Cleveland Indians news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:01:52 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (4-2) struck out a season-high 14 batters in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, June 30. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks over 7 1/3 innings.
Fantasy Tip: Carrasco has thrown four consecutive quality starts and has posted a 0.55 ERA over his last two outings. He will make his next appearance versus the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, July 5, and should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:27:19 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) is progressing well and throwing soft tosses, according to manager Terry Francona. Francona also said Brantley will have an impact for Cleveland in the second half of the season.
Fantasy Tip: At this point, fantasy owners will be happy to take whatever they can from Brantley, and he remains a must-stash outfielder in all seasonal leagues. There is five-category upside, but there is also still no firm timeline on when he'll rejoin Cleveland. Stay tuned for updates.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:45:34 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Lonnie Chisenhall and C Yan Gomes are not in the starting lineup Thursday, June 30. OF Tyler Naquin is starting in right field and is hitting seventh, while C Chris Gimenez is behind the plate and batting ninth against Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the off day, Chisenhall has heated up recently and should be drawing attention from those in deep mixed leagues. Naquin is providing a nice average (.331 in 124 at-bats) but doesn't move the needle much in the counting stats (six home runs, 16 RBI) and is more of a deep sleeper in DFS. Gimenez is a desperation low-end catching consideration.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:17:18 -0700
Cleveland Indians C Roberto Perez (thumb) is nearing a return to game action. Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday, June 29, that Perez might play as a designated hitter in a minor-league rehab game as soon as this weekend. Perez is recovering from surgery to repair a broken right thumb, and he has been sidelined since May 1.
Fantasy Tip: When healthy, Perez is only worth using as a No. 2 backstop in the deepest of AL-only fantasy leagues as he'll rarely play ahead of Yan Gomes.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:16:37 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar allowed five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in a win Wednesday, June 29, against the Atlanta Braves. He threw 70 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the quality start as he earned his 10th win of the season.
Fantasy Tip: Salazar lowered his ERA to 2.22 with the impressive outing, helping the Indians to their 12th straight victory. His next scheduled start will be July 4 against the Detroit Tigers, and he will be a two-start pitcher in weekly fantasy formats.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:10:57 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer has posted a 2.76 ERA in 11 starts since the club acquired C Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers May 4, and began using the battery together regularly. Gimenez feels that Bauer's recent success is due to him focusing on his strengths rather than trying to turn the 25-year-old right-hander into someone he's not. "People in the past have tried to make him a different pitcher than he really is," Gimenez said. "He's the type of guy who will throw all of his pitches, try to strike everyone out, which is fine. But he's a guy who lives at the top of the zone. People in the past have told him to throw fastballs down in the zone, breaking stuff down in the zone. Instead of making him a different pitcher, why not take what he does best and use his stuff at the top of the zone?"
Fantasy Tip: Bauer is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in six starts during the month of June, with 12 walks and 43 strikeouts over 44 2/3 innings. He should be started with confidence in all fantasy formats.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:47:21 -0700
Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is not in the starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves and SP Joel De La Cruz Wednesday, June 29, without the designated hitter in a National League park. 1B Mike Napoli is at first base and is hitting cleanup.
Fantasy Tip: Napoli doesn't hit for average and strikes out often, but he's been a great waiver wire find this year with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in his first year in Cleveland. Against a pitcher making his major league debut tonight, Napoli needs to be fired up in all fantasy lineups.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:40:27 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA and .189 opponent's average against in his last five starts with 32 strikeouts and 17 walks in 32 innings. He's limited opponents to a .158 average (9-for-57) with runners in scoring position over that time.
Fantasy Tip: What more could fantasy owners ask for? Not only has Salazar been lights out of late, but he's facing an extremely juicy matchup in the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, and he's a no-brainer start in all fantasy leagues tonight.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:34:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Salazar has a tasty matchup against the Atlanta Braves tonight, and he'll be a high-end starter to consider for DFS usage.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:03:37 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar will start Wednesday, June 29, against the Atlanta Braves. He has the second-lowest ERA in the American League at 2.40 and will be opposed by SP Joel De La Cruz, who is making his major league debut.
Fantasy Tip: Salazar is a great fantasy option and DFS play across the board, and DFS players would also be wise to use a Cleveland stack of hitters in the ultra-favorable matchup as the Indians go for their 12th straight victory.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:03:14 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber allowed two earned runs, three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over eight inning in a win Tuesday, June 28, against the Atlanta Braves. He threw 64 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the quality start.
Fantasy Tip: Kluber had a rough April, but he has been improving each month since. After going 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA in six May starts he is 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 37 innings in five outings in June. He has re-emerged as a fantasy-elite pitcher and DFS stud.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:10:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Without the option to utilize a designated hitter in the road game at Atlanta, Napoli is the odd-man out Tuesday. Napoli's batting average is nothing to write home about (.242), but his 45 runs, 16 home runs and 52 RBI are providing a solid three-category return. At this point, Napoli should be owned in the majority of seasonal leagues.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:14:45 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, Brantley recently suffered a right biceps injury, and had to have his rehab shut down. He remains a viable stash candidate in all fantasy leagues because of his five-category potential when healthy. Stay tuned for updates.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:53:45 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Klubot is quite attractive tonight against the Atlanta Braves. He should be one of the top SPs to consider in DFS.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:46:23 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Napoli has a team-high 52 RBI this season, but the most noteworthy thing about his effort tonight was that it came on the road. Prior to Monday, the 34-year-old was batting .199 with only five homers and 15 RBI away from Cleveland. One good performance doesn't change the fact he has been horrible on the road this year, but perhaps the fact he is facing the Braves means owners can ignore his splits for the next two nights. As such, he should be started in most leagues.
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