Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/20/14
1) Its tough to believe we were all fooled by the Indians fast start and the offseason buzz created by the addition of Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds and Michael Bourn. The starting pitching was always a concern, but the lineup generated enough excitement to look forward to 2013. A 27-19 start with an 18-4 stretch generated optimism, but a 5-16 stretch has followed, including an eight-game losing streak that ended on Tuesday. A team that a year ago fell apart with an 11-game losing streak and 5-25 month and changed managers to help make sure that didnt happen again had a pretty futile stretch, even with Wednesdays win. A week ago the bad stretch was one of those things that happen in a season. Now its risen to the level of concern. Losses count just as much in May and June as they do in September. 2) At this point youd like to think the Francona Factor would come into play. Terry Francona was brought in to change the culture, change the team. He changed its vibe in spring training and ...
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