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Sweep by a very impressive Detroit team, we could have pulled one game out if it wasn't for all the sloppy play
 

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Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians have issues - SweetSpot - ESPN

The Indians have played through more bad "luck" than the Nats or Mariners; they're 1-5 against the Tigers, although they've only been outscored 38 to 35 in those six games.

That doesn't mean there aren't issues here. As with the Nationals and Mariners, we've seen a poor defensive team, with the Indians tied with the Nationals at minus-13 Defensive Runs Saved. While Washington and Seattle have reason to expect better defense moving forward, that's less obvious with Cleveland, which rated as the worst defensive team in the majors last year at minus-75 DRS. Considering the Royals rate at plus-24 runs, the Indians already trail the Royals by 37 runs on defense alone; that's a lot of pitching and hitting you have to generate to make up the difference.

The rotation has been fine. I'm not worried about Corey Kluber, who is 0-2 with a 3.90 ERA in four starts; he has 31 K's and five walks in 27.2 innings. That's the same pitcher who won the Cy Young Award last year. Trevor Bauer has allowed two runs in three starts and Carlos Carrasco has a 1.72 FIP compared to a 4.60 ERA. The defense hasn't helped but his ERA should drop.

Two big problems on offense: Jason Kipnis looks lost with a .504 OPS and just one extra-base hit in 71 at-bats. Michael Bourn may be done. If he's not giving you speed and defense, which he isn't, he isn't of much value, especially since he's hitting .169. Trouble is, there isn't really another center fielder on the roster, as Michael Brantley is stretched defensively there. You wonder if the Indians will considering calling up defensive whiz Francisco Lindor to play shortstop, moveJose Ramirez to second and try Kipnis in center field, where he played in college.

Getting Yan Gomes back will help and I still like this rotation, but the Indians have already dug themselves a hole behind Detroit and Kansas City. FanGraphs gives them an 18 percent chance of winning the division.
 

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What's the eight million dollar Swisher doing on the DL? The fans sure got "Buffaloed" when they re-signed that "crib". The only thing wrong with his Kee is pocket full of money! Yankee's dump him as the Indians manager needed support for his failing lineup. Nick needs to go back to taking bating bating practice in front of the mirror!
 

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What's the eight million dollar Swisher doing on the DL? The fans sure got "Buffaloed" when they re-signed that "crib". The only thing wrong with his Kee is pocket full of money! Yankee's dump him as the Indians manager needed support for his failing lineup. Nick needs to go back to taking bating bating practice in front of the mirror!
but he's mr brohio!
 

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Lindor gets the Tribe going! Single jack to right

Lindor has been impressive since his callup
 
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