Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is this possible?

The Indians Tuesday night had 13 base runners, and only scored one run. That's not easy to do, but the Indians aren't always an easy team to watch. In their 2-1 loss at Kansas City they drew 7 walks and had 6 hits, but only one of those 13 base runners wound up scoring. They left 12 runners on base.

As the Indians look ahead to next year one of their biggest needs is adding not one but two run producers in the middle of their lineup. One will be Carlos Santana, assuming he returns healthy. But they need another one, at least, and at this point, who that or they will be is anyone's guess. Although Travis Hafner has had two strong games since coming off the disabled list, until Hafner starts stringing together weeks of strong games, there is no reason to believe he'll ever be the consistent run producer he was before his shoulder injuries.

With Hafner still a question mark and Santana out for the year, the Indians are hurting when it comes to guys who can drive in a run now and then. Shin-Soo Choo can do it, but unless he hits a home run it's hard for him to drive in himself. The Indians' biggest problem for the rest of this season, in case you hadn't noticed, isn't winning games. It's merely scoring some runs.


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