Cleveland Indians Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Trevor Bauer, SP6/28/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings in the, 4-0, loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Insight: Bauer also had five strikeouts and a walk. He is 6-5 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 91 innings this season.
Brandon Moss, LF6/28/2015 12:43:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss is hitting .385 with a home run in his career against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Moss is 5-for-13 with a homer and four RBI versus Jimenez. Start Moss on Sunday.
Jason Kipnis, 2BHot6/27/2015 12:26:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a single versus Baltimore on Friday night.
Insight: Kipnis was 1-for-5 in a 4-3 loss. Kipnis is hitting .380 with a .949 OPS, though without a home run, in June.
Corey Kluber, SP6/26/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out 10, but still could not pick a win Friday versus Baltimore.
Insight: Kluber has a decent ERA at 3.66, and has been throwing well over the past month and a half or so. He would be a good guy to buy low on, but the fact he is not getting victories definitely is alarming.
Carlos Carrasco, SP6/24/2015 3:30:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched very well in the, 8-2, victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Cleveland avoided the sweep with Carrasco throwing eight innings and allowing just two runs on five hits. He also struck out seven and walked one. The only runs he allowed came on a two-run bomb from J.D. Martinez. Carrasco is 9-6 with a 4.16 ERA this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B6/24/2015 3:27:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single versus the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Kipnis was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs in the, 8-2, victory. Kipnis is hitting .414 with a 1.029 OPS during the hitting streak.
Yan Gomes, C6/24/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is back in the lineup versus the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Gomes has missed four of the last five games due to a neck issue. He has been rather disappointing this season, hitting .204 with two home runs and six RBI in 93 at-bats. To be fair to Gomes, the guy just can't stay healthy in 2015.
Jason Kipnis, 2B6/23/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had four hits and an RBI during Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.
Insight: He did so in five at-bats. The RBI came on a double in the ninth, and Kipnis is now batting .354 with five homers and 31 RBI overall.
Danny Salazar, SP6/23/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar struck out eight, but did not make it out of the fifth inning Tuesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Salazar went 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks. All six runs were scored in the fifth. Salazar is now 6-3 with a 4.06 ERA this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B6/22/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 17 games with two hits on Monday.
Insight: Kipnis had a single and a double, driving in two runs on the two-bagger in the third. Kipnis is hitting .346 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 272 at-bats this season. In the American League, he is second to only Miguel Cabrera in batting average and leads the league with 22 doubles.
Yan Gomes, C6/22/2015 3:40:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes was out on Sunday and will miss the Monday matchup as well.
Insight: Gomes (.204, 2 HR, 6 RBI) has been dealing with a stiff neck. Roberto Perez (.196, 4 HR, 13 RBI) will be behind the dish. Neither catcher has been fantasy worthy in 2015.
Cody Anderson, RP6/21/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: The Indians 24-year-old rookie Cody Anderson was stellar in his major league debut, tossing 7 2/3 innings of shut out ball.
Insight: Anderson gave up six hits and a walk and struck out four. OK, it was Tampa. His next opponent should tell up more as he'll likely face the Orioles in his next start.
Yan Gomes, C6/21/2015 12:00:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is out on Sunday.
Insight: Gomes has been dealing with a stiff neck, but he could just be resting with the day game on tap. Roverto Perez will be behind the dish.
Corey Kluber, SP6/20/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber allowed four runs Saturday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Kluber went seven innings and gave up four hits and four walks. He struck out six and now has a 3.65 ERA.
Yan Gomes, C6/20/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is questionable for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay due to tightness in his neck.
Insight: Gomes has done little this season in limited action due to injuries. He's batting just .211 with two homers and six RBI in 24 games. Fantasy owners say him breakout last season with a career-high 21 homers and were hoping he could repeat that power surge in 2015. So far, not so much.
Jason Kipnis, 2B6/19/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had three hits and scored a run in the loss to the Rays on Friday.
Insight: Kipnis actually scored the only run of the game for Cleveland as they lost, 4-1. Kipnis had two singles and a double. He is hitting .341 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 261 at-bats this year.
Michael Bourn, CF6/18/2015 5:47:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn received a one-game suspension for bumping into the home plate umpire on Tuesday.
Insight: Bourn was ejected for the incident, which started when Bourn was arguing balls and strikes. He will still play Thursday, however, as Bourn will appeal the suspension.
Carlos Santana, 1B6/17/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Carlos Santana had a big game on Tuesday night.
Insight: Santana finished 2-for-3 with two walks and a three-run homer. He totaled four RBI on the night and is now hitting .224 with eight homers and 33 RBI overall.
Trevor Bauer, SP6/17/2015 9:51:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer did not allow a run in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.
Insight: Bauer went seven innings and gave up four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. He is now 6-3 with a 3.22 ERA.
Michael Bourn, CF6/16/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was ejected on Tuesday night.
Insight: Bourn was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning. While it did get heated, he is unlikely to face a suspension.
Corey Kluber, SP6/14/2015 5:59:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber lost his eighth game of the season on Sunday.
Insight: Kluber pitched five innings and allowed just two runs on four hits, struck out two and walked one. He only threw 69 pitches, but a rain delay that last almost two hours prevented him from pitching the sixth. Kluber is 3-8 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings this season.
Brandon Moss, LF6/14/2015 5:55:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit a solo home run in the, 8-1, loss to the Tigers on Sunday.
Insight: Obviously, Moss was responsible for the Indians only run of the day. Yoenis Cespedes nearly robbed Moss of the home run, but it cleared the fence. Moss has 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 208 at-bats this season.
Michael Brantley, LFHot6/14/2015 12:30:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley will be a great option Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: Brantley is 10-for-15 (.667 BA) lifetime against Alfredo Simon with seven total RBI. He will look to continue that impressive showing against Simon Sunday afternoon.
Nick Swisher, 1B6/14/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.
Insight: Swisher is hitting just .198, and simply does not look right. He had surgery on both knees in August and does not seem to be ready to play. The move is retroactive to June 13.
Carlos Carrasco, SP6/13/2015 7:26:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs Saturday versus Detroit.
Insight: He went 5 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits and one walk. Carrasco struck out eight and now has a 4.38 ERA.
Jason Kipnis, 2B6/13/2015 11:31:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is not a good play against Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Kipnis is having a great season, but he's 3-for-34 (.088) with 13 strikeouts versus Verlander. Kipnis is batting .332 with five home rus, 27 RBI, 41 runs and a .914 OPS in 241 at-bats this season.
Danny Salazar, SP6/12/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar had a nice outing, allowing just three runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Tigers, but it wasn't enough as Cleveland fell to Detroit, 4-0, on Friday.
Insight: The only runs Salazar allowed were on Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer. Salazar also had six strikeouts and one walk. He is now 6-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2BHot6/12/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup, but is back at the top of the lineup for Friday's contest.
Insight: Kipnis is having a great season and on a seven-game hitting streak. He's batting .333 with five home rus, 27 RBI, 41 runs and a .921 OPS in 237 at-bats this season.
Giovanny Urshela, 3B6/11/2015 5:10:00 PM
Description: Indians third base prospect Giovanny Urshela hit his first career home run in the, 6-0, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Urshela picked up his first hit on an RBI-single in the third and then hit his first home run with a solo blast in the fifth. The Indians called Urshela up this week after they sent Lonnie Chisenhall down to Triple-A. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Urshela in the next couple weeks.
Shaun Marcum, SP6/11/2015 2:58:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Shaun Marcum was brilliant Thursday afternoon, yielding just two hits over seven shut out innings. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
Insight: Marcum (3-1, 4.09 ERA) has won two of his last three starts since an ugly outing against Texas. If he keeps this up, he might end up having some fantasy value.
Michael Brantley, LF6/11/2015 10:33:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is hitless in seven tries against left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Brantley has put the ball in play all seven times, but hasn't found any open spaces. he's putting together another solid season, batting .300 with four homers, 33 RBI, 23 runs and seven steals, but Thursday may be a time to let him sit on your bench.
Jason Kipnis, 2BHot6/11/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Kipnis is having a great season and on a seven-game hitting streak, but will get a routine day of rest on Thursday. He's batting .333 with five home rus, 27 RBI, 41 runs and a .921 OPS in 237 at-bats this season.
Brandon Moss, LF6/10/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss was 2-for-5 with a run in the loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Insight: Moss had a single and a double. He is slashing .249/.321/.477 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 193 at-bats this season.
Corey Kluber, SP6/9/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched well, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings, but he took another loss as Cleveland fell, 3-2, to Seattle on Tuesday.
Insight: Kluber also had four strikeouts and three walks. Kluber had a stretch in May where he was the best pitcher in the American League again, but he is now 3-7 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings. All those numbers are still pretty impressive except the record.
Yan Gomes, C6/9/2015 10:24:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes had a pair of bombs, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Indians lost, 3-2.
Insight: Both of Gomes' homers were solo shots, so Cleveland fell to Seattle by a run. Gomes has really struggled since returning from the disabled list, but in the last five games, he is 8-for-20 with two home runs. Gomes is slashing .222/.242/.349 with two home runs and three RBI in 63 at-bats this season.
Michael Brantley, LF6/9/2015 3:55:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was out of Sunday's lineup due to his ongoing back issue but is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Seattle.
Insight: Brantley has been dealing with this issue on and off since spring training. He got two days off in a row since Cleveland had an off day on Monday and that appears to be enough to get him healthy again.
Luis Valbuena, SS6/8/2015 4:57:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena is sitting on Monday.
Insight: Valbuena is a left-handed hitter and facing a tough lefty in Chris Sale isn't a very good option. Valbuena has 12 home runs this season, but just 21 RBI and is hitting .184. That's called all or nothing.
Francisco Lindor, SS6/8/2015 1:34:00 PM
Description: Cleveland is changing the left side of their infield, but that doesn't include top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor.
Insight: Indians GM Chris Antonetti told Jordan Bastian of mlb.com on Monday that Lindor was considered, but was dealing with hand and core issues. Lindor is batting .271 at Triple-A Columbus, but he should make it up to the big club soon. Maybe not soon enough for fantasy owners, but soon, perhaps September.
Michael Brantley, LF6/8/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was out of Sunday's lineup due to his ongoing back issue and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Seattle.
