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CLEVELAND: Are the Indians falling into another batting slump just in time for the Detroit Tigers' final invasion of the season? Either that or the Kansas City Royals suddenly possess three of the most ...

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East Side Joe

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#1
Sep 17, 2007
 
Ocker is right. I've had a bad feeling too. For some reason this team hasn't generated faith from the fans. You can dis this fans, like Pluto has, and I'm not saying he is wrong, but insecurity prevails. A quick victory, backed by some offense, over the Tigers in game one will help.

Memo to Wedge: Please drop Peralta to the bottom of the order. Is it me or doesn't he seem to strikeout all the time with runners on base? Does anyone know what the numbers are for Peralta with RISP or just on-base?
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#2
Sep 17, 2007
 
I think the Indians should schedule all Sunday home games at night. They stay out too late Saturday night and play like crap on Sunday afternoon. I'd like to know what their record is on Sundays at home. Two years ago I had tickets for all Sunday games and I think they went 4-11. Maybe we should let the pitchers bat on Sunday. The next three games will determine if we hit a late season slump or not!
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#3
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Indians must take a better hitting approach tonite against Kenny Rogers. They will be seeing a lot of change ups and breaking balls. Hope they adjust better than they did Sunday. They must win at least one of these games.
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Sep 17, 2007
 
East Side Joe wrote:
Memo to Wedge: Please drop Peralta to the bottom of the order. Is it me or doesn't he seem to strikeout all the time with runners on base? Does anyone know what the numbers are for Peralta with RISP or just on-base?
Peralta needs to be benched. His numbers recently are horrendous.
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Sep 17, 2007
 
East Side Joe wrote:
Ocker is right. I've had a bad feeling too. For some reason this team hasn't generated faith from the fans. You can dis this fans, like Pluto has, and I'm not saying he is wrong, but insecurity prevails. A quick victory, backed by some offense, over the Tigers in game one will help.
Memo to Wedge: Please drop Peralta to the bottom of the order. Is it me or doesn't he seem to strikeout all the time with runners on base? Does anyone know what the numbers are for Peralta with RISP or just on-base?
The tribe is 12-10 on Sunday games w/ yesterday's loss. Peralta is batting .274 .364 .474 w/ RISP..257 .358. 400 with 2 outs and RISP.
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#6
Sep 17, 2007
 
Where is Old Man Grump in here. If his logic for the Indians is anything like his logic for the Browns then the Indians suck now right Grump? They lost a game they are horrible. What a joke this team is, they suck, go Yankees!!

Old man grump you are an idiot and know nothing about sports!!

GO INDIANS!
GO BROWNS!
East Side Joe

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Sep 17, 2007
 
That is better than I thought. Thanks.
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The tribe is 12-10 on Sunday games w/ yesterday's loss. Peralta is batting .274 .364 .474 w/ RISP..257 .358. 400 with 2 outs and RISP.
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Sep 17, 2007
 
Another blown series finale against KC? Shades of 2005! Could it be deja vu all over again?
Ken Blessinger

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#9
Sep 17, 2007
 
As someone has already pointed out, the Indians need to win only one game of the three against the Tigers. That should be manageable, but I'd feel better about the prospect of it happening if our pitching were set up more strongly going into the series. The Tigers will be starting their best pitchers, while the Indians will be starting their most unpredictable pitchers, at least until Wednesday. The problem with that is that, if the Tribe loses the first two games of the series, the Wednesday game becomes pretty much a must-win deal. If the Tigers sweep the series, the Indians will, in my opinion, be in deep doo-doo. They simply have to win in their own ballpark. If they don't take care of business at home, they will be playing under relentless, wilting pressure the rest of the way.
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#10
Sep 17, 2007
 
They won 2 out of 3 for crying out loud! Why not focus on that fact and the BETTER Indian's pitching!!!
Tribe Fan

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Sep 17, 2007
 
Kenyon wrote:
Another blown series finale against KC? Shades of 2005! Could it be deja vu all over again?
I see you finally pulled your head out of your ass where it's been for about a month. They lose ONE game and you're acting like a drama queen.

