Walk-off slam sinks Tribe

Walk-off slam sinks Tribe

There are 50 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 8, 2008, titled Walk-off slam sinks Tribe. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The Indians' hitting slump was overshadowed by Joe Borowski's inability to hold a two run lead Monday night, as the Angels rallied in the ninth for a 6-4 win at Angels Stadium.

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Tragedy of the Tribe

Wooster, OH

#2 Apr 8, 2008
Browowski has not looked impressive so far. Heck, he hasn't even looked good. I know it's too early to pull the string but I wonder how many ticks he's got. Having a closer who can't close really takes it out of a team, especially after a 9th inning comeback.
Wedgie

Corry, PA

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Whoa baby!
brickyak

Akron, OH

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Dolan will NEVER get off his wallet (except to count his millions.) Keeping Borowski was the biggest mistake from last year. But I guess it will fail in comparrison when cheapa** owner doesn't keep C.C. around either.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#5 Apr 8, 2008
Borowski is just not a good closer. His 45 saves last year stand as one of the most misleading stats in recent baseball history. He also had a 5.07 ERA last year, which is downright horrible for a closer.(He also blew 8 saves, gave up 9 home runs, and gave up 77 hits in 65.2 innings.)

Those are stats that would have a lot of guys on the bus to AAA. But instead, I guess we'll watch him toss games away at the major league level....
Kbadm11

United States

#6 Apr 8, 2008
Looks like my preseason prediction of .500 looks a bit optimistic - Indians can't hit, can't field, and can't close. Seven games do not a season make but it sure looks like this season will hold true to form - since Wedge has been here it is an every other year team.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#7 Apr 8, 2008
The reason why Cleveland teams never close the deal and win championships? They always go into the season with the minimal tolerance for error.

Now Wedge will do his Inspector Clouseau routine and appear clueless until the whole is too deep.

The fans are correct -- the big problems are 3B, LF, and Closer. We've been saying this since last year. The fans are willing to stick it out with Franklin because he can at least provide exceptional defense while he learns to hit. But you can't have right field and third base covered by .260 lifetimers.

Of course some of the other guys will come around. Still the infield is a big question mark. Cabrera and Garko are untested over the course of a full season. Blake and Pheralta are .260 lifetime hitters.

Cleveland fans are impatient for a reason. We have seen this behavior before from the front office. Sometimes you have to spend a little more upfront to receive your rewards later. Minimal tolerance levels simply mean you have a highly breakable team.
ramon

Canton, OH

#8 Apr 8, 2008
Too bad JoBo's talent does not match his ability. We should not mess with the 2 key set up Raphis' but I am betting Jensen Lewis could do the job better than JoBo or Julio.
bikerman

Pearland, TX

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Left field now has 1 hit for the season. I guess we have to live with Borowski. It might be a long season, since Dolan seemingly won't spend anything. I still vote for the fans to boycot, until Dolan gets off his wallet.
test

Cleveland, OH

#10 Apr 8, 2008
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Shapiro helper

Akron, OH

#11 Apr 8, 2008
Phil Savage learned last year (finally) that the Browns needed real linemen. He and Shapiro are buddies so Phil needs to school his pal. Borowski isn't good enough to get the Indians a World Series ring. If Betancourt isn't the answer then find it somewhere. Also, why are 2 cast offs manning left field while Ben Francisco is waiting. Didn't Grady Sizemore's story (remember he was banished to the mionors for used of Gonzalez) teach the Tribe brass anything?

