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Aug 13, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Zach Walters (center) celebrates his game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning of game one against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

What’s on Second (Clevelinks 8/18/14)

Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians are above .500 on the year. After selling Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline, the Indians have surged to a record of 62-60. What better way to celebrate a return to contention than by reading about it? Here’s your Clevelinks, highlighted Cleveland Indians news for Monday, August 18, 2014:

Highlights from Wahoo’s on First:

After trading Cabrera for Zach Walters, Brian Heise asks: Could Zach Walters be the Next Great Trade Acquisition?

Following the release of Frank Herrmann, Merritt Rohlfing remembers the Bullpen Mafia.

Kyle Downing breaks down Lonnie Chisenhall‘s current cold streak and notes what we can expect from Chisenhall moving forward.

In “The Advancing World of Advanced Stats”, Merritt writes about the role of advanced metrics in other sports and how Bill James inspired a movement through American sports.

Michael Chaney notes that the Indians’ deadline deals are paying dividends already.

In another installment of the Days of Future Past series, Michael looks at George Kottaras.

On episode 57 of Wahoo’s on the Mic, The Three Wise Men (Merritt, Nick Houghtaling and Ed Carroll), discuss pitching and the bats of Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. The podcast can also be downloaded on iTunes, and there’s a quick poll at the bottom of the post - we’d be super-grateful if you answered it to help us with our podcast!

It’s Pronounced Lajaway:

Earlier today, Ryan McCrystal  analyzed Carlos Carrasco‘s recent success.  McCrystal looks to see if Carrasco’s hot streak can be continued.

Did the Tribe Win Last Night:

Vince Guerrieri continues to look back on the Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History.  This time he looks at the number one moment: the Indians beating Greg Maddux.

With the Indian’s current hot streak, Bob Toth asks if the Indians can make the postseason on a late year surge.

In a retrospective article, Craig Gifford notes how Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley have taken similar roads to success.

Waiting For Next Year:

With a new commissioner coming soon, Craig Lyndall notes how similar MLB is to Microsoft.

Burning River Baseball:

In case you haven’t seen many of the Tribe’s games, Joseph Coblitz sums up the Indians’ abysmal defense.

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