A tale of two teams: Cleveland Indians first half recap

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness” in Cleveland. Charles Dickens famous words are a cliché perhaps, but the Indians have made that cliché all too true throughout the first half of 2011. After starting an improbable 30-15, the best start in the majors, the Tribe went just 17-27, leaving them with a 47-42 record, good for 2nd in the AL Central.

What went wrong for the Tribe during that rough patch? And can they turn it around and stick with the Tigers in the apparent two-team battle for the Central? [Read more…]

Cleveland Indians Offseason in Review

After a dreadful 69-93 season, the Cleveland Indians seemed like they were centuries away from their fantastic teams of the ’90s. Like the Royals, a lot of this team’s success depends on whether or not prospects develop.

The Indians do have All-Star type of players in guys like Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore and even Fausto Carmona, whose 13-14 season wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked. But the Indians are also full of players with more question marks than last year’s Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault case.

Fun fact: Orlando Cabrera has played for five teams in the last four years. Must be a great locker room guy to put around young players…

Let’s check out the squad.

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Examining the Cleveland Indians Opening Day Starting Rotation

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Since the back-to-back departures of Cy Young Award winning pitchers, Cleveland Indians starters have struggled to find success. With the exception of Fausto Carmona, this year’s opening day starting rotation will be pitching with relative anonymity.  For a young team that has struggled in recent years, this is not necessarily a problem.

The rotation’s success begins with the improvement of Carmona. After his 19-8 season in 2007, Carmona has gone a combined 26-33. This spring, however, Carmona has continued to build on his improvement from the end of the 2010 campaign. Carmona ended the season winning four of his last five games while not surrendering more than three runs in his last seven outings. This spring, he posted a 4-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, solid statistics that should translate to success for the opening day starter.

By Jamie Arkin

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