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Posts By Mike Brandyberry

Tribe Expects Choo To Jump Start Offense

March 14, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are most in need of a bounce back season if the Tribe is to make the playoffs.

By Craig Gifford

If the Indians are to seriously contend with the Detroit Tigers this year in the AL Central Division they will need a spike in offense. While some fans hoped the Indians would make a push for some serious offensive fire power in free agency, Tribe management really did little in that regard. The key position-player signing was defensive-minded first baseman Casey Kotchman. However, a surge in run-scoring could come from in-house in the form of renewed health and focus from Shin-Soo Choo.

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Can Sizemore Provide Second Half Punch?

March 13, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are most in need of a bounce back season if the Tribe is to make the playoffs.

By Craig Gifford

If any player has ever been in more need of a bounce-back season than center fielder Grady Sizemore, you would be hard-pressed to find that guy.

The former All-Star, who spent the majority of the last three years battling injuries and the last two on the disabled list far more than on the field, was hopeful of a career resurrection this year. The Cleveland Indians were hopeful of the same.

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Ubaldo Shakes Off Early Jam To Pace Tribe; Indians 3, Diamondbacks 2

March 13, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

After two less than par starts, Ubaldo Jimenez rebounded and pitched a good game this afternoon and helped the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jimenez received poor defense in his first start and was shellacked in his second appearance.

What appeared to be a first inning jam, with the potential to get worse, was eluded by only allowing one run. Jimenez has struggled as an Indians to eliminate the big inning. After settling down he motored through two more scoreless innings. Jimenez allowed three hits and one run over three innings. His fastball was again clocked at 94-96 mph, where it was two years ago.

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Forecasting the Indians’ 2012 Fantasy Baseball Seasons

March 12, 2012 | | One Comment

 

By Kevin Schneider

As spring training at bats and innings start to pile up, fantasy-baseball owners now can start scratching together a draft strategy.

As a player for decades in a Yahoo! League, most of the other owners, include family and friends with similar baseball tastes.  For instance, I know the Midwest owners overpay – or draft too early – players they like on teams like the Indians and Reds. And I have a southern friend who I expect, like me, will target some Braves players he thinks will have breakout years based on his proximity and devotion to the Atlanta ballclub.

Being a lifelong Indians fan, too, I have to settle for a few Tribe members and allow my fellow owners to overpay for others. As I strategize for my draft in two weeks, I below give my assessment of where Tribe fans should be willing to pick their favorite Indians.

While fantasy-league, scoring differs, I based my recommendations on expected player performance in major categories including batting average, runs, RBIs, HRs, and stolen bases for everyday players and ERA, SO, WHIP, wins, losses, and saves for pitchers. I’ve included the O-Rank (overall rank), according to Yahoo! Sports’ rankings, and whether the Indians player should be considered underrated, overrated, or about right based on those Yahoo! pre-season rankings.

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Season Expectations Ride Squarely On The Shoulders Of Jimenez

March 12, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are most in need of a bounce back season if the Tribe is to make the playoffs.

By Mike Brandyberry

No player is watched and analyzed more than Ubaldo Jimenez on the Cleveland Indians. Since the trade last July 30, fans have watched and critiqued every move the right handed starting pitcher makes, comparing him to the top prospects mortgaged to obtain his services.

In 2010, Jimenez was 15-1 for the Colorado Rockies and starting the All-Star Game for the National League. The 26-year old budding star was signed to a long term contract and deemed as untouchable as nearly any pitcher in baseball. Even the thin air of the Rocky Mountains couldn’t stifle his blazing fastball. However, Jimenez struggled in the second half of the season, finishing 19-8, with a 2.88 ERA, with 214 strikeouts in 222 innings. Pretty good numbers, but those were supported by his superhuman first half.

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Split Squad Tribe Drops Two; Rangers 6, Indians 1. Angels 17, Indians 2

March 11, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

The Indians split squads took on the two favorites of the American League West this season and what they received were solid defeats in each game. The contests each had a lack of Indian offense and poor defense and pitching. The Indians were defeated by the Texas Rangers, 6-1 and the Los Angeles Angels, 17-2.

In the contest against the Texas Rangers, the bats were quite silent as the Tribe only managed five hits on the day. Shin-Soo Choo remained hot this spring with two hits. Russ Canzler and Aaron Cunningham each continued their pursuit of roster spots with base hits and Andy LaRoche rounded out the offense. They were the only hits on the game. Choo and Cunningham each doubled.

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Tribe Tweets of the Week: Mini Golf and Adele

March 11, 2012 | | One Comment

 

By Ryan Hohman

The Cleveland Indians love Twitter. We’ve scoured our timeline from the past week to give you the best of what the Tribe roster has to offer on Twitter. This week, Jason Kipnis and Vinnie Pestano get in a game of mini golf, Shelley Duncan sounds off on the NFL’s bounty scandal, and Chris Perez likes Pina Coladas.

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Masterson, Choo Shine In Tribe Loss; Padres 5, Indians 2

March 10, 2012 | | One Comment

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Every team reminds their fan base in March that wins and losses don’t mean too much, but development and preparation for April and the long season ahead is the priority. The Tribe took a step in that direction on Saturday despite losing to the San Diego Padres, 5-2.

Justin Masterson rebounded from a horrid first start, throwing three innings, scattering four hits, striking out four and only allowing one run. The Padres did most of their damage against the Tribe Opening Day starter with two outs. Joe Smith followed and allowed two runs in his inning of work. Smith has struggled early in Cactus League play.

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Fan Of The Week: Robert “RJ” Breisacher

March 9, 2012 |

By Matthew Van Wormer

“I look forward to seeing the country I have served, first hand.  I look forward to seeing people enjoy a sport in the safety of our great country.”

That statement comes from DTTWLN? Fan of the Week honoree, Robert “RJ” Breisacher; a United States Army Veteran who plans on traveling to every ballpark in the majors.  The kicker?  He’s going to do it in just over two months!  This guy is ambitious to say the least!  And while he’s not a Cleveland Indians fan, per se, he will be visiting the home of the Tribe early in his quest, on April 9th.

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Gomez Striving For Fifth Starter Spot

March 9, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Kevin Schneider

Jeanmar Gomez aims to show consistency and separate himself this spring training from the group vying for the open fifth rotation spot.

Gomez, 24, has started strong this spring by striking out 4 in 4 scoreless innings through Thursday’s games. He’ll need to continue this success to stay in competition with veteran Kevin Slowey and Gomez’s fellow Columbus-to-Cleveland regulars David Huff and Zach McAllister.

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Jimenez And Tomlin Struggle; Angels 6, Indians 5

March 9, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Finding midseason form has not been easy for several Tribe starting pitchers this spring and that continued this afternoon when the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-5. Starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Josh Tomlin each struggled in their outing.

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LaPorta Has A Lot To Play For This Spring

March 7, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

If the team announces in their end of the season press conference that their goal is to find your replacement, you probably don’t have much of a chance to make the team the following season. However, as luck may have it, Matt LaPorta still has a lot to play for this spring.

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