But yet, you're probably thinking "Super Bowl" after yesterday's Browns' victory huh?
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Sep 17, 2007
 
RobinErie wrote:
They won 2 out of 3 for crying out loud! Why not focus on that fact and the BETTER Indian's pitching!!!
I did write about the need to win at least two games in the KC series last week, in case you weren't paying attention. They succeeded in doing that. Good for them. The Tigers are playing the game with renewed energy now and with a sense of desperation too. I chose about what lies ahead, not what has already happened. I'm sorry that my lack of retro-thinking offended you, Mr. Ivy Leaguer.
Ken Blessinger

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Sep 17, 2007
 
add "to write" after "chose" in the third line.
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#14
Sep 17, 2007
 
Uh-Oh...PESSIMISM has struck again. It started last night on WTAM, this morning it's Ocker and now the "fans" on here. Can't understand why some people mull about the prospect of being swept by the Tigers. Hey, try this for a change: Indians sweep the Tigers and go 7.5 up!
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Sep 17, 2007
 
Kenyon wrote:
Another blown series finale against KC? Shades of 2005! Could it be deja vu all over again?
Shows how much you know. In 2005 KC swept them. By your logic we win by at least 2 full games. Some of the numbskulls posting here should focus on their GED's instead of scraping their knuckles on the ground.
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#16
Sep 17, 2007
 
Hey everyone, relax. The magic number will be under 5 after they sweep the Tigers. All we need to do is get in the post season to have a chance. Did anyone really think the Cardinals would win last year (or the Marlins in 97)?

Go Tribe!!
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#17
Sep 17, 2007
 
What I'm saying Kenny is that if the Indians blow this lead it won't be because they averaged "only" 4.66 runs/game against K.C. This has not been a high scoring offense all year and close games have come to be their forte. So, being an "IVYTHINKER" I think they are in great shape to secure the Central by the end of the week. I'd much rather have this team of "grinders" as opposed to the streaky team that gave a sense of false hope in 2005.
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#18
Sep 17, 2007
 
Well, Robin, I think your second post makes much more sense than your first one did. Of course, they are in great shape---they have a 4.5-game lead over their closest competitor, whom they really need to beat only once in three tries, with all of the games being played on their own field. If that isn't an edge, there's no such thing. But, as I recall, my first post dealt with pitching questions---not run-scoring problems. I am fearful that Rodgers and Verlander, being dramatically-better pitchers, just might best Byrd and, especially, Westbrook. That could leave getting that one critical victory up to Sabathia who, while he is a better pitcher than Robertson, is not a sure thing. If the Indians come out of the series with no more than a 1.5-game lead, I personally believe the scent of toast could be in the air. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. By the way, Robin, how is your good friend, Bruce Wayne, these days?
Kenyon

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#19
Sep 17, 2007
 
Well, Tribe Fan, I thought you might have noticed that I live in the greater DC area. I'm not always in the U.S., or near a computer. I wish I could always think with my heart, instead of my head, as you seem to do.
At any rate, I note that a large number of comments agree that the Tribe MUST win this series.
Oh, and Ramon (is that an anagram for Moron, or just close?), did you read me saying that the Tribe won the series in 2005? I try to keep my comments simple, just for "readers" like you. Did I use too many big words?
Tribe Fan

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Sep 17, 2007
 
Kenyon wrote:
At any rate, I note that a large number of comments agree that the Tribe MUST win this series.
Well, duh! Gee...are people making those comments brain surgeons? Rocket scientists?

Obviously not. But even IF -- by chance -- the Tribe gets swept or only takes one -- they will still be #1 in the division. Everyone needs to remember that the Tigers are playing for a WILD CARD spot. This is the game everyone will be watching -- or should be. Red Sox and Yanks had their weekend in the ESPN spotlight.

I feel pretty confident tonight and Wednesday, but kinda shaky against Verlander with Westbrook on the mound. But our boys know what needs to get done. Pitching is only half the battle. As we've seen many times this season, you can have outstanding pitching, but if the bats are asleep, it's all for naut. Just look at how many kick-ass games CC and Fausto pitched, but lost because we failed to score.

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