Turn out the lights
The party’s over
They say that
All good things must end
Call it tonight
The party’s over
And tomorrow starts
The same old thing again
It may not be "Dandy" Don Meridith singing it but it means the same thing. After the last place Indians lost to the last place Reds this afternoon by a score of 9-5, the Indians ensured that the second half of the season would mirror the first half. Their inability to score with runners on base is a sharp contrast to the success this team enjoyed all of last season.
With the next 12 games against Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, and Tampa Bay, things do not look like they will improve.
"It is going to make it or break it for us,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “This is what it’s all about. These are the teams in front of us and it will tell us what we need to know one way or the other.”
Wedge has been extremely patient with his team and that patience has been often translated into a lack of urgency for the season. In his post game interview this afternoon, he spoke of adjustments that needed to be made and that the team can't make every adjustment necessary. It appears that one adjustment they have made is reducing called third strikes. Of their 10 strike outs today, only Shoppach, Blake, and Choo were rung up looking. That, believe it or not, is progress.
The next 12 games appear to be very important to this season according to Eric Wedge.
Come on, if we win 6 games, we will be playing better ball than we have played all season.
Look for some moves to be made soon after the All-Star break.
It may be time to give up on the season but not on the team or the game of baseball.
Bad baseball in Cleveland is better than no baseball in Cleveland and we came very close to that happening about 15 to 20 years ago.
This team can rebuild fast enough to be competitive next season.
Dare I say it?...Wait 'til next year.