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Cleveland Indians: Could They Have Made the Playoffs If They Had Stayed Healthy? (9.29.11)

The Cleveland Indians‘ season came to a disappointing end yesterday with a loss against the Detroit Tigers, putting their final record at 80-82. While this is disappointing following their 30-15 start, overall, it is an accomplishment. This team wasn’t supposed to contend until 2012 at the earliest, yet they shocked the baseball world for five months.

One of the reasons the Indians faded down the stretch was the tremendous amount of injuries they suffered. Between Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco, the Indians missed out on 325 games. These games were filled in by various replacements who didn’t do much to impress and contributed to the Tribe’s downfall.

To test whether the Indians would’ve made the playoffs with those seven players healthy, let’s take a look at what each player’s stats would look like if they had played the whole season (averaging out their 2011 stats to 155 games played). It’s not an exact science, but it’s a good place to start. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, September 29, 2011

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Cleveland Indians: Grading Each Tribe Rookie’s Performance in 2011 (9.28.11)

Considering that 2011 was intended to be a rebuilding year for the Cleveland Indians, it’s not surprising that 12 different rookies (13 if you include Alex White, which I’m not) suited up for the Tribe this year. While some missed terribly, others hit in a very big way.

In building a contending team for 2012, the Indians will need at least some of these 12 rookies to take big steps and have super sophomore campaigns. With that in mind, let’s hand out some grades for each of the 11 rookies the Tribe had this year. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, September 28, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: 10 Things To Take Away From the Final Home Game of 2011 (9.26.11)

Despite losing to the Minnesota Twins Sunday in their final home game, the Cleveland Indians have plenty to be proud of in 2011.

Despite being a favorite preseason pick to finish in last place, the Tribe is guaranteed at least a share of second place in the AL Central and is one win from guaranteeing a non-losing season.

If the Indians had started 15-30 and then raced to a .500 season, there would be much optimism in Cleveland. The fact that we started 30-15 then faded as the weather warmed up made a .500 this season hard to deal with.

Personally, I still take the big-picture look at things and say that we did better than we were supposed to this year and have a great base to build off of for 2012. But that’s just me.

I was lucky enough to attend the game yesterday, along with the home opener (which I wrote a similar article for).

Being able to bookend the season was a privilege that gave the 2011 campaign some good perspective. But enough about me—let’s move on to 10 things to take away from the home closer.  Read More…

From Bleacher Report, September 26, 2011

 
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MLB Free Agency 2012: Could the Cleveland Indians Sign Prince Fielder? (9.18.11)

With Prince Fielder making headlines for saying he doesn’t expect to return to Milwaukee next year, the hunt is on to figure out where Fielder is going to land. The usual suspects (the Red Sox and the Yankees) are set at first base and DH, making the picture a little harder to discern.

MLB Trade Rumors has the CardinalsBrewersRangersDodgers and Cubs as the favorites for Prince’s final destination, and I can’t argue with that logic. I can say, however, that a dark horse could easily emerge late (a la the Phillies and Cliff Lee) and steal Fielder away at the final moment.

What if that team is the Cleveland Indians?

Before you scoff and close this web page, hear me out. The argument against the Indians having any chance at signing Fielder is payroll. The five/six-year, $150/$180 million contract Fielder is expected to sign doesn’t seem to fit into the small-market payroll of the Indians. A closer look at the Tribe’s payroll, however, can make things look better. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, September 18, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: Is This the Final Countdown for Grady Sizemore in Cleveland? (9.13.11)

I never thought it’d come to this. I never thought that there would be a chance in hell that the Cleveland Indians could turn down Grady Sizemore’s $8.5 million team option for 2012.

Yet, here we are. According to Ken Rosenthal, Grady needs to impress in the rest of 2011 or the Indians will seriously considering letting him go. Once hailed as our superstar of the future, we could be down to the final two weeks of Grady’s Cleveland career. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, September 13, 2011

 
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