Thursday, May 01, 2008

Watches, warnings
The Indians-Mariners game tonight was a bizarre battle of wills, with each team taking turns in figuring out how to lose the game.

The Indians No. 2 and No. 3 hitters (David Dellucci and that other guy I decided I wouldn't write bad things about this year) combined to strike out seven times.

Travis Hafner batted sixth, and hit a pair of doubles. But after a full year of hearing about how he's "warming up" or "on the verge of busting out of it," I'm not about to get excited.

The only Indian who has been consistent this year has been Victor Martinez. But even he has a major blemish. He has yet to homer this year, which for a cleanup hitter, is a little troubling.

Asdrubal Cabrera is struggling mightily at the plate. Before tonight's game-winning single, he was 0 for his last 14 and hitting below .200.

The truth is, this offense is looking like a bunch of spare parts, with Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore forced to carry the load.

Will they heat up? Probably. That's been the story of this team ever since it rebuilt.

But the Tigers just swept the Yankees, and appear to be catching fire. If the Indians continue to play this way for much longer, they could face an uphill battle as the summer approaches.



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