With the season winding down, it is painful to remember the Cleveland Indians were only a few games behind the Chicago White Sox for the lead in the American League Central just after the All-Star break. Since that point, the Indians have gone 17-47. While many teams are fighting to avoid a last place finish, the Indians are fighting to avoid their first last-place finish since 1991.
Is the team playing for pride? That is tough to say. Are they playing to have a job next season? That would be a more realistic argument. Heading into the offseason things will need to change. There are holes in the field that will need to be addressed and the starting rotation needs a complete overhaul. A new manager may be in the works as well after the complete meltdown in the second half.
With less than two weeks of baseball remaining I am sad to see another season ending the way it did. At the same time I am curious to see how different the team will look next season.
The Cleveland Indians will take on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium located in Kansas City, Mo. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:10 p.m. EDT.
Justin Masterson (11-14, 4.93 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Royals' Luis Mendoza (7-9, 4.50 ERA).
Cleveland enters the game with a 62-88 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 28-47 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.
Kansas City comes into the matchup with a 68-81 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 34-41 when playing at home and have won six of their last 10 games.
The season series is currently stands at 7-5 in favor of the Royals.
Where to watch or listen:
In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.
Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).
The batting statistic leaders:
Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .283 batting average, Carlos Santana- 16 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 69 runs batted in.
Kansas City: Billy Butler- .309 batting average, Billy Butler- 27 home runs, Billy Butler- 99 runs batted in.
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