Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Monday, August 06, 2007

This is not fun

What is going on in the Midwest?

The Indians, Tigers and Brewers are all free falling? But by far the Indians have to be the most frustrating because at least the Brewers and Tigers have some excuses.

The Tigers and Brewers have some injuries. The Tigers are a Mash unit in fact and this is the first time the Brewers have been in contention since most of the team was in elementary school.

But the Indians playing like crap is almost eerie because they are healthy and for the most part since Lee was shipped down pitching great. They just can't score runs. It is maddening. The games are stressful and veining popping enough but this trend makes Sports center unwatchable and reading the paper in the morning frustrating when both should be relaxing.

Thing is I have no answers and worse I doubt Wedge or Shapiro does either. I keep hearing how it has been fortunate the Tigers are been slumping too. Well the Tigers are not really slumping. Their number starter, top setup man and four hitter are all hurt. They all could healthy. A full team ends a slump normally. The Indians should have a five or six game lead. They have squandered an opportunity.

And now they have a dogfight with the Twins- a team ready to give up the ship plus the Mariners and Yankees are waiting for the Wild Card.

And there is only one way out-- to hit and hope your stressed out pitching doesn't burn out from frustration.