Heading into the 2010 