Archive for the ‘Encarnacion’ Category
The Cleveland Indians used very specific game plans in the postseason to attack Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs hitters. Part of those plans was heavy breaking ball usage because that’s what the data told them was the best plan and it just so happened that what was left of their rotation had breaking balls. One of those players in particular was then Blue Jays hitter Edwin Encarnacion .
Is Edwin Encarnacion Being Pitched To Differently?
Over the weekend, I was talking with one of my friends, Chad, about the start of the upcoming 2017 season. And, he said to me that outside of his favorite team (the Cubs), up until a few years ago, he didn’t follow the other teams and leagues as much unless he had something vested in the game—maybe a $1 bet or so. When he got into fantasy baseball, it made more games a lot more interesting for him
While there is unfortunately no baseball being played during the winter months, we normally have the Hot Stove to keep us warm with endless rumors and huge contracts being handed out by teams who will inevitably regret it. Until this past winter, that is. The free agent market just wasn’t any good , and Yoenis Cespedes was the only player on the open market to secure a guarantee above $100 million (four years, $110 million, to be exact )
The Indians have added to their list of long term control players by guaranteeing Jose Ramirez $26M with a chance to make up to $50M with escalators and options. With this, Ramirez becomes the first Indians player to have a guaranteed salary in both 2020 and 2021 and is the first to have an option year in 2022 or 2023. They must really like his hair, because the 2016 star will be around for a very long time
Updated Tribe Salary Distribution with JRaMVP
The 2017 season will go as far as the starting rotation allows it to. That bold statement certainly can, and has, been argued by both fans and pundits this offseason.
Manager Terry Francona had a difficult decision when tasked with making out his lineup for Game 3 of the 2016 World Series in Chicago. For all of the season prior to that point, Francona had a choice of whether to DH Carlos Santana or Mike Napoli and the other player would man first base, but in the National League park, the DH wasn’t permitted, so who would be the odd man out? Francona, with some obvious trepidation, decided to give Santana a shot in left field for only his second appearance there in his career (he once played four innings in left field in 2012). This would let Napoli be the first baseman and the way to get both power hitters in to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks
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The Reasoning Behind Carlos Santana, Left Fielder
While many Major League Baseball fans despise the World Baseball Classic as a distraction from Spring Training and an injury risk as athletes ramp up to semi-serious competition much earlier than usual, it remains the best international competition in baseball and often is filled with intense rivalries and entertaining games. Last time around (2013), Carlos Santana helped lead the Dominican Republic to their first title after Japan won in both 2006 and 2009. For whatever reason, the Indians team is a little less internationally than in some previous seasons
Tribe Well Represented in 2017 World Baseball Classic
With the reigning American League champions returning almost the entire roster from 2016 and adding to that the biggest free agent slugger on the market, Edwin Encarnacion , there is less room for the kind of veteran on a minor league deal signing than there has been in years. With that in mind, this class of those with invites to Major League camp who aren’t on the 40 man roster is smaller than any in recent memory and they are generally far from winning a roster spot. That being said, you never know who will have a break out Spring or possibly stick around with Columbus to help the Indians later in the season, so let’s get to know the Spring class of 2017.
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Getting to Know the Indians 2017 Spring Training Invitees
The excitement over the signing of Edwin Encarnacion was well due. Averaging a WAR of over 4 since 2012, he was arguably the best available player in free agency for the Indians to sign and represents the kind of action that Cleveland fans have been waiting for from the Dolans for years.
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The Long Term Encarnacion Effect on Carlos Santana
Like most professional sports, Major League Baseball is a copycat league. When the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals displayed how crucial a dominant bullpen can be en route to winning championships, other teams tried to duplicate their strategy in hopes of finding similar success. Now, after seeing what it took for the Chicago Cubs to end their excruciating 108-year title drought, even their most bitter rivals are taking notes for the future