The Cleveland Indians entered July 27th at .500 with games against the Royals, Twins and Tigers and the chance to move up the standings and make a run at the first place Tigers and at least hold their ground in the wild card race.
What ended up happening was the worse road losing streak in franchise history. The Indians proceeded to lost 9 road games in a row and consequently sending their playoff chances a goodbye card.
What was most disheartening was the way they would lose. In Minnesota they were virtually noncompetitive giving up 5 runs or more every game. I Kansas City they only legitimately had a chance to win one the games and lost that one in dramatic fashion in extra innings.
With a chance to salvage a losing road trip they laid an egg only a golden goose would be proud of, only scoring more than 2 runs in the final game. A game in which they lead late, only to give it away in a fashion that would be hollywood esque.
The Indians front office decided to stand pat at the trade deadline, opting to not make any major moves to impact the team, and the team continued on the slide they had began since coming out of the All Star break. Before July 27th the Tribe were 6-8 and were stuck in a malaise that we now see that they could not shake.
While many will slam the front office for doing nothing to improve the team. I don’t blame them. People help those who help themselves. The Indians players did nothing that gave the front office any confidence that bringing someone in that they would all of sudden wake up and start playing better baseball. As good as this team may be, the last 23 games or so, they were playing like a team who had lost all hope and confidence. Once you’ve admitted defeat mentally, there’s nothing anyone from the outside can do to reignite that fire.
From my view, this team was on a standing 8 count with their chin stuck out waiting for the knockout blow.