Category Archives: E. April 2011

Cleveland Indians: Is Fausto Carmona’s Star Starting to Fade Away? (4.27.11)

Quick Note: Kaela Bishop beat me to the punch posting a Fausto Carmona piece this week. You can read it here:

Also, Jim Berdysz did an excellent job arguing that Justin Masterson is the Tribe’s true ace, not Carmona. You can read that one here:

Seems like all of us Tribe fans are hating on Carmona this week. 

One night he’s dealing and dazzling; the next he’s struggling and sad to watch. One night, he’s in the zone; the next, he can’t find the strike zone.

One night, he’s an ace; the next, he’s a joker.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to rooting for Fausto Carmona. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 27, 2011

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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in E. April 2011


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MLB Power Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams to This Point in the Season (4.25.11)

Score more runs than the other team; it’s just that simple. The team that scores more than they give up will win games and vice versa. Even at this early juncture, the teams scoring more runs – regardless of their record right now – are better off.

I won’t bore you with the geeky math details, but using the Pythagorean theorem one can estimate how many games a team should win or lose based off of the runs it has scored and given up. Doing this can give a better view of how a team is playing than its current win-loss record.

So, for these power rankings, I looked at how each team would finish the full 162 game season if they kept scoring runs and giving them up at the rate they are now. The results may surprise you. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 25, 2011

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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in E. April 2011


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Cleveland Indians: There’s Still Time to Jump Aboard the Matt LaPorta Bandwagon (4.18.11)

Quick! Time’s running out to jump on the Matt LaPorta bandwagon. It was pretty empty here for a while, but a trickle of people are finally starting to find their way aboard.

Matt LaPorta has played in all but one game of the Cleveland Indians’ torrid 11-4 start, and yet he can’t seem to get the monkey off his back. As recently as last week, one of the Tribe Talk questions was basically, should we pull the plug on Matt LaPorta at first base?

The vibe in Cleveland has been essentially “thank goodness we got Michael Brantley in the CC Sabathia trade because Matt LaPorta is a bust.”

Luckily for the Tribe, that’s just not true. Let’s do a quick stat check between LaPorta before this year and LaPorta this year to help prove this point:

2009-2010: .232 BA, .307 OBP, .388 SLG, .694 OPS, 91 OPS+, 119 SO, 58 BB, 2.05 SO:BB, 19 HR, 62 RBI, 623 PA

2011: .239 BA, .345 OBP, .457 SLG, .802 OPS, 134 OPS+, 10 SO, 7 BB, 1.43 SO:BB, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 55 PA

Sure, the batting average is still low, but everything else is much better. He’s getting on base, slugging well, and drawing walks; what else do you want? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 18, 2011

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in E. April 2011


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MLB: Which 5 Managers Are Starting to Feel the Heat in the Early Going? (4.18.11)

It may still be really early in the season, but as the weather heats up, so does the proverbial seat that each manager sits on.

A fast start can do a lot to assuage the demands of the fans, whereas a slow start can make the calls come louder and more bloodthirsty.

Again, I know that it’s early. I know that nobody’s getting fired anytime soon. However, what we can do right now is figure out who should start feeling uncomfortable if they can’t turn things around soon.

I’ve tried to leave first-year managers off this list, since they should get a slightly longer leash to establish themselves.

Down the road, they may be in trouble. For today, most of them are safe.

Did I say I know it’s early? This is all just speculation.

I realise I’ll catch flack for suggesting that people could be fired, just half a month into the season.

However, once again, I’m just looking ahead and predicting. That’s it. It might not come to pass. Who knows?

For now, let’s just enjoy the ride. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 18, 2011

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in E. April 2011


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Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore’s Well on His Way Down the Comeback Trail (4.12.11)

Remember when Grady Sizemore was one of the perennial elite players in all of baseball? Remember when he was posting these stat lines?

2005 (age 22): .289 BA, .348 OBP, .484 SLG, 123 OPS+, 22 HR, 22 SB, 5.9 WAR (T-8th in MLB, 3rd in AL)

2006 (age 23): .290 BA, .375 OBP, .533 SLG, 133 OPS+, 28 HR, 22 SB, 7.3 WAR (3rd in MLB, 1st in AL)

2007 (age 24): .277 BA, .390 OBP, .462 SLG, 123 OPS+, 24 HR, 33 SB, 6.1 WAR (T-9th in MLB, 4th in AL)

2008 (age 25): .268 BA, .374 OBP, .502 SLG, 133 OPS+, 33 HR, 38 SB, 5.1 WAR (T-20th in MLB, T-10th in AL)

I go to the trouble of writing out these stat lines because, over the last offseason, I lost sight of how great Grady was. I spent plenty of time thinking about how Grady’s time had probably passed. How quickly things change.

We were all spoiled by how great Sizemore was at such a young age. At the time, it seemed like he would lead the Tribe for years to come.

Then came the injuries. 2009 and 2010 knocked Grady off the pedestal he was on and brought him back down to Earth.

Now, in 2011, Grady’s nearly ready to rejoin the big league club. He’s currently at Akron on a rehab assignment and I was able to witness him play on Saturday.

Let me tell you, I think Grady’s back. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 12, 2011

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in E. April 2011


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MLB: Can We Have a Do-Over on 10 Offseason Moves That Have Backfired So Far? (4.11.11)

The best part of the offseason is trying to add the final piece of the puzzle to a championship team. Sometimes those moves backfire, however.

For every Aubrey Huff that helps spur his team on to a World Series (2010 San Francisco Giants), there are many Milton Bradleys that end up helping their new team implode (2010 Seattle Mariners).

It may be early in the season, but some 2011 offseason moves aren’t working out quite as planned. The most obvious one to this point is… Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 11, 2011

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in E. April 2011


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MLB Power Rankings: Ranking the 2011 Cleveland Indians Roster (4.5.11)

The 2011 season is under way, and like normal, there are plenty of questions about the Tribe’s roster.

Another cheap offseason has left plenty of outcasts and also-rans filling key positions on the team and pundits once again expect the Indians to lose more than their share of games.

There is still hope for the season, however. Quite a few players on this Tribe team (more than the average person realizes) would be key players on contenders.

The real injustice of the 2011 Cleveland Indians roster is how underrated it is. Plenty of people have written it off without taking a long, hard look at the players.

So, let’s take a look at the entire Indians 25-man roster and rank them from 25th to first. Note that I’m only doing the active roster, meaning Grady Sizemore, Jason Donald, Joe Smith and Trevor Crowe aren’t on this list.

When I re-rank these players around the 40-game mark, hopefully these players will be up and going, and thus able to be ranked. As it is, here is the 2011 Indians roster from worst to first. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, April 5, 2011

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in E. April 2011


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