this year, but it’s not as though lefties have hammered me. It’s one of those things where, is Andrew going to have more success facing this group, leaving [Bryan] Shaw and me to piece together the rest around him? If we need a strikeout in a big spot, who is our best strikeout guy? That’s Andrew Miller. He’s one of the best in the league.

“So, I’m all for it. If you’ve got guys on board, and it’s done within certain parameters, it’s really beneficial. Look at the numbers since Andrew got here. I think Shaw’s numbers have been a lot better. I’ve thrown the ball a lot better since he’s gotten here. I think a lot of it is because we’re able to put guys in spots where we can have more success.

“In the grander scheme of things, the way Kansas City has won the last couple of years has kind of changed the landscape in terms of bullpen value. Their best bullpen guy was Wade Davis and for the longest time he was pitching the eighth inning. A lot of times, that’s where you’re going to get the meat of the order. I’m absolutely fine with coming into the game in the seventh or eighth.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody allen, indians

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Danny Salazar of Cleveland Indians leaves Minnesota Twins game with forearm tightness

He hasn’t been right for a while. Will they be able to nurse him though to the playoffs?

Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar left his start after four innings Friday night against the Minnesota Twins because of tightness in his right forearm.

The Indians announced that Salazar was pulled as a precaution.

Salazar was on the disabled list for elbow inflammation a month ago, but manager Terry Francona said this issue was muscular and not structural.

“We’ll see how he feels, and then we’ll go from there,” Francona said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, injuries

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Indians and Andrew Miller Are Reshaping How We Think About Elite Reliever Usage

Chapman didn’t enter a game before the ninth inning or stay in any game for more than three outs. Miller, meanwhile, saw action as early as the sixth. He jogged in as often in the eighth as the ninth, and he entered in the seventh most often of all. He also turned in longer outings, throwing more innings than Chapman despite appearing in three fewer games. Chapman pitched in save situations all but three times; Miller pitched in non-save situations all but three times. He’s a closer-quality pitcher abnormally unbound by saves, which frees Indians manager Terry Francona to deploy him as a more flexible stopper.

Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: September 02, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, bullpens, indians, terry francona

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cleveland Indians come home with chance to pump up fans and stop doubts—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

“It’s agony. It’s awesome.”

That’s how Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona characterized the playoff race.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Corey Kluber staking his claim for second Cy Young award

Dating back to June 21, Kluber has gone 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 69 strikeouts over 69 1/3 innings. Despite a slow start, that’s moved him into the top ten in several pitching categories. Most notably, he’s first in the AL in FIP (3.02). He also led in that category in 2014. He’s also second in WHIP (1.02), and still climbing in strikeouts and WAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Did Chicago White Sox steal Cleveland Indians’ signs? It happens in baseball | cleveland.com

A sign of the times.

Manager Terry Francona, when told of the speculation, said, “If it’s on the Internet, you know if has to be true. I think a lot of that goes on – more than people realize. Just because it gets written about doesn’t mean you react all of a sudden.

“We watch for that stuff all the time. Teams watch us. We watch them. It’s common. Some teams are better at it than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, white sox

Monday, August 15, 2016


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mejia’s epic streak ends, then extends to 50 | MLB.com

The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospects

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Michael Brantley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery - MLB Daily Dish

Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Mejia Extends Hit Streak To 49 Games - BaseballAmerica.com

He’s still going.

Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.

After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all professional baseball once you include Joe DiMaggio’s major league record 56-game streak.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Terry Francona Sits Out Game

During Francona’s daily pregame meeting with reporters, the manager stopped momentarily and complained of chest pain. Francona felt well enough to finish the question-and-answer session, but then retreated to the clubhouse, where he was examined by medical staff on hand at Nationals Park.

Francona, 57, remained at the ballpark after being checked out. The Indians’ media relations staff noted that the manager was feeling better by first pitch, but had experienced some dizziness and lightheadedness in the hours leading up to the game.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 10, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: health, indians, managers

Michael Brantley suffers setback | indians.com

Looks like a lost season for Brantley.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Monday, August 08, 2016

Rajai Davis is still an elite baserunner - Beyond the Box Score

Davis still isn’t much of a hitter, or a defender. But what kind of fan comes to the ballpark to watch guys hit home runs or make slick catches? For the true baseball lovers, baserunning – be it a move ahead to third or a swipe of second – stands out as the true attraction. Throughout his 11-year career in the Show, Davis has catered to these fans’ esoteric interests, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The man who’s described himself as “always [being] faster than everyone else” has backed up, and should continue to back up, that proclamation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rajai davis, sabermetrics

