There is your Cleveland Indians in numbers, as I stand staring here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. They started the season 8-13. During this stretch, the offense was prone to big innings, but not much else. The starting pitching was suspect, but the bullpen was as dangerous as they come.
The next phase of baseball was dominant. The starting pitching began to show consistency led by Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Ubaldo Jimenez. The bullpen was locking games down, and the offense was a juggernaut, led by newcomers Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher. They had power, speed, and arms to spare.
Then it all went away.
The offense disappeared after a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox. The starting pitching wasn’t as dominant, and the bullpen went from a strength to a potential weakness. The closer got hurt, than got busted for allegedly being a moron. The guy taking his place lost his velocity. The southpaws all went north, and the s...