Insight: Brantley has been dealing with this issue on and off since spring training. He will get two days off in a row since Cleveland has an off day on Monday.
Michael Brantley, LF6/7/2015 1:03:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is out of Sunday's lineup due to his ongoing back issue according to MLB.com.
Insight: Brantley has been dealing with this issue on and off since spring training. He will get two days off in a row since Cleveland has an off day on Monday.
Nick Swisher, 1B6/6/2015 7:25:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher was 2-for-3 with an RBI-single in the, 2-1, victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Swisher came into the game 0-for-11 in his last four games, but his single in the third tied the game at one. Swisher still isn't fantasy relevant, though, as he is slashing .220/.280/.330 with two home runs and eight RBI in 91 at-bats this season.
Cody Allen, RP6/6/2015 7:21:00 PM
Description: Indians closer Cody Allen recorded his 13th save of the season in the, 2-1, victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Allen allowed one base runner on a walk and struck out two. He is 13-for-14 in save chances, but Allen doesn't have great other numbers: 4.81 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
Carlos Santana, 1B6/6/2015 7:20:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Carlos Santana had the game-winning double in the sixth as Cleveland won, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Santana was 1-for-3 with the double and a walk in the game. He actually scored Cleveland's first run to tie the game at one in the third, and then hit the double three innings later. Santana, however, is having a down season, hitting .235 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 170 at-bats.
Danny Salazar, SP6/6/2015 7:15:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched seven great innings on Saturday against the Orioles as Cleveland won, 2-1.
Insight: Salazar allowed just one run on six hits, struck out 10 and walked one. The only run he allowed was a solo home run to Manny Machado. Salazar is 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings this season.
Shaun Marcum, SP6/5/2015 9:24:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Shaun Marcum allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Marcum gave up those three runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out four and now has a 5.19 ERA.
Brandon Moss, LF6/4/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss continued to be a surprising asset for fantasy owners on Thursday night.
Insight: Moss hit a home run for the second time in three games, and has been batting cleanup for Cleveland most recently. He should continue to provide value, as he has posted 10 dingers and 32 RBI overall this season.
Trevor Bauer, SP6/4/2015 10:45:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer pitched well Thursday versus Kansas City.
Insight: He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings of work. Bauer struck out five and now has a 2.94 ERA overall.
Corey Kluber, SP6/3/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw a complete game, but took the loss Wednesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: His complete game was over eight innings, and he allowed four runs on nine hits and one walk. Kluber struck out nine and is now 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA.
Michael Brantley, LF6/3/2015 4:53:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Royals.
Insight: He is just getting the day off. Brantley is slashing.302/.382/.471 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 172 at-bats this season.
Carlos Carrasco, SP6/3/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits in the, 2-1, victory over the Royals.
Insight: He also had eight strikeouts and two walks. This was Carrasco's seventh victory of the season. He is 7-4 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings this season.
Brandon Moss, LF6/3/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit a solo home run in the, 2-1, victory over the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Moss hit his solo bomb to tie the game in the fourth. Cleveland won a Michael Brantley's single in the eighth. Moss is hitting .251 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 167 at-bats this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2BHot6/2/2015 1:29:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is a career .500 hitter (11-for-22) with a pair of homers, nine RBI and a 1.429 OPS against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Kipnis is having a great season, batting .340 with five home rus, 25 RBI, 37 runs and a .940 OPS in 206 at-bats this season. He's a must start.
Luis Valbuena, SS6/1/2015 11:29:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena was 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and a walk in the, 5-2, victory over the Orioles on Monday.
Insight: Valbuena hit a solo home run in the fifth to tie that game at one. He then scored the go-ahead run on Jose Altuve's single in the seventh. Valbuena has 11 home runs this season, but just 19 RBI and is hitting .196.
Brandon Moss, LF5/31/2015 8:56:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss had four hits as Cleveland defeated Seattle, 6-3, in 12 innings on Sunday.
Insight: Moss was 4-for-7 in the game with three singles and a double. Moss is hitting .239/.310/.454 with eight home runs, 28 RBI and 21 runs in 163 at-bats this season.
David Murphy, RF5/31/2015 8:52:00 PM
Description: Indians outfielder David Murphy went 2-for-3 in the, 6-3, 12-inning victory over the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: Murphy almost blew the game when he dropped a tough flyball at the wall in the 10th, but it did go down as a hit. The Indians escape that inning, and then Murphy hit a two-run single in the 12th to put the game out of reach. Murphy is hitting .324 with three home runs and 14 RBI this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/31/2015 12:56:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Carlos Santana has been activated from the paternity leave list.
Insight: Santana missed the past couple of games due to birth of his new baby girl. Congrats to Santana and his wife.
Shaun Marcum, SP5/31/2015 9:52:00 AM
Description: Indians right-hander Shaun Marcum allowed two runs during Saturday's win over Seattle.
Insight: Marcum went 5 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and three walks, while striking out five. He is now 2-0 with a 5.49 ERA.
Yan Gomes, C5/29/2015 7:14:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is not in Friday's starting lineup against the Mariners.
Insight: Gomes still isn't catching back-to-back games, so this is to be expected. Roberto Perez is starting behind the dish for the Tribe.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/29/2015 1:13:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the, 5-3, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Kipnis had an RBI-single in the fourth and then drove in another run on a ground out in the sixth. Kipnis is on fire this month, slashing .447/.529/.748 with four home runs and 14 RBI. He is hitting .345 with five home rus and 24 RBI in 194 at-bats this season.
Corey Kluber, SP5/29/2015 1:09:00 AM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had his third straight great start, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits against the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Kluber won his third straight decision as Cleveland won, 5-3. Kluber struck out 13 batters and walked just one. He has an incredible 50 strikeouts and two walks in his last four starts. He is 3-5 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/28/2015 5:55:00 PM
Description: The Indians have placed catcher Carlos Santana on paternity leave according to Roto World.
Insight: Jerry Sands will replace Santana on the active roster. Santana can remain on paternity leave for up to three days. He is hitting .221 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 149 at-bats this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/27/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana blasted a three-run homer Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: It was his lone hit in three at-bats, and he scored two runs and walked twice as well. Santana is hitting .221 with six homers and 27 RBI overall.
Carlos Carrasco, SP5/27/2015 2:55:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched very well Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Carrasco allowed one run on five hits and one walk over eight innings of work. He struck out eight and is now 6-4 with a 4.24 ERA.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/27/2015 9:25:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis slapped a homer on Tuesday night.
Insight: It was his lone hit in four at-bats. He walked as well and the homer was a solo shot. Kipnis is hitting .335 with five homers and 22 RBI on the season.
Luis Valbuena, SS5/26/2015 10:07:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena had a pair of RBI in the eighth on Tuesday to give the Astros some insurance runs. Houston beat Baltimore, 4-1.
Insight: With the Astros leading 2-1, Valbuena had a two-run single in the eighth to put Houston ahead by three. Valbuena is hitting just .201 but he does have 10 home runs, 18 RBI and 26 runs in 164 at-bats this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/25/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana hit a home run and walked twice on Monday afternoon.
Insight: Santana finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored. He is now hitting .224 with five home runs and 24 RBI so far this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/24/2015 5:24:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in the, 5-2, victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Santana scored in the third on David Murphy's single. Santana then picked up his RBI on a single in the eighth. He is batting .221 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 140 at-bats this season.
Trevor Bauer, SP5/24/2015 5:21:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits in the, 5-2, victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Bauer also struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He is 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings on Sunday.
Yan Gomes, C5/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Gomes missed six weeks with a right MCL sprain, which was good news considering his timetable for return was 6-8 weeks. He probably won't catch back-to-back games to start, so Roberto Perez will still see quite a bit of action, but it is safe to take Gomes off the DL spot.
Corey Kluber, SP5/23/2015 7:49:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had his third straight excellent start, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on nine hits versus the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Kluber also had seven strikeouts and no walks. In his last three starts, Kluber has allowed just two runs in 25 innings. He also has 37 strikeouts and just one walk during that span. Kluber is 2-5 with a 3.49 ERA this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/23/2015 7:43:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had the game-winning double in the, 2-1, victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Kipnis was 2-for-4 with the double coming in the eighth. Michael Bourn scored on the hit. Kipnis is having an incredible May, hitting .463/.546/.732 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Michael Brantley, LF5/23/2015 12:48:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Brantley has continued to build on last year's success and is batting .319 with four homers, 26 RBI, 20 runs and a half dozen stolen bases.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/21/2015 6:06:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is back in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the White Sox.
Insight: Santana missed the past four games with back spasms, but is ready to roll for Thursday night.
Yan Gomes, C5/21/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is expected to begin a rehab assignment of Friday and could return to the Indians lineup as soon as Sunday.
Insight: Gomes hit .278 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI last season and was a huge fantasy asset behind the plate. He'll likely split time when he returns until the team is sure his knee can handle catching everyday.
Brandon Moss, LF5/19/2015 11:24:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit a solo home run in the, 3-1, victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Moss has six home runs this season. He is slashing .232/.288/.440 with 24 RBI and 15 runs in 125 at-bats.
Trevor Bauer, SP5/19/2015 11:20:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run in the, 3-1, victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Bauer allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked three. He is 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 49 inning this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/19/2015 5:28:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is not in the lineup again on Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Insight: Santana was a late scratch on Monday due to back spasms. He still isn't in the lineup for the same reason. Brandon Moss will start at first and Nick Swisher at designated hitter.
Michael Brantley, LFHot5/19/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .500 hitter (10-for-20) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley is batting .333 in 16 May games with a 1.079 OPS so should be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Brandon Moss, LF5/18/2015 6:11:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss will be in the lineup on Monday after all.
Insight: Carlos Santana is a late scratch for Monday's game due to back spasms, so Moss will play first base. Moss is hitting .229 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 118 at-bats this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/18/2015 6:10:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is a late scratch in Monday's lineup due to back spasms.
Insight: Santana was out Sunday as well. Consider him day-to-day. Brandon Moss has been inserted into the lineup at first base.
Michael Bourn, CF5/18/2015 5:24:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will not start on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Manager Terry Francona said on May 7 that Bourn would be benched versus left-handed pitchers, so with Chris Sale on the mound, it should be no surprise Bourn is out on Monday. He is hitting .233 with no home runs and nine RBI in 116 at-bats this season.
