Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 7/6/13
CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers have been circling like vultures for two days, picking at the bones of the Indians after bludgeoning them in matter-of-fact fashion.So the Indians decided it was time to circle their own wagons, and in the clubhouse shortly after Saturdays disappointing 9-4 loss the players decided to talk it out.With veterans leading the meeting, the talk was about how the Indians had played so poorly the first two games against the Tigers, and how they had not played their game.Were definitely not intimidated by them, said second baseman Jason Kipnis. We just came out flat the last couple days. We had a little bit of a meeting and were looking to change that.Kipnis became the spokesperson about the meeting because he took questions after making his first All-Star Game.But he said the players felt the meeting was needed.The emphasis was simple: The Indians did not have to put any pressure on themselves because Detroit is in the other dugout; they needed to play loose and smart. The meeting thing worked once this season. In Kansas City, Nick Swisher lit a fire under teammates after a bad first-game-of-a-doubleheader loss to the Royals. The Indians won the second game to start an 18-4 stretch.This weekend, the Indians returned from a 7-4 road trip to read about this early July series being crucial, and then they were greeted by a mess of media asking about it.The pressures not really on us, Kipnis said. Its got to be on them and thats the way we need to approach it.Kipnis said the Tigers are the team that was in the World Series, the team with the big names and big contracts. The Tigers play loose, play carefree, and the Indians believe they should as well. Maybe the players are trying to talk themselves into something, but the general thinking is the team doing the chasing has nothing to lose -- because its expected to lose.The Indians didnt play that way the first two games.We definitely havent been playing the way that weve been (when) winning games, he said. Having fun. Moving guys around. Looking to get it to the next guy. Were looking to change that (Sunday).Detroit outscored the Indians 16-4 in consecutive games. It has won seven in a row over Cleveland by a combined score of 49-19. When the Tigers hit like they can and the Indians dont play well it looks like the Tigers are toying with the Indians, patting them on the heads as they shoo them away from their first-place domain.Carlos Carrasco was abysmal and his situation may be reaching critical mass, as he grooved home run pitches to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder (back to back) and then threw wildly to third on a bunt attempt that allowed more runs to score. Carrasco now has a 9.10 ERA in six starts, and has given up 47 hits in 28 23 innings.He looks worse than the numbers.How long the Indians can stick with him remains a question. Because though his manager talks about his lights out stuff, its sure not showing on the mound. But with Zach McAllister on the disabled list through the All-Star break, he probably has to stay in the rotation.As for the Tigers, even manager Terry Francona admits the losses are grating.We certainly need to do better against them, he said. Theyre the team thats directly ahead of us and theyve kind of had their way with us.In two games, the Indians sent a sellout and a crowd of 28,504 home disappointed. In a city that expects pratfalls, losing like this leads to negativity that seems to feed on itself.Evidently relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano heard it on Twitter, as he posted this after the game: Run for the hills if you must, tell me how much you hate being a fan and how nothing has changed if it makes you feel better about yourself.Why anyone would vent at one of the Indians most accessible and accountable and productive guys defies explanation, but then so does the standard some seem to hold the Indians to. Two bad losses and people are ready to give up on a team that has fought and competed all season, and its not even the All-Star break?The following remains true:--The Indians played poorly the first two games of the series.--Two games remain in the series.--This team is capable of better than its shown.--This is not the same team as 2011 and 2012.--To truly show that, though, this team has to start beating good teams.The Indians know all of it.And they understand it.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Report: Josh Gordon 'on thin ice' with 'weary' Browns

Report: Junior Galette out for season with torn Achilles

Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin in war of words over 'disrespect'

Report: CJ McCollum agrees to max contract with Blazers

Report: Florida QB Treon Harris to transfer

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

A too early preview of UEFA World Cup 2018 qualifying

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Jason Williams calls Barkley a 'loser' for Durant criticism

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker