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May 14, 2014   (5 comments)
Superfluous Synthesis: The Indians' ERA-FIP Gap
The Indians have pitched better than their team ERA suggest this season. Thanks to a defense so extreme as to be the worst in the league by a large margin, the pitching has been greatly affected and resulted in the second-largest ERA-FIP gap in the league behind only the very sad Diamondbacks. The IBI's John Grimm breaks it all down in his latest...
May 14, 2014   (11 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #39: Indians 4, Blue Jays 5
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Toronto Blue Jays last night by a score of 5-4. Justin Masterson couldn’t figure out a couple batters and exited having given up 5 runs. The Indians fell behind 5-1 and in the midst of scratching back to a one-run deficit, they lost many chances to complete the comeback, but didn’t get it done. The IBI's Charlie Adams reviews the game and goes into great detail about the baserunning error that Carlos Santana made on the game's most critical play.
May 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Gallas is leading the Mudcats charge
This week, the Carolina Mudcats managed a 4-3 record, with two victories against both Lynchburg and Salem. Carolina also dropped two games to the Red Sox and one to the Hillcats. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and recently sat down to get Anthony Gallas' thoughts on his Player of the Week award and how his season is going.
May 14, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: May 13. 2014
Akron and Carolina exploded for a lot of runs in their wins on Tuesday night while Columbus and Lake County were both shutout. The IBI's Arthus Kinney recaps the night Around the Farm and notes yet another strong hitting performance from Anthony Gallas and the trio of Bauer, von Schamann and Milbrath who have been lights out this year all struggle on the same night.
May 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Injuries piling up for Yankees
Injuries continue to dominate the headlines in the early going of the 2014 season. 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 a Yankees' star going down, the recommendation for Jose Fernandez's elbow injury, and more.
May 13, 2014   (1 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E10: Winds of change in the bullpen
With our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about the decision manager Terry Francona made to remove John Axford from the closer's role, discuss why Cody Allen not as closer is a good thing, review some of the top performances in the minors and more.
May 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Quarter-pole Good, Bad and Ugly
We are just a few games from the "quarter pole," but the IBI's Kevin Dean decided to get the jump on it since there was no game to write about on Monday. He takes a look at the good (the starting pitching, Allen-Shaw, etc), the bad (Axford, Santana, etc) and the ugly (the defense) in his latest.
May 13, 2014   (7 comments)
The IBI Hot List: Plutko is pitching his way to a promotion
The IBI Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Adam Plutko, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Gallas, Joe Wendle, Cody Anderson, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas and many others.
May 13, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.04
Here is episode number four this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go on site to Columbus, home of the Indians' Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers. Host Hayden Grove talks to IBI Clippers beat reporter Adrienne Robbins and AM 920 WMNI's Darius Thigpen about the performance to date of the Clippers team and several players on the roster. Hayden also takes us on a tour of the Huntington Park facility and shows off all of the great ways to view a game there.
May 13, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: May 12, 2014
When opportunity knocks for a minor leaguer who is not considered a high end prospect, then that player better answer well. That is what Low-A Lake County shortstop Paul Hendrix has done since taking over the everyday shortstop gig 10 days ago, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his surge in performance and all of the rest of the action Around the Farm on Monday night.
May 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Fernandez could be lost for season
The Indians are about to open a series in Canada against Toronto. Will they continue their winning ways? 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 Jose Fernandez's worrisome injury, Baltimore could be in the hunt for catching, and more.
May 12, 2014   (17 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Bourn is not living up to expectations
Michael Bourn was brought in to be firestarter at the top of the Indians lineup, steal a lot of bases and play exceptional defense in center field. That's what the Indians him paid $48 million for - and potentially $60 million. With Nyjer Morgan up and doing exactly what was hoped of Bourn, it does bring about some questions if Morgan keeps up his good play and Bourn continues to struggle with performance and injuries. The IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on all of that and also talks about Josh Tomlin's nice showing to date, Axford's removal from closer, Chisenhall's growth and more.
May 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Sailing with the Clippers: Carson enjoying some home cooking
The Triple-A Columbus Clippers returned home last week and got on a roll winning six-straight games before seeing the streak come to an end on Sunday. The IBI's Michael Rich takes us sailing in our weekly Clippers notebook to get us all caught up on all of the Clippers news and notes from the past week and also talk about the good play of late from outfielder Matt Carson.
May 12, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #38: Indians 6, Rays 5
The Indians have now won three straight series after taking the finale of their three-game set against the Rays. Strong starting pitching and just enough offense has attributed to the Tribe winning seven out of their last 10 games. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on Sunday's victory, including Tomlin's strong start, Morgan establishing himself as a key contributor and the first post-Axford save opportunity.
May 12, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: May 11, 2014
The Indians strong pitching throughout their system continued on Sunday as Ryan Merritt, Kyle Davies, and others pitched well. Two pitches in particular at High-A Carolina continue to pitch well and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them and more in his recap of the performances Around the Farm...
May 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Martin Perez to DL with elbow injury
The Indians celebrated Mother's day with a much needed series victory on Sunday. 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 a big blow to the Texas rotation, the Yankees' plans at shortstop, and more.
May 11, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor leading the way
For the first time this season, The WAR Room is bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. Now that we have about five weeks of the season in the books, the numbers are starting to look like something we can use. This week Jim Piascik takes a look at the hitters throughout the system, including Francisco Lindor's torrid start with the RubberDucks, Jesus Aguilar's powerful surge in Columbus, and much more.
May 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #37: Indians 1, Rays 7
In any baseball season, there will come games like Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay - contests whose sole highlight is its absence. Such was the case when Zach McAllister took the hill; the brightest moment of the night was its conclusion, the clement words: It's Over. The IBI's John Grimm provides some Second Thoughts on the game and other things going on with the Indians.
May 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 10, 2014
There was an offensive explosion at High-A Carolina while most of the other affiliates struggled to do much hitting and scoring on Saturday night. There were also several good pitching and hitting performances throughout the system, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm to review all of the action.
May 10, 2014   (4 comments)
The MLB Draft: The history of it and how it works
The Major League Baseball draft is the biggest and most complicated in all of sports. It has a long and very interesting history, most of which has been based on the idea of keeping player salaries lower, and has gone through so many changes over the years that the IBI's Jeff Ellis often finds the rules are misunderstood. Jeff takes a look at how the draft was started and reviews how it works today.

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