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My Take On The Tribe

 

LET'S CHECK IN ON THE CLEVELAND Indians, our major league baseball team here in Northeastern Ohio.  Where do I start?  I really thought last spring that the Tribe would be a better team this year.  Not a sure fire playoff team, but they would be "a player."  NEVER MIND.  Is this the worst team in Indians history.  Not by a long shot.  When I was coming up, a 100 loss season was NOT unusual.  This team is much better than most of those teams in the 70's and 80's.  However, if there was ever a .500 team in Cleveland, this is it.  So what happened?  Carlos Santana forgot how to hit during the first 2 months of the season.  Nick Swisher has been just as bad as last season.  You've gotta love Nick for his attitude, but that doesn't win ballgames.  Is he healthy?  Maybe, maybe not.  But is he the hitter he was in Oakland and New York.  Not by a long shot.  Astrubel Cabrera has been a nightmare at shortstop.  Not only is he hitting below .250 this year, his defense has been awful.  These are the guys who were expected to put runs on the board.  Nobody, and I mean nobody has been able to get that game winning hit this year.  The Indians must get a few hitters who can get the job done in clutch situations.  Aside from Michael Brantley, nobody is getting the job done.  What about the pitching?  The ace was to be Justin Masterson.  NEVER MIND.  Masterson will be a free agent at the end of this season, but with his performance this year, you have to wonder if the Tribe brass will even take a chance on him in the future.  The bullpen has been up and down but some of the young arms in the rotation have excelled at times (Corey Kluber for instance.)  The defense has been an embarrassment (Ryan Rayburn costing the team a game last week in Kansas City is a perfect example.)  Will this team go on a tear the last 2 months of the season like last year?  No!  It's win a few, then lose a few, then win a few, then...well you get it.  Finally, the manager Terry Francona.  I still think he's one of the better managers in baseball.  With no ace on the pitching staff, nobody piling up RBI's in clutch situations, no closer in the bullpen and an entire team that has forgotten how to catch the baseball, Francona has performed a miracle in leading this team to a .500 record.  I would love to see what he could do with teams like the ones the Tribe put on the field in the 90's.  But that was then and this is now.  The best way to sum up this season is disappointment...but WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR!  JIM

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