By Josh Kramer
Sure many Clevelanders are currently celebrating the recent LeBrondown, as highlighted by our friends at Grantland.com. And up until recently, they were enjoying a pleasant surprise from their baseball team. Cleveland had the MLB’s best record, arguably the best offense, and were way ahead in the AL Central not too long ago. Sadly, a couple of weeks in the MLB can change any teams fortunes. Welcome to the life of a Cleveland sports fan.
Now I am by no means on a rip into Cleveland rampage. I hold no animosity towards the place. But things appeared to be too good to be true for the pro sports haven in northern Ohio. The Indians were absolutely rolling. That is by no means the case anymore. They are now currently tied atop the Central. And the two teams in contention, Cleveland and Detroit appear to be heading in way different directions. The Indians have now lost 4 in a row, and 9 of 11. Detroit on the other hand has won 6 of 9, and finally seem to be gelling behind their ace, Justin Verlander.
I can’t say that I did not see this Cleveland breakdown in the Bronx coming. At the end of April, the Indians were leading the American League in runs scored. Now they just rank 8th (out of 14). In addition, their team batting average has dropped dramatically, and also ranks 8th in the American League. Also, at the end of April, their ERA ranked 4th in the AL at 3.62. Now it is just 7th, 3.99. Lastly, they had an astonishing +45 run differential. Now it is just +6.
I along with many thought that Cleveland may be this year’s version of the Cincinnati Reds. Maybe we all jumped the gun too early. The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948. Cleveland is one of those cities that deals with horrific professional sports for long periods of time. Sadly, LeBron and the Heat will likely respond tonight and the Indians will continue to falter.
The recent woes of the Tribe are a definite reality check for Clevelanders across the board. Do not expect things to get much better any time soon either.
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