July 27, 2013 (1 comments)
It is 7-1, Kluber is pitching well as usual, the Tribe seems to be rolling, winning a very important first game of the series. This is exactly the shot in the arm they needed, a big win making it two in a row, and then all of the sudden it happened. The Tribe had to go to the bullpen. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deeper look at the struggles of two of the Indians' most vital pieces in the bullpen: Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano.
July 26, 2013 (15 comments)
The Indians offense is strewn with inconsistency. It may be a challenge to pick at an offense that just dropped 10 runs in Seattle but we all know that the week preceding was an offensive struggle. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a stab at analyzing and determining what he believes is the Indians optimum lineup, and it is much different than what Francona has been writing into the lineup card of late. He also chimes in with a request to get Yan Gomes more playing time.
July 23, 2013 (6 comments)
Columbus righty Trevor Bauer had a really positive performance on Monday night throwing a complete game and was strong throughout his outing. Akron phenom Francisco Lindor had another big night at the plate and just continues to impress. All of this and more as the IBI's Michael Hattery takes us Around the Farm....
July 21, 2013 (2 comments)
The current baseball structure promotes the extreme of baseball. In Cleveland Indians' terms, this focuses the Indians' media energy on the excruciating struggles of Mark Reynolds, and the growing brilliance of Jason Kipnis. Michael Bourn has been playing in between both extremes and has been quietly producing stats worthy of the contract he signed just prior to spring training. Join IBI's SABR-superstar, Michael Hattery, as he takes a closer look.
July 16, 2013 (5 comments)
There are many familiar names from Monday night's tour around the affiliates. Break-out star Carlos Moncrief and Jesus Aguilar headline a talented case that also includes Ronny Rodriguez, Austin Adams, Bryson Myles and Nellie Rodriguez. Join Michael Hattery, as he gives you your daily does of Around the Farm.
July 13, 2013 (12 comments)
IBI's resident sabremetrics' specialist Michael Hattery takes a close up look at the Cleveland Indians offense in comparison to the Tigers, re-examines Lonnie Chisenhall's potential premature demotion earlier this year and subsequent promotion, and analyzes why the time may be now to pull the trigger on an Asdrubal Cabrera trade. Become a trend setter with Michael Hattery, IBI's trend spotter...
July 12, 2013 (6 comments)
With Steve Orbanek off getting married (congratulations Steve!), Orbiting Cleveland will be under new management for the next two weeks. Michael Hattery steps in, writing about the debut of Danny Salazar and how, in some ways, he is the anti-Carlos Carrasco. Michael breaks down the two pitchers, what their futures could hold, and much more in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
July 9, 2013 (14 comments)
Wow, what a big night for two Tribe second basemen in their farm system as both Joey Wendle and Jose Ramirez put up huge performances. The IBI's Michael Hattery discusses the two top second base prospects for the organization as well as many others in his trip around the farm on Monday night.
July 6, 2013 (2 comments)
Of the many pieces that have fallen into place for the Indians so far Corey Kluber has been in all likelihood the most surprising. From the start of spring training expectations surrounding Kluber and the Indians rotation were non-existent. In fact, the words most frequently associated or espoused about Kluber were probably 4A starter, rotation depth, 7th or 8th starter and long man. The IBI's Michael Hattery breaks down the numbers to try and get a feel for who the real Corey Kluber is...
July 4, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians experienced all sorts of delays on Wednesday night, first due to weather and then another one later in the game due to a power outage. In the midst of all of that the Indians bullpen struggles resurfaced again as Bryan Shaw threw gas on the first in the sixth to turn a 3-1 lead into a 5-3 disadvantage. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on some questionable bullpen management by Terry Francona.
July 2, 2013 (5 comments)
The big league team was off on Monday, which put all of the focus on the minor league teams as every team was in action. There were some very good performances on the night - some not so good - but Danny Salazar, Jesus Aguilar, Dorssys Paulino and others headlined the night on the farm.
June 30, 2013 (1 comments)
Over the past three games, the Indians have come back from five down after the first, three down in the ninth and one down in the sixth to beat a downtrodden White Sox team. The Tribe’s ability to continually battle and grind out good at bats has paid of immensely late in games, and they have now won five of seven games on their current 11-game road trip. The IBI's Michael Hattery chimes in with his second thoughts as the Indians sit at the halfway point of the season.
June 29, 2013 (2 comments)
Starting the second game of the Indians twin bill against the White Sox, splitting time between Seinfield and the torturously slow Jose Quintana, the IBI's Michael Hattery began to pour over the absurdity of production that is Jason Kipnis. Perhaps it is “trendy” to discuss Jason’s torrid rate but for intents and purposes it is an unavoidable discourse that ends in Michael drooling over his fangraphs profile. He breaks it all down in his latest Trend Spotting piece...
June 27, 2013 (2 comments)
Scott Kazmir was absolutely brilliant for the second consecutive start, limiting a good Orioles offense to just one run over seven innings. Joe Smith came in and blew the lead in the eighth but the bats rallied for two runs in the ninth and then Vinnie Pestano slammed the door in the ninth for a much needed 4-3 Indians win. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
June 22, 2013 (6 comments)
One of the many ideas emphasized throughout the Indians offseason was that the front office truly believed that it had developed a core group of players that they could build around in order to compete for division titles. They even made some acquisitions by signing free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to expand to that core. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at whether or not Michael Brantley truly should be part of that core...
June 16, 2013 (3 comments)
It was business as usual down on the farm for the Indians on Saturday night. Cord Phelps remained hot, Lonnie Chisenhall is making it very difficult for the Indians to keep him in Columbus, and more. The IBI's Michal Hattery chimes in with his thoughts on the action in the minors.
June 15, 2013 (2 comments)
Basking in the Indians third consecutive win, a quick rebound from an absolutely horrendous stretch, the Indians peak and valley tendencies have shown their ugly head. And as with many streaks, when it rained it poured, something which we can actually see manifested statistically in BABIP. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at the statistical trends at third base with Mark Reynolds and wonders when Lonnie Chisenhall will be called up.
June 8, 2013 (0 comments)
The humble hurler that is Justin Masterson has seen a return to his 2011 performance so far this season, which raises a few different questions, each equally important. Is this Justin Masterson the one who we will see for the next three to five years? Was 2012 just an outlier, a blip, or reason for concern? What do the answers to the aforementioned questions tell us about extending Justin for the long haul? In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery explores these questions and offers his answers.
June 1, 2013 (7 comments)
Zach McAllister has been one of the most important dominoes in a string that have tumbled to make the Indians a legitimate contender. The IBI's Michael Hattery must confess though that until the last few months he never thought Zach was anything more than an innings eating fourth starter. Now he thinks he could be a solid number two starter. He explains in his latest Trend Spotting piece...
May 25, 2013 (4 comments)
While Nick Swisher’s ebullient smile and incessant on-field/in dugout antics have endeared him to Indians fans as fast as one would expect; Swisher’s on field performance has been somewhat underrated with the stability of production he offers. On the other hand Chris Perez has had some early struggles but his numbers and career performance show he should be in for another 30 save season. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at both in his weekly "Trend Spotting" piece.