The Indians' bullpen allowed a six-run seventh inning in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night.
It's the Indians' fourth straight loss and it drops their record to 6-13. That's exactly how the 1987 Indians (the last time Cleveland was picked to win the World Series by Sports Illustrated) started their season.
Tonight's One Last Thing: The Indians' frustrations are beginning to boil, and they're growing sick of how things are going this season.
This is obviously not the start to the 2015 season the Indians wanted. The offense has sputtered, and when it's been good, the bullpen has faltered or the starting pitching took a night off. Since blowing out the Detroit Tigers 13-1 Friday night, the Indians are 0-4. It's four losses to the two frontrunners in the AL Central.
Indians manager Terry Francona held a team meeting after Monday night's loss. It wasn't to yell and throw chairs, but more of a reminder of the team's goals and that they've been here before.
It's true, but it was clear after Tuesday's loss that frustrations are reaching a high point.
Here's Trevor Bauer on the team as a whole: "We know we're a good team. We know we can win games. We're not doing it right now. Something has to change soon, really [expletive] soon, or else it's going to be a long season."
Here's Scott Atchison, who took the loss, on the bullpen: "I think everybody is frustrated down there. We all take pride in what we're doing and we expect to go out and perform every night and be successful. It's been a rough start. We're not the first group to ever have a rough start. We can sit here and say it's early all we want, but it's time to get going. We need to take that upon ourselves as a group in the 'pen and as a team all together."
It's still April. There are still five months of baseball left. But it's clear the team is reaching a, "We're sick of playing like this" mindset.
Francisco Lindor is waiting in the wings. Yan Gomes is still 4-6 weeks way from returning. Nick Swisher could be 1-2 weeks away. But it appears as though the team is tired of waiting for things to happen.
Francona talked Tuesday before the game about not trying to get everying back in one day. You can't win seven games in one day.
But the team is reaching a boiling point with ending more days than not with a loss. The fans have been there for a while, but that's common. The guys in the clubhouse are catching up.