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:
R. Alomar 2B
S. Alomar C
Indians starting lineup, Game 7, 2007 ALCS, vs. Boston Red Sox:
Indians starting lineup, June 7, 2010, vs. Boston Red Sox:
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.