Cleveland Indians: Pitching Reaching Epic Standards for Futility

Tom HammerContributor IJuly 1, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Carl Pavano #44 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The bottom line on the ESPN SportsCenter screen scrawled by and the White Sox versus Indians score blinked an all too familiar array of crooked numbers. 

The 11 runs scored by the White Sox, in a rain shortened game to boot, helped cement a growing 2009 pitching legacy that bathes in futility.

It's been well known, the struggles that the Indians pitching staff has had this year. The Indians have given up 440 runs in 2009, which is exactly 80 runs more than the next highest allowed run total of anyone in the American League Central. 

If a team averages, say five runs a game, which is probably median for the league, then it would take a team 16 games to catch the Indians IF the Tribe pitching staff could throw shutouts in those 16 games.

It is well advertised that this staff cannot throw strikes. They give up the long ball and they can't get easy outs via strike out, but these numbers are starting to get ridiculous.

At what point, does general management send down the whole staff and bring up all new arms?  It sounds far fetched, but honestly, I think this ploy would be welcomed by Tribe fans.

They've already used 25 different pitchers in a game this year.  Ten different starters and 15 different relievers.

The most amazing part of this pitching drama is that the exact coaching staff including the manager are all still in place, all still earning a pay check and obviously not getting the job done.