Friday, June 09, 2006

Tribe's Hitting the Road Without "Stay Up Late Boy"?

Looks like Sauerbeck is on his way out. That's a shame -- particularly after Vinny came up with a great nickname for him.

The Tribe starts out on what could prove to be a critical road trip tonight. They play three against the White Sox, and then it's on to the Bronx for three before finishing the trip in Milwaukee.

When all is said and done, we may come to look on this last home stand as one of the season's key missed opportunities. The Indians took three out of four from Chicago, but then dropped two series in a row to mediocre AL West teams. By only managing to go 5-5 on this home stand, they failed to capitalize on the recent lackluster play of both Detroit (3-7 over the last 10 games) and the White Sox (4-6 over the last 10 games).

As a lot of people have already noted, the Indians don't have the pitching to duplicate last year's post-All Star break heroics. Eight and a half games in early June isn't an insurmountable lead, but if they are going to make a move, they need to do it soon.

Right now would be nice.

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