This was not a good weekend for the Cleveland Indians. In addition to losing a series to the lowly Houston Astros, a rival in their division obtained a key player that might have served the Tribe well.
The Indians lost two of three this weekend to the Astros, who came into the series 14 games below .500. A contending team needs to beat the poorer teams and this did not happen.
The Tribe won the opening game on a very strong performance by Ubaldo Jimenez, who struck out eight over 6.2 innings for a 2-0 shutout.
In the second game of the series, Dallas Keuchel pitched a complete game for the Astros in an 8-1 route. Starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez could not make it through the fifth inning, where he got tagged for four runs.
Derek Lowe pitched well in the third game, but J. A. Happ pitched even better. The game was close until the eighth inning, when both Nick Hagadone and the newly-acquired Esmil Rogers gave up two-run homers. The Astros won 7-1.
Red Sox have traded Kevin Youkilis and cash to White Sox for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge confirmed.— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 24, 2012
What is the Tribe's most urgent need?
Youkilis fills a big hole in the White Sox lineup at third base. Orlando Hudson is batting .193 and has had only 2 home runs.
The Tribe could have used the right-handed bat in their lineup, but now he will help their division rival instead. So what will be the Tribe's move before the trading deadline? Will they wait to see how Ryan Dempster recovers and try to snag him?
Who would you like to see the Tribe acquire? Leave a comment and let's get a discussion going here.