After taking a 3-1 World Series lead last year against a professional baseball team that plays its home games on Chicago’s north side, the Indians have lost six consecutive closeout-elimination games. The resolve of this club is sure to be tested as it heads through the offseason and into next spring.
Even though the Cavs swept through the opening series of the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, it was not a very impressive display. The games were very close, fourth quarter leads were blown, and they had to make a 26-point comeback to win Game 3. All of this was against an opponent that was far
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not do much in the first two games of their first-round series with the Pacers to inspire confidence in their fans that they could repeat their title run from a year ago. They were trending in the right direction, but could not seem to make any big runs to pull away
The Tribe has started off the year a little slow just like they did last season, but they have definitely started to round into form on this road trip. The defense has been pretty solid during this first month of the season, but it has been taking the pitching and the bats a little while
Like mad scientists blending hazardous chemicals, the mix concocted by this Reds brain trust was a combustible blend that very nearly exploded in historic fashion, but appears now to be a super juice that has Joey Votto batting nearly .450 since the All-Star break, Brandon Phillips poised to post his best offensive numbers in about five years and a pitching staff that now at least on borders on respectable.