Monday, September 22, 2008

Curtain Closes on Season of Unfulfilled Expectations

The Tribe beat the Tigers 10-5 to close out the home games Sunday at the Pro. They beat the D-Train to do it, in an ironic twist. If you recall, when the Tigers signed the Dontrelle some around Cleveland said it would be a piece that could push the Tigers past the Tribe, and towards the division title. It wasn't, and while these two poverty striken towns battled it out on the diamond this weekend, the Twins and the White Sox battled it out for the division.

Couple interesting items on the Tribe's season:

1. Of all the players expected to have a big year in '08...Hafner, Martinez, Gutierrez, Carmona...the guy least likely to have a big year was the '07 Buffalo Bison Cliff Lee, and he had the season to remember. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lee is the 9th player to stand at least 20 games above .500 at any point in the season...everyone else to do so won the Cy Young, guys like Sandy Koufax, Dwight Gooden, and Roger Clemens to name a few...and Cliff Lee? Yeah I saw that coming. But kudos to Lee, leading the league in wins at 22, and era at 2.41, he was the only reason to pay remote attention to the Tribe down the stretch.

2. Buster Olney and Peter Gammons both picked the Indians to Win the World Series. As a tribe fan, it would honestly hurt less if these guys woudnt do this too me in the offseason.

3. In the second half of the season (w/ 200 plate appearances) Shin Soo Choo is 4th in the league in OPS at 1.071, behind Man Ram, Pujols, Teixeira, and ahead of everyone else in the league.

4. Since July 10th, the Indians won 41 of their last 65 games...What if they started the season 41 and 24? Oh well.

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