The 2012 Indians won’t finish with the worst record in franchise history, but you can make a very strong case that the product they’re putting on the field right now is the worst we’ve seen. Consider these two stats:
- The Indians have lost 25 of their last 30 games, tying a franchise record originally set by the 1991 Indians.
- During their current 30-game disaster, the Indians have been outscored by 99 runs – the worst month-long run differential in franchise history, breaking the mark shared by the 1921 and ’29 Indians (91 runs).
When the losing started I was on the fence about Manny Acta’s future, but I can’t see how he can keep his job now. Over the past two seasons the Indians have a combined record of 44-74 after the All-Star Break. It’s unreasonable to pin that all on Acta, but it’s equally insane to think he hasn’t played a role in their second-half collapses.
Last year I was actually OK with the way the season ended. While it was disappointing, the losing was understandable due to the rash of injuries. But what’s the excuse this year? Missing Hafner from the lineup and Tomlin from the rotation doesn’t explain this abomination of a month.
In fact, the Indians have been surprisingly healthy. Tuesday’s lineup against the A’s featured seven of their nine opening day starters (Lillibridge and Donald replaced Hafner and Hannahan).
At this point, I think it’s time to can Acta – and the sooner the better. I don’t know what difference a change in management will make over the long haul, but a new leader at the helm often leads to a short-term boost in performance. And given the way this team is playing, they need all the help they can get before they drive even more fans away.