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Cleveland Indians: What Lonnie Chisenhall’s Call-Up Means for the Rest of 2011 (6.27.11)

Numerous sources, including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, have reported that Adam Everett has been designated for assignment, and Lonnie Chisenhall is in Arizona to join the Cleveland Indians.

For most Tribe fans, this is a breath of fresh air. The Indians offense has been dismal for the entire month of June and calling up one of the best prospects in our farm system could be the spark we need.

If only Chisenhall were having a standout season at Triple-A. This year, Chisenhall only has a .265/.352/.427 slash line, a .779 OPS, seven home runs and 44 RBI. While he’s been coming on lately, it’s not the sort of elite offense one would expect out of Baseball America’s 25th best prospect.

I still think there’s cause for hope with Chisenhall, though. One poor start to a season doesn’t mean that a player isn’t any good. On the contrary, I think it’s a good thing that Lonnie’s dealing with failure this early. Baseball is all about failure and how you react to it. Chisenhall’s big-league career won’t be without bumps; hopefully he’s learned from his relatively rough 2011 season and will adjust to adversity well. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 27, 2011

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Shin-Soo Choo Breaks Thumb: 5 Possible Fill-Ins the Cleveland Indians Can Use (6.25.11)

While there has been no official word from the team, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Shin-Soo Choo broke his thumb in the fourth inning of last night’s IndiansGiants game. While no timetable has been released, this isn’t the sort of injury Choo will be able to shake off in a few games.

With the Tribe already reeling on offense, the hope that Shin-Soo Choo would regain his elite 2008-2010 form was one of the few things keeping Indians fans off the ledge.

Without him for a significant stretch of time, who could fill in the hole in right field? They’ll not only need to replace his offense, but his elite defense as well.

It’s unlikely the Indians will make a trade to fill this hole, so let’s take a look at the five replacements who  could play in right field while Shin-Soo Choo is injured. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 25, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: Fixing the Batting Order by Moving Grady Sizemore Down (6.23.11)

Since the calendar changed to June, the Indians have struggled to an 8-13 record and a pitiful 3.4 runs scored per game.

This power outage has been one of the main culprits of the Tribe’s division lead shrinking from five games to one.

While the batting order only has a marginal effect on a team’s offense, I think reordering would help the Indians in the short-term.

The main issue I have is with Grady Sizemore in the leadoff spot. He isn’t all the way back from microfracture surgery yet and is hurting the team by hitting first.

From 2005-2009, Sizemore’s lowest on-base percentage was .343, not bad for a leadoff hitter.

This year, Grady’s on-base percentage is .308, below the major league average. There’s no good reason to keep Sizemore hitting first in the order and moving him down would allow other pieces to fit together beautifully. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 23, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: Nick Johnson Could Help the Tribe Stop Their June Swoon (6.12.11)

There’s no doubt anymore that the Indians are suffering from a June swoon.

There’s nothing like a 2-9 record to destroy the momentum and division lead the Tribe built up in the first two months of the season.

One thing is clear: The Indians need to make some changes in order to keep competing.

I’ve already outlined 10 changes I think the Tribe should make and how acquiring Dan Haren would give the Tribe the ace they so desperately need.

Unfortunately, only one-half of my 10 suggestions has been adopted (promoting Cord Phelps) and I don’t think the Tribe is going to make a real attempt at Haren.

Yet, the team’s still losing, so I’ll go ahead and give one more suggestion for the Tribe.

How about promoting Nick Johnson up to Cleveland? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 12, 2011

 
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MLB Trade Speculation: Dan Haren and the Cleveland Indians Are a Perfect Match (6.7.11)

I know the offense has been dragging as of late, but the biggest thing the Cleveland Indians need is better starting pitching.

Justin Masterson is the only pitcher who has been consistently good this year (3.28 ERA, 1.305 WHIP), but he’s not an ace (only a 6.6 SO/9). Masterson isn’t a bad two or three starter on a contender, but the Tribe can’t look to him to carry them in the stretch run or the playoffs.

As much as Josh Tomlin has impressed this year, he’s finally starting to regress. When you strike out such a small amount of batters (5.1 SO/9), you’re prone to getting hit hard at times; 12 earned runs in his last 12 innings sound like he’s getting hit hard.

Tomlin’s ERA has risen nearly a full point (to 3.71 from 2.74) in those two starts. He is a great No. 4 or 5 starter, but no more. The Tribe has been needing him to be a No. 2 this year, and that won’t fly for much longer.

The rest of the pitching staff (Mitch Talbot, Carlos Carrasco and Fausto Carmona) have been average at best.

Comparing the Tribe’s starting rotation to the other AL contenders, one thing stands out: The Indians don’t have an ace.

Who do the Indians expect to compete with the likes of Sabathia, Price, Lester and Verlander? If the Indians want to contend this year, they’re going to need to go out and find themselves an ace.

How about Dan Haren? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 7, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: 10 Ways the Tribe Can Improve and Stop Their Recent Skid (6.5.11)

On the morning of May 18th, the Cleveland Indians were 26-13, owned the best record in baseball and seemed invincible. In those two short weeks since then, the Tribe have gone 7-10 and come crashing down to earth. This just seems like the same old song and dance for Cleveland fans.

However, in my opinion, the sky is still bright for the 2011 Indians. They are still in first place in the AL Central by 2.5 games and are tied with the Yankees for the best record in the American League. Every team goes through dry spells; how you react to them defines your season.

The following list is 10 ways that the Cleveland Indians can improve in the short- and long-term. The list is a mix of roster moves and things that certain players need to fix in order to help themselves and the team.

2011 isn’t lost yet for the Tribe. With some shrewd moves and improvements, we can take baseball by storm again in June.  Read More…

From Bleacher Report, June 5, 2011

 
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