Of the club’s final 23 games, the Indians faced one opponent – the Kansas City Royals – with a winning record. It looked like Cleveland was a prime contender to waltz into the playoffs as one of the AL Wild Card winners, especially given that KC’s record was worse than that of the Tribe’s. And, yet, of the final six games against the Royals, the Indians eked out just two wins.

Last night’s disappointing loss to soft-tossing southpaw Bruce Chen knocked the Indians’ playoff chances to down to 54.5% according to ESPN.

Chen, who garnered Tom Glavine-like comparisons coming up through the Atlanta farm system in the 1990s, scattered four hits and one walk through five innings of work. Tribe rookie starter Danny Salazar, on the other hand, coughed up four runs in six innings, three of which came in the first.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Sal Perez were responsible for most of KC’s offense last night. Perez, who doubled home Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler in the first inning, would later score on a Salazar wild pitch. Perez would finish the night 1-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBIs.

Escobar, who went 2-for-4, was credited with a steal of home in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners on the corners and one out, left fielder Alex Gordon attempted to steal second base. Tribe catcher Yan Gomes double-clutched his throw to second, and Escobar would score during the resulting run down.

Kansas City would tack on three more runs before the end of the night, two off of rookie right-hander C.C. Lee (one earned, though) and the final coming off of southpaw Nick Hagadone.

As for the Tribe offense, the bats continued their post-All Star break swoon. The Indians scratched out five hits, only one of which was for extra-bases.

With the final 10 games remaining coming against some of the worst teams in baseball (Astros, White Sox and Twins), the Indians’ hopes for a playoff spot still remain quite high. Resurgent team ace Ubaldo Jimenez takes on Dallas Keuchel tonight. Game time is 7:05.


  • DaveR says:

    Pretty sad show vs KC these last couple weeks. I fully expect them to get to the playoffs (and have we ever needed more of a positive in Cleveland sports than now?) but they really won’t have much of an edge vs any of the anticipated playoff teams. Those sweeps of the A’s and Rangers seem like they happened years ago.

  • Tribe Fan in San Diego says:

    Pitching and hitting aside, they looked terrible and out of focus. Far to many dropped balls and throwing errors. If we make the playoffs, it will only be because we were (hopefully) able to beat up on the bad teams we have left to play.

    If the Tribe want’s to have any shot at all in the playoffs, they need to get focused and play the best ball they can.

  • Bill Curtin says:

    If Tito’s in KC’s dugout & Yost is in ours, we’re probably talking a double sweep. KC looks like the future power in the Central once Pizza Pizza croaks.

  • Gvl Steve says:

    I don’t think they’ve ever scored a run on Bruce Chen, but the other signs of zombiness were troubling. Kipnis looks completely exhausted and needs a day off. One bit of good news: The Browns kicked off the Indians new attendance promotion by throwing in the towel on their season in week 3. There are now 75000 homeless Browns fans looking for something to root for. Maybe a few will trot on over to the Prog and infuse some energy into this playoff race.

  • SeattleStu says:

    Really sad effort versus kc and det. We new to pound Houston 4 straight. No b.s.