The face of Jason Kipnis said it all. Disappointment, that’s the message I got with one look at Kipnis in the Indians dugout when the last out came. The Indians offense never got going. The hottest team in baseball bats were silenced by Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Indians out hit the Tampa Bay Rays in the game, but they couldn’t bring the runners across the plate. The Tribe was shut out 4-0 and they had more than enough base runners to win this ball game. The heart of the batting order couldn’t get a hit.
Kipnis, Cabrera, Swisher and Bourn all went hit less in the game. The guys who are suppose to be difference makers at the plate didn’t do anything in the game that was to propel the Indians into the play offs.
It was the same story through much of the season. The offense could not get going when facing a tough pitcher. Cobb did what he had to do to eliminate the Cleveland Indians who were the hottest team in baseball coming into the wild card game.
Danny Salazar gave up one home run and gave up 4 hits in total and was charged with 3 earned runs in the game. In the end it just didn’t matter with the way the Indians offense played.
The Indians had a great season and went further than anyone thought they would go. They just missed taking the central by 2 games and they just missed a trip to the play offs by one game. It is time to get ready for next season and hopefully we will see the magic return.
Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians on a season well done.
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