Sports Anchors, Talk Radio Hosts and (worst of all) Callers to Talk Radio Hosts think they have all the answers when it comes to what the Indians need to do to make a push for the postseason this year. While some of the ideas are good (get a good veteran starter, get another good bat), there have been many that shouldn’t have even been mentioned. My goal here is to point out the things that the Indians should not even consider doing before the trade deadline approaches.
By Craig Gifford
Grady Sizemore‘s third trip the disabled list this season may well signal the end of an era for the Cleveland Indians. Frankly, it may be time for the Tribe to start thinking about life without its one time star center fielder.
From 2005-2009, Sizemore was one of the top players on the team. He was arguably the best center fielder in the game during that stretch and one of the top handful of players in the American League. When Sizemore was at his peak, he was one of the best to ever wear the Wahoo red, white and blue.
By Craig Gifford
Filthy, dominating, unhittable, down-right scary.
Those are all words that can be used to describe this season’s Cleveland Indians relief pitching corps – or as those players like to refer to themselves, “The Bullpen Mafia.”
While the starting rotation could be described as decent and the battling lineup, perhaps iffy, it’s the bullpen that has the Indians contending this year in the American League Central Division.
Even after a shaky weekend in Baltimore, the first bad stretch all season for the group, one has to be confident when one of those arms enters a game.
By Vince Guerrieri
If there’s one Cinderella story in Major League Baseball that has attracted more attention than the Indians, it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Buccos, owners of the longest streak of futility in the major leagues with 18 straight losing seasons, have not just climbed out of the cellar of the National League Central, but are at the top of the standings at 49-44, the same record as the Indians.