Beware... once she starts to sing, consider this season OVER.
Bad luck? Maybe. Line drives, typical base hits, were hit smack at Indian fielders. A ball hit just to the right of Wakefield, that he deflects, costing a double-play. That one sinker that just didn't sink, turning into a 3 run homer.
Honestly, though, I don't buy that it's about luck.
These Cleveland Indians, so far, are simply outplaying us. Their lineup is hitting from top to bottom, 1-9. Cleveland boasts a different hero every day. We are only getting production out guys 2-5. Their halfway decent pitchers are playing like they are Cy Young winners. ours can't get past the 4th inning. Their bullpen guys are lights out. Some of our bullpen guys are playing as if there are no lights on in the field.
The thing about the postseason, is that it will magnify your flaws. We can't avoid the fact that there is great inconsistency in our lineup. How comfortable are you when there are two outs, somebody on, and one of these guys are up to bat?
I know at my house, what happens. Someone sighs, gets up off the couch, and hits the bathroom for the inevitable commercial break.
If we lose this series, Tito will have to answer some tough questions. Not just with the fluff, stock, generic responses that we have been hearing, but real, honest answers.
- Why did we NOT utilize the rookie, Jacoby Ellsbury, the lightning in a bottle?
- Why did we NOT try and shake things up, by putting in Cora for Lugo in game 4?
- Were we better for resting Beckett, and not playing him in game 4?
- Why was Gagne used in game two with a tie game, knowing he hasn't had the confidence to handle it?
- Why was Bucholtz off the roster?
Well, we've got the next 24 hrs to think about what has gone wrong, and what needs to improve. Let's put our positive energy out there, Sox fans. Think 2004. Think comeback. Think WIN.