The Indians 1st Year Under Francona Should End Up A Success – Even If It Doesn’t Mean Playoffs
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Thursday August 15, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians have had a tremendous season under first year manager Terry Francona. It isn’t very often for a team like Cleveland to get a manager of his caliber.
Francona broke the curse in Boston, can he break the streak of Championshipless in Cleveland – since the days of Bob Feller via 1948?
I wrote an article right before the All-Star Break stating that the Indians would make a run in the second half and make the playoffs.
Well the best player on the planet Miguel Cabrera has spoiled that idea with all the Home Runs he has been hitting here lately. The Indians can’t make up any ground on the Tigers and they are running out of time.
It might not be this season but give Francona some time, he will make Cleveland a contender in no time.
Kipnis – Inside The Park HR:
2013 All-Star Jason Kipnis, is having his best offensive he has ever had. He is leading the Indians in every offensive category. He has done his part this season there is no doubt about that.
Should he be upset if they don’t make the playoffs? I don’t believe so. If they don’t make the playoffs this season there is always next.
The Cleveland resident would say “We say that every year”, yes you do, but you have one of the best managers in baseball in Terry Francona
“Tito” knows what he is doing and has done a great job with the roster he was dealt. Give him this offseason to pick up some free agents and this Cleveland team will be a contender.
When healthy, Bourn has struggled to reach base in the 2nd Half (.290 OBP) – and Cabrera is having an abysmal Post ALL – Star campaign (.175/.205/.505) – to accentuate the former Braves struggles.
Despite two of their key performers mightily not doing their jobs, the club is hanging in contention.
You can look directly to the Pitching for saving the teams collective bacon. The Staff is 14 – 12, with a 3.31 ERA in 26 games since the ALL – Star Game.
The chuckers also still leda the entire MLB in Shutouts for the campaign with 15. Having hit and miss throwers, has negated the teams not having the strongest Starting Rotation around.
4 of the 5 Starters have winning records and the ERA’s range from 3.54 to 4.18.
There are plenty of outfielders on the market that the Indians could possibly pick up for defensive and offensive help.
Slugger Mark Reynolds didn’t work out as he was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Nick Swisher hasn’t been the same hitter either ever since he left the whiffle ball field of Yankee Stadium – although he does manage to get on base at a healthy clip.
Now that we have about 40 games left in the regular season, I don’t see the Indians making the playoffs this season. They just don’t have enough fire power to get them there.
The Cleveland faithful shouldn’t be too upset as they do have the possible American League Cy Young in Max Scherzer – and a possible second consecutive ‘Triple Crown winner’ Miguel Cabrera in their division to spoil their playoff hopes for at least the Division.
There is always next year Cleveland, and this time I actually mean it.
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