Man, I thought I had a bad day when I realized the grapefruit I brought for lunch was spoiled. (Seriously, it smelled like feet, it was awful.) Well, it was nothing compared to the day (week?) the Indians had. After the crushing sweep by Detroit this weekend, they lose three of four to the Mariners. And to say that two of those three losses were awful is an understatement. While it wasn’t a huge surprise to watch Zach McAllister tank (his other Major League appearance wasn’t anything to write home about), I have to admit, it was sort of a blow to watch the Mariners taking batting practice off of Josh Tomlin. For the first time in his career he did not make it for 5+ innings, ending his consecutive streak at 37. The Indians were hammered 9-2, after losing 12-7 last night.
This is frustrating, because the Mariners are not necessarily an offensive juggernaut. This is also a team that lost 17 consecutive games not that long ago; to lose three out of four is a huge disappointment. You’d think that the Kansas City series this weekend would be a good opportunity for the Tribe to turn things around, but the way they’re playing it may get worse before it gets better. With last night’s game, the Indians actually had a number of opportunities to get back into the game. They loaded the bases with one out on several occasions; unfortunately they were never able to make anything happen.
The Indians already have Grady Sizemore, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Kipnis and Travis Hafner on the DL; now Michael Brantley’s wrist is bothering him, and Shin-Soo Choo strained his left side during today’s batting practice. It’s obvious that Hafner and Brantley had been hurting for a while; their performance really suffered lately. Choo just seemed to be heating up though, so of course it figures that he’d end up injured.
There have been a flurry of waiver claims over the past 24 hours, but it’s uncertain how many were actually awarded to the Indians. Even if they were, there’s no guarantee that they’d be able to complete a deal anyway. Reportedly, the Indians placed a waiver claim on Jim Thome. Unfortunately, it’s been reported that the White Sox did so as well; since there record was worse at the time, they will win the claim. I’m not sure if the White Sox actually have plans for Thome with Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko on the roster (unless they finally want to start benching Dunn). There’s been some speculation they did so just to keep him from going to the Indians. Someone also placed a claim on the Twins’ Jason Kubel, and there is speculation that the Indians were one of the teams (although no word yet if they’re likely to be awarded the claim). I know after this weekend/week, getting a hitter may be a moot point. However, if you can get someone without giving up much, it would still make games a bit more pleasant to watch over the remainder of the season.