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Rays 4, Indians 2: This is What Happens, Justin, When You Walk an Aybar in the Second

I know we just finished losing two of three to Tampa, but if you weren’t paying attention this weekend (and judging by the attendance…), the Indians continued to play some decent baseball.  And yesterday was no exception, despite the outcome. After Justin Masterson sent the Rays down in order in the top of the first,

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SABR-Toothed Triber: More on Batting Orders—Choo, Santana, Cabrera, & Brantley

Before the season started, we looked in depth at the logic of a well-constructed batting order.  There were plenty of conclusions, but perhaps the most striking was how little batting orders really matter.  To wit: “What I find most interesting is that even with the worst possible lineup, we’re only costing ourselves, 0.31 runs per

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Jake Westbrook Trade Rumors: A New Wrinkle

Most of the current Indians fall neatly into one of two fairly defined camps: those who are worth keeping and those who should be traded to contenders for prospects.  It’s obvious that the Indians would love to trade Peralta, Kearns, and Wood to any team that would take them.  Santana, Cabrera, Choo et. al. are

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Rays 5 Indians 2: More Reason to Despise Florida

In a game that was watched by more than four people, the Indians went down with a whimper last night.  It was an ugly, boring game—the sort of game you’d expect when a last place team plays against a legitimate contender.  I imagine most of you found other things to watch, so let’s get off

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Vetting the Other Carlos

It’s not like we have anything else to think about in Cleveland sports, right?  Let’s talk Indians’ prospects and math! The Indians have had only six starting pitchers this year.  Depending on your perspective, that’s either a promising development or one of many reasons we’re in last place.  Either way, the consistency in the rotation

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A Faustian Bargain: To Pitch or Not to Pitch?

Let me take you back a few years, to a time before the trades of CC, Cliff, or Victor.  We still had Jhonny at SS, and the Bearded Blunder at third.  We looked like a reasonably talented, if young, team.  The promise of the 2007 playoff team was starting to emerge, though it still felt

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Why Not Carlos?

Last week I examined the Indians’ All-Star candidates, and concluded that Shin-Soo Choo, in all likelihood, would be the Indians’ representative. As if on cue, Choo put together a monster stretch of baseball: since June 23, Choo’s hit 5 HR, knocked in 10 RBI, raised his slugging percentage by 36 points, and contributed to the

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What “The Muscle” Hath Wrought

Now that Russell Branyan is no longer a Cleveland Indian (and Ezequiel Carrera and Juan Diaz are), we’re left trying to evaluate the Russ-Bus’s third stint with the team.  What, exactly, was his organizational purpose , and to what degree did he achieve it?  Whyd did we sign him in the first place, and why

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SABR-Toothed Triber: The One about Bad Defense

Coming into this year, we all knew there would be some holes on the 2010 Indians.  The lineup was a bit heavy on left-handers and looked young.  The rotation was full of question marks and back-end types.  The bullpen was…well, the bullpen in Cleveland is always a shaky proposition.  Yes, there were certainly reasons to

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SABR-Toothed Triber: We Get an All-Star Representative?

Yes.  We do.  For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the Cleveland Indians will send a player to the All-Star Game to help determine home-field advantage in a World Series they have no chance of playing in. To be honest, the Game has become a bit of a farce.  It sort of matters, but it’s played

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Travis Hafner’s “Resurgence”

I have a confession to make: I really like Travis Hafner.  Sure, the affection may stem from his 2006 season, when he was the best hitter in baseball, but I like to think that my passions for players are less pedestrian than just: “he was good once, so I like him.”  I like to think

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Justin Masterson’s Regression

Just a few weeks back, I started to question how much longer Masterson could stay in the Indians’ rotation.  Early in the season, I knew it had the potential to get ugly, but I was all for sticking with him for the year to see if he could figure it out.  But each time Masterson

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Santana Leads the Indians in…EVERYTHING?

A few months back, I looked at Carlos Santana’s Minor League Equivalency numbers (MLEs).  Basically, MLEs convert a minor leaguer’s performance to the majors, adjusting for level of competition and home ballpark.  In honor of Santana’s callup to the majors tonight, I thought we’d take one more look at his MLEs for this year, to

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Vetting the Top Draft Picks—Stats & Scouts

It’s old news by now, but the MLB draft is now complete, and the Indians walked away with a boatload of (read: 50)  new, young players.  Between now and August 16th, the job is to sign as many of the picks as possible and assign them to the minor league system to continue their development.

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An Indians Draft Day Primer

Today’s the day, Tribe fans.  By this evening, we’ll know who the Indians have selected with the fifth overall pick in this year’s Rule 4 draft.  Before we look individually at whom they might select, let’s talk about some of the weird rules surrounding the MLB draft, and how the Indians have traditionally approached their

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Nobody’s Perfect

Last night could have been a good night for a lot of people. It could have been a good night, obviously, for Armando Galarraga.  Aside from the awful call with two out in the ninth, he would have become only the twentieth twenty-first pitcher in MLB history to have thrown a perfect game.* It could

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The Jake Westbrook Situation

Last night’s win over the Tigers was promising.  Not only was this team hurting for a victory after losing three of four to the Yankees, but other than Choo’s home run, each of the performances buoyed the potential trade value of some Cleveland assets.  Russell Branyan hit his seventh home run, Kerry Wood gathered a

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What to Do with Justin Masterson?

Suffice it to say, things haven’t gone as planned for Justin Masterson this season. Guaranteed of a job in the starting rotation by Manny Acta and Mark Shapiro, Masterson has done nothing to solidify that role going forward.  So far this season, he’s sporting a 0-5 record, a nifty 6.13 ERA and a .322 batting

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Who is David Huff?

It’s time for our favorite guessing-game.  Here are three seasons by three different Tribe southpaws.  Can you guess who is who? Age ERA WHIP FIP K/9 BB/9 GB/FB HR/FB Player A 24 5.61 1.56 4.69 4.56 2.88 0.90 8.3% Player B 25 5.43 1.50 4.97 8.09 4.07 0.75 12.4% Player C 24 5.58 1.49 5.05

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