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Indians prospect Francisco Mejia’s hit streak | MLB.com

Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia got the drama out of the way early on Friday, stretching his historic hitting streak to 47 consecutive games with a double in his first at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s 13-6 loss to Salem. The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.
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Mejia’s streak is now the seventh-longest in Minor League history, passing Johnny Bates, who hit in 46 straight for Nashville in 1925. It’s the longest streak in the Minors since Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight for Waco in 1954.
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The MiLB hit streak record is 69, set by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Joe DiMaggio, whose big league record hit streak of 56 games is being celebrated for its 75th anniversary this season, had a 61-game Minor League hit streak in 1933, second-longest of all-time.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospect

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Inside the Cleveland Indians’ trade deadline maneuverings | SI.com

For once, the Indians had not only the prospect heft to make a deadline splash but also the desire to deviate from their strict process. Their ideas weren’t limited to catchers and relievers, and as the deadline approached, they engaged in at least some level of negotiations with nearly every club that might have been thinking about selling. They got awfully close with some. But Shapiro used to remind his executives that no talk is cheaper than trade talk. “You’ve either made a trade, or you haven’t,” he would say. It’s ultimately a binary, zero-sum game. This would be dramatically confirmed for the Indians by Deadline Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trade deadline

Salazar to DL with Elbow Inflammation

the Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Newest member of the Indians, outfielder Brandon Guyer, assumed his spot on the 25-man roster.

Salazar has been dealing with discomfort in his throwing arm for several weeks. It was enough of an issue that he skipped making an appearance in his first All-Star Game to allow his body more time to rest.

Hopefully it’s nothing, but these situations always make fans nervous.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Monday, August 01, 2016

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? | cleveland.com

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.

No.1.

Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving up too much talent for a rental player. It was not only Lucroy’s talent that attracted them, but his contract as well.
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Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that Lucroy and his agent turned down the deal because the Indians wouldn’t guarantee him the starting catching job in 2017 and certain financial incentives to his existing contract. Tribe starter Yan Gomes is out for six to eight weeks with a separated right shoulder, but a source indicated that if the Indians were willing to part with prospects catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielder Greg Allen and shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, they weren’t going to do it for a part-time catcher.

In other words, Lucroy was going to be the starting catcher this season and next, but they just weren’t willing to guarantee him the job. He would have also seentime at DH and first base, but he was going to be the No.1 catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Indians to trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy | MLB.com

According to multiple reports on Saturday night, the Indians have reached an agreement with the Brewers to acquire Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, as part of a multi-prospect package. MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee would be receiving four players in exchange for Lucroy, who would still need to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. Neither club has confirmed the agreement.

Three prospects reportedly heading to the Brewers are catcher Francisco Mejia—ranked sixth on MLBPipeline.com’s list of the Tribe’s Top 30 prospects—shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang (No. 12) and outfielder Greg Allen (No. 22). Mejia and Chang are with Class A Advanced Lynchburg, while Allen is with Double-A Akron.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, trade rumors

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-28-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1916:

Ump Silk O’Loughlin stopped the fracas between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians three times [yesterday] and threatened at one time to forfeit the game to Boston—all on account of a band, the feature of which was a bass drum soloist. The band, and particularly the drummer, got on the nerves of the Red Sox especially when the Indians started batting rallies.
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The drummer soloist shut his eyes and whanged away in such fashion that the Boston pitchers—there were two of ‘em—wobbled. O’Loughlin ordered the band to stop playing, something never done before in Cleveland in the history of the game.

I knew John Adams and his drum had been showing up at the ballpark in Cleveland for a long time, but 100 years? Must’ve been John Adams Senior Senior Senior.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Outfielder Michael Brantley confident he can still help Cleveland Indians this season | cleveland.com

The optimism hasn’t matched reality so far.

Brantley has played only 11 games this season because of lingering pain from November surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He says a procedure he underwent late last week to break up scar tissue in the front of his right shoulder has helped.

“The latest procedure went well,” Brantley told reporters Tuesday before the Indians opened a two-game series against Washington. “It was pretty quick and easy. I have felt relief from it.

“I’ve had a couple of good days of hitting. Everything has gone well so far.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sources: Dodgers are open to trading struggling Yasiel Puig | FOX Sports

It’s easy to forget how young he still is.

Perhaps the Dodgers will keep Puig, buying into his latest surge and banking on the fact that he is only 25. Or perhaps they finally are at wit’s end with his performance if not his personality, and will try to sell relatively high, assuming Puig does not regress in the next two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, nationals, notes, padres, twins, yankees, yasiel puig

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