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Posts By Laurel Wilder

Indians Must Remember Both Halves as Season Closes

October 4, 2015 | | 2 Comments

It feels like it’s the same ol’ song and dance: it’s the last weekend of the Indians season, the team struggled and hung on by a thread until the very end and just couldn’t come together long enough to make it. They played mediocre baseball and, although the team is *technically* playing some October baseball right now, it’s not what fans were expecting to start the season and they certainly aren’t games that matter.

I ended last season with an eerily-similar story that looked at the pieces the Indians had in place. On paper, last season, the pieces were all there and looked strong but, of course, the team could not complete the puzzle.

This season, it was almost worse. Read More

What If, Re-imagined

September 26, 2015 |

A few seasons ago, the Cleveland Indians moved through the season with the tagline, “What If?”. What if the team excelled to unexpected heights? What if they made it into the postseason? What if everything fell into place just right for a monster season?

Unfortunately, “What If” didn’t have the fairy tale ending that everyone had hoped for.

“What If”, however, seems to fit perfectly into the Indians’ current predicament. They have had a surprisingly strong end of the season and have played with a new energy in the second half (it seems, actually, they have had a new fire ever since Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn found their way to a new team). What if that energy had been there always? What if the team had played this way from the start of the season? There’s certainly a chance that they could be much closer to – or even have secured – a playoff spot than they are now.

What if Francisco Lindor had been called up sooner? Read More

Bauer to the Bullpen Could be Best for Bolstering Performance

September 21, 2015 |

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Perhaps that’s why Indians fans are lucky that Trevor Bauer is young.

Prior to Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, manager Terry Francona announced that Bauer, a starting pitcher, would be moving to the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

According to, Bauer took the news well, but told Francona that he hopes this change “isn’t forever.” Francona agreed, saying he and the team envision Bauer “probably” making some starts yet this year, though the timetable is just unknown. Read More

Has Lonnie Chisenhall Found His Stride?

September 14, 2015 |

Earlier this season, it appeared that Lonnie Chisenhall would become a perennial AAA ballplayer, would forever be stuck in the limbo between the highest levels of the minor leagues and the Major League stage. His big league performances have bounced up and down in recent years, and he has moved around the infield with little consistency at any one position.

Last season, Chisenhall found himself at third base after Carlos Santana become the Tribe’s first baseman when Yan Gomes took over as the regular catcher. Chisenhall did not excel at third, and was a point of severe exasperation in the Tribe’s already-shoddy defense. At the plate, Chisenhall did remarkably better than in the field, hitting .280 with 13 home runs. He had 134 hits in 142 games and hit .269 with two outs and runners in scoring position. When the team was behind, Chisenhall  hit .298; when they were ahead, he was hitting .303. Despite his defense, Chisenhall’s offense made the argument that he was a valuable player of the Indians team. Read More

Captains End with a Winning Season

September 10, 2015 |

The Lake County Captains got THIS close a number of times. Games were decided by one or two runs. They ended both seasons with a winning record, but were still just short of making it to the playoffs for the second year in a row. Despite missing the postseason, it would be a mistake to call this a disappointing season for the Captains.

“It was a great year for a lot of first year guys in this league” Manager Shaun Larkin said of the team. “We saw a lot of guys get better in their individual areas. I thought we played well as a team. There’s a lot of grinding in a full year, and that’s all you can ask for – guys playing for each other the whole time. We gave ourselves a chance to win more often than not. We gave it a run in the first half, gave it a run in the second half up until about a week and a half ago. We had a winning record in both halves, we weren’t one of those teams who was hot one half and not the next.”

Larkin, in his first season as a manager, can now say that he’s been part of the only two Captains teams in the history of the franchise to end the season with winning records in both halves (2003 and 2015). Read More

Will Superstitions be Needed to Keep Tribe In Postseason Contention?

September 4, 2015 |

September is upon us, which means there is a month left of the baseball season, and a month left for the Indians to sink or swim when it comes to their postseason chances. Even if it’s just a wild card spot, the Indians have a slight opportunity to play beyond the end of the regular season. What’s it going to take to get them through that postseason push, though? Is it going to be a stretch of outstanding starting pitching, a sudden burst in offense, or a lights-out bullpen? Or is it going to take some help from something off the field, a mental shift, for the Indians to push themselves deeper into October baseball?

Are fans going to see a rise in superstitions and lucky charms? Read More

Francisco Mejia is Catching Attention On the Field

September 3, 2015 |

With only three home games left this season, the Lake County Captains are nine games back of first place in the Midwest League Eastern division. They are tied with the South Bend Cubs for third place in their division, and each team is able to lose three games before they are eliminated from the playoffs for the season.

