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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 23, 2021

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Game #142: Cleveland Indians (59-82) at Texas Rangers (83-57)

By Mike Brandyberry

On June 23, the Indians lost to the Houston Astros, 8-1 and Jeanmar Gomez made his last start before heading back Triple-A Columbus. After 70 games, the Tribe held a 37-33 record and lead the American League Central Division by half a game.

It took them one extra game, but 71 games later the Tribe officially hit the cellar last night, losing to the Minnesota Twins, 7-2. The loss tied the Indians with the Twins for the worst record in the American League and the bottom spot in the division.

Today, the Indians don’t just wake up in last place. They wake up in last place with a chance to be only the third team to be in first place after 70 games and finish in last place. They also wake a stagnant team with no life and according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, the front office is “livid” with the comments of Chris Perez, while scouts around the league believe Manny Acta is resigned to losing.

The team has hit rock bottom, now all that remains are the 21 final games to see the repercussions on the players and coaching staff and the actions of the front office and ownership.

Tonight, Ubaldo Jimenez (9-15, 5.58 ERA) takes the mound for the Tribe. Jimenez may be a symbol of the Tribe’s decline better than any other single player. In the first half, the wild, erratic starter seemed to battle and find a way to compete and give the Indians a chance to win. In the second half, Jimenez has fallen behind hitters, ran up pitch counts and failed to win. Jimenez has not won since August 9 and has lost his last four decisions. His 15 defeats is a Major League high.

The Rangers counter with left-hander Matt Harrison (15-9, 3.37 ERA) to battle a very minor league heavy lineup. The Tribe is a league-low 14-31 against southpaws this season, proving the organization’s plan to build a lefty-heavy lineup as a poor plan. Harrison has lost his last two starts, but if the anything can turn a lefty’s season around, it’s the Indians. Tonight, five of the nine Tribe starters have spent considerable time in the minor leagues this season.

Game action tonight begins at 8:05 pm ET from Arlington, Texas with the game available on SportsTime Ohio on television and WTAM-1100 AM on the Indians Radio Network.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Carlos Santana, C
4. Russ Canzler, 1B
5. Matt LaPorta, DH
6. Brent Lillibridge, SS
7. Jason Donald, 3B
8. Thomas Neal, LF
9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF

Texas Rangers Starting Lineup
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. David Murphy, RF
6. Michael Young, DH
7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
8. Geovany Soto, C
9. Leonys Martin, CF

Photo: AP Photo

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