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Can Cleveland Close?

After taking a 3-1 World Series lead last year against a professional baseball team that plays its home games on Chicago’s north side, the Indians have lost six consecutive closeout-elimination games. The resolve of this club is sure to be tested as it heads through the offseason and into next spring.

JRam and Encarnacion are on fire

The Indians have stepped up their game recently and are now sitting in sole possession of first place in the AL Central Division. Many experts believe they have finally put it all together and will hold onto the top spot for the rest of the season. There are a lot of things that have contributed

Tomlin plays a stopper

It’s a well-known fact that the Tribe’s starting pitching has not lived up to expectations this season. They have had some injuries and inconsistencies in the rotation and have ranked near the bottom in ERA for their starters. To make matters worse, the hitting hasn’t been up to the expected level either, and that has

What’s going on with the Indians?

The Tribe has not been looking like the club that had one of the most potent lineups and one of the better starting rotations in the big leagues near the end of last season. People could argue that they should look even better right now than they did during their World Series run last October.

The return of Dr. Smooth

Even though he said he was happy for his teammates and had a great attitude, it had to be killing Michael Brantley to miss the amazing postseason run by the Tribe last fall. Leading into last season, Brantley had been the club’s most consistent and productive players for a few years. He really began to

Is it time to sit Yan Gomes?

Let me start by saying that I’ve been one of Yan Gomes’ biggest fans since he arrived in Cleveland before the 2013 season. The team traded reliever Esmil Rogers for Mike Aviles and Gomes. The guy they really wanted was Aviles, and they were able to get Gomes to serve in a limited backup role

Facing Verlander could jump start Tribe offense

We’ve all been watching the Indians struggle at the dish for the last couple of weeks. After starting the season hot with a series sweep of the Texas Rangers, it seemed as if the Indians’ hitters were still at spring training and just couldn’t get ready to go for the regular season. Other than Francisco

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