As the Indians let another victory slip through their hands to the White Sox, I was thinking: Did we put too high of expectations on this team?
Last year, it was something new. The team was coming back to win games late. They had a certain spark to them that had us believing they could win any game.
Is that gone?
Corey Kluber was incredible yesterday, striking out 13 in eight innings. He was pulled after giving up just one run and three hits. Control wasn't an issue. He walked only two.
But Terry Francona says he pulled Kluber due to pitch count, 110, and because it was a close game. Closer John Axford came in, gave up a three-run homer and it's a loss.
I have no problem with the decision. I didn't at the time. I don't this morning. Francona knows what he's doing.
The Indians changed closers to have a better bullpen this year. Twenty-two blown saves a year ago. Only two so far this year.
But it's games like this that cause concern, even panic, with the fans. I'm more concerned about the bigger picture. They can't hit, 13th in the American League and the starters are 7-13.
Those stats could be bigger trends. Trends lead to losing streaks. The more losing streaks, the less chance of making the playoffs.
They could have won. They should have won. But they didn't . It's one loss.
Time to move on, take three of four from the Twins and it's forgotten. Keep winning series and they'll be OK.
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