Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Don’t Look Now, But…

The Cleveland Indians find themselves in a familiar place once again this season. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They join the ranks of the hottest teams in baseball right now;
Tampa Bay 1st place
Chicago White Sox 1st place
Chicago Cubs 1st place

New York Mets 1st place
Boston 2nd place
Minnesota 2nd place
Houston 4th place
Cleveland 4th place

The Indians are back to 10 games under the .500 mark. That’s the familiar yet scary place. Each time they reach 10 games under .500 (since their May Sway and their June Swoon), they have imploded and fell victim to a lack of offense and pitching, particularly in the bullpen. Tonight, they play the last place Royals at Progressive Field in game 2 of a 3 game series. The Indians won the first game handily with some solid pitching and a 9-run team effort. As we look to reach respectability in this season gone bad, we need to get over this hump at 10 games under and make our move. With 2 games with the Royals here, 3 games in Texas, and 3 in Detroit, there is no reason that this team cannot pull within 6 games of .500 by winning 6 of these 8 games. This team is playing very good baseball right now, the kind of ball they are capable of playing despite injuries and trades. It is time to tell Jobu, “Forget you, I do it myself!” (This line is from the cleaned-up version of the movie “Major League.”)

We have 8 games in the next 8 days vs. 3 teams with a combined winning percentage of .473.

The table is set!

Anybody hungry?

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