Tribe Meltdown 2008 part 2: Just Start From The Top
Last week the question was if you had seen enough?
Well, if you had not at that point, perhaps this past week may have helped you make up your mind.After yesterday's disgusting 9-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field, the Tribe appears to have finally done themselves in.
This not only concluded their inter-league schedule for the season (which no one was sad to see go since they played so poorly in), but also ended a demoralizing home stand in which they went 2-4, and are now nine games behind the division leading White Sox, who are not looking back at this point.
This is unacceptable! Especially when you are one year removed from being a win away from the world series, and in the heat of a season in which you are supposed to be trying to get back.
Then again what more can you expect from a team that has been ravaged by injuries and currently has a number nine hitter batting .217, with no home runs, and no RBIs?
I suppose that it would not be so bad if the team had a manager that did have a callus and lukewarm attitude about the way the team is performing like Eric Wedge seems to.
He seems to be under the impression that he is dealing with a brand new team and as true as that may be, the goal of the team should still be the same.
Each and every player who is on this team, whether they are called up to fill a roster space, or a regular, should still know what his role on the team is and be able to execute.
However after the 5-0 loss to the Reds on Saturday night that was the very thing that Wedge suggested.
Memo to Eric Wedge: When you were brought here it was because you were a good teacher, young players seemed to thrive under your leadership, and you had a hard nosed throwback approach the most players today lacked.
Where is it at? If it has been here not many have seen it.
If Wedge truly had a throwback way of managing, then why is he not moving runners, and putting more of an emphasis on the hit and run, or bunting the ball? Those are things that the teams that were successful years ago did, and the teams that are the most successful now do!
Case in point: The Twins and White Sox do these things, and look where they are right now.
Teams like the Twins who have managers who understand that sometimes it's the little things you do that win you ball games succeed for years.
It's the same thing that Ozzie Guillen understood that brought the White Sox their first championship in 88 years back in 2005 and why the White Sox are such a surprise this year.
Ron Gardenhire has done this for years and his teams are very rarely not in contention. With this in mind you would think that Eric Wedge would consider it vital to add this attitude in order to compete.
However, Wedge would rather play a power game and wait for a three run bomb to bail his team out. He is under the impression that when you only play for one run that's all you get, while other managers have figured out (as the aforementioned have) that sometimes you have to mix things up and try other things when your offense is not performing well.
It seems as though the time for just grinding it out and coming out of slumps, which Wedge has preached this season, is long gone!
A manager's team reflects what his attitude is. If a managers is laid back and callus in his philosophies, then what you get is what we have in Cleveland.
However when a manager is aggressive and innovative in finding ways to get the most out of his players, and willing to make it known he is their boss first and then a friend if there is anytime left, then you have a team that will compete for years to come.
Tonight the Tribe embarks on a journey that takes them to Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit, before coming home to play Tampa Bay before the all-star break.
This is not exactly a desirable schedule for a team that has struggled so much. If they can finish this stretch winning some series and playing aggressively and get back in the race, then my hats off to them.
Will it happen? Most likely not.
In closing, the Tribes playoff lives are on the line during the nest two weeks, because the next eight games are all against division opponents they are running down.
If they do miserably then it is time to make changes. If it get's to that point maybe the first should be starting at the top and firing Eric Wedge.
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