Well, that sucked.
I don’t believe the recap needs to say very much: Zach McAllister was kind of putrid, Max Scherzer was not, and this game was over early as the Tigers trounced the Indians 10-3 to take the four-game sweep at Progressive Field. The Indians best pitcher on Thursday night was Ryan Raburn, which probably says a lot all by itself. Like I said, there isn’t a whole lot to say about this particular game, but there is something important that needs to be said:
It’s not over.
In my series preview article, I wanted to write out a worst-case scenario, where the Indians got swept by the Tigers — “no, that’s too defeatist, you need to stay positive” I told myself. Now, I wish I had written it, as I would have looked prescient.
Anyway, here’s the deal:
The Indians are 7 games out of the division; unless Detroit falls flat on its face the rest of the way, the division is now out of reach. The Tribe is also 3 games out of the wild card, but that is hardly an insurmountable lead. The Indians, however, have series remaining with Oakland and Baltimore, which means their fate ultimately rests in their own hands.
This was a bad week for the pitching staff, and an awful week for the offense, but it’s not over.
This was a bad week for the fans and for Terry Francona, but it’s not over.
This is a flawed team that just failed the biggest test of the year, but it’s still not over.
This is a team that has come back again and again, from losing streaks and bad breaks and bad umpiring, and knows that it’s not over.
It’s hard to stay positive with this team, as their valleys are very deep and very dark, but we all need to believe that it’s not over.
I mean, what else do you have to believe in, the Browns?
(…Just kidding, the Browns did look pretty good in their little preseason game. I can’t really say anything disparaging… yet.)
-I am glad that the Mark Reynolds era is mercifully at an end… I understand that the team wanted him to succeed and wanted him to have a chance to work out of his slump, but it just wasn’t happening. This is a good move for both parties. At least we’ll always have April.
-If you missed it, I wrote an article for the ESPN Sweetspot blog on the main page, you can find that HERE. It looks at why and how Ryan Raburn has been able to have success this season, especially compared to last year.
-Zach McAllister may be broken — I don’t know, finger problems are scary and he hasn’t been close to the same pitcher since coming back from his finger injury. It’s scary, but it does remind you of Adam Miller a little bit… and now Kluber has a similar injury. Not good.
The Indians start a series with the Angels tonight… and my oh my do they need a win badly.