I don't want to say watching the Indians offense is torture, but Dick Cheney has been seen in the scouting section the last two days at the Metrodome making tapes for use at Guantanamo.
Who in the Tribe's lineup do you want to see come to the plate in a clutch situation?
Who in the Tribe's lineup do you want to see come to the plate in any situation?
Grady Sizemore with his 15 Ks in 73 ABs. (More than 1 in every 5 trips).
Victor Martinez? OK I'll give you him.
Ryan Garko? Maybe, but he can be streaky.
The so-called PronK? He seems to be continuing to employ the swing-hard-in-case-I-hit-it approach he perfected last year. And talk about your strikeouts - 18 in 70 ABs (on in four!!)
The other guys? No need even asking about them.
This is not a good offensive team. Period.
Even in last year's 96-win season the offense was in mothballs for a month at a time at least twice. Remember the post-All-Star-game period?
With today's 9 Ks, the Tribe has whiffed 122 times in 19 games so far this season. That's about 6 1/2 Ks a game. About one in every four of the outs made.
The modern thinkers in baseball say the strikeout is overrated as an offensive deficiency, especially if you walk a lot.
The Tribe has walked 67 times so far. That's a little over 3 walks a game.
Even if the Tribe was showing a better eye, I still don't go along with the strikeouts-are-no-big-deal crowd.
If you put the ball in play, things happen. Balls are booted, lost in the sun (or the Metrodome Roof), or thrown into the seats or up the right field line. Even if the ball is played well, runners move up when contact is made.
Watching this team flail away at the plate is painful indeed.
The anemic nature is sometimes obscured a bit by the occasional blowout victory - the proverbial lipstick on the pig.
The Tribe has scored 76 runs in 19 games so far this year. But 21 of those runs came in just two games. Eliminate those two aberrations and it becomes 55 runs in 17 games, or 3.09 runs a game.
The team was last in the league in hitting going into today at .239. I'm going to guess that today's 6 hits didn't do much to move them up on the list.
This team needs to bring in a hitter from somewhere, without regard for the fact that they might be trading away the third starter in the 2011 rotation.
Unless and until, it aint water boarding, but it's the kind of entertainment Dick Cheney would love.