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September 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: AL Wildcard race heats up as final week begins
Things are getting a little tight in the AL wildcard race. While the Indians and Yankees are still longshots, they have moved closer to the Athletics, Royals and Mariners and five teams are within 5.0 games of one another as the final week of the season gets underway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from Sunday around the league...
September 21, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Captains' pitchers, including their strong trio of starting pitchers in Mitch Brown, Adam Plutko, and Luis Lugo. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Captains pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 21, 2014   (21 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #154: Indians 7, Minnesota 3
After a late-inning bullpen collapse on Friday, the bullpen pulled through on Saturday. Delivering nine strikeouts in its four innings of work, the pen securely closed the 7-3 win that the offense, powered by Yan Gomes's 20th home run, provided in otherwise lopsided fashion. The IBI's John Grimm discusses T.J. House, whose process stats tell the story of a pitcher whose nascent major league success appears entirely sustainable.
September 20, 2014   (1 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: D.J. Brown
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at right-handed pitcher D.J. Brown, a versatile arm in High-A who can start or relieve. What kind of prospect is he? What does he throw? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
September 20, 2014   (14 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #153: Indians 4, Twins 5
On September 19th, 2013, Cleveland began a ten-game winning streak that propelled Cleveland to its first playoff game since 2007. This September 19th, however, no such magic arose, and Cleveland fell to Minnesota in the 10th. Defining the game was an extreme and aggressive use of relievers, with 8 relief pitchers used to complete the final ten outs. The IBI's John Grimm discusses both the Indians' exceptionally aggressive bullpen use in the context of a game becoming increasingly reliever-heavy.
September 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Twins closer shut down for season
Can you believe the season is almost over? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Twins shutting down Glen Perkins, Terry Francona setting a new American League record, a number of teams are interested in Yasmani Tomas, and more.
September 19, 2014   (44 comments)
The Tribe is alive, but next year they will thrive (Part 1)
Fans of the Cleveland Indians are surely disappointed as the team stumbled mightily in the first two weeks of September, a month which proved so successful for them in last season’s torrid sprint to the playoffs. But no matter what happens the rest of the way, the IBI's John Mast believes that there is a lot to be excited about in the very near future with the Indians.
September 19, 2014   (19 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #152: Indians 2, Astros 1
Danny Salazar extended the brilliant stretch of pitching by the Tribe starting rotation with seven and a third one-run innings, but did not earn a decision as the Indians would not rally until the ninth inning to tie the game at one and wouldn't pull ahead until the 13th frame on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he discusses the extra-innings win as well as the resurrected playoff hopes.
September 19, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Washington discusses resignation from Rangers
It's the new iPhone release day! Did you wait in line to get one? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Ron Washington's reasoning for leaving the Rangers, possible candidates to replace Washington in Texas, which clubs have the biggest trade deadline regrets, and more.
September 18, 2014   (30 comments)
Minor Happenings: Wolters is ready to help the Indians in 2015
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
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 18, 2014   (6 comments)
Storylines: Indians move High-A affiliate to Lynchburg
The Indians made some news on Wednesday night before and during the game. Before the game it was learned that they will be moving their High-A affiliate from Carolina to Lynchburg for the 2015 season. As for the game itself, Carlos Carrasco was masterful in a complete game shutout win that made history. The IBI's Jay Frierson shares the news and notes from the around the league...
September 17, 2014   (49 comments)
Three under the radar offseason targets for the Indians
The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimed in on Monday with his thoughts as to why the Indians should go after Adrian Beltre in a trade this offseason. Some liked his idea, while others did not due to the amount of money he makes, his age and the cost in terms of prospects to acquire him. Today, Jeff takes a look at three lesser players that may not cost as much to acquire in terms of dollars or prospects, though come with a little more risk and less of a track record.
September 17, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #150: Indians 4, Astros 2
Corey Kluber struck out a career high 14 batters over seven innings and the Cleveland Indians (77-73) broke a four game losing streak, defeating the Houston Astros (67-84) 4-2 on Tuesday night. The IBI's Michael Rich provides his second thoughts on a big night on the mound for Kluber and big night at the plate for Yan Gomes.
September 16, 2014   (61 comments)
Tribe Happenings: There is a lot of blame to pass around
The Indians funk over the last two weeks has ruined their playoff hopes. They are still mathematically alive, but barring a miracle they are now in preparation mode for next season. Now that the season looks to be over, the immediate reaction is to look back at what went wrong and what prevented them from having the success that many wanted from them this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at who is to blame for the Indians struggles this season and he also touches on Michael Brantley's power outage in the second half, what he wants to see the rest of the way, and more.
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 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Collins, Alderson likely to return for Mets
Fall is in the air! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the likely return of the Mets GM and manager, what the Orioles could do with Nelson Cruz, Ryan Raburn's injury not healing, and more.
September 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Indians top prospects continue to develop
While it is looking like the Cleveland Indians will not make a return trip to the American League Wild Card playoff this season, tumbling to 66/1 longshots to win the World Series betting at www.sportsbettingsites.tv, there are still plenty of reasons for Tribe fans to feel good about the direction the club is going in.
September 15, 2014   (55 comments)
Indians should target Adrian Beltre in the offseason
The IBI's Jeff Ellis is seeing a lot of talk of what will happen for the Indians next year. To him this season was always viewed as a bit of a bridge year, and he feels they found some things from within with the starting rotation and lineup. The question now is what do the Indians do in the offseason to improve? He puts forth an idea to go after Adrian Beltre in a trade, a move he believes improves the Indians lineup but the defense as well. He explains how such a deal gets done in his latest...
September 15, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #147: Indians 4, Tigers 6
Once again, the Tribe had a lead in the latter portion of the game, but a clearly tired bullpen was unable to hold the potent Tiger lineup in check as J.D. Martinez and Ian Kinsler inflicted most of the damage in the season series finale between Cleveland and Detroit. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the game and whether the team's playoff hopes are still alive.

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