The Cleveland Indians play well in odd number years lately.
- 2004: 80-82
- 2005: 93-69
- 2006: 78-84
- 2007: 96-66
- 2008: 25-31
I don't get it. That lineup hasn't been much different over the past few years, but seems to be getting worse. Once the Royals took a 1-0 lead, I knew the Tribe was going to lose. Every single player cannot hit. It's amazing how good the same team could look last year and how bad they can look this year.
I read Terry Pluto yesterday in the Plain Dealer and he mentioned the two trades that have killed the Indians: Getting rid of Brandon Phillips and then trying to right their wrong by trading Kevin Kouzmanoff for Josh Barfield. Even without the Barfield trade, an infield with Jhonny Peralta at 3B, Asdrubal Cabrera at SS, and Brandon Phillips at 2B would be a much better upgrade than what we have today. Why is Jamey Carroll getting at-bats that Josh Barfield should be getting?
It's time for a drastic move, I'm afraid...