What a difference a week can make. It was a week ago that the Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers that pushed the Indians' record to 26-18, and extended their first place lead in the Central Division to 3 12 games.
Thursday the Indians had a much-needed off day as it gave them a chance to try to regroup from a disastrous week in which they lost five of six games. They followed their three-game sweep of Detroit by getting swept in a three game series in Chicago. Then they came home and lost two of three games to Kansas City.
The Indians were outscored, 48-26, in those six games. As a result, in the space of one week the Indians went from being in first place by 3 12 games to falling into second place, 1 12 games behind the division leading White Sox.
They also lost their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters.
Cleanup hitter Travis Hafner, the designated hitter, was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, and Thursday had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He is expected...