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The Indians Starters Strange Outcomes

The Cleveland Indians’ pitching staff has been outright dominant since the All-Star break, but how much of it has been luck?

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Lookin’ for glove in all the wrong places

  Whoops! There it was. For the second consecutive series, the Cleveland Indians failed to close out the final game of a could-have-been sweep. There are bound to be games where things simply don’t click—bats go cold, an erstwhile rock solid bullpen implodes, Ryan Raburn spikes a ball into left-center field. Things happen. But during

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MLB Player Dashboard: 2008-2012

Yesterday I tweeted out a mercurial link about my “nerd-project”, but today I wanted to share it with you all more formally. Before that, a warning: this has almost nothing to do with Cleveland Sports, so turn back now if that’s the particular tunnel you like looking though. Basically, this thing started when I was

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On Justin Masterson, Again

If you forced me to guess, I would say that I’ve probably written more words about Justin Masterson than about any other human being on the face of the planet.  Which is kind of weird for me to acknowledge, considering I’ve written a freaking master’s thesis and am, as Denny would say, “allegedly educated”. But

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Adam Everett is Your Newest Cleveland Indian

Though the Cleveland Indians have long stated their desire to bolster their weaknesses at third base, outfield and starting pitcher, Chris Antonetti’s latest addition to the Wahoo Warriors is veteran utility infielder Adam Everett who will provide depth at shortstop if he can camp among the 40-man roster. While third base continues to be a

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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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Brandon Phillips Trade Continues to Haunt Cleveland

When the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds lock up for interleague play, it is supposed to be the “Battle of Ohio.”  And while it’s always an entertaining subplot, the focus of many fans tends to turn to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips – the former second-round selection whom the Indians traded for, only to ship

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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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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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SABR-Toothed Triber: Branyan, Strikeouts, Value, and Hate

This week’s SABR piece is a shoutout to ESPN’s Chris Berman for discussing “Sabermatics” yesterday on Baseball Tonight.  You know, those new-fangled numbers the kids are talking about these days?  Also the ones that Jon Stenier has dropped on us for a few months now.  This week’s topic du jour? The Muscle. When the Indians

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Options, Bad & Worse

With Kerry Wood’s return, Jon Steiner is back to tell us why the Indians opted to send down Jensen Lewis and if it will ultimately prove to be the right decision.  I’ll give you all two guesses to that answer.  This one is light on math, but still heavy on science.  Enjoy. I know this

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SABR-Toothed Triber: The Whys and Wherefores of an Awful Offense

Last time we demonstrated rather conclusively that the Indians’ offense is largely to blame for our losing ways.  We did this by splitting the team into its three main components—rotation, bullpen, and position players—and looking at a stat called Win Probability Added.  It turned out (and still does, for the record) that the offense is

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SABR-Toothed Triber: WPA & the Epistemology of Blame*

Just because we were told this would be a rough year for the Indians, that shouldn’t stop us from whining every now and then.  Today we’re going to open a whole new bottle of whine (see what I did there?), and along the way, we’ll hopefully develop a better idea of the players who are

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Translating the Carlos Santana Situation

Jon Steiner is back once again, this time to dissect everyone’s favorite prospect.  What can we expect from the slugger upon call-up?  Let’s take a look… The first time I saw Carlos Santana swing a bat was in March 2009 during a spring training game.  I’d just gotten home from work, flipped on STO, and

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What Has Choo Done For Me Lately?

The Cleveland Indians currently boast the worst batting average in all of baseball with a bright an shiny .211.  Only one player on the team has a batting average north of .300 to this point, and it is right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Over his last four games, Choo is hitting .615 (8-for-13) with three home runs

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