Who Deserves the Most Blame for Cleveland Indians' Disappointing 2012 so Far?

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Who Deserves the Most Blame for Cleveland Indians' Disappointing 2012 so Far?
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Reflecting back on May 17...

The Cleveland Indians were in first place, leading the AL Central by four games with a 22-16 record. The pitching was fantastic, led by Derek Lowe's dazzling early success and the team was pretty healthy.

Then May 28 happened. The Indians were up by .5 games and lost it the next day, only regaining the lead for a brief four-day period from June 19 to June 23. Since June 23, though, the Tribe has sunk to a 17-36 record (.321 winning percentage), and have basically eliminated themselves from hopes for the postseason, with only the mathematical offerings to cling to.

It has been an ugly two months and an even uglier 25-game stretch, where the Cleveland Indians have gone a highly unimpressive 4-21, including a current eight-game losing streak.

Tribe fans need to point the finger at someone, so who is to blame for this hot, hot mess that is the 2012 Cleveland Indians baseball season?

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