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May 19, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians offense is in need of an overhaul
The Indians defense has been a hatchet job worse than the goriest of horror movies, and the offense is wildly inconsistent and lacks any punch whatsoever. Without a pretty solid effort from their starting rotation and bullpen up to his point, the Indians might be rivaling the Cubs and Astros as the worst team in baseball – though are dangerously close to that level anyway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the issues with the Indians lineup, why Jesus Aguilar should be given a chance, and more.
May 19, 2014   (2 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Bauer the next top Clipper set to join Indians
he eight game home stand concluded in walk-off fashion on Monday morning (yes, I said morning). The Clippers got a double from infielder Audy Ciriaco in the ninth to overcome a Mark Lowe blown save and the Clippers defeated Syracuse 5-4. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was and looks at some of the top Clippers' players who are now helping the parent club in Cleveland.
May 19, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #44: Athletics 13, Indians 3
It was almost the same story every game. The Indians would take an early 1-0 lead, but that advantage would be short-lived as the A's bats roared back to not only take the lead, but put some distance between them and the Tribe on the scoreboard. 11-1, 6-2 and 13-3 were the finals of the three games with Oakland on top in every one. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the sweep.
May 19, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: May 18, 2014
The Indians had several players get their first game action of the season on Sunday with a new affiliate or returning from injury. Righty Duke von Schamann made his Triple-A debut and had mixed results, J.C. Ramirez returned from injury with Double-A Akron, outfielder LeVon Washington played in his second game since missing a month due to an injured oblique. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm and recaps all of the performances.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: White Sox lose Abreu to injury
The Indians are digging themselves a very large early season hole. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the White Sox losing their MVP candidate, a DL stint for Washington's Gio Gonzalez, and more.
May 18, 2014   (13 comments)
Oakland slams Cleveland 13-3, sweep three-game series
All winter, the Indians pushed the slogan "Unfinished business," claiming to have more work to do after sneaking into the postseason last year. Yet on the brink of summer, the Tribe sits in the unfinished basement of the A.L. Central where the workload continues to mount quickly. Sunday afternoon proved no different, as Oakland slammed Cleveland 13-3 to sweep the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Plutko's performance paces the organization
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Adam Plutko's dominance of the Midwest League, a look at some straggling RubberDucks, and much more.
May 18, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #43: Oakland 6, Cleveland 2
The ingredients presented to Cleveland and Oakland were very much similar: an entirely comparable number of baserunners, an entirely comparable set of circumstances. Yet the X-Factor separating the two teams on Saturday was clutch, the ability to score with men on base. The IBI's John Grimm notes clutch's importance yet its fickle unpredictability, and makes notes of managerial decisions as well as the strength of Cleveland's offensive contact to date.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: May 17, 2014
The Indians had several noteworthy performances up and down their minor league system on Saturday. Paul Hendrix continues to rake, Grant Fink hit a grand slam and Dace Kime had a solid outing at Lake County. Travis Banwart continues to pitch well and Frank Herrmann is racking up strikeouts at a large rate at Columbus. All of this and more in our trip Around the Farm on the night...
May 18, 2014   (7 comments)
No bats, more errors help Oakland trounce Indians, 6-2
Scott Kazmir wasn't too happy in his return to Progressive Field, but his team sure loves it here. Scoring six runs on eight hits, Oakland pitching continued to get the best of a stymied Indians offense Saturday, as the Indians fell to the A's, 6-2. It wasn't just a poor offensive showing either, but a lack of defense that continues to leave manager Terry Francona and his ballclub in limbo. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game at the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office
It's getting pretty hard to watch Tribe games with this defense... In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Tony LaRussa's new gig with Arizona, the Padres losing a key piece to their rotation, and more.
May 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Confident Aviles is making strides in Lake County
It’s been four years since Robbie Aviles was drafted, but his confidence is at an all-time high. He suffered an elbow injury right before the 2010 draft, and now with a repaired elbow he is set out to repair his status as a prospect arm. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented righty to talk about his success so far this season and maintaining it.
May 17, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #42: Oakland 11, Cleveland 1
What started out encouraging quickly transformed into disappointment after Zach McAllister allows eight runs in the second inning. On a night when the Oakland offense hit more home runs than did the Indians had total hits, the night became a prolonged, sordid failure - one so Epic that it merits Iliadic parallels. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the defeat with Homeric flair.
May 17, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm: May 16, 2014
An All-Star in 2012, Bryan LaHair should be in Columbus as he works his way back toward the major leagues. Circumstances have him playing in Akron, however, which was a good thing for the RubberDucks Friday night. The first baseman led the RubberDucks to a win in extra innings in addition to headlining the night on the farm. Join Arthur Kinney as he analyzes LaHair's night and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 17, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Votto could be sidelined for significant time
It's finally the weekend! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an injury to Joey Votto, injury updates on Jason Kipnis and Nyjer Morgan, Heath Bell found a new team, and more.
May 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Zips Vs. Flashes: Could this be Akron's year?
The Zips have made the NCAA tournament once way back in 1996, which was the last time they won the MAC championship. Over the last 12 years the Zips have managed two seasons with a winning record, and have not had a .500 record in the MAC in the last 12 years. The IBI's Jeff Ellis talks about an emerging Akron club that is set to square off with Kent State this weekend.
May 16, 2014   (4 comments)
Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians roster at the quarter mark
The 2014 season has been a comedown for Cleveland so far as the team has been below .500 after making the playoffs in 2013. As always there have been highs and lows for the team, but overall the team has gotten a few more negatives than positives. As always, Jim Piascik brings you a snapshot of each player's performance to date as he ranks the roster at the quarter mark.
May 16, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Who is this Hendrix guy?
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing this month from Low-A Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix and provides some insight and information as to what kind of prospect he is, where his strengths lie, and whether he can keep up his torrid play. He also takes a look at Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko who is having an exceptional pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates with some news of some prospects who could be on the move today, and a lot of information on players such as Justin Sellers, Tyler Sturdevant, Torsten Boss, Eric Haase and others!
May 16, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: May 15, 2014
Sometimes baseball can be a vicious, what have you done for me lately business. You can ask Scott Barnes about that side of the game. The left-hander was one of the top prospects in the system as recently as last season, but Barnes' struggles in 2013 left him dropping in the rankings and in the major league pecking order. The talent is still there for Barnes, however, as he showed Thursday. Join Jim Piascik as he details Barnes' dominant showing, Matt Carson hitting the ball well, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: The process to replace Selig has begun
Will the rain ever stop in Northeast Ohio? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the process beginning to replace Bud Selig, an update on Michael Brantley, Hanley Ramirez is seeking an extension, and more.

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