Brandon Moss, LF5/18/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss is not in the lineup on Monday versus the White Sox.
Insight: It appears to be a normal day off. Moss is hitting .229/.282/.424 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 118 at-bats this season.
Luis Valbuena, SS5/17/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena may not hit for much of an average, but on Sunday he bashed his 10th home run of the season.
Insight: Valbuena's career high is 16 home runs from a season ago and it appears that he'll improve on that number in 2015 as long as he keeps getting his at-bats. We'd like to see him hit closer to .250, however.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/17/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is out for Sunday's contest.
Insight: Just a normal day of rest for Santana. Brandon Moss is getting the nod at first base.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/17/2015 8:38:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had a big game Saturday versus Texas.
Insight: He went 3-for-6 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. Kipnis is hitting .340 with four homers, 17 RBI, and 24 runs overall.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/16/2015 7:01:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is not in the lineup versus the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Swisher was 3-for-4 with three RBI on Friday, but Terry Francona has elected to go with Brandon Moss in right field and David Murphy at DH. Swisher is hitting .265 with three doubles and three RBI in 34 at-bats this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/16/2015 12:08:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher had three hits and three RBI in the, 8-3, victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Swisher had an RBI-double in the first and then a two-run single in the fifth. Swisher has been a bit hot and cold since he returned from his disabled list stint. Overall, he is hitting .265 with three extra-base hits and three RBI in 34 at-bats.
Michael Brantley, LF5/16/2015 12:04:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs in the, 8-3, victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Brantley was dealing with a back injury in April, but he is hitting his stride now. Brantley has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. He is slashing .349/.427/.560 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 109 at-bats this season.
Michael Brantley, LF5/14/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 1-for-3 with a solo bomb in the, 2-1, loss to the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Obviously, Brantley accounted for the only Cleveland run. He hit the home run in the sixth to give the Indians the lead, but the Indians bullpen yielded a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the eighth. Brantley is hitting .330 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 106 at-bats this season.
Brandon Moss, LF5/13/2015 9:21:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss was 3-for-4 in the, 2-0, victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Moss singled in the first to drive in the first run of the game. Moss' two other hits were also singles. He is hitting .235 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 102 at-bats this season.
Corey Kluber, SP5/13/2015 9:19:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber finally had a good game. It was a stellar one as he pitched eight innings, allowed no runs on one hit, struck out 18 and walked none.
Insight: Kluber joins Kerry Wood as the only other pitcher with 18 strikeouts, no walks and one hit in a single outing. Kluber came into the game 0-5, so this was not only his first good performance of 2015 but also his first win. He is now 1-5 with a 4.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/13/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is an ugly 1.56 (10-for-64) lifetime hitter against John Lackey.
Insight: Swisher has struck out 24 times and against him, and is not a recommended option for Wednesday night.
Carlos Carrasco, SP5/12/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gave up four runs Tuesday versus St. Louis.
Insight: He went 6 2/3 innings and allowed 10 hits while striking out seven. Carrasco now has a 4.84 ERA overall.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/10/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run in the, 8-2, victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: Santana singled in a run in both the first and fourth innings. He also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Santana is hitting .240 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.
Danny Salazar, SP5/10/2015 4:08:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched seven great innings on Sunday versus the Twins.
Insight: Salazar struck out 11 batters and didn't walk one, allowing just one run on one hit. The home run was a solo bomb from Brian Dozier. Salazar has reached double-digit strikeouts in three of his five starts. He is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 33 innings this season.
Brandon Moss, LF5/10/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss is not in the lineup versus the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: Moss is 1-for-12 in the last three games. He is simply getting a day of rest. Moss is hitting .221/.280/.453 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 95 at-bats this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/9/2015 7:25:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher was 4-for-4 with a run scored in the loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: This was a breakout game for Swisher. Since returning from his injury on May 5, Swisher only had two hits in four games. He had three singles and a double on Saturday. He is hitting .316 in 19 at-bats this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/8/2015 11:00:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had been on fire until going 0-for-5 on Thursday night.
Insight: He had been 11-for-20 in his previous five games with six runs and four RBI. He'll face a tough matchup on Friday against Mike Pelfrey who he is batting just .077 against (1-for-13).
Corey Kluber, SP5/7/2015 6:52:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is still searching for his first win.
Insight: Kluber allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings. He has a rough 5.04 ERA after winning the AL Cy Young last season.
Michael Bourn, CF5/7/2015 9:49:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will become a platoon player going forward , according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Insight: Bourn is batting just .191 this season and his career batting average versus left-handers is 27 points lower than right-handers (.275-.248). Wednesday's outfield was Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Ryan Raburn.
Carlos Santana, 1B5/6/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is 7-for-19 with a triple and home run in his career against Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: That's good for a .368 batting average. Santana's OPS versus Duffy is an even 1.000. Start him.
Michael Brantley, LF5/5/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit his second homer of the season Tuesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: It was his lone hit in three at-bats, andit was a two-run shot. Brantley is now hitting .351 with 14 RBI overall.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/5/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Swisher is starting at designated hitter on Tuesday and will bat sixth. He missed the first month of the season to receive knee surgery. He probably can be ignored in free agency until he proves to be healthy once again.
Nick Swisher, 1B5/5/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (surgery on both knees) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Swisher had knee issues all last season and hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats. He'll struggle to get at-bats in a strong Indians lineup and fantasy owners should probably ignore him until he proves he's healthy.
Jason Kipnis, 2B5/3/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a homer Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: He scored three runs and had two RBI as well. Kipnis is hitting .283 with three home runs and 11 RBI overall.
Trevor Bauer, SP5/3/2015 2:50:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer allowed six runs Sunday versus Toronto.
Insight: He lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out one. Bauer now has a 3.38 ERA.
Michael Bourn, CF5/3/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (neck) will return to action on Sunday.
Insight: He was scratched for Saturday's contest, but is ready to roll. However, owners should not expect much, as Bourn has just a .202/.264/.250 line this season.
Corey Kluber, SP5/2/2015 6:02:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struggled again Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Kluber has an ugly 4.62 ERA at the moment after giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings of work. He is still searching for his first win of the season.
Michael Bourn, CF5/2/2015 3:41:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was scratched From Saturday's lineup with a strained neck.
Insight: Consider him day-to-day for now. Tyler Holt will start in center.
Michael Brantley, LF5/1/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley had two hits in the, 9-4, victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Brantley went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs on Friday. One of those hits was a two-run homer in the fourth that gave the Indians the lead for good. Brantley is hitting .344 with one home run and nine RBI this season.
Roberto Perez, C5/1/2015 5:04:00 PM
Description: Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez will not play on Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: It appears that Perez is getting a day of rest. He went 3-for-3 on Wednesday but went 0-for-3 on Thursday. He is hitting .209/.314/.442 with three home runs and six RBI playing most of the game in place of the injured Yan Gomes.
Michael Brantley, LF4/30/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the, 5-1, loss on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Brantley singled in the fifth to score Miek Aviles. Brantley hasn't hit for much power yet, mostly due to a back issue, but he is hitting .339/.381/.458. He also has no home runs and seven RBI in 59 at-bats.
Michael Bourn, CF4/29/2015 9:28:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is showing signs of life at the plate as he has hits in three games.
Insight: Bourn is still only hitting .197 this season, but he went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs on Wednesday. He is 4-for-11 in the last three games.
Roberto Perez, C4/29/2015 9:24:00 PM
Description: Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez had his second huge offensive game of the season, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs as the Indians beat the Royals, 7-5.
Insight: Perez had a 3-for-4 game on April 18, but he hasn't had a hit since then. It was nice to see the young catcher break out of his slump. He should continue seeing most of the work behind the plate in the absence of Yan Gomes.
Jason Kipnis, 2B4/29/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is just 3-for-16 lifetime against Yordano Ventura.
Insight: He has no extra base hits against him, along with five strikeouts. Those are numbers owner do not want to see heading into Wednesday's contest.
Brandon Moss, LF4/28/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the, 11-6, defeat against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Moss hit the homer in the sixth to give Cleveland a, 5-2, lead, but the Indians didn't score anymore runs. That was Moss' four home run of the season. He is also hiitting .236 with 14 RBI.
Carlos Santana, 1B4/28/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is 10-for-21 lifetime against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Santana has had nice success against Guthrie and should be active in all lineups for Tuesday's game. He has three doubles and two homers lifetime versus the Royals' starter.
Jason Kipnis, 2B4/28/2015 3:36:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis could be line for a nice game Tuesday against Kansas City.
Insight: He will face off against Jeremy Guthrie, who Kipnis has a career .550 BA against (11-for-20). Two of those hits are homers and Kipnis has nine total RBI versus Guthrie as well.
Corey Kluber, SP4/27/2015 8:28:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber allowed six runs Monday versus Kansas City.
Insight: He is still searching for his first win of the season. Kluber allowed the six runs on 10 hits and two walks. He struck out five and left trailing in the game.
Carlos Carrasco, SP4/26/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco allowef ive runs in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.
Insight: He lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed those five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out sive. Carrasco is 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA.
Michael Bourn, CFCold4/25/2015 3:24:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is batting eighth in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's the first time he's batted somewhere other than first in three seasons. Considering he's batting .169 with 17 Ks and just 11 hits, he's lucky to be in the lineup at all. He's not even stealing bases.
Trevor Bauer, SP4/25/2015 1:25:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer will not pitch Saturday due to illness.
Insight: Bauer could return as soon as Sunday if he's feeling better. T.J. House, who was scheduled for Sunday, will get pushed up a day.
Michael Brantley, LF4/25/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12 with three doubles and six RBI versus Detroit starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Brantley had three hits in the first game of the series to raise his average to .286. Fantasy owners are expecting a lot from Brantley after his breakout season of a year ago, but he started slowly this season due to back issues.
Brandon Moss, LF4/24/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss had an absurd seven RBIs on Friday night.
Insight: Two of his three hits were homers, and he also had a double as well. Moss is hitting .214 with three home runs and nine RBIs this season.
Danny Salazar, SP4/24/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar was great on Friday night.
