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Tribe may just have un-homered itself out of post-season

Let’s see, about a billion strikeouts tonight, 1 run scored in 13 innings (oops, sorry 2 in 13, how could I forget such stunning offensive output), 0 for 25,348 with runners in scoring position, and about 800 arms left laying all over the infield after Indians batters nearly swung them out of their sockets.

Gonna say it again. This team lived by the home run, and it is currently dying by the home run having left the building. The 9th inning, when the Tribe tied the game with some actual situational hitting, is the only inning tonight out of 13 that the Tribe actually looked like a baseball team rather than a sports bar softball team staffed with beer-bellied neanderthals who spend every smoking break at Swings N’ Things attempting to tear the skin off 15 mph meatballs.

These guys simply do not know how to shorten their swing, make contact, and just plain hit. If they ever did, they’ve certainly forgotten now. They look for a home run pitch, and if they don’t get it, they don’t swing, and they strike out looking. Or else it’s the big fat guy softball team show, with guys swinging so hard they almost knock themselves over.

And in the supreme irony of the evening, Ronnie Belliard uncorks one of those gargantuan swings in the 13th for an actual home run, as opposed to the invisible ones the Tribe thought they were gonna hit every time they struck out. Only it wasn’t enough. It was never gonna be enough for the Tribe to just hit home runs. And it won’t be enough to get them to the playoffs, or get them very far should they get there.

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A looong night

Tribe loses 3-2 in 13 innings.

The Red Sox win.

I’m either going to cry or puke. My body hasn’t decided yet.

Here’s a scary stat

After leaving the bases loaded in the 11th inning tonight, the Tribe is now 0-for-their-last-23 with runners in scoring position on this homestand.

Even if they make the playoffs, they need to pull their heads out of their friggin’ asses, because this won’t get it done in the postseason, now matter how well the starters are pitching.

Victor Martinez is a stud

This game is still very much in the air (11th inning), but Victor is about the only dependable guy in the lineup right now, and he’s been the only one coming up with big hits consistently these last couple of weeks. Grady’s struggling, Peralta looks lost at the plate and Hafner is hot and cold.

Keep it up, Victor! Please….

Roger Brown at it again?

The prospect of a good QB controversy overcomes Roger Brown.

Have the Browns been quietly giving backup quarterback Charlie Frye extra study work to digest during this bye week – as starting QB Trent Dilfer continues to heal from the battering he took last Sunday against Indianapolis? Hmmm.

Hmm, indeed. Note the utter absence of any sourcing. It’s a complete rumor, perhaps even started by Brown himself. Can’t really tell. Frye might be getting more homework because, well, it’s a bye week. Or not. Who the hell knows? Scene Magazine did a good story on Brown a few weeks ago, noting that rumors are his stock in trade.

Ah, the rumors. Columns like Brown’s are built on secondhand stories and anonymous sources. Speculating about upcoming moves or who doesn’t like whom in the clubhouse is Brown’s job. Yet the accuracy of what he peddles has long been open to debate, even among Plain Dealer colleagues. If there is one criticism of Brown that is troubling, it is this: He makes things up.

The PD already reported on Tuesday that Trent Dilfer is fine. Why is Roger Brown stoking the embers of a cooling QB controversy? Is he just making this shit up?

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