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It's a different problem every day

The Sports Xchange

The Indians lost to Pittsburgh 9-5 on Sunday. It was the Indians' seventh loss in their last 10 games. They seem to be having breakdowns in different areas every day.

Sunday it was the defense, as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera committed three errors, including two on one play, which gift-wrapped eight of the nine runs scored by the Pirates. Ironically, Cabrera is one of the Indians' best defensive players.

He came into Sunday's game having made just three errors all year. Then he made three errors in one game. Those errors, the Indians' shaky defense and the usual lack of hitting all led to the Indians losing two of three games to the Pirates.

The further the Indians get into the season, the more apparent it becomes that they have to play at very near peak efficiency in order to have a chance to win on a given day. Any breakdown in any area makes it very difficult for them to win.

Simply put, they don't have the roster depth of many of the teams expected to be contenders for the postseason. If one or two key players have a bad game, particularly pitchers, it makes it very difficult for the Indians to win.

The Indians are also struggling in interleague play. They have lost eight of the 12 interleague games they have played this year. Most recently they lost two of three to Cincinnati and two of three to Pittsburgh. That does not bode well for the Indians, who begin another three-game series vs. Cincinnati on Monday night.

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