Insight: He struck out 11 Tigers, and now has 21 strikeouts over his past two starts. Salazar went seven innings and allowed one run on six hits and three walks. He has a 2.08 ERA this season.
Corey Kluber, SP4/22/2015 5:51:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber allowed six runs during Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.
Insight: It was an ugly afternoon for Kluber, who went six innings and allowed those six runs on 13 hits and one walk. He struck out six and is now 0-2 with a 3.90 ERA.
Carlos Carrasco, SP4/22/2015 2:24:00 PM
Description: Indians manager Terry Francona admitted he took starter Carlos Carrasco out of Tuesday's game after just 60 pitches because Carrasco was "tight" according to cleveland.com.
Insight: Francona didn't say what body part was tight, but he did also say he might have overreacted in taking him out. Carrasco should make his next start, but fantasy owners should double check in the next couple of days just to make sure.
Michael Brantley, LF4/22/2015 9:14:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley had two hits in the, 6-2, victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Brantley is off to a bit of a slow start mostly due to a back issue, but the two hits raised his average over 40 points. Brantley is hitting .250 with two extra-base hits and four RBI.
Carlos Carrasco, SP4/22/2015 9:09:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched five innings and allowed one run on four hits in his second victory of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Carrasco also struck out eight and walked none. He is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA.
Jason Kipnis, 2BCold4/21/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hitless in 13 at-bats against White Sox starter Hector Noesi.
Insight: Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently and is hitting just .224 this season. Avoid this matchup.
Carlos Carrasco, SP4/21/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was forced to leave Tuesday's game after being hit with a line drive in the face, but is probable for Tuesday's scheduled start against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Carrasco is 1-1 this season with a 2.84 ERA and 0.947 WHIP. He's continued to produce at the top level he showed us last season and should be back in all fantasy lineups.
Jason Kipnis, 2B4/19/2015 6:16:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: It was Kipnis' first multi-hit game since April 11. He scored a run in the third inning. Kipnis is hitting .244 and has yet to go yard this season.
Danny Salazar, SP4/18/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched well Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: He struck out 10 and allowd two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. Salazar has a 3.00 ERA this season.
Carlos Santana, 1BCold4/18/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is just 1-for-12 (.083) with six punchouts against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Hughes hasn't been pitching well this season, but Santana might not be able to take advantage. Santana has one hit in his last three games.
Michael Brantley, LF4/18/2015 12:11:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 in his return to the field on Friday versus the Twins.
Insight: Brantley missed a week with a sore back. Hopefully, he can stay in the lineup and start hitting like he did on Friday. Brantley, however, didn't play left field. He was the designated hitter versus the Twins.
Michael Brantley, LF4/17/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back in the Indians lineup on Friday.
Insight: Brantley is the DH rather than playing left field, but fantasy owners don't care. His sore back has kept him out nine of the last 10 days, so it is good to see Brantley at least hit.
Jason Kipnis, 2B4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: We're still waiting for Kipnis to return to his 2013 form and Friday's matchup is likely to make us keep waiting.
Trevor Bauer, SP4/15/2015 3:12:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out eight in a win over the White Sox.
Insight: Bauer went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. He is now 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
Ryan Raburn, RF4/15/2015 11:41:00 AM
Description: Indians utility man Ryan Raburn could make for a solid play on Wednesday.
Insight: He has a .333 BA (14-for-42) against White Sox starter John Danks, with three homers and 11 RBIs. We recommend him for daily leagues on Wednesday.
Michael Bourn, CF4/14/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn's struggles continued during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
Insight: Bourn went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and has just a .200/.250/.233 line so far this season.
Carlos Carrasco, SP4/14/2015 7:32:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was forced to leave Tuesday's game after being hit with a line drive in the face.
Insight: First off, we wish Carrasco the best and a speedy recovery. He had to be carted off after taking the drive in his left cheek. Zach McAllister took over. Stay tuned.
Michael Brantley, LF4/14/2015 3:29:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scheduled to take batting practice on Tuesday, but he's not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
Michael Brantley, LF4/14/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley will take batting practice on Tuesday, but unless he is 100 percent don't expect him out on the field for Tuesday night's game.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
Carlos Santana, 1B4/12/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run on Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Santana had an RBI-single in the first inning, but the Detroit offense was too much again as the Tigers swept the series. Santana went 5-for-11 with three RBI and three runs in the series.
Yan Gomes, C4/12/2015 2:09:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes will miss six-to-eight weeks with a right MCL sprain according to MLB.com.
Insight: This is a huge blow for fantasy owners and the Indians. Gomes hit .278 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI last season. Cleveland is confident backup catcher Roberto Perez will be able to fill in for Gomes. Perez hit .305/.405/.517 at Triple-A last season.
Michael Brantley, LF4/12/2015 11:07:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the lineup on Sunday according to Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes.
Insight: Brantley also missed Saturday's game with back pain. Hopefully, he can return on Tuesday. Jerry Sands, who had two doubles on Saturday, is in left field on Sunday.
Yan Gomes, C4/12/2015 11:06:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain according to Roto World.
Insight: Gomes injured his knee when Rajai Davis slide into him on Saturday. Roberto Perez will fill in for the time being.
Jerry Sands, LF4/11/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Indians outfielder Jerry Sands was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Insight: Sands was clutch versus the Tigers as he recorded a two-run double to give the Indians the lead in the sixth and then tied the game on another two-run double in the eighth. Chances are even Indians fans didn't know who Sands was, but now they do. Still, we need a larger sample size to deem Sands fantasy relevant.
Michael Brantley, LF4/11/2015 1:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Our guess is that manager Terry Francona is just being cautious with his star and with a tough left-hander in David Price on the mound will give him a day of rest.
Luis Valbuena, SS4/10/2015 2:59:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena is not in Friday's lineup.
Insight: No injury, he's just sitting against the left-hander. Jonathan Villar will get the start. Valbuena's future will be short-term only with Kris Bryant just over the horizon.
Michael Brantley, LF4/10/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
Michael Brantley, LF4/10/2015 10:29:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
Trevor Bauer, SP4/9/2015 5:22:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer needs to be considered as a waiver pickup,.
Insight: In his first start of the season, Bauer went six innings of no-hit, no-run ball, and struck out 11. He threw 111 pitches which limited his outing, but it was impressive nevertheless. Cleveland is loaded with talented arms, and Bauer seems to be one of those pieces. The team's no-hit bid into the ninth, but Jed Lowrie took Nick Hagadone deep to take away the shutout as well.
Yan Gomes, C4/9/2015 12:08:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Seems like just the normal day game after the night game off. Gomes started the first two games of the season and is just 1-for-8 with three strikeouts. After 21 homers last season, fantasy owners are expecting another big season from Gomes.
Michael Brantley, LF4/9/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still out for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
Michael Brantley, LF4/9/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still questionable for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
Michael Brantley, LF4/8/2015 6:50:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness.
Insight: Mike Aviles will start in his place, and owners should consider Brantley day-to-day for now.
Corey Kluber, SP4/6/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a great game but lost to the Astros, 2-0, on Monday.
Insight: Kluber threw 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs. The first came in the sixth when Jose Altuve singled with two outs, stole second and then scored on George Springer's single. The second came when relief pitcher Scott Atchison couldn't strand Jed Lowrie in the eighth. Lowrie scored on a sacrifice fly. Kluber had seven strikeouts, two walks and allowed three hits.
Josh Tomlin, SP4/3/2015 3:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin will miss 3-4 months after arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Tomlin has never been fantasy worthy with a career ERA of 4.89, so this announcement shouldn't change any fantasy rosters.
Jason Kipnis, 2B3/29/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went deep on Saturday for the first time this spring training.
Insight: Kipnis hasn't played much this spring due to back spasms, but he looked good Saturday. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Owners can draft him as they normally would.
Michael Brantley, LF3/26/2015 2:20:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is dealing with a tight lower back.
Insight: He's had the problem earlier this spring, so it's looking like an ongoing issue. brantley was a breakout star last season with a .327 batting average, 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runsand 23 steals. It's tough playing at a high level with a bad back so fantasy owners should be concerned by this.
Carlos Carrasco, SP3/25/2015 3:26:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in a minor league start on Tuesday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Carrasco yielded just one hit and no walks with 10 strikeouts, which is just what fantasy owners want to hear. His fastball was between 95 and 97 mph. He is a great value pick for the middle rounds.
Jason Kipnis, 2B3/23/2015 8:39:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis missed a fifth straight game on Monday due to back spasms according to MLB.com.
Insight: Kipnis has a lingering back issue and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities. Kipnis has just 22 at-bats this spring due to a finger injury and the back issue, but there is no indication that he is in danger of missing opening day.
Nick Swisher, 1B3/23/2015 12:55:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (surgery on both knees) ran the bases Sunday and said he felt great, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Swisher had knee issues all last season and hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats. He'll struggle to get at-bats in a strong Indians lineup and fantasy owners should probably ignore him until late in the draft, if at all.
Jason Kipnis, 2B3/21/2015 3:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is out for weekend due to back spasms.
Insight: The second baseman was disappointing last season, hitting .240 with six home runs, and 41 RBI after a 17- homer, 84 RBI, 2013 season. This injury won't help his comeback efforts and fantasy should be wary that choosing him could be high risk.
Gavin Floyd, SP3/10/2015 2:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Gavin Floyd is headed to the disabled list ... again.
Insight: Floyd suffered a broken elbow last season and apparently re-injured it this weekend. It's been diagnosed as a stress frascture of the right elbow. Scratch him from your list of options.
Carlos Santana, 1B3/8/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Indians' Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 again to drop his Spring Training batting average to .071.
Insight: Santana is 1-for-14 this spring. This isn't worth worrying about yet because Santana is a notorious slow starter. He posted a .628 OPS through May last season but finished with a .792 OPS at the end of the year.
Carlos Santana, 1B3/3/2015 7:35:00 PM
Description: Indians' Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the team's loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: Santana did drive one pitch in the first inning, but Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made a nice catch in the gap. It would be great to see Santana hit well this spring because he started last season so slowly. He hit .159/.327/.301 in the first 50 games in 2014, but did record an .872 OPS from June until the end of the season.
Jason Giambi, DH2/16/2015 2:29:00 PM
Description: DH Jason Giambi has released a statement announcing his retirement.
