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July 5, 2013   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #85: Indians 7, Royals 10
A 5-0 lead in the sixth inning on the Fourth of July is enough to make anyone feel just a little more patriotic. The subsequent relinquishing of that lead, however—and another lead shortly thereafter—can take the taste out of your hot dogs and the glimmer out of your fireworks. And that is what happened to the Indians as they fell 10-7 to the Royals. The IBI's Andrew Clayman shares his "second thoughts" on the ugly finish for the Indians.
June 28, 2013   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #78: Indians 3, Orioles 7
One can hardly complain about splitting a four-game set with the homer-happy Orioles at Camden Yards. But with the Tribe gaining on the Tigers’ tail and a double-header in Chicago looming on Friday, that mess of a fifth inning on Thursday night certainly took some wind out of the sails, leading to an Indians 7-3 loss and series split in Baltimore. The IBI's Andrew Clayman shares his second thoughts on the game....
June 21, 2013   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts: When Game 7's go wrong
Prior to last night, it had been sixteen years since a Miami team won a decisive Game 7 in a major championship series. If you’re hazy on the details of that prior occasion, just recall the color teal and recoil in disgust. Yes, there are worse feelings than watching a regret-free LeBron James dance around in bliss. The IBI's Andrew Clayman takes a look at MLB's awful postseason setup with determining home field advantage.
June 14, 2013   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts: The sweet life of Zach and Corey
Three years ago the Indians parted ways with several veterans in a July fire sale. Austin Kearns was dealt for Zach McAllister and Jake Westbrook brought in Corey Kluber. Now, three years later, those two moves consummated on back to back days in July of 2010 look like they could net the Indians two key pieces to the rotation for the next several years.
June 7, 2013   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts: An ode to the underrated Joe Smith
On a day when everyone will be talking about the Indians’ new 18-year-old wunderkind Walt “Clint” Frazier, I elected to set aside this edition of Second Thoughts as a tribute to one of the least discussed—and yet most reliable—members of the current Tribe roster. For five years now, this Ohio native has done his job here in Cleveland with escalating efficiency. Join Andrew Clayman as he gives some day-off Second Thoughts on the combination of reasons both rational and perplexing as to why Joe Smith is consistently neglected.
May 31, 2013   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #53: Reds 1, Indians 7
There’s certainly nothing wrong with removing any drama from a ballgame and simply battering your opponent into submission in the span of roughly ten minutes. Like a high-pressure system rolling along the radar screen, the Tribe bats cracked six consecutive two-out hits off Reds pitchers Homer Bailey and Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning, then left an eerie calm in their wake for the rest of the night. Andrew Clayman shares his second thoughts on a big Indians win...
May 24, 2013   (6 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #46: Indians 12, Red Sox 3
While the central storyline of this game was unavoidably the return of Terry Francona to Fenway, the Indians’ hammering of the Red Sox by a score of 12-3 should not be relegated to footnote status. This was a critical bounce back after a two-game stumble against Detroit, and it sets a very nice tone for a tough six-game holiday weekend road trip. The IBI's Andrew Clayman shares his second thoughts on the win...
May 10, 2013   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #32: Indians 9, A’s 2
It’s been nearly four years since Scott Kazmir last struck out 10 batters in a game. To put that in context, a teenager who was just starting college back then—August 26, 2009, to be exact—could conceivably be preparing for his graduation this weekend. That’s an awful lot of space between two bookends. Andrew Clayman takes a look at Kazmir's resurgence along with whether it is time to jump on board the bandwagon in today's Second Thoughts.
May 3, 2013   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: A Raburn of Hope
Even outside of baseball, April is a month commonly described as a prelude to better things—showers begetting flowers and all that. So, for all our nail-biting over the Indians’ rather lifeless kickoff to the 2013 campaign, it can’t be too surprising to see things starting to balance out—more than a little bit—in the past few days. With things starting to look up for the team and spring in the air, join Andrew Clayman as he gives his off-day Second Thoughts.
April 26, 2013   (20 comments)
Second Thoughts: The Dark Cloud Over Carlos Carrasco
After taking a line drive off his elbow in a start last night for Columbus, Carlos Carrasco appears to have established a rather morbid method for evading the suspensions Major League Baseball tries to impose upon him. At press time, the extent of Carrasco’s latest injury remained unknown, but if initial reports are any indication, another prolonged stint on the disabled list could be in the cards. If so, it’s just the latest chapter it what has become an increasingly bizarre pro career for the 26 year-old right-hander from Venezuela. Join Andrew Clayman as he gives his off-day Second Thoughts about Carrasco.
April 19, 2013   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #14: Red Sox 6, Indians 3
Twenty-five years ago, when they were briefly teammates on a typically mediocre 1980s Cleveland Indians squad, John Farrell seemed to bring out the best in Terry Francona. On the flip side, John Farrell did not seem to find Francona’s presence mutually beneficial, leading to some bizarro inverse relationship to one another. That is, until this week. Join Andrew Clayman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Ferrell's Red Sox completing a three-game sweep of Francona's Indians, after the jump...
April 12, 2013   (7 comments)
Second Thoughts: The “Pronk's Bomber” Illusion
Mother Nature once again decided that there should be no baseball in Cleveland Wednesday night, postponing the game for a second straight night. With no new baseball to write about -- and the bitter memories of Yankee blowouts in his head, Andrew Clayman takes a look at what the new-and-improved Travis Hafner is doing in pinstripes and whether or not it is sustainable. Join Andrew for his Second Thoughts, after the jump...
April 5, 2013   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #3: Blue Jays 10, Indians 8
Brett Myers didn't make himself any friends amongst fans last night, surrendering three home runs and repeatedly giving the Blue Jays back the lead. The offense tried valiantly Thursday night, but it just couldn't catch up to the surging Blue Jays. IBI's Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, remarking on Myers' outing, a suddenly comfortable Carlos Santana, and more.

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