Joe SmithIn the Indians pre-game show Tribe relief pitcher Joe Smith made comments about the team having success against teams like the Minnesota Twins and  Kansas City. Smith was making a comparison between the Indians schedule and the Tigers and the White Sox schedule, Smith said the Indians have success against teams like the Twins. Either the rest of the team didn’t see the interview or Smith forgot to pass his message on, the Indians then went on to get their butts handed to them by the Twins.

Josh Tomlin gave up 10 hits and 8 runs in the game against the team the Indians were suppose to beat.  The Cleveland offense only had three hits off Minnesota pitcher Scott Diamond who went on to complete the game and get the shut out over the team that just rallied for a come from behind win over the Tigers with Justin Verlander pitching. It wasn’t suppose to happen like this, the Indians clearly are a better team than the Twins.

The Cleveland Indians are going to miss the play-offs if they can’t find the kind of consistency they need to win games against teams like the Twins. To go to Minnesota and lose the first game 11-0 shows the Indians offense still hasn’t figured it out yet. The Indians fall back to .500 at 50-50 on the season, it is the next 62 games that really matter in Major League baseball. If the Indians can find the missing pieces and put some winning streaks together, then they have a chance at post season play. If they fail to do that the fans in Cleveland will see another wasted opportunity go by.

Perhaps it is the Indians front offense unable to make a move before the trade deadline to bring in a guy who can help this team win. The Indians have a great bull-pen and two of the best finishers in the M.L.B. with Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Once the Indians have the lead after six innings they have proven they are very difficult to beat. The Team needs a guy or two in the offense that can compete day after day and get some hits. The front office should know that by now and should have made a move to get someone.

This should be a lesson to the team to stay motivated, you can’t take any team in Major League baseball for granted.


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