The first three hitters in the lineup -- Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez -- have a combined .143 batting average and .222 on-base percentage to date in the series. This is not a recipe for winning.
If C.C. pitches the ball in the dirt, Or bounce it off the plate, He could be flirting with a no hitter in tonight's game. Never seen a collective group of players, stupid enough to keep swinging at those pitches that are balls, 2 games in a row, Incredible.
yeah it don't look good...we might have blown our load on the win streak
the LAD went on a similar streak earlier in the season then went on a mini-bender immediately afterward...Tribe seems to be going thru the same thing...might not be time to turn it around
also, if you look at NYY, they have a better lineup than us, and a better bullpen...SP is our only advantage and we blew that advantage somewhat when we couldn't get Carrasco 2 runs off Tanaka, a guy with a 4.47 ERA for the season
good shot tonight tho, on paper at least...
This is the impossibility of the existence of nothing.
I don't want to hear about winning 102 games, or the 22-game streak. When it really, really mattered, the "stars" choked, plain and simple. You can blame the pitchers, but for the most part (other than your ace) they did their job. Yankees only batted .201 for series. Here are some stats from the Plain Dealer on the series:
Scored only five runs in the last three games. Struck out 40 times in their last 27 innings. Made seven errors in the last two games. Francisco Lindor? The All-Star shortstop was 2-for-18 ... six strikeouts. Jason Kipnis? He was 4-for-22 ... eight strikeouts. Jose Ramirez? He was 2-for-20 ... seven strikeouts. Edwin Encarnacion? He was 0-for-7 ... and missed three games with an ankle injury. Michael Brantley? Coming back from an ankle injury, he was 1-for-11. Tribe designated hitters were designated outs ... a combined 1-for-18, Brantley's single was the only hit by a DH. The Indians batted .171 for the five games. The Indians hit .171 as a team and scored 18 runs. Half of those runs came in Game 2. In the last three games of the series, the Indians went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and scored five runs. Indians pitchers set a set a franchise record with 16 strikeouts in the nine-inning game. For the series, Yankee pitchers struck out 61 in 47 innings, while Indians pitchers struck out 64 in 47 innings. Yankees as a team batted .201.
I am thoroughly convinced that I will never see the Indians win a World Series.
I remember seeing Rocky Colavito play, back in the 60's and thinking......"I am now, officially, an Indians fan". I used to watch Tribe games with my dad; kind of a bonding thing. When I see Chief Wahoo, I think of him. Heck, I love 'em even when they stink. But, damn, it ALWAYS hurts when they can get so close but yet never seem to get over the top.
And to think, a shortstop hits two home runs to put the Yankees up 3 - 0, and, here we go again.............
Post by ronburgandy on Oct 12, 2017 14:50:19 GMT -5
They are, the core group is locked up for several years. The only real big name free agents are Santana and Brantley. Shaw is a free agent but our bullpen is so deep we could easily not resign him. Jay Bruce is too but our outfield is also deep if they resign Brantley and Zimmerman will be back next year.
Brantley = Grady Sizemore Great talent before he got paid the big money. But,,,I can also see him going someplace else and then haunting the Indians like so many former Indians did after they left.
I'm not a Brian Shaw fan, let him go.
In hind sight it's too bad some of the pitchers on the staff who performed well during the regular season never got a chance. I read someplace that Klubers' back was bothering him in both starts and Tito knew it before hand. I think the total team collapse started when EE got injured in game 2. From a Psychological standpoint his presence in the lineup made Lindor and Jose better,,,once injured I think those two especially really really were thrown for a loop at the plate. When you feel you need to make up for a team mate not being there,,,especially in baseball maybe more than any of the big 3 sports,,,bad things happen. Bauer pitching on 3 days rest, seemed like maybe we had better options than that,,,obviously it's pretty easy now to play the ---woulda coulda shoulda game.
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