Insight: Giambi played 20 years, but hadn't been fantasy worthy for the last six years. He was a fantasy stud from 1999 through 2008 for Oakland and the Yankees. He'll finish his career with a .277 batting average, 440 homers, 1,441 RBI and a .916 OPS.
Mike Aviles, SS10/22/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was undecided about Aviles' $3.5 million option a few weeks ago, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Antonetti is leaning towards bringing him back. Aviles hit .247 and played six different positions in 2014.
T.J. House, SP9/28/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Indians starter T.J. House allowed one run over five innings in the season finale to beat the Rays, 7-2.
Insight: House allowed just five hits on the day, including Sean Rodriguez' solo home run. That was the lone run House allowed all day. He finishes 2014 with a 5-3 record with 3.35 ERA in 102 innings.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: That's too bad. Brantley has had a career year but was three RBI away from 100. He still hit the 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases marks though.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/28/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley recorded his 200th hit of the season in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Brantley is the first Indian to reach the 200-hit plateau in single season since Kenny Lofton did it in 1996. Brantley is also the first Indian to have 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in one season. In addition, he is sitting with 97 RBI with a game to go.
Carlos Carrasco, SP9/27/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitches well in loss Saturday.
Insight: He went 7 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk, while striking out 10. Carrasco has been fantastic of late, and finishes 2014 at 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA. He will be a sleeper next season in fantasy drafts.
Jose Ramirez, SS9/26/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run that proved to be the difference as Cleveland defeated Tampa Bay, 1-0, on Friday.
Insight: Ramirez's homer came in the second at-bat of the bottom of the first and proved to be the only run of the game. That was all Corey Kluber would need as he threw eight shut out innings. Ramirez is batting .249 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 229 at-bats this season.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/26/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks to win his 18th game of the season.
Insight: With Felix Hernandez allowing eight runs in his final start of the year, Kluber caps off a wonderful year with this masterful start and may have moved in front of King Felix for the American League Cy Young award. Kluber is 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings. He leads the AL in strikeouts, is tied for the lead in wins, is second in innings and third in ERA.
Yan Gomes, C9/24/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes hits 21st dinger of 2014.
Insight: He got the scoring started in the first, with a three-run shot off Royals' starter Jason Vargas. Gomes has been an uner-the-radar player, as he is hitting .282 with 74 RBI.
Jason Kipnis, 2B9/24/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is out for Wednesday's game against Kansas City with tightness in right hamstring.
Insight: Even when he's in the lineup he's been a DH due to the injury. The second baseman has been disappointing this season, hitting .241 with six home runs, and 41 RBI after a 17- homer, 84 RBI, 2013 season.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/23/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 in the loss against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Brantley continued his hot September, in which he is batting .419 with 12 runs and 12 RBI. His OPS for the month is 1.037. Brantley is hitting .327 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI for the season.
Carlos Santana, 1B9/23/2014 1:12:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.
Insight: Santana has tied his career home run mark and set a personal best with 82 RBI. As long as he stays catcher eligible, he's a fantasy-worthy starter.
Jason Kipnis, 2B9/23/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is questionable for Tuesday's game against Kansas City with tightness in right hamstring.
Insight: The second baseman has been disappointing this season, hitting .243/.314/.334 with six home runs, and 41 RBI after a 17 homer, 84 RBI, 2013 season.
Michael Bourn, CF9/22/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 in a loss against the Royals on Monday.
Insight: Bourn reached base three times with a single, double and walk, but it did not help Cleveland score as they were shutout. Bourn is hitting .264 with 30 extra-base hits and 56 runs in 428 at-bats this year.
Luis Valbuena, SS9/22/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is a lifetime .400 (8-for-20) hitter against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: The third baseman has put together his best season with 16 home runs and 51 RBI and a .781 OPS. However, he's just keeping the spot warm for Cubs prospect Kris Bryant (.325, 43 HR, 110 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A).
Yan Gomes, C9/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is 5-for-10 with a home run versus Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: Gomes has put up career best numbers in runs (60), hits (134), homers (20) and RBI (71). He's had a good week (.318 with two homers) and a favorable matchup so if a viable fantasy option Monday night.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/21/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is making a case for the Cy Young.
Insight: It may sound crazy, but after a ridiculous eight inning, 14-strikeout performance, Kluber definitely deserves some consideration. He is now 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA, pitching in an extremely tough division.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/21/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley continued his breakout season on Sunday.
Insight: He finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Brantley now has 97 RBI on the year, ranking ninth in the AL.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/21/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has been on a tear heading into his Sunday start against the Twins.
Insight: He is 3-0 over his last three starts with a 1.11 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Kluber has been a pleasant surprise all year for Cleveland, sporting a 16-9 record with a 2.54 ERA and 1.11 WHIP overall.
T.J. House, SP9/21/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Indians starter T.J. House continued his strong September in Saturday's victory over Minnesota.
Insight: Over the past 28 days, House has been terrific with a 2-0 record in five games started, and a 2.64 ERA during that span. After last night's win, he is now 4-3 on the year with a 3.43 ERA. Not a bad season for the rookie.
Luis Valbuena, SS9/18/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is a lifetime .389 (7-for-18) hitter against Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
Insight: Valbuena has three doubles and a walk as his OPS against Greinke is .977. The third baseman has 16 home runs and 49 RBI while hitting .248 this year.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/17/2014 12:03:00 AM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 batters against the Astros on Tuesday to win his 16th game of the season.
Insight: Kluber pitched seven innings, allowed one run, seven hits, and walked just two. He is 16-9 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 244 strikeouts in 219 innings this year. Kluber is ranked sixth or higher in every one of those categories in the American League.
Yan Gomes, C9/16/2014 11:52:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Astros on Tuesday.
Insight: Gomes hit a single in the fourth that Lonnie Chisenhall was able to score on after Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman committed a throwing error. Then, Gomes hit a two-run homer in the sixth to basically seal the victory. Gomes is batting .286 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI this season.
Michael Bourn, CF9/14/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hitting .355 (11-for-31) with two doubles in his career against Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
Insight: Bourn went 1-for-4 and hit a double on Saturday. He is hitting .264/.321/.374 with 27 extra-base hits, 26 RBI, 50 runs and 10 stolen bases this year.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/14/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run home run to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against the Tigers on Saturday, but Cleveland could not hold the lead and lost, 5-4.
Insight: Brantley finished the game 2-for-4 and remains one of the hottest hitters around baseball. He is batting .417/.481/.521 in September. That's a 1.002 OPS. He has 20 hits in the month, and 17 of them have been singles. He also has eight RBI, seven runs and three steals.
Ryan Raburn, RF9/13/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Indians utility man Ryan Raburn exited Saturday's game against the Tigers with a hyperextended left knee.
Insight: Raburn left in the fourth. He walked in his one plate appearance in the game. Tyler Holt replaced him in right field.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/12/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 but did not drive in a run or score as the Indians lost to the Tigers, 7-2, on Friday.
Insight: Despite the loss, Brantley is still one of the hottest hitters around, going 5-for-10 in his last three games. He is hitting .400 in the first 12 days of September and has raised his season batting average to .318, which is good enough for fifth in the American League. He also has 18 home runs and 91 RBI.
Carlos Santana, 1B9/11/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the second game of a doubleheader against the Twins.
Insight: Santana started out the day with a home run in the first game. He hit a line drive shot over the fence in the fourth inning of the second game. Santana singled to left in the eighth to drive in the Indians second run as Cleveland won, 2-0. The first baseman went 3-for-8 with two home runs and four RBI in the doubleheader.
T.J. House, SP9/11/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Indians starter T.J. House pitched seven shutout innings, allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none in his victory over the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Insight: House has strung together three great starts, in which he has thrown seven innings and allowed one run or fewer in each appearance. House is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP in 92 innings this season.
Carlos Santana, 1B9/11/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana played excellent in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday.
Insight: Santana hit a bomb in the bottom of the first to start what was a big day for the Cleveland offense. He drove in two with the blast. Santana finished 1-for-4 but also made some spectacular plays in the field.
Yan Gomes, C9/11/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twims on Thursday.
Insight: Gomes hit a solo homer in the second and then a bases-loaded double in the third that scored two. Gomes has had a good season, hitting .288 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI and 56 runs.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/11/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched eight and 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out seven and walked none as Cleveland defeated Minnesota, 8-2, in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
Insight: Kluber pitched into the ninth and had yielded just one run through eight innings. He tossed up three singles to the first four batters of the ninth before manager Terry Francona took him out. Kluber has allowed just two runs over his last 17 and 1/3 innings pitched. He is 15-9 this season with a 2.45 ERA, which is third in the American League behind only Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez. Kluber is also third in the AL with 230 strikeouts.
Mike Aviles, SS9/11/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Indians utility man Mike Aviles (concussion) is available on Thursday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Aviles has not returned to the field since Sept. 1 after a diving catch left him dizzy and nauseous. Indian team doctors cleared him on Wednesday, and he passed the MLB concussion protocol. The 33-year-old is batting .245/.270/.334 in 97 games this season.
Jose Ramirez, SS9/9/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez recorded three hits, including a double, in five at-bats against the Twins on Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez has been boom or bust this month. He has three three-hit games in the month of September, and he does not have a single hit in his other six games.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B9/8/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's loss to the Angels.
Insight: Chisenhall accounted for all the Indians' runs, hitting a two-run home run in the fifth and driving in Carlos Santana in the sixth. The Angels beat the Indians, 12-3. Chisenhall raises his season totals to .291 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI.
Carlos Santana, 1B9/8/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is 10-for-20 with two home runs and five RBI in his career against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Santana was 0-for-3 on Sunday but had an RBI-single on Saturday that ended up being the game-winning run. Santana is hitting .228 with 25 home runs, 22 doubles and 73 RBI. He may have a low average but his OPS is a respectable .799.
Carlos Carrasco, SPHot9/7/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco nearly pitched a complete game but settled for eight and 2/3 innings of shutout ball, scattering four hits, striking out eight and walking none to beat the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Carrasco has not allowed more than one earned run per start since Aug. 5. In his last six starts, Carrasco is 4-0 with an incredible 0.70 ERA in 38 and 2/3 innings. If he is somehow still available in your league, pick him up and ride out his hot streak.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/7/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a RBI against the White Sox on Sunday to continue his hot streak.
