Archive | April 2014

The Cleveland Indians Early Season Woes

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

In football, the classic trope is “you are what your record says you are”, and if Bill Parcells was the manager of the Cleveland Indians, he would say the same thing about his team. And he would be right.

So far this season, the Indians have an 11-16 record through 27 games, which is in line with their -20 run differential and Pythagorean expectation. This isn’t exactly shocking. The hitting has been non-existent, the starting pitching has vacillated between excellent and terrible, and the fielding has been downright horrendous. The only unit that has met expectations so far has been the bullpen. Read More…

The Clevland Indians Roster Composition

Originally posted to WahoosOnFirst.com

Generally speaking, things like lineup construction and roster composition have little influence over a team’s final record. There is only so much a manager or GM can do to augment and overcome a talent deficit. But for a team off to a mediocre start that’s projected to land somewhere between 80 and 90 wins, aka the Cleveland Indians, an extra run scored or saved every so often can be the difference between a playoff birth and an early trip home. With that in mind, let’s look at some ways the Tribe can optimize their roster to help themselves steal or save a run here and there. Read More…

The Bad Guys – The Chicago White Sox

Originally posted to RollTribeNation.com

The Chicago White Sox are a team in transition. After riding a cast of veterans in both the lineup and pitching staff to a second place finish in the Central in 2012, Father Time finally got the best of this group as they struggled to a 63-99 record in 2013. Since then, General Manager Rick Hahn has begun the arduous process of transforming this roster from aged non-contender to young upstart. Let’s take a look at the progress Hahn and co. have made. Read More…

The Cleveland Indians and Small Sample Size Theater

Originally Posted to RollTribeNation.com.

It’s always comical when someone begins a baseball argument with the phrase “Small sample size, I know, but…” and then goes on to derive a concrete conclusion off of that small sample size. Typically it’s never a good idea to invalidate your argument before you even make it. Read More…