Even the Nationals have a better record than the Hapless tribe right now. How can that be?
Well the Indians were just swept by the Tigers for one, make that four consecutive losses. The Nationals happen to be on a three-game winning streak. Neither of these teams seem like a candidate for an October date though.
Yet the Nationals were expected to be terrible. The Indians? well...at least they play in a Central Division that is just as mediocre. The seven games they trail by could be made up, in theory.
That would mean the Indians would have to hit better with runners in scoring position. Only Arizona (.150) has a worse batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position. Cleveland is hitting .169 in those situations.
Bats usually have a way of coming around though. And the Indians have given glimpses this season of being able to pound the baseball whether its in the New Yankee Stadium or not.
What is truly troublesome is the arms. Starters, bullpen it doesn't matter. Still the WORST ERA in the majors at 5.83.
Anthony Castrovince was able to detail how bad the sweep, and season thus far, is in his blog (Note: this was posted before yesterday's game).
- According to Elias, the last time the Tigers recorded back-to-back shutouts in Cleveland was July 3-4 in '08. That's 1908. When Teddy Roosevelt was president.
- The last time the Tribe was shut out in back-to-back games was July 21-22, 2004, against the White Sox.
- The Indians have not scored in their last 19 innings, dating back to the eighth inning Thursday night in Boston.
- The Tigers have not swept a three-game series in Cleveland since May 2006.
- The Indians are 0-6 at home this year on Fridays and Saturdays. But they are 2-0 on Sundays.