August 16, 2013 (4 comments)
The Minnesota series and really the last week and a half have been troubling even if you are a glass half full guy. On one hand you can say the Indians have won three of their last four games to hang around in the wild card race, but on the other hand you can say they have only won three out of their last ten games and fell out of the divisional race. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a quick look at the Indians playoff outlook this season and beyond...
August 15, 2013 (9 comments)
The Indians starting rotation has been the driving force all season for the Indians and their struggles and successes has played a huge part in the streakiness of the team. In this week's Trend Spotting piece, which has moved to Thursday's, the IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at Zach McAllister and Scott Kazmir and breaks down their performances and what may come in their future performances...
August 13, 2013 (7 comments)
It was a quiet night on the farm as Columbus, Akron and Mahoning Valley were all off, but Carolina, Lake County and Arizona were all in action and there were some notable performances. The IBI's Michael Hattery chimes in and notes the big night from 17-year old catching prospect Francisco Mejia in Arizona as well as several others.
August 9, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians are a contender. Yes these last four days have been as long and torturous as a Jean Claude Van Damme movie, but they are behind the Indians. Yes the Tigers are clearly the class of the AL Central and this is true for a few different reasons: Miguel Cabrera (really just the middle of the order in general), the consistency of their rotation, and shockingly their bullpen. Join Michael Hattery as he gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's sweep-finishing loss.
August 6, 2013 (9 comments)
On nights like last night in Cleveland that leave a bad taste in your mouth, those are the nights when some of us are thankful for the minor leagues as no matter how bad things look on the major league side there is something interesting happened on a given night in the minors. Dorssys Pauino is a prime example of that, and the IBI's Michael Hattery looks at him and more....
August 3, 2013 (4 comments)
The Indians rotation like the Tribe in general has been a streaky and on the whole a productive bunch. Well, productive may be a bit bold. The instability of production, however, has leveled out to something fairly respectable and over the last month something dominant. The IBI's Michael Hattery breaks down the Indians rotation with a deep look into how sustainable their recent run of success is going forward.
August 2, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians won their eighth game in a row on Thursday afternoon and swept the White Sox out of town in the process with a convincing 6-1 win. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again as he picked up his 13th win of the season, and Ryan Raburn was the offense with two homers and four RBI. The IBI's Michael Hattery looks at Masterson's emergence and also looks at the dynamic catching duo of Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes.
July 30, 2013 (13 comments)
What a strong month it has been for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley's Nellie Rodriguez who has turned his season around after a disappointing campaign the first two months of the year with Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Michael Hattery recaps the big night from Rodriguez, Clint Frazier, Joey Wendle and many others in another edition of Around the Farm...
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.