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…]

Answers may be in AAA for struggling Cleveland Indians

Cord Phelps rounds third after first major league home run with Indians

The Indians recent slump has cost them first place in the Central, but more importantly, it has cost them their confidence. Manager Manny Acta has said that this team needs a spark to turn it around. With some recent moves, however, Acta is finally putting those words into action.

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Cleveland Indians fire hitting coach, look to turn around recent struggles

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It’s safe to say the Indians have hit a major brick wall in the month of June. After starting 32-20 through May, the Tribe is just 6-11 in June thus far. But with Interleague for the next 12 games, the team is in the perfect spot to turn around their struggles.

In a surprise move to try to turn the tables, the Tribe fired hitting coach Joe Nunnally, replacing him with Bruce Fields. The Indians mid-season struggles have been mainly offensive, and were apparently bad enough to let go of their hitting coach. Through 70 games, the Indians have just two hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner, hitting above .300.

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Michael Brantley: Cleveland’s Unsung Hero

Down two runs in the bottom of ninth inning, the Indians were running out of chances. Looking to continue their dominance at home, the Tribe once again needed a late inning miracle, this time against Seattle. Michael Brantley confidently stepped to the plate to lead off the inning, and belted a double to left-center. [Read more…]

Cleveland Indian Shin-Soo Choo’s on-field problems, DUI solved with a hug.

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Quick question: Before the season started, who had the Cleveland Indians atop the A.L. Central, leading the league in run differential and seemingly trading back and forth daily with the Philadelphia Phillies for the best record in baseball by mid-May?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.  Just about everything has been clicking for the Tribe as of late, but amidst the fanfare and joy that only the best home start since 1901 can bring, it seems there is one Indian who has yet to join the party:  Shin-Soo Choo.

By: Jeff Beck

Photosource: Keith Allison

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