Insight: Brantley extends his hitting streak to 11 games and is now hitting .413 over that stretch. In September, Brantley is batting .462 with a .962 OPS. If he keeps this up, he will put himself in the batting title conversation. Ok, maybe not, but his average is up to .317 for the year.
David Murphy, RF9/7/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder David Murphy is just 8-for-57 (.140) against Angels starter Jered Weaver in his career.
Insight: Murphy does have four doubles and a home run in the matchup. He has also walked five times and struck out 12. Murphy is batting .265 with 29 extra-base hits and 56 RBI this year.
Corey Kluber, SPHot9/6/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a complete game and allowed just one unearned run as he improved his record to 14-9 on Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Kluber was on a bit of a cold streak, losing his last three starts despite pitching well in some of those appearances. The victory on Saturday was Kluber's first since Aug. 9. The right-hander has still had a stellar season. Along with his 14-9 record, Kluber has a 2.47 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 204 1/3 innings this year.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/6/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with a RBI against the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: As expected, Brantley had a big day against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. The left fielder came into the game 8-for-17 against Quintana in his career. Brantley is an extremely hot hitter at the moment. He has a 10-game hitting streak and over that span, Brantley is hitting .395 with seven doubles and six RBI. Brantley is now batting .315 with 18 home runs and 88 RBI this year.
Yan Gomes, C9/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is a career 0-for-9 with five strikeouts against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Gomes has actually been much better in the second half, unlike many catchers who begin to tire for the workload. He's batted .354 with a .947 OPS in 61 games after the break. However, this matchup should be avoided.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/6/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley defied a bad matchup Friday night to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (87), and runs (85). He's raised his batting average to .311 during this hot streak. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
T.J. House, SP9/5/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Indians starter T.J. House allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings, struck out seven and walked none on his way to a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.
Insight: House rebounded nicely against the White Sox, who scored five runs off him in four and 2/3 innings on Aug. 26. House has gone seven innings in each of his last two games, giving up a run in both starts.
David Murphy, RF9/5/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: The Indians activated outfielder David Murphy from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Murphy missed the last four weeks with an oblique strain, but he has been cleared to play after a couple rehab games at Triple-A. He will platoon in right field and play against right-handed pitching. Murphy is hitting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBI this year.
Michael Brantley, LF9/5/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 2-for-19 (.105) with nine strikeouts versus White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Brantley owns an eight-game hitting streak but this is an unfavorable matchup. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (87), and runs (84).
Mike Aviles, SS9/4/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Indians utility man Mike Aviles is dealing with concussion symptoms according to MLB.com.
Insight: Aviles left Monday's game after he made a diving catch, feeling light-headed and dizzy. Doctors initially cleared him of concussions, but then his symptoms got worse. He will not go on the 7-day concussion disabled list because the rosters have expanded, but the Indians will follow MLB protocol before allowing him to get back on the field.
Carlos Santana, 1B9/4/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is hitting just 3-for-37 (.081) against Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer in his career.
Insight: Santana, however, did hit a home run against Justin Verlander on Wednesday. Santana is hitting .286 with two home runs in his last five games. It would still take a leap of faith to start him against Scherzer.
Jason Kipnis, 2BCold9/4/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis should continue to not be in your lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Kipnis has gone 5-for-28 (.179) with 10 strikeouts in her career against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. The second baseman has been disappointing this season, hitting .247/.318/.340 with six home runs, and 41 RBI.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/4/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 14-for-41 (.341) with nine extra-base hits, nine RBI and three walks in his career against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Brantley also brings a seven-game hitting streak into Thursday's contest, batting .333 over that stretch with four doubles and four RBI. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (85), and runs (83). Brantley is also 3-for-3 stealing bases off of Scherzer in his career.
Luis Valbuena, SS9/3/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is a hot hitter batting .348 with six home runs over his last 16 games.
Insight: Valbuena has done a nice job holding down the hot corner while the Cubs wait for prospect Kris Bryant and has been batting cleanup while Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined with a back injury. Unfortunately, he's 0-for-8 against Wednesday's starter Matt Garza.
Jason Kipnis, 2BCold9/3/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis should probably be avoided on Wednesday.
Insight: Kipnis has gone 3-for-29 (.103) against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. This hasn't been the best season for Kipnis (.248, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 56 runs, 22 SB) and this unfavorable matchup likely won't help matters.
Michael Brantley, LFHot9/3/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 17-for-48 (.354) against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Brantley has broken out of an August slump with a six-game hitting streak (.384). He has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (85), runs (83) and should end up with a career-best OPS. He's also 4-for-4 in stolen base attemps against Verlander once he gets on base.
Michael Bourn, CF9/3/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hitting .370 (10-for-27) in his career against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Bourn is also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts once he gets on against Verlander. Injuries have minimized Bourn's fantasy value this season as he's played just 82 games
Luis Valbuena, SSHot9/1/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Valbuena has hit six home runs in his last 13 games and a career-high 16 in 403 at-bats this season. He's done a nice job holding down the hot corner while the Cubs wait for prospect Kris Bryant.
Michael Bourn, CF8/30/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hitting .348 (8-for-23) in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Bourn had his five-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, going 0-for-5. Even with the 0-for-5, Bourn is hitting .333 in the last week with three extra-base hits. On the season, he is batting .268 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 332 at-bats.
Yan Gomes, C8/29/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes (concussion) has been activated for Friday's game withKansas City.
Insight: Gomes suffered a concussion when a foul ball hit him in the mask last Thursday. He is hitting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI this season and become a viable fantasy option.
Yan Gomes, C8/28/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Yan Gomes (concussion) is set to be activated on Friday.
Insight: Gomes suffered a concussion when a foul ball hit him in the mask last Thursday. The catcher has been symptom-free for a while, but he will go through some pre-game tests before the official decision is made. In 109 games, Gomes is hitting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Luis Valbuena, SSHot8/27/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena has hit three home runs in his last seven games.
Insight: Valbuena, eligible at both 2B and 3B, has blasted 13 homers in 381 at-bats this year and is hitting .241 with 43 RBI, 48 runs and a .750 OPS.
Zach Walters, LF8/27/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters has belted six homers in 13 games with the Indians.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, is hitting .208 with Cleveland and .207 on the season, but he has nine homers in 87 at-bats.
Michael Brantley, LFHot8/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 7-for-15 (.467) with three extra-base hits against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley received a rountine day off Sunday so should be well rested. He has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Trevor Bauer, SP8/24/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out nine batters and gave up four hits over six scoreless innings Sunday against Houston.
Insight: Bauer has alternated quality starts with non-quality starts in his last seven starts. The stretch is a microcosm of his season. He's gone 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 114 Ks in 118 1/3 innings.
Jose Ramirez, SS8/24/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shortstop Jose Ramirez had his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday against Houston.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a double and has gone 9-for-18 during the last four games to raise his average from .205 to .255.
Michael Brantley, LF8/24/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley in not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a rountine day off. Brantley has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Yan Gomes, C8/23/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: The Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Gomes suffered a concussion Thursday after being hit by a foul tip. In his first season as Cleveland's full-time starter, Gomes has hit .284 with 17 homers, 53 RBI, 52 runs and an .800 OPS and he has batted .320 with 10 homers, 30 RBI, 25 runs and a .914 OPS in his last 49 games. Roberto Perez will catch until Gomes is ready to return, with Carlos Santana serving as an emergency backup.
Zach Walters, LF8/22/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters homered for the third straight game and the fifth time in his last nine Friday against Houston.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, has hit .213 on the season, but he has eight home runs in 75 at-bats. He hit .310 with 17 homers and a .980 OPS in Triple-A this season.
Carlos Carrasco, SPHot8/22/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had his third straight terrific start Friday against Houston. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out eight in six innings.
Insight: Carrasco has allowed just seven hits and one run while posting a 17/2 K/BB over 18 innings in three starts since he joined the rotation. The 27-year-old has great stuff, but he's never been able to put it all together. Right now, he's dominating and needs to be added in most leagues.
Yan Gomes, C8/22/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Gomes left Thursday's game with the injury, but he's feeling better Friday and won't be placed on the 7-day disabled list yet. In his first season as Cleveland's full-time starter, Gomes has hit .284 with 17 homers, 53 RBI, 52 runs and an .800 OPS and he has batted .320 with 10 homers, 30 RBI, 25 runs and a .914 OPS in his last 49 games. Roberto Perez will catch until Gomes is ready to return, with Carlos Santana serving as an emergency backup.
Roberto Perez, C8/22/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez could get some consistent work this week if Yan Gomes' head injury turned out to be a concussion. He's starting Friday night.
Insight: Perez should get most of the work behind the plate. He batted .305 in 53 games at Columbus and is hitting .294 in very limited at-bats with the Indians.
Yan Gomes, C8/22/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game (head) and is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Houston.
Insight: He could end up on the 7-day concussion list. Roberto Perez should get most of the work behind the plate. He batted .305 in 53 games at Columbus and is hitting .294 in very limited at-bats with the Indians.
Luis Valbuena, SSHot8/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is 6-for-11 over the past three games and will bat cleanup with Starlin Castro still unavailable.
Insight: Valbuena, eligible at both 2B and 3B, had been a decent fill-in option in May, but his numbers have fallen to below-fantasy level production as he's hit .195 in July and .206 in August.
Corey Kluber, SPHot8/21/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a sub-par game for his standards, allowing three runs in seven innings, striking out eight and walking four.
Insight: Kluber also gave up a home run to Kennys Vargas. The loss is the first for Kluber since June 30, who had won six straight decisions before Thursday. The Indians ace is still 13-7 with a 2.46 ERA.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/21/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game with an illness according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: He went 0-for-2 in the game before exiting for Roberto Perez in the bottom of the sixth. Gomes is listed day-to-day.
Chris Dickerson, LF8/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson is in Thursday's starting lineup, batting ninth and playing right field.
Insight: Dickerson could be an interesting option Thursday. Though he's hitting just .228 he's faced Twins starter Phil Hughes two times and hit solo homers in both at-bats.
Corey Kluber, SPHot8/21/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: There has been no better pitcher over the last five starts than Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber and he'll be a great value Thursday facing a Minnesota lineup fresh off four consecutive losses.
