Since the Indians drafted Francisco Lindor in 2011, the tenure of Asdrubal Cabrera has had a fast-approaching, but unknown expiration date. Is this the right time to deal the 27-year old shortstop? If so, what's a reasonable return and who would be interested? The IBI's Charlie Adams weighs in with some heavy analysis and insight in this fantastic piece.
Ryan Raburn has proven to pretty much be definition of "league average" over his seven year career. Over his career he has proven to be a versatile player that can handle many positions and provide some pop to the lineup, but he has been inconsistent at the plate the last two years and is now attempting a Major League comeback as a utility bat option off the bench for the Indians. The IBI's Charlie Adams chimes in with some analysis on where Raburn has gone wrong, and why just a few more fly balls off his bat could be all the difference to make him a solid option off the bench.
Chris Antonetti acquired quite a few new players for Terry Francona's team in 2013, but the question of how these pieces will fit into the lineup still remains. Charlie Adams offers his help, using one of the seminal sabermetric books (aptly named "The Book") to fit the pieces together, sometimes yielding surprising results.
The Indians made a big trade on Tuesday night shipping out outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and three other players for right-handed starting pitching phenom Trevor Bauer, outfielder Drew Stubbs, and two Major League relievers. Charlie Adams chimes in with some great analysis of all the players the Indians gave up and received, and gives his thoughts on the big three-team nine player deal.
The Indians fell short in their quest to sweep the Tigers as they were on the short end of a 7-1 score last night. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well well for seven innings before falling apart in the eighth inning, and the offense continued its struggle to score runs. Charlie Adams shares his second thoughts on the game.
The Indians rollercoaster ride of a season and inconsistent play showed up again last night as the offense was held to three runs on five hits, Derek Lowe was ineffective, and Asdrubal Cabrera made two crucial errors on the night In the end it all added up to a 5-3 loss to the Tigers, which means they have to beat Verlander today to salvage a series victory. Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts...
Ubaldo Jimenez came up big in one of the most important games of the year for the Indians last night, and the offense gave him and the bullpen just enough to "squeeze" out a 3-2 win over the first place Tigers. It was a much needed win to start off an all important three-game series against the rival Tigers, and Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the game.
The Indians exploded offensively last night and scored ten runs with two outs and beat the Rays 10-6 in a much needed win for them. Justin Masterson struggled, but the bullpen and defense kept them close until the offense found a way to break...and then Carlos Santana's moon shot put the game away. Charlie Adams breaks down the game only how he can in today's "Second Thoughts".
The Rays evened up the four game series with the Indians at 1-1 with a 4-2 win last night. Charlie Adams chimes in with analysis on Josh Tomlin's night and some trends he has shown of late, the continues struggles of Carlos Santana and the offense, the stellar showing by the middle relievers last night, and much more.
The Indians exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits in a 12-3 win over the Angels on Independence Day. The game quickly turned into a laugher in the second inning when a three-run homer by Kotchman put the Indians up 9-1. Charlie Adams shares his "second thoughts" on the game and breaks down another Indians' series win.
The Indians finished off the sweep of the Reds on Wednesday night with a convincing 8-1 win, and in the process got pay back for the sweep and thumping the Reds put on them last week in Cincinnati. The Indians got a complete game gem from Justin Masterson who looks to have turned a corner, and also got big hits from Asdrubal Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Lonnie Chisenhall. Charlie Adams shares his "second thoughts" on the series win (sweep)...
Wow, what a ballgame last night. The Indians got a much needed win and shot in the arm when Asdrubal Cabrera deposited a two-run homer into the right-center field seats to give the Indians a stunning 3-2 win in extra innings over the Reds. With the win and a White Sox loss, the Indians are now back in first place in the AL Central. Charlie Adams has his "second thoughts" on the game...
The Indians ran into another hot pitcher last night and the bullpen gave up another crucial two-run homer in the seventh inning which put the game out of reach, resulting in a 5-3 loss by the Indians to the Reds. Today they finish up their series with an afternoon game and will try to salvage one game in the series, but before they do that, check out Charlie Adams' "second thoughts" from last night's game.
The Indians started off the Battle of Ohio with a thud last night as they lost to the Reds in game one of their series 7-1. Really, it was "just baseball" as Cueto pitched brilliantly and the Indians hung in until the 7th inning when the Reds pulled away with a big homer from one of the hottest hitters in the National League. Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts...
The Indians beat the Tigers 9-6 last night and are now 5-0 against them on the season. The White Sox also lost to the Blue Jays, bringing the Indians to within 0.5 games of first place. Things are definitely beginning to tighten up again in the AL Central, and Charle Adams provides his "second thoughts" on another Indians win over the Motor City Kitties.
The Indians beat the Tigers on Tuesday night by a score of 4-2, their fourth in a row against the Motor City Kitties. The Indians once again played to their strengths as they got very good starting pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez, the bullpen was very good, and they were opportunistic with their hits. Charlie Adams chimes in with his second thoughts on the big night for the Indians.
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