Cleveland Indians news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:01:57 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmer had a .253-14-53 line with 33 steals at Class AA Akron, and Frazier had a .276-13-48 line with 13 steals at Akron. Neither is likely to make a big impact this season, though a September callup is possible. Both are worth having in dynasty leagues and could be in the mix next spring training.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:33:25 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber settled for his second straight no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 24, after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight over seven innings.
Fantasy Tip: Kluber left after Cleveland tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning. The former Cy Young Award winner has been mostly magnificent since a rough June 15 start at the Kansas City Royals increased his ERA to 3.94. Over the next six outings, Kluber has worked at least seven frames and fanned at least seven five times. He'll be a strong bet to collect that elusive 10th win next Sunday when he is slated to face the Oakland Athletics.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:48:54 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP Cody Allen was charged with two unearned runs in the ninth inning and took the loss against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 24. Pedro Alvarez reached base on a throwing error following a strikeout to lead off the inning and pinch hitter Nolan Reimold belted a tiebreaking, two-out home run to left-center to end it.
Fantasy Tip: Even though it was a non-save situation, the timing of this is a bit ironic since Cleveland reportedly became the favorite to land Aroldis Chapman this weekend. Such a move would obviously strengthen the Indians' bullpen, but it would also remove Allen from the closer's role and make him nearly worthless in most fantasy leagues that do not score holds. Owners should to start preparing for that possibility as soon as possible.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:22:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Davis is in a loose split for playing time with Tyler Naquin, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez, and the veteran Davis could be the odd-man out most frequently against righties. Davis has been solid this season with 48 runs, nine home runs, 35 RBI, 24 stolen bases and a .263/.323/.420 slash line, but fewer at-bats going forward would be a serious hindrance to his fantasy value.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:15:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Chisenhall is hitting .309 this month without a lot of damage. He's a low-end option against Kevin Gausman.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:13:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Upton is expected to be traded in the near future and should continue to be a target for the Indians since they are looking for a bat. He is hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI this season and would still be a solid fantasy option if he joins Cleveland.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:20:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: If you've stuck with Brantley to this point, there's no point jumping ship now. However, at this point, anything from the veteran should be viewed as a positive, unfortunately. When healthy, he's a five-category contributor, but he's been limited to just 11 games this year.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:14:42 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, July 22, with what manager Terry Francona called "intestinal turmoil." OF Abraham Almonte is replacing Chisenhall in right field.
Fantasy Tip: It's unknown if this is a situation that could keep Chisenhall out for more than one game. Stay tuned for updates. With a .300/.348/.465 slash line and six homers and 29 RBI in 230 at-bats, he can be useful to those in deep mixed and AL-only leagues against certain righties. Almonte has only three hits in 21 at-bats and is a low-end desperation start in DFS.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:17:08 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to have more tests on his shoulder Thursday, July 21, and the Indians don't expect an update on his status until Friday, July 22, at the earliest. He has played in only 11 games this year.
Fantasy Tip: It's looking more and more like Brantley may not play again this year, but let's wait to see the results of his latest tests to be sure. Because he can offer five-category production to his fantasy owners when healthy, he must remain stashed everywhere. Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin have benefited in Brantley's absence.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:53:04 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco improved his record to 7-3 after beating the Kansas City Royals in his start Wednesday, July 20. The right-hander twirled six shutout innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out six.
Fantasy Tip: Remarkably, that's now eight starts in a row in which Carrasco has allowed two earned runs or fewer, and as a result, he now owns a shiny 2.31 ERA. His strikeout rate is slightly down from past years, but other than that, the 29-year-old has been an outstanding presence in fantasy lineups all season long. He's impossible to bench right now in any format.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:30:52 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Tyler Naquin put up a monster line Wednesday, July 20, against the Kansas City Royals. The rookie outfielder went 3-for-6 with a pair of homers -- his 11th and 12th on the season -- while driving in six runs and scoring twice. He also added a double.
Fantasy Tip: Wow, what a performance from Naquin, who is really starting to turn into an option in the outfield in AL-only leagues, if not deep mixed formats as well. Despite not having any home runs in his first two months with the Indians, Naquin has slugged 12 of them since, including six here in July. As long as Michael Brantley (shoulder) remains out, Naquin will continue to benefit. He could be worth riding while he's swinging a hot bat.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:23:39 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Cleveland recently denied interest in Lucroy, and trade rumors fly rampant this time over year. Still, relocating to one of the best teams in the American League wouldn't hurt Lucroy's fantasy value. Expect the backstop to be moved before the deadline, so stay tuned for updates.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:15:02 -0700
Cleveland Indians 3B Juan Uribe is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 20. INF/OF Jose Ramirez is starting at the hot corner and batting fifth against Kansas City Royals SP Ian Kennedy Wednesday.
Fantasy Tip: Uribe's fantasy value is dwindling, and with Cleveland looking to take a run at the playoffs, it's unlikely they view him as a viable starter at the hot corner. He owns a .214/.266/.348 slash line, after all. Ramirez is a low-end option in deep mixed leagues because of his lack of pop, but he does have nice stats otherwise: 45 runs, 41 RBI and 10 stolen bases with a .294/.351/.412 line.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:10:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bruce could be a spectacular addition in case Michael Brantley ended up missing the rest of the season, but it appears Bruce will stay in Cincinnati or go elsewhere. Keep an eye on where Bruce lands.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:22:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Napoli has turned around his career with one spectacular season in Cleveland. Free of injuries and other adversity and surrounded by several other top hitters, Napoli has blossomed once again. He should be started in all formats.
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