Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rolling with the Tribe

It's amazing, when a team is hot, even when they screw up things turn out Ok. It happened during the Indians' 12-4 win over the Reds Sunday. With runners at first and third, the Indians tried a double steal, but botched it. Travis Buck, the runner at first broke for second, but once the throw went to second, Shin-Soo Choo, the runner at third, was late breaking for the plate. Choo was so late that he got trapped in no-man's land and then tried to retreat to third base before the throw from catcher Ramon Hernandez go there.

Choo should have been out by 10 feet. Instead, Hernandez threw wildly to third. The ball rolled all the way down the left field foul line, all the way to the wall. Choo and Buck both scored, so the Indians scored two runs on a play they screwed up, but one that the Reds screwed up even more.

Stuff like that frequently happens to teams having the type of season the Indians are having. They are now 18-4 at home, the best home record through 22 games in franchis history.

The Indians have played so well for so long that you expect something to break right for them late in every close game. The next three games will be another challenge, however.

The Red Sox are playing well, and the Indians will be facing Boston's three best pitchers, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester.

It's not a stretch to say that this could be a preview of a post-season series. Certainly the three pitchers the Indians will face in the series are playoff-caliber starting pitchers. And the way the Indians have been playing stamps them as a playoff-caliber team.


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