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Monday, June 7, 2010
The Tribe: Rise and fall

By Gordon Edes

CLEVELAND -- A tale of three lineups:

Indians starting lineup Game 5, 1999 ALDS, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Lofton CF
Vizquel SS
R. Alomar 2B
Ramirez RF
Thome 1B
Baines DH
Cordero LF
Fryman 3B
S. Alomar C

Indians starting lineup, Game 7, 2007 ALCS, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Sizemore CF
Cabrera 2B
Hafner DH
Martinez C
Garko 1B
Peralta SS
Lofton LF
Gutierrez RF
Blake 3B

Indians starting lineup, June 7, 2010, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Crowe CF
Choo RF
Kearns LF
Branyan 1B
Peralta 3B
Hafner DH
Valbuena 2B
Redmond C
Donald SS

Who are these guys?

It's no mystery why the Indians rank last in the majors in attendance, averaging 15,565 a night, which is even less than Florida (16,267). At this rate, the Indians will finish the season with 1.26 million fans. In 2007, they drew 2.275 million. In 1999, the attendance was 3.468 million.

A couple of other Tribe tidbits: Grady Sizemore, their biggest name left, is on the 60-day disabled list (knee). They are last in the AL in ERA (4.84) and are giving up 5.18 runs a game. They’re 11th in runs scored, averaging just over 4 per game.

They’re just back from a 4-6 trip, one in which their bullpen gave up better than a run an inning, a staggering 33 runs in 26 2/3 innings.