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November 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Advanced metrics confirm Kluber as the right choice
In 2010, the Indians acquired Corey Kluber in a three-team deal that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis and Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals to the Padres. San Diego would give the Indians a 24-year old pitcher still trying to navigate through Double-A and who struggled to find himself for a few years, but has evolved into one of the best pitchers in the game. The IBI's Michael Goodman explains how advanced metrics show Kluber had a historic season for the Indians and was not only deserving of the Cy Young award - but that he may even get better.
September 18, 2014   (46 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #151: Indians 2, Astros 0
On Tuesday, Corey Kluber struck out a career high 14 Astros over seven innings. It was yet another outstanding performance by one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. However, it’s Carlos Carrasco, not Kluber, who has been the team’s best pitcher since August, and he showed it with a dominating complete shutout in the Indians 2-0 win on Wednesday. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares the details...
September 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #149: Indians 1, Astros 3
The last thing the Indians could have afforded was going 2-5 last week and getting swept by the Tigers in the process. For all intents and purposes, the Indians playoff hopes are over. Still, a four game stretch against the Astros seemed promising for the team to get back to their winning ways....but the offense continued to frustrate on Monday and they lost 3-1. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
September 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #142: Angels 12, Indians 3
For four innings it looked like the Indians were in store for yet another nail-biter. Danny Salazar was cruising, and the Indians offense wasn’t generating much against Jered Weaver. Then it all unraveled. Salazar was hit hard in the fifth inning, giving up two home runs and six runs before being replaced by Zach McAllister – an offensive explosion from the Angels that essentially put this game out of reach. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
September 4, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #137: Tigers 0, Indians 7
It would have been a disaster if the Indians were swept in this series. They would have been behind as much as seven games in the Wild Card race, which would have put the playoffs almost entirely out of reach. Winning at least one game was an absolute necessity, and now the Indians have done just that thanks to the arm of Danny Salazar and a surge offensively. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the big win for the Indians...
September 2, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #135: Tigers 12, Indians 1
This game was about as ugly as they get. The team was coming off an outstanding series against the Royals, possibly the hottest team in the Majors in the month of August, so this game certainly came out of nowhere. The Indians have gone to the bullpen early over the last month very few times. This time it was Corey Kluber who failed to get through the third inning, as unbelievable as that is to say. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on a disappointing start to a big series for the Indians...
August 28, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #131: Chicago 3, Cleveland 2
After more dramatics from Zach Walters on Tuesday, Corey Kluber took the mound on Wednesday in a game where the Indians were the heavy favorites. The White Sox were losers of seven straight and 14 of their last 18. Meanwhile, the Indians had their ace on the mound, had won three straight, and were facing a pitcher they’d hit well all season. It didn’t matter. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's 3-2 loss.
August 26, 2014   (13 comments)
Second Thoughts: The time is now for Indians to make a push
Despite going 4-2 on the week, the Indians odds of making the playoffs actually decreased. That number now stands at 9%. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his thoughts as the Indians get set to play a big stretch of games that will ultimately determine their playoff fate, he ponders about next year's defensive lineup, and more.
August 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #125: Indians 5, Twins 0
The Indians are in the midst of an important nine game stretch of games. So many times this season the team has followed an emotional high (Tuesday’s comeback win) with a letdown. That wasn’t the case in this game as TJ House worked around a lot of traffic to keep the Twins off the board and the Indians got some key hits throughout the lineup. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on the game...
August 19, 2014   (7 comments)
Second Thoughts: Indians continue to lack consistency
Inconsistency is the only thing that’s been consistent with the Indians this season. Their latest feat has been the offense’s struggles to back a starting pitching staff that has pitched well of late. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his thoughts on the offensive struggles of late, takes a look at a key upcoming stretch of games in the schedule, and more...
August 14, 2014   (11 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #119-120: Indians split doubleheader
In game one of the doubleheader Zach Walters hit the Indians’ sixth walk off home run of the season, the most in the majors, and an outstanding start from Trevor Bauer. In game two they got more excellent pitching but the offense struggled as they lost 1-0 in 12 innings. It was a night of missed opportunities for the Indians, and the IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on the doubleheader...
August 12, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts: Carrasco to the rescue
Carlos Carrasco has passed the first test in his return to the starting rotation and looks to be in line for more tests in the coming weeks for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Goodman looks at the growth Carrasco still needs to make, the adjustments as a starter he will need to make, and how his career path looks awfully similar to former Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook...
August 7, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #114: Indians 3, Reds 8
The Indians fell to the Reds 8-3 on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar struggled with the home run ball and was promptly optioned out to Columbus after the game. Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes had good games, but nothing else really went right for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on Salazar's outing, the possibility of Carlos Carrasco moving into the rotation and more...
August 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #112: Reds 1, Indians 7
Things have been trending upward of late for the Indians. With a three game winning streak entering the game, the Indians sent Corey Kluber to the mound to open a four game (two at home, two on the road) stretch against the Cincinnati Reds. After another strong performance from their ace, the team has now moved to just 2.5 games back of the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot and 5.5 games back of Detroit in the division. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts...
July 31, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #107: Cleveland 2, Seattle 0
The big news out of Cleveland is that Justin Masterson has been traded. While that topic took center stage in the afternoon, the duel between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber highlighted the evening. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on the busy day that was Wednesday, analyzing the trade that dominated the afternoon and the pitching matchup that dominated the night.
July 29, 2014   (7 comments)
A father and son's view on the Indians at the trade deadline
The Indians had an off day on Monday, but that did not stop all the talk about the upcoming trade deadline on Thursday. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, there are many opinions and thoughts about what the Indians should do, or not do. The IBI's Michael Goodman offers up a unique take on this with a conversation with his father.
July 24, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #101: Indians 1, Twins 3
The Indians lost the rubber match on Wednesday to the Twins, 3-1. These are the series that the Indians need to win if they want to earn a playoff spot. The loss in this game was a huge missed opportunity, and offsets any momentum gained during the Detroit series. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on one of the more frustrating losses of the season for the Indians...
July 22, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #99: Indians 3, Twins 4
This was a winnable game that ended with an unfavorable result for the Indians. With each win of increasing importance, it’s a disappointing start to a three game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Indians battled the whole night to try and come from behind, managing to do so in the 8th inning on an RBI single from Roberto Perez, but a Bryan Shaw served up a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning that would prove to be the difference. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
July 18, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts: The Three-Step Playoff Plan
The second half of the season is about to kick off, and now is as good of a time as any to analyze what it’s going to take for the Indians to make the playoffs. Currently, the team is 47-47 and just 3.5 games back in the race for the second Wild Card spot. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his off-day Second Thoughts on a three-step plan to get Cleveland into the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
July 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 Key Players: Midseason Review
For a second year in a row this spring, Michael Goodman profiled five players he thought were keys to the Indians’ playoff hopes. These were individuals whose performance, for better or worse, would go a long way toward determining the team’s ultimate fate in the 2014 season. With the All-Star Break upon us, Michael reviews those five players and looks at how they’ve done thus far.

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