Insight: The right-hander is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 0.46 ERA, 0.512 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 39 IP. He'll face a Twins team that was shut out Wednesday and is averaging 4.19 rpg this season.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/20/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Roberto Perez is getting the start. Gomes has batted .284 with 17 homers, 53 RBI, 52 runs and an .804 OPS this season, making him one of the top fantasy backstops. Jonathan Lucroy played this afternoon and Gomes, Devin Mesoraco and Buster Posey are all sitting Wednesday night, so daily league owners don't have a lot of options at catcher behind Victor Martinez.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/20/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is done for the season after undergoing surgery on both knees.
Insight: Swisher has been dealing with knee issues all season and hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats.
Carlos Carrasco, SP8/16/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco has won both of his starts since he rejoined the rotation.
Insight: Carrasco has given up just five hits and walked none over 12 scoreless innings in the span. The right-hander has very good stuff, but he's never been able to put it together. He's worth a pickup in deep mixed leagues due to his upside.
Carlos Santana, 1B 8/16/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit his first homer since July 27 Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Santana had gone 5-for-34 (.147) over his previous nine games. He's batting .231 on the year with 18 doubles, 21 homers, 59 RBI, 52 runs and an .802 OPS.
Michael Brantley, LFHot8/16/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Brantley has gone 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and seven runs in August. He's batted .321 or higher in each of the last four months.
Corey Kluber, SPHot8/16/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings Friday against Baltimore.
Insight: He took a no decision despite the strong outing. The right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, going 13-6 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings. He's recorded a 1.31 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 89 Ks in 82 2/3 innings over his last 11 starts.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B8/15/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out of the lineup Friday night against the Orioles.
Insight: The Indians are facing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, so the lefty-hitting Chisenhall will take a seat even though he's gone 22-for-66 (.333) against southpaws this season. Mike Aviles is at third base.
Trevor Bauer, SP8/13/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out nine batters and gave up two runs on four hits over eight innings Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Bauer has alternated quality starts with poor ones over his last five outings. He's 4-7 with a 4.35 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 101 Ks in 107 2/3 innings.
Michael Bourn, CF8/13/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) will be activated from the DL Friday, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: A strained hamstring has kept Bourn out since July 6. He's hit .267 with three homers, 21 RBI, 37 runs and seven steals this season and his hamstring injury may make him reluctant to run after he returns to the Indians lineup.
Carlos Carrasco, SP 8/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: In his return to the Indians' rotation, Carlos Carrasco held the Yankees scoreless on two hits, struck out four and didn't walk anyone in five innings.
Insight: Carrasco has great stuff, but he's never been able to put it together. He did put up a 2.30 ERA as a reliever this season, but his career ERA as a starter is 5.54 in 251 2/3 innings.
Jason Kipnis, 2B 8/10/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and three runs scored Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Kipnis has gone 15-for-46 (.326) with four doubles, a homer and nine runs over his last 11 games, but he hasn't driven in a run over 10 games in August.
David Murphy, RF 8/10/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right fielder David Murphy has been placed on the disabled list with a sore right side, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Murphy is third on the Indians with 55 RBI this season behind Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. He's hitting .262 with seven homers, 36 runs and a .708 OPS. Nick Swisher was also placed on the DL Sunday and Cleveland called up Tyler Holt and Zach Walters from Triple-A Columbus.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/10/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness.
Insight: Swisher spent time on the DL for the same reason earlier this season. He'll undergo tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Swisher has hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/9/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with a pair of home runs seven RBI and a 1.395 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Swisher is just 1-for-15 over the past four games so may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup. We're wishing for the days when he would bang out 20-30 HR like clockwork. He's got just eight through 96 games.
Danny Salazar, SP8/6/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: The Indians sent Danny Salazar to the minors after he allowed five runs in four innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Cleveland has off days on Aug. 11, 14, 18 and 25, so they only need four starters for the rest of the month. Salazar went 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 17 Ks in his first three starts after being recalled from the minors.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/6/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: In his last 39 games, Gomes has launched nine homers, driven in 27 runs, scored 22 and batted .333. He ranks as the third best fantasy catcher on Yahoo's player rater.
Michael Brantley, LFHot8/6/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley left Wednesday's game with an apparent leg injury, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Brantley appeared to hurt his leg on a third-inning catch, but he stayed in until the seventh. We'll know for sure what's wrong with him after the game.
Corey Kluber, SPHot8/4/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber gave up one run on six hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Reds.
Insight: After going 18 innings without giving up an earned run his previous two starts, Kluber held the Reds scoreless in the first seven innings Monday before running into trouble in the eighth. He's gone 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA in his last nine starts and is now 12-6 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 177/35 K/BB in 165 2/3 innings.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/4/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes (neck) went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday in his return to the lineup.
Insight: Gomes was out of the starting nine that past two games due to stiffness in his neck. He's hit .328 with 11 doubles, eight homers and 25 RBI in his last 37 games.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B 8/4/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall has gone 5-for-18 with a double, two homers and five RBI in his last four games.
Insight: It's a dramatic improvement over what he did in his previous 38 games (.203, 2 HR, 9 RBI). Chisenhall got off to such a hot start that he's still batting .306 despite that cold streak.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/4/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Gomes missed the past two games due to stiffness in his neck. He's hit .331 with 11 doubles, seven homers, 23 RBI and a .941 OPS in his last 36 games.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/4/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher left Sunday's game due to a sore right wrist and has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: We're still wishing for the days when he would bang out 20-30 HR like clockwork. He's got just eight through 92 games and it doesn't look like he's going to reach the mark this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/4/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher left Sunday's game due to a sore right wrist and is questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: We're still wishing for the days when he would bang out 20-30 HR like clockwork. He's got just eight through 92 games and it doesn't look like he's going to reach the mark this season.
Nick Swisher, 1B8/3/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher left Sunday's game due to a sore right wrist.
Insight: We're still wishing for the days when he would bang out 20-30 HR like clockwork. He's got just eight through 92 games and it doesn't look like he's going to reach the mark this season.
Michael Bourn, CF8/3/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) ran the bases Saturday and came out of it without incident.
Insight: If he's fine Sunday, Bourn should begin a rehab assignment this week. Bourn last played July 5. He's batting .267 with 3 HR, 21 RBI, 37 runs and 7 steals.
Yan Gomes, CHot8/2/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off. Gomes has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .390 with a 1.071 OPS over the span.
Jose Ramirez, 2B8/2/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Cleveland infielder Jose Ramirez will get the start at shortstop Saturday versus Texas.
Insight: The 21-year-old has just 48 career at-bats in the majors and has yet to do much with them, but did bat .302 at Triple-A Columbus.
Michael Brantley, LFHot8/1/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Brantley hasn't homered since July 12 and he went 15-for-58 (.259) in the 15 games prior to Friday, but there's no reason to think he won't continue to hit like he has all season.
Danny Salazar, SP8/1/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar had another solid start Friday, throwing six innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits against the Rangers.
Insight: Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he's figured things out. In three starts since he was recalled, he's gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 17 Ks in 18 innings.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3BCold8/1/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall snapped out of a 4-for-38 (.105) slump with two hits and a homer in five at-bats Friday.
Insight: Chisenhall is still hitting .309 with 10 homers and an .854 OPS on the year, but it hasn't been pretty over the past six weeks (.210, 3 HR, 10 RBI in last 39 games).
Zach McAllister, SPCold8/1/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: The Indians have designated right-hander Zach McAllister for assignment. Because McAllister is more than three years removed from his MLB debut, Cleveland needed to secure optional waivers on him before they could send him to Triple-A and in order to do that it had to designate him. The Indians can pull him off waivers if anyone claims him, so McAllister will end up with Triple-A Columbus. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: McAllister has imploded the past seven starts, going 0-4 with a 9.88 ERA in 27 1/3 innings. The right-hander had a 3.75 ERA in 2013 and his FIP this year is 4.04, so he could turn things around if he gets another shot.
Mike Aviles, SS8/1/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Indians utility man Mike Aviles will get the start at shortstop with Asdrubal Cabrera having been shipped off to Washington. He'll bat in the same spot as Cabrera - No. 2.
Insight: Aviles is batting .257 without much power and 10 stolen bases in 226 at-bats, so his fantasy value moving forward is minimal.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3BCold7/31/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall has gone 4-for-38 (.105) in his last 10 games.
Insight: Regression has been harsh to Chisenhall. Over his last 37 games, he's hit .203 with two home runs and nine RBI.
Jason Kipnis, 2BCold7/31/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer Thursday against the Mariners.
Insight: Kipnis showed signs of life by hitting .311 with two home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and five steals in the first 14 games of July, but he went 6-for-44 (.136) in the last 11.
Zach McAllister, SPCold7/31/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Zach McAllister gave up four runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Mariners.
Insight: In his last seven outings, McAllister has thrown a quality start just once and allowed 30 earned runs on 41 hits in 27 1/3 innings (9.88 ERA).
Jason Kipnis, 2BCold7/30/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis has gone 4-for-39 (.103) in his last 10 games.
Insight: Kipnis showed signs of life by hitting .311 with two home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and five steals in the first 14 games of July, but he's failed to keep it up. The second baseman's average fly-ball distance has declined by 15.79 feet from last year, which explains why his HR/FB is 6.3 percent and he has just 21 extra-base hits in 352 plate appearances.
Corey Kluber, SPHot7/30/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber tossed the first shutout of his career, a three-hitter against the Mariners, Wednesday night.
Insight: Kluber two-hit the Royals and allowed one unearned run over nine innings his last time out and has posted a 28/1 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings his last three starts. The right-hander has turned into a dominant ace for the Indians this season, going 11-6 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 170/33 K/BB in 158 1/3 innings.
T.J. House, SP7/30/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in Cleveland's rotation, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Masterson was traded to the Cardinals on Wednesday. House will serve as Cleveland's No. 5 starter behind Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister. House isn't a good fantasy option.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) will return from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet. He's set to be a free agent after the season.
Danny Salazar, SP7/27/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has given up four runs on 13 hits and struck out 13 in 12 innings since being recalled on July 22. He held the Royals to three runs, struck out seven and walked none in seven innings Sunday.
Insight: Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he figured things out at the end of June. His upside is immense.
Yan Gomes, CHot7/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday.
