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May 21, 2012   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #41 Marlins 5, Indians 3
The Indians were looking to win the rubber match of their series against the Miami Marlins, and they had their de facto ace, Derek Lowe on the hill. Thanks to an offense that couldn't get it done, and a bullpen that saw it's fringe relievers struggle, the Marlins and Ozzie Guillen took the series with a 5-3 win. Jeff gives his "Second Thoughts," as he does every Sunday...
May 17, 2012   (7 comments)
The Curious Case of Cliffton Lee
In a span of twelve months from July 2009 to July 2010, lefty Cliff Lee was traded three times. First the Indians sent the reigning Cy Young winner to the Phillies, then the Phillies sent him to Seattle in the offseason, and then Seattle sent him to Texas in July. Jeff Ellis compares all three trades and makes his case for who got the best deal, and he also gives his winners on the deals.
May 14, 2012   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game#34 - Indians 1, Red Sox 12
The Indians were looking to split a four-game series in Boston, and coming off of Thursday night's big win vs. Josh Beckett, it looked like another road series win for the Indians. After today's 12-1 loss, the Indians are now on a three-game losing streak, with two struggling "aces," and an offense that has little answers. Jeff Ellis gives us his Second Thoughts on the Indians debacle from Sunday afternoon's ballgame.
May 10, 2012   (13 comments)
We need to talk about our record of attendance
Jeff Ellis is not happy. The Indians are 17-13, in first place, and just took a series over the weekend against the best team in the American League the last three years....yet no one is showing up for the games as the Indians are dead last in all of baseball in attendance. And by a LARGE margin. Jeff opines on the situation and why support goes hand-in-hand with fielding a competitive team.
May 7, 2012   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game 26 - Indians 4, Rangers 2
The battle of first place teams concluded today with the Indians and Ubaldo Jimenez coming out on top, 4-2. Perhaps it's time for some folks to start taking the Indians a bit more seriously, as they maintained their 1 1/2 game lead on the Tigers for first place in the A.L. Central. Jeff returns to give his Second Thoughts on the Indians' Sunday afternoon tilt.
April 30, 2012   (5 comments)
2012 MLB Mock Draft: The Top 15 picks
The MLB Draft is but five weeks away and IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us all ready for it with his first mock draft. Today's version only covers the first half of the first round, but with the Indians picking 15th, it covers the important part. Jeff outlines all the picks before the Indians make theirs. His projected pick should make a lot of Indians' fans happy.
April 30, 2012   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #20 - Indians 4, Angels 0
The Indians used every miscue they could from the Angels on Sunday afternoon to win the game 4-0, and take the series 2 games to 1. Derek Lowe has emerged as the ace of the staff, and Michael Brantley is finally looking like a lead-off hitter. IPI's own Jeff Ellis takes the reigns today of our newest daily column, Second Thoughts, our daily Indians recap.
April 21, 2012   (3 comments)
MLB Draft: Indians possible targets and more
IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us up to speed on Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft which kicks up on June 4th. He provides some of he significant injuries in college and high school, who may go #1 overall, and who the Indians may target with their first pick. The draft is only about six weeks away!
April 2, 2012   (5 comments)
A problem from way out of left field
It is no secret that the Indians are looking for outfield help after working out Vladimir Guerrero and trying to trade for Bobby Abreu last week. Even though the Indians have announced their Opening Day roster, the Indians are still looking for help to fill the left field void. Jeff Ellis runs down a list of possible options the Indians may consider acquiring.
March 22, 2012   (7 comments)
BABIP: How it works and what it means for the Indians
BABIP....what is it and how does it work? Most of all, can we use it to gain any insight into how some Indians players will perform this season? Many people do not understand this stat (or want to understand it), but Jeff Ellis explains what it is and why it is important in his latest article from his explaining stats series.
March 6, 2012   (3 comments)
MLB Draft Primer: An early look at the 2012 draft
As crazy as it sounds, but the 2012 MLB Draft is less than three months away. Before we know it 50 new players will be drafted by the Indians and have an opportunity to join the Indians' family. The IPI's Jeff Ellis takes an opening look at the top talents expected to go in the early part of the draft and potentially be selected by the Indians in the first round.
February 24, 2012   (2 comments)
Explaining Stats: Ultimate Zone Rating
In his continuing series at the IPI, Jeff Ellis takes a look at another advanced metric ultimate zone rating, also known as UZR. Jeff explains what it is, why it is useful, and why it is valued.
February 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Explaining Stats: Wins Above Replacement
WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, and replaced VORP, value over replacement player, as the go to stat for trying to figure out the overall value of a player. It is simply the number of wins a player should help his team win in comparison to what a AAA player would do if called up in place of them. The idea being that a AAA team in the majors would be historically bad winning less than 40 games.
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
The can't miss kids
These are the "can't miss kids". Players that are former members of the Top 100 Prospect club as named by Baseball America. With over a thousand players in the minors every season, at one time these "can't miss kids" were considered the best 100 prospects going into that season and were thought to end up being at worst solid major leaguers.
Each player had a pedigree and now has a few flaws...
January 30, 2012   (0 comments)
Explaining Stats: OPS and OPS+
For this entry in this "Explaing Stats" series, I will explain two important stats: OPS and OPS+. In most places only OPS is referenced and it is a useful tool for evaluation, but OPS+ is a way to improve on OPS and make it carry more meaning and make up for the problems that people find in OPS.
OPS stands for on-base plus slugging. It is literally just the addition of the two stats on-base...
January 17, 2012   (0 comments)
My earliest memory of baseball stats was as a child going over to my grandmother's house and after everyone was done with the Sunday paper I would cut out the giant section of stats in the Sunday Akron Beacon Journal.
For those who don't remember or did not get the paper every Sunday they had just about every player listed in order of batting average with Indians players bolded, and then...
January 10, 2012   (0 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez (Photo: AP)In the past year we have seen a rash of pitchers with major upside traded with multiple years left of team control. This is either a changing of views or an anomaly. Since Zack Greinke was traded last offseason there have been five such pitchers of note traded. This could go up to six if you include Shawn Marcum, who I am leaving out because he does not have the number one...
December 6, 2011   (0 comments)
Bryce Stowell (Photo: Lianna Holub)With the Rule 5 approaching, I thought it might be a good time to dust off this old column and take a deeper look at the last few drafts. For this year I am adding a new breakdown where each year we will also look at the highest level each player has reached. I will only count the highest level though if they make eight starts or appear in ten games.
There...
December 5, 2011   (0 comments)
Carlos Lee (Photo: AP)After reading a few comments about people wondering about Houston Astros outfielder/first baseman Carlos Lee, I thought it might be worth it to do a quick rundown on him as a particular biggish name that could actually be a trade target of the Indians.
Why the Indians should be interested in Lee: He plays outfield and first base, is a right handed hitter, he kills lefties,...

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