club must take the next step, simple as that sounds. And the Indians
know that step really has to be made in nail-biter ballgames, where
they were dismal last season.
It's about one-run games.
Indians played a lot of them last season (58, to be exact), and they
lost a lot of them, too (36, to be exact). The loss total was the most
in the Majors and the most by an AL team since 1968.
ensure such heartbreak is not endured in '06, the club has put extra
emphasis on the game's fundamentals this spring. Bunting, situational
hitting and controlling the running game have been as much a part of
the players' spring routine as golfing, fishing, and baking in the
That's from a story that appeared on the Indians' own website last March. (Read the whole thing here).
Just to bring you up to date, so far in 2006 the Tribe has made 80
errors, second most in the AL, and also ranks next to last in the AL in
fielding percentage. As for the supposed emphasis on "bunting,
situational hitting and controlling the running game," they were
joking, right? Let's see, they also rank second to last in the AL in
throwing out baserunners attempting to steal, and recently ended an
impressive 0-19 streak with runners in scoring position (but still managed to strand five runners the night they did it).
club has failed miserably-- and in just about every way imaginable --
at what supposedly was a top priority going into the season. Eric Wedge
watched all this unfold, and while he never dodged a question about it
or tried to shirk responsibility for it, he also doesn't seem to have
done much to try to stop it.