Browns, NFL Draft

Categorical, ridiculous draft grades for the Browns

Grading a draft before the players have been to an OTA1 let alone been given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in games is largely panned as ridiculous. In fact, it is difficult to even judge rookies who may initially struggle on the field. 2014 draftees Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel may continue to struggle

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Headlines, NFL Draft

Browns draft seven in Mike Mayock’s top 100

NFL.com’s Mike Mayock is one of the most respected NFL Draft experts. While he has been as good or better than Mel Kiper and Todd McShay at identifying the players a team will pick, his true value has been in his ability to diagnose prospects. Mayock is also unafraid to state his opinions on players

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Browns, NFL Draft

2015 Browns draft blueprint in new orange hue

The one constant of the Cleveland Browns Draft Day experience is that the team tends to move around as much (or more) than any of their peers. The movement is particularly noticeable in the first round—sometimes it is moving up a single spot to obtain Trent Richardson, or Justin Gilbert; other tmes it is moving

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Indians

Ball Played: Finally, an Indians win

The Cleveland Indians came into the 2015 season supposedly offensively superior to the Kansas City Royals, especially when considering power hitting. The Royals invested so many resources into their defense and bullpen that it was thought to have left them a bit short at the plate. The Royals have been the better team at the

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Indians

Ball Played: Indians remain in AL cellar

Given how April has gone in 2015 for the Cleveland Indians, it does not seem surprising that their best starting pitcher this season had to miss a Saturday start against the division-rival Detroit Tigers due to food poisoning. Trevor Bauer was able to return for a Tuesday start against the Kansas City Royals in what

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Indians

Ball Played: Defense, bullpen, and score all favored Royals

Corey Kluber entered the night with 495 career strikeouts and it was largely expected that he would record number 500 on Monday night. The Kansas City Royals are the most difficult team in MLB to strike out, however, and it took Corey until the sixth inning to achieve that 500th strikeout when he froze Lorenzo

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Indians

Bode Plots: Analyzing Trevor Bauer’s heat maps

Somewhat lost in the midst of the Cleveland Indians failure to live up to expectations in the early part of the 2015 season is that Trevor Bauer has been quite good. In fact, he has been perhaps the most dominant pitcher in MLB, and, as such, Trevor has been the ace of a staff that

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Indians

Ball Played: Indians lose fourth straight Kluber start

Happy Earth Day, everyone. Wait, is that still a thing or did it die out when Captain Planet went off the air? Just to be safe put your bottles and cans in the recycle bins today1. The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians were doing their part for energy conservation on Wednesday by playing a

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Indians

Ball Played: Triumphant return for Indians Carrasco

The last pitch Carlos Carrasco threw before Tuesday night came off of Melky Cabrera’s bat, deflected off his glove, and hit him in the jaw. Somehow, less than a week later, Carrasco took to the mound again to face the same Chicago White Sox team. It is impossible to determine the emotional and mental state

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Indians

Ball Played: Indians deliver goodnight gut punch

The pitching matchup for Monday’s game was strongly in favor of the Cleveland Indians. Trevor Bauer had been the best pitcher on the staff in the early season having given up a mere two runs in twelve innings pitched, while striking out nineteen and allowing a total of thirteen baserunners. The Chicago White Sox countered

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Headlines

MLB payrolls continue to rise

Major League Baseball continues to be the one American professional sport without a cap on payroll. As such, the spending habits of teams oftentimes inspires debate. Here at WFNY in 2015, we have already featured some ways to potentially tweak the MLB CBA in order to balance the inequities. Thursday, Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote an article

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Indians

Ball Played: Indians survive game of bunts

Major League Baseball does a great tribute to Jackie Robinson and, really, all of the players that helped break down the color barrier in baseball every April 15 by having the players wear his 42 jersey, which also lends to writers across the nation expounding on the struggles that he had to overcome. He is

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Headlines

Carlos Carrasco to pitch for Indians on Monday

As Carlos Carrasco laid on the ground and players, coaches, and trainers rushed to his side, all while the rest of us prayed that he would be okay after a Melky Cabrera line drive hit him squarely in the jaw, it would have been unfathomable to suggest that he would be pitching anytime in the near

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Indians

Ball Played: Thankfully, scary injury for Carrasco not as bad as first appeared

Normally, I write the top portion of these recaps ahead of time in order to provide a true feel for how the game was expected to be played. Whether the game follows the script or diverges is an important component. I had written up about Carlos Carrasco’s ten strikeout performance and his 2014 dominance of

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Headlines

Indians add Hayes, DFA Marcum, and sign Chacin

The Cleveland Indians made their official moves on Tuesday to prepare for life without Yan Gomes (temporarily). Brett Hayes will now be the backup catcher as he gets promoted from Columbus. To make room on the roster, pitcher Shaun Marcum is the player who was designated for assignment. News: + Brett Hayes up from AAA + Shaun

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Indians

Life Without Yan

Over the weekend, not only did the Cleveland Indians manage to lose three straight games to their division rival Detroit Tigers, but they managed to lose one of their most valuable position players in the process when center fielder Rajai Davis slid into the side of Yan Gomes’ knee. Thankfully, the MRI revealed that it

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Indians

Ball Played: Carrasco dominates, Santana goes yard in win

Wednesday was the anniversary of Frank Robinson breaking the color barrier by becoming the first African American manager in MLB for the Cleveland Indians in 1975. He celebrated by hitting a homerun in his first at bat of the game. The Indians have made sure to highlight this anniversary with a dedicated plaque outside the

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Indians

What impact do these contract extensions have on the Cleveland Indians?

As part of the Cleveland Indians 2015 season preview, WFNY’s Andrew Clayman expertly tackled the subject of the contention window and how long fans can expect it to stay open. Since that post, the Indians have signed Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco to extensions locking them up with the team through that contention window. The

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Headlines

Health scare played large role in Carlos Carrasco’s contract

Most pundits have been lauding the Cleveland Indians for extending both Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco this past week to what may wind up being team-friendly deals (especially considering each came with two team options on the backend of the contracts). The underlying detail that was not revealed until Wednesday, however, is one of the main

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Featured, General

Baseball is better than football

I did not always feel this way. Football can be addictive. The strategies in having eleven men work together seamlessly in hopes of obtaining a goal can be beautiful to watch, and breaking down the individual components that make plays happen is satisfying to an analytical mind. However, as I have grown older, moved away

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