The full quote from veteran baseball columnist Paul Hoynes in yesterday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer was: “There is no life in their eyes, arms, gloves or bats. There is only defeat, loads and loads of defeat.” Ernest Hemingway couldn’t have written more aptly.
With just a couple months left in the regular season, there’s certainly been enough evidence presented to answer the question “contender or pretender?” for the Tribe.
Though the Tigers were favorites to repeat as AL Central champs in 2012, it’s Cleveland leading them by three games in the standings this morning. The temperature should be close to 70 degrees at first pitch, so you’d expect the Jake to be full tonight — but don’t count on it.
Cleveland should not only thank their clutch hitting for recent thrilling wins but the bullpen as well. Cleveland’s bullpen has been a huge reason why the Indians have been able to keep games close until the offense completes the heroic victory.
Don’t reach for a closer! Every year you should hear this because there are always closers, like a Chris Perez last year, who break through and give solid numbers to your team without even being drafted.