Aug 9, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) hits a home run to right during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland Indians won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

What's on Second? (Clevelinks 8/31/14)

The Cleveland Indians are streaking right now.  Last week, the Tribe won five of six games, and Zach Walters hit yet another go-ahead home run.  Tonight the Tribe will go for the sweep against the Kansas City Royals.  Let’s look back on the top stories in the Indians Blog-o-sphere.  Here’s this week’s batch of Clevelinks:

Wahoo’s on First Highlights:

Wahoo’s on the Mic returns and discusses young guns, waivers, and our crazy world. Merritt Rohlfing and Nick Houghtaling are your tour guides in the weird world of Indians baseball.

Despite a strong last outing, Jeremy Klein informs us to resist the urge to buy in on T.J. House.

With the Indians approaching a stretch in which they play 30 games in 30 days, Matt Bretz asks, “should the Cleveland Indians use a six-man rotation?

As the Indians approached a crucial series with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Buster Olney sat down with Wahoo’s on First’s own Ed Carroll.  Listen in as they discuss both the series and each team’s playoff hopes.

With Carlos Carrasco pitching like an ace, Austin Ingraham writes about the renaissance of the young starter.

Wahoo’s on First gained another new writer. Read Stephen Adams’s first post, analyzing the Indians recently promoted first round pick, Bradley Zimmer. Zimmer was promoted to the class A Lake County Captains a day after Stephen’s post.

Burning River Baseball:

With Lonnie Chisenhall still slumping, Joseph Coblitz discusses the rise and fall of Chisenhall.

With knee injuries and performance drops, Tribe fans are disappointed with Nick Swisher.  But Coblitz tells us why the Indians should never trade Swisher.

Did the Tribe Win Last Night?:

With the September roster expansion tomorrow, Laurel Wilder explains roster expansion will give the Tribe a chance to find missing pieces.

Indians fans have been spoiled in past years with the Bullpen Mafia.  With the Mafia dissembled, Craig Gifford notes that the Tribe’s pen is as strong as ever.

After trading Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline, many baseball fans thought that the Indians were tossing in the towel.  However, the Indians are still contending.  Bob Toth said the Indians committed addition by subtraction.

It’s Pronounced Lajaway:

Following Carlos Carrasco‘s fourth straight start allowing fewer than one run, Ryan McCrystal points out Carrasco is on an impressive streak.

After the Tribe inked 38-year-old Russell Branyan to a contract, McCrystal welcomed him back to an Indians uniform.

Waiting for Next Year:

Craig Lyndall celebrates the return of a cherished WFNY hashtag: #BlameBranyan

Jacob Rosen took a look at the defense of Michael Brantley, and some readers might be surprised at how poor Brantley is in the field.

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