Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Mind Boggling Stat Regarding The Indians Bullpen

Kerry Wood didn't get a chance to blow today's game and once again hear cheers in Wrigley Field... But no doubt if the Tribe had a lead today, there would be a more than an even chance they'd blow it.

I'm serious!

The Indians are the worst team in the American League right now.

In 2007 they were up 3-1 in the ALCS and a mind bogglingly bad third base coach decision from having Game 7 tied in the 7th inning.

Now they are on pace to be picking right after the Nationals in the draft.

And it's safe to say their bullpen is a big part of this fall from greatness that is impressive even by Cleveland sports standards.

They have 12 saves... and 13 blown saves.

Read that again.

They have blown more saves than they have converted.

Now granted that statistic can be a little bit misleading. You can blow a save in the 7th or 8th and get the save in the 9th in the same game.

But that's not the point. It shouldn't be that close!

If you hear people talk about the save statistic, you'd think it was the easiest and most overrated stat in the game. I have criticized the all time saves leader Trevor Hoffman left and right on this blog because I felt his post season failures negate the Hall of Fame worthiness of his save total.

Well evidently it's not that easy to close out a game... the Indians are under .500!

Since Cliff Lee's wonderful 3-0 gem last Sunday, the Indians haven't won.

And their 0-6 record includes a game where the pen let up 6 runs in the 8th against the Brewers to lose 14-12, and 11 inning loss to the Brewers, and back to back losses by the nominal closer Kerry Wood in Wrigley.

After being so close to the World Series (where they would have CLUBBED the Rockies) the Indians are now going to deal a defending Cy Young winner for the second straight year.

I'd say they should start dealing their relievers... but who would take them?

I told you Cleveland fans... STOP WATCHING SPORTS THIS YEAR!!!

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