Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/8/12
CLEVELAND -- Don't be tricked into believing the Indians' 6-2 win over visiting Minnesota on Wednesday was something to smile about, something of relevance. This team stinks. Entering Wednesday, the Indians had lost 11 straight and were laughable every step of the way. So thanks to the Twins for lying down and not caring for a day. And about the only thing worse than the present is the future, as the Indians seem to have no plan when it comes to getting better. They just seem to take their lumps (and your attention and money), seemingly happy to say Cleveland has a team, and that should be enough. But the fans aren't stupid. They're on to this little scheme of going nowhere fast and being OK with it. They've put the Indians in their rightful place on the social media networks -- as the butt of jokes. That, of course, is when the fans aren't lashing out at the owners or deep thinkers behind this nightmare of a roster. Yes, it starts with owners Larry and Paul Dolan, and while they want to win, they clearly aren't willing to do it by any means necessary. Otherwise, general manager Chris Antonetti would be selling tickets. Then again, it's hard to envision Antonetti being trusted with such a meaningful task when you consider what a mess he's made of the roster. Then again, it's hard to blame Antonetti for the fact Asdrubal Cabrera looks like the world's largest tomato when dressed in Wahoo red. Then again, it's hard to blame Antonetti for Carlos Santana looking more like a solo guitar player than a starting catcher. And then again, it's hard to blame Antonetti for a pitching unit that resembles something straight out of the Bad News Bears. But you have to blame someone, so why not the man who's assembled these luminaries? Within the past four years, the Indians traded C.C. Sabathia for four players, Cliff Lee for four more, and Victor Martinez for three. In return, the Indians have received one player of note: Starting pitcher Justin Masteron, who collected the win over the Twins on Wednesday, compiling seven strikeouts and allowing three hits in seven innings. Good for Masterson, a true pro who is one of the few guys who doesn't seem to be adrift and waiting for the season to end. As for everyone else well, even manager Manny Acta will tell you this is a team that lacks energy, pizzazz, a reason to believe. That's a far cry from the start of the season, when everyone seemed to view the Indians as The Little Team That Could. For the past couple of seasons, their slogan has been "What If?" Now, the only way to finish that sentence is by asking "what if" the Indians finish dead last in the AL Central? It's certainly doable, when you consider the way they've played and the fact they're just three games ahead of last-place Kansas City -- which, by the way, the Indians can no longer seem to beat. Mostly, this is a team without a purpose, without a strategy, without any hope of getting better anytime soon. Every year, they seem to be in need of a baseball miracle. They seem to be in need of a "what if" to be answered in a positive fashion. That's supposedly a reason for us to hold out hope? Not anymore. It shouldn't be. This franchise has been junk for far too long. Sweeping changes are needed. Yesterday. Acta has proven to be capable when given something with which to work. Or in the case of last season, even when he hasn't. So he can stay. Nearly everyone else should try a career selling insurance -- anything but this. Because right now, this isn't baseball, this isn't professional, and this isn't what Cleveland fans deserve. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear anything will change. The Indians appear willing to spend less, lose more, and let those who support them act happy about the fact they can see Major League Baseball in town. At least, they can when the other team takes the field.
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