Thursday, September 6, 2007
After what can only be described as a painful and arduous July and early August the Indians seem to have found their grove as they head into the stretch run in September. The starting pitching continues to be the foundation of the team with C. C., Fausto, Jake and the Byrdman all seeming in a groove. However, in can not be a coincidence that the signs of life shown from the offense in recent weeks have paralleled the heightened play of DH Travis Hafner.
This was highlighted by two monster home runs (and the game winning SF) in leading the Indians to a come from behind victor on Tuesday and followed that us with a 2-3 performance with a key RBI on Wednesday. With Hafner firing on all cylinders it allows Victor Martinez to see better pitching and the rest of the team to take a collective sigh of relief and not press to make up for Lord Pronk's lack of production as they did int he first half of the season.
Indians fans have been grumbling all season about the Tribe's inability to get all phases of their game in sync at the same time and their failure to break away for the rest of the pack in the AL Central. After burying the Twins sweeping them for the 4th time this season the Indians' lead int he Central stands a 7 full games over Detroit. With 33 to go. Magic number is 18 ladies and gentlemen.