Well this stinks. Over the past month or so the Tribe has looked just awful. They've managed to keep their heads above water (in terms of still being in the race) for a lot longer than most people expected by the way they were playing, but things are looking grimmer by the day. Amazing how quickly the whole outlook can change.
At this rate, depending on the next handful of games, the Tribe could now find themselves doing a complete 180° from what we all thought they'd be doing as the trade deadline approaches. We've all expected them to be buyers or if not then at least we figured they'd try to push forward with what they have. However, if Shapiro and Antonetti decide that this team just isn't close enough talent-wise and won't be able to compete down the stretch then they could be deadline sellers. Any number of guys could be on their way out of town.
Its unfortunate that this team finds themselves in this situation after such a promising start, but nonetheless with they way they have played lately they have definitely made this into a real possibility. The offense is just unbearable to watch as of late. Not that's it was outstanding at any point this year but, early in the year, they were at least getting some timely hits and a few guys were playing consistent baseball. Now, though, they look just terrible pretty much top to bottom. No one seems to be able to consistently get the job done and its starting to seem like they won't be able to get it going in time before they completely sink.
Their rivals are making bold moves to get better (the WhiteSox acquired Kevin Youkilis a few weeks ago and the Tigers just got Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez) I realize the Tribe is a little short-handed when it comes to prospects, but its tough to see your division foes pushing forward while you are starting to feel like its time to hang it up. There's still an outside chance that they pick it up and sweep this next series and give the Indians executives a little motivation to keep thinking about buying. At this point, though, it doesn't seem like the more likely scenario.
Obviously, as a Tribe fan, I still hope for a miracle, but again, as a Tribe fan, I don't expect it. We'll see what happens this week, but my advice is to hope for them to be buyers, but prepare for them to be sellers.