Insight: Gomes has hit .439 with three home runs in his last 12 games. Between Gomes and Carlos Santana, the Indians have two catchers who rank in the top five at the position in home runs.
Carlos Santana, 1BHot7/27/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana went deep twice Sunday, giving him five homers in the past three games.
Insight: Santana has gone 14-for-23 (.609) with six homers and 10 RBI in his last six games and is suddenly batting .232 with 20 home runs, 50 RBI and an .827 OPS. He's raised his average 27 points and his OPS 101 points in that span.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3BCold7/27/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out Sunday with an illness.
Insight: He sat out Saturday for the same reason but should be back Tuesday after Cleveland's off day on Monday. Chisenhall has predictably fallen off after batting .393 in his first 168 at-bats. Over his last 126 at-bats, he's hit .206 with nine RBI and a .604 OPS.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/27/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out the past five games. He's hitting .247 with nine homers, 39 RBI, 52 runs and seven steals this season.
Michael Brantley, LFHot7/27/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in more than half his at-bats against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Brantley is 11-for-21 (.524) with two doubles against Chen. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Carlos Santana, 1BHot7/26/2014 11:24:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit two homers Friday and added a third Saturday night giving him 18 on the season.
Insight: Santana has raised his batting average from .205 to .226 with a 11-for-20 streak over the past four games.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B7/26/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Update: He's a late scratch due to illness.
Insight: Chisenhall has hit .200 in his last 10 games after a fast start, but is still batting .313 this season with an .861 OPS.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/26/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last four games and is out again for Saturday's game.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. He's not much more then a fill-in shortstop for fantasy owners, batting .247 with a .699 OPS, but he has scored 52 runs and knocked in 39 and has been the subject of trade talks.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B7/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Chisenhall has hit .200 in his last 10 games after a fast start, but is still batting .313 this season with an .861 OPS.
Jason Kipnis, 2B7/26/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 10-for-17 with two home runs against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Kipnis hasn't been hitting well over the past two weeks, batting just .171 over the last 10 contests. Kipnis is hitting .247 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 38 runs and a .677 OPS, but he's a good play Saturday.
Carlos Santana, 1BHot7/25/2014 11:24:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit two homers Friday at Kansas City.
Insight: Santana has 17 homers in 333 at-bats this season and he's raised his batting average from .205 to .222 with a 9-for-16 stretch the past three games.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/24/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last three games and is out again for Thursday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. He's not much more then a fill-in shortstop for fantasy owners, batting .247 with a .699 OPS, but he has scored 52 runs and knocked in 39.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/24/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) has missed the last three games and is questionable for Thursday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. He's not much more then a fill-in shortstop for fantasy owners, batting .247 with a .699 OPS, but he has scored 52 runs and knocked in 39.
Jason Kipnis, 2B7/23/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 6-for-11 with three triples in his career against Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak.
Insight: Swarzak is making his first start since 2012 Wednesday afternoon against the Indians. Kipnis has had a disappointing season, batting .254 with five home runs, 30 RBI, 38 runs and a .698 OPS, but he's a good play Wednesday.
Danny Salazar, SP7/22/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has been called up to start Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Salazar entered this season with a lot of buzz but posted a 5.53 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP while allowing eight homers in 40 2/3 innings. He's recorded a 4.02 ERA and a 67/28 K/BB in 53 2/3 innings since his demotion to Triple-A, and he's been very good since he returned from a triceps strain on June 15 (3.07 ERA, 52/20 K/BB in 41 IP).
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/22/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. Mike Aviles is starting in his place Tuesday against the Twins.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/21/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cabrera went 0-for-1 before leaving the game and is batting .247 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and seven steals this season.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/20/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) allowed two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two over five innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Insight: Masterson could be ready to rejoin the Indians rotation on Friday at Kansas City. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
Yan Gomes, CHot7/20/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes hit his fourth home run of the month Sunday at Detroit.
Insight: Gomes has batted .319 with eight extra-base hits in July to raise his average up to .273 and his OPS to .776 on the year. He ranks in the top five among catchers with 13 home runs.
Josh Tomlin, SPCold7/20/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Since he threw a one-hit, 11-K shutout on June 28 at Seattle, Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin has given up 13 runs on 24 hits in 17 innings.
Insight: Tomlin also gave up 18 runs (13 earned) on 28 hits in the 15 innings prior to that dominant outing. The 29-year-old can be avoided.
Corey Kluber, SPHot7/19/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber posted another 10 strikeouts Saturday against the Detroit Tigers
Insight: Kluber has arguably been the surprise of the year, delighting fantasy owners with a 2.95 ERA, 152 strikeouts and 33 walks. His 9.7 Ks per nine innings pitched is the best since he became a starter in 2012. He needs one more win to tie last year's career high of 11.
Carlos Santana, 1BCold7/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is likely to sit the second game of the doubleheader with Detroit as he's just 3-for-34 (.088) against Game 2 pitcher Max Scherzer.
Insight: Santana hasn't hit right-handers all season (.184) so there is no reason to think he'll start in this unfavorable matchup.
Michael Bourn, CF7/19/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) was originally on a 3-4 week timetable for his return, but that doesn't appear to be the reality of the injury.
Insight: Three weeks down the road and there is still no timetable for his return to the lineup. Even when he returns, he'll likely tone down his running game and without that his fantasy value is minimal.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/18/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run since June 20 Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cabrera hasn't come close to matching his 25-homer, 17-steal 2011 season. He's on pace for 15 home runs and 12 steals this year.
Jason Kipnis, 2B7/18/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis smashed two home runs and drove in four runs Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Kipnis hadn't hit one out of the park since April 21. He has five home runs in 300 plate appearances this year after blasting 17 in 658 a year ago.
Michael Brantley, LFHot7/18/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 with a double, a steal and two runs Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Brantley has been one of the top players in fantasy this season and he's showing no signs of slowing down.
Trevor Bauer, SP7/13/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Bauer has been inconsistent this season, but he has a ton of upside and he put that on display Sunday with one of the best starts of his career. He'll take a 3.84 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 70 Ks in 72 2/3 innings into the second half.
Yan Gomes, C7/13/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Gomes has blasted 12 homers this season, fifth among backstops.
Chris Dickerson, LF7/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson is not in Saturday's starting lineup due to an injured hamstring.
Insight: Dickerson had started the last five games playing for the injured Michael Bourn and was batting .471 over that span. It's not believed to be serious enough for a trip to the disabled list.
Nick Swisher, 1BHot7/11/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher hit his third homer in the past five games Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: He's put together a modest seven-game hitting streak to raise his average from .194 to .207.
Michael Bourn, CF7/10/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) is on a 3-4 week timetable for his return.
Insight: Bourn with a running issue makes him a non-factor for fantasy owners for a while even when he returns to the lineup. He's batting .267 with 3 HR, 21 RBI, 37 runs and seven steals.
Zach McAllister, SP7/9/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) will start Saturday against the White Sox, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: McAllister was sent to the minors on June 20 after coming off the disabled list. He's posted a 2.39 ERA in four starts since then.
Nick Swisher, 1B7/9/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has homered in two straight games and he has two homers in 11 career at-bats against Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: McCarthy will make his Yankees debut Wednesday after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a trade over the weekend. Swisher is still hitting just .198 this season, but he could be a decent option Wednesday.
Michael Brantley, LFHot7/8/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley had his fifth straight multi-hit game and his 14th homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brantley is now hitting .328 with 14 homers, 60 RBI, 59 runs, 10 steals and a .920 OPS. The 27-year-old is one of this year's breakout fantasy stars and he'll represent the AL in the All-Star game next week.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/8/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness.
Insight: Masterson has thrown just nine innings in his last three starts and allowed 13 runs on 20 hits with a 14/10 K/BB in that span. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
Yan Gomes, C7/7/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Gomes is tied for fifth among catchers with 11 dingers this season.
Justin Masterson, SPCold7/7/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson was bombed again Monday against the Yankees. He allowed five runs on six hits in two innings.
Insight: Masterson has thrown just nine innings in his last three starts and allowed 13 runs on 20 hits with a 14/10 K/BB in that span. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
Chris Dickerson, LF7/7/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson get the start in left field Monday night for the Indians.
Insight: Dickerson hit well at Triple-A Indianapolis, batting .309 with an .886 OPS, but his last major league experience in Baltimore not very good (.238, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .666 OPS).
Corey Kluber, SPHot7/6/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber will look to stay hot when he faces Danny Duffy and the Royals Sunday afternoon, a team against which he owns a 3.77 lifetime ERA in seven starts.
Insight: Kluber has arguably been the surprise of the year, delighting fantasy owners with a 2.99 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 127 strikeouts and 23 walks. Helping matters is the fact that the heart of KC's order -- Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- all own lifetime averages below .200 against Kluber.
Michael Bourn, CF7/6/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn left Saturday night's game with a left hamstring injury and not unexpectedly is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Bourn with a running issue makes him a non-factor for fantasy owners. He could miss a few games.
Michael Bourn, CF7/5/2014 11:33:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn left Saturday night's game with a left hamstring injury.
Insight: Not before Bourn homered and scored a pair of runs. Bourne could miss a few games.
Jason Kipnis, 2B7/5/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 8-for-14 (.571) with a pair of homers versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Almost every statistical measurement is down for Kipnis this season from batting average to OPS. It gets worse, over his career he's been better in the first half than after the All-Star break. Doesn't bode well for Kipnis owners.
Michael Brantley, LFHot7/4/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley broke up Yordano Ventura's shutout bid with a solo homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Royals.
Insight: Brantley went 2-for-4 Friday and is hitting .314 with 13 homers, 55 RBI, 57 runs, 10 steals, a 30/29 K/BB and an .891 OPS. There's nothing to dislike about Brantley.
Carlos Santana, 1BCold7/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is hitless in nine at-bats against Dodgers right-hander Josh beckett.
Insight: Santana hasn't hit right-handers all season (.174) and has batted just .063 this week so there is no reason to think he'll start in this unfavorable matchup.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS6/30/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is a career .087 hitter (2-for-23) against Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
Insight: The switch-hitting shortstop is putting up decent numbers considering he's only batting .248. He's hit eight homers, knocked in 33 runs and scored 46 times. Not great fantasy statistics, but worthy of fill-in status when needed. Don't use him on Monday in the unfavorable matchup.

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