Since: Mar 08

AOL

#12 Apr 8, 2008
Anyone ever do a poll on which Closer a hitter would like to face being down 1-2 runs in the 9th Inning?
Bet I could tell you who would be in the top 3.
What a waste with some pretty good set up people to preceed Borowski!!!
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#13 Apr 8, 2008
East Side Joe wrote:
The reason why Cleveland teams never close the deal and win championships? They always go into the season with the minimal tolerance for error.
Now Wedge will do his Inspector Clouseau routine and appear clueless until the whole is too deep.
The fans are correct -- the big problems are 3B, LF, and Closer. We've been saying this since last year. The fans are willing to stick it out with Franklin because he can at least provide exceptional defense while he learns to hit. But you can't have right field and third base covered by .260 lifetimers.
Of course some of the other guys will come around. Still the infield is a big question mark. Cabrera and Garko are untested over the course of a full season. Blake and Pheralta are .260 lifetime hitters.
Cleveland fans are impatient for a reason. We have seen this behavior before from the front office. Sometimes you have to spend a little more upfront to receive your rewards later. Minimal tolerance levels simply mean you have a highly breakable team.
"hole," not "whole" you idiot.
Joe Blows it Again

Akron, OH

#14 Apr 8, 2008
I have only one question - it's the bottom of the ninth, game 7 of the World Series, and the Indians have a 1 run lead.

Who do you send in?

For all the marbles - I'm going with Carmona, Sabathia, Bentancourt - then Borowski - in that order.

It's sad, but true. You HAVE to have supereme confidence in your closer to be a legit WS contender.

Sure, JoeBlow might register 40+ saves again this year - but does that really change the way you'll feel when it's all on the table?

We have an insane amount of young MLB talent and minor league talent - Lord please, let's use that to find ourselves a TRUE closer. Reassign Borowski to the 7th inning and go from there.

Nothing like an epic 1:00 a.m. meltdown to end the day.

Since: Dec 07

United States

#15 Apr 8, 2008
I'm ticked JoBo blew the save and they lost, but saying that closing 45 out of 53 will get you sent to the minors, or that he hasn't looked good (looked good in his 2-1 save), or not acknowledging that their closer blew the save as well... is asinine
Wedgie

Corry, PA

#16 Apr 8, 2008
Mistake 1 (huge mistake). Wedgie doesn't like Brandon so ships him off.
Mistake 2: To make up for no 2b ships Kuzmanoff to San Diego for Barfield.
Mistake 3: Leaving Brian Barton unprotected and goes to Cards.
Phillips batting 4th for Reds
Kuzmanoff batting 4th for San Diego and playing 3b.
Barton doing so well Cards won't give him back and keep him on ml roster.
Does Joe Borowski remind anyone of Ernie Camacho in 87. Good year before, Tribe was supposed to be good (Snyder and Carter on cover of SI) Camacho blew several early saves, Tribe had a very bad season.
Whoa baby!
Tragedy of the Tribe

Akron, OH

#17 Apr 8, 2008
There are a few other teams' mistakes starting for the Tribe right now. That road goes more than one way, so why make it look like the Indians are the only team ever to make a bad trade?
I knew the cliffjumpers would come out in force. Borowski was a good closer last year, at least a B-level. No team in baseball would give up on him after a week of play. Try to get hold of yourselves and give it a few more games. Baseball = patience.
Alternatively, we should dump CC, who hasn't won a game, Byrd, who looked bad in one start, and every other player who isn't all-star caliber after seven games.
Sheesh, people, get a grip!
Oh No

Millersburg, OH

#18 Apr 8, 2008
No pitching ... no hitting ... and Hafner got $57 million? When you get that kind of money, why perform? Another Ohio losing team!

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#19 Apr 8, 2008
Borowski strikes again.

Blown Save 'O' Meter: 1
Dan R

North Hollywood, CA

#20 Apr 8, 2008
Eric Wedge is a patient manager. Cleveland fans have no reason to be patient. Michaels/Delucci 'experience' will amount to a combine 250 BA--bring up Ben Francisco and see if he can add some pop to the bats. As for Joe Borowski, would it be impatient to try Betancourt in the closer spot?
Garko Polo

Akron, OH

#21 Apr 8, 2008
Hey Braniacs, name one closer that Dolan/Shapiro could have shelled out millions for in the offseason. I'm waiting.

Meanwhile, Blake STILL s*cks!!

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