When will it end? And by that I mean both the losing streak and the season. The only mystery left for this year is whether or not they’ll finish with the worst record in the American League. They’ve already been outscored by 101 runs this season, the third worst run differential in the majors and worst in the AL.
Earlier this week on Twitter I questioned whether Manny Acta was on the hot seat. The Indians are cruising toward their third consecutive losing season and no manager has ever been brought back for a fourth year under those circumstances. In fact, only Ken Aspromonte was allowed to complete three full losing season, all others were relieved of their duties before reaching that point – a fate which, potentially, could still await Acta.
After witnessing this 10-game abomination, I think it’s safe to assume that Acta’s job is on the line over the final two months of the season. I won’t be at all shocked if they decide to stick with him, the front office genuinely seems to like him and the players have – at least to this point – supported him. But when you fall flat on your face in a year in which you’re expected to make a run at the playoffs, heads tend to roll.
A few other notes…
- The Indians have allowed 88 runs during their current 10-game losing streak, the most runs allowed during a 10-game skid in franchise history. And according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, it’s also the most runs allowed during any 10-game stretch since 1938. Remember how this year’s team was supposed to be built on pitching and defense? Ha!
- Zach McAllsiter became the first Indians pitcher to allow seven unearned runs since Brian Anderson in 2003 against the White Sox.
- Justin Morneau became the 4th player in Twins history with 3 or more multi-home run games against the Indians joining Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison and Don Mincher.