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October 18, 2013   (4 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Can Aguilar help in 2014?
Help comes from all places in the Major Leagues. The Cleveland Indians got some unexpected help this past season as Yan Gomes and Danny Salazar came up from the minors and played an integral role in the team's playoff push. The Indians will likely need similar contributions in 2014, and probably one of the most likely candidates is first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines on the big slugger in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
October 11, 2013   (11 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Resigning Jimenez should be top priority
With the Indians now out of playoffs, Tribe fans are all turning their attention to one thing: free agency. The Indians as an organization have a number of notable free agents that they may want to resign, and perhaps none are bigger than right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. After a brilliant second half, Jimenez is sure to be in for a hefty raise this offseason. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines why it should be the Tribe who ultimately give Jimenez his new contract.
October 7, 2013   (2 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Season in review
The Indians completed a terrific season last week that culminated in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card Game. It's astonishing to think of the progress that has been made in one year under Terry Francona as the Tribe went from 68 to 94 wins. The 2013 season was filled with numerous ups and downs for the team, but everything is pretty much looking up for the future. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the year that was in the IBI staple Notes From the Wigwam.
October 4, 2013   (6 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Putting things into perspective
The Cleveland Indians' season came to an end Wednesday after the team was defeated 4-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays. While the loss was a tough one to sour, it's important to not discount the immense improvement made by the Indians in Terry Francona's first season as manager. It appears as if the foundation is now set for this team to be a contender for years to come. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his perspective on the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 30, 2013   (1 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe clinches Wild Card spot
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to your PLAYOFF-BOUND Cleveland Indians! The Tribe won six games this past week as the team's win streak reached 10 games. As it turns out, the Indians needed every one of those 10 wins as they finished just one game above Texas and Tampa Bay to claim the AL's top Wild Card spot. All attention now turns to Wednesday when the Indians will host the American League Wild Card Playoff Game. Until then though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes one look back at the amazing week that was in the latest edition of Notes From the Wigwam.
September 27, 2013   (1 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A 2007 vs. 2013 comparison part 2
There are just three days left in the regular season, which essentially means the Indians could be a mere three days away from advancing to the postseason for the first time since the 2007 season. The 2007 team was a great team but ultimately fell short of achieving its goal of winning a World Series. Could this year's team fare better? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he continues to compare this year's team to the 2007 one in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Indians control their own destiny
We've officially reached the stretch run. With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots. It may be hard to believe, but the Indians actually control their own destiny moving forward. Things are certainly looking up for the Tribe and a lot of that has to do with the team's brilliant performance this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
September 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A 2007 vs. 2013 comparison
With just nine games left in the season, the Indians now have a legitimate shot at making the postseason. Remember the last time we were here? In case you forgot, it was back in 2007, and the Indians came within a game of clinching a World Series berth. This current team may not be as highly regarded as the 2007 version, but as we've seen in the past, once a team makes the playoffs, anything's possible. How does this year's squad stack up to the 2007 one? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 16, 2013   (4 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Tribes moves to a half-game back
The Indians had an outstanding week as the team went 5-2, including a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, to move just a half-game back in the American League Wildcard race. Everything seems to be going well for the Tribe as Jimenez continues to dominate and even Asdrubal Cabrera is showing some life at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the successful week that was in the latest edition of Notes From the Wigwam.
September 13, 2013   (2 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: An unconventional team
Fresh off a 14-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, going into play on Friday the Cleveland Indians remain 1.5 games back in the American League Wild Card race. Many seem to keep waiting for the Indians to fall off, yet that time has not come as the Tribe continues to prove the naysayers wrong. It will take a lot of luck and some good play for the Indians to clinch a playoff berth in these final two weeks. Can the team accomplish that feat? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines on the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 6, 2013   (4 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Yan Gomes, superstar?
Of all the Indians' offseason acquisitions, Yan Gomes has arguably had the most unexpected impact. He was initially thought to be an afterthought in the Esmil Rogers trade, but he has since cemented himself as key member of the Tribe's roster. Gomes has been so good, in fact, that he could be on his way to becoming a Major League everyday catcher. But could his ceiling even be higher? Do the Indians have a potential star on their hands? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders that notion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
September 2, 2013   (2 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Divisional race effectively ends
The Cleveland Indians just endured a very difficult week as the team went 1-5 to fall to 7.5 games back in the American League Central Division. Despite the poor performance, the Indians remain very much alive in the AL Wild Card race as the team is just 3.5 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays. Could this be the week that the Tribe begins its playoff push? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in his weekly Indians notebook, Notes From the Wigwam.
August 30, 2013   (13 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging Jose Ramirez's value
With September callups around the corner, one of the possible names being discussed is infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has had an excellent 2013 campaign with the Akron Aeros, and there seems to be a belief that he could immediately help the Major League club as a utility man... But what if he can be more? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses that very notion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
August 26, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Wildcard race heats up
The Cleveland Indians are coming off an outstanding week as the team went 5-1 and is currently just 1.5 games back in the AL Wildcard race. After weeks like that, it's hard not to believe as the team even won a couple of games that they probably should have lost. Nonetheless, things are now looking up for the Tribe, which is especially positive considering the tough week ahead. Before moving on to this week though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes one last look at the week that was in Notes From the Wigwam.
August 23, 2013   (7 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A future forecast for the rotation
With the Indians just 2.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race, it's clear that this season is far from over. The Tribe will likely stay in contention all through September and a big reason for that is the team's starting rotation. The rotation has been especially impressive, and while it's played a key role in the team's success this year, it will probably play an even bigger role in the team's chances for contention in future years. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
August 19, 2013   (0 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe stays in race
Playing on the road in the MLB is never easy, especially playing on the road on the West Coast, but that is unfortunately the type of road trip that the Cleveland Indians are on right now. The Indians struggled against the Oakland A's this past week, and the team will now face another opponent out west in the Angels. The games will be pivotal as the Tribe remains in the thick of the Wild Card chase. Before tonight's contest though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in Notes From the Wigwam.
August 16, 2013   (8 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The fall of a pitching prospect
While no Indians prospect has seen his stock grow more than Danny Salazar this year, unfortunately no Indians prospect has seen his stock fall more than right-hander Trevor Bauer. Bauer has been somewhat of an enigma as he's struggled with consistency and does not seem to be the near-finished Major League product that the Indians thought they were acquiring. How should the Indians handle him moving forward? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on the subject in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
August 12, 2013   (1 comments)
Notes From the Wigwam: Indians fall in divisional race
The Indians have been a streaky team all season, but they unfortunately chose the wrong time to go on a losing streak as a 1-6 week left them seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. In addition to the numerous losses, the week was magnified by the loss of right-hander Corey Kluber to the disabled list. Yep, it was unfortunately one of those weeks for the Indians that we all would like to soon forget. Before moving forward though, let's take one last look at the week that was and join the IBI's Steve Orbanek for his weekly notebook, Notes From the Wigwam.
August 9, 2013   (3 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The growth of a pitching prospect
Despite losing in extra innings, Tribe fans are still buzzing over Danny Salazar's start on Wednesday. The right-hander was electrifying as he struck out 10 batters in over seven innings of work and nearly earned the victory. With his recent success, Salazar has now cemented himself as the team's top pitching prospect, and he is also arguably the team's top pitching prospect in years. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines on the topic in the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
August 5, 2013   (1 comments)
Notes from the Wigwam: Bring on Detroit
The Indians are fresh off one of their best weeks of the season as the team went 6-1 and swept a four-game series against the White Sox while also winning a three-game set against the Marlins. With last week out of the way, all attention is now turned to the big four-game series against Detroit, which is set to begin tonight. Before that though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the Tribe's successful week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.

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