With a dominant pitching staff, the Captains must rely on their offense moving into the final stretch of the season if they want to see a glimpse of postseason baseball. Of course, offense comes in the form of Bobby Bradley and his 27 home runs, but there is another young hitter on the team who has not received the same amount of attention throughout the season as has been doted on Bradley.

Francisco Mejia is a 19 year-old catching prospect, another one of the youngest members of this year’s Lake County Captains roster. A native of the Dominican Republic, Mejia came to the Indians as a free agent signing a few years ago, and has played in the Arizona Rookie League and Mahoning Valley prior to making his full season debut this year for the Captains. Mejia has caught the eyes of prospect lists and the organization throughout his time with the Tribe, and has quietly continued to play at that high level during his 2015 campaign. Read More

Top of Tribe Lineup Gives Hope for Future Seasons

August 29, 2015 |

When the Indians season started, offense was a dirty word that never quite appeared. Until late April, Michael Bourn was leading the Indians lineup after being rumored to be able to get on base, but proving ineffective at drawing walks and delivering hits that put him on base and resulted in runs being scored. Once he moved out of the leadoff spot, Jason Kipnis took over and, slowly but surely, the top of the Indians lineup has begun to transform into something that will be an asset for years to come.

No longer is offense something unheard of. Yes, the Indians may not be scoring massive amounts of runs each and every game, but they haven’t been blanked since July 24. While that doesn’t mean they’ve amassed numerous 10+ run games in that stretch, the team has shown that there is power to be had at the top of the lineup, power that will continue into next year. Read More

Youngsters Make Major Impact on Lake County Roster

August 27, 2015 |

The Lake County Captains will always have a roster of younger names but, this season, the youngest members of the squad have been the most noteworthy as two 19 year-olds have dominated the field.

A few weeks ago, we profiled Bobby Bradley, the Lake County Captains first baseman who was drafted in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Bradley, who is 19 years old, was drafted out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss., and has quickly become known around the organization for his impressive bat. Read More

Move by Shapiro Could Lead to Chain Reaction

August 22, 2015 | | 4 Comments

Despite it at first seeming that this would be a season where the Indians didn’t make many major shifts, the changes have been more plentiful than many fans could have predicted. From the trading of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the rotating fifth spot in the rotation, the Indians have been often unrecognizable this season. And the changes, it seems, are not slowing down.

While the largest change in the Indians roster this season has absolutely been the Bourn/Swisher trade that sent the two to the Atlanta Braves and brought Chris Johnson to Cleveland, another quite notable shift in recent weeks has been the makeup of the Indians outfield. Just this week, the outfield lineup was comprised of Lonnie Chisenhall, Jose Ramirez, and Abraham Almonte. Michael Brantley has been serving as the team’s DH since taking some time to rest with shoulder inflammation, thus necessitating his replacement in left field. With the trades of Bourn and Murphy, the rest of the outfield has opened up for other players to get a shot, despite not being players one would have expected to see there earlier this season. Read More

Pannone One of Lake County’s Elite 100+ Strikeout Pitchers

August 20, 2015 |

Typically, when one says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, they are talking about parents and children, comparing progeny to those by whom they were raised. However, when looking at the Lake County Captains starting pitching, that’s the only phrase that comes to mind.

The big league Cleveland Indians have been lauded for one main attribute this season – their starting pitching. They boast a rotation that is arguably second to none. The Captains, it seems, have taken a leaf from their great-great-grandfather’s book (I think I did that family tree math correctly, assuming the Captains are the children in this scenario), and their starting rotation is modeling themselves much after the pitching that is happening on the big league stage. Read More

Which Tomlin will Appear Tonight for Tribe?

August 15, 2015 |

A familiar face with take the mound for the Tribe tonight in Minneapolis. With Cody Anderson on the DL, Josh Tomlin will make his first start for the Indians this season Saturday evening after missing most of the season recovering from shoulder surgery that occurred in April.

Since receiving surgery for an inflamed AC joint in his right shoulder, Tomlin has made a few rehab starts throughout the Indians minor leagues. He made his rehab debut with the Akron RubberDucks on July 11, where he pitched 2 ⅔ shutout innings for the AA team. He struck out two and walked one batter during the outing. From there, Tomlin went on to make a rehab appearance with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He started the game for the Scrappers on July 15 and pitched into the fourth inning. Tomlin struggled in Mahoning Valley, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out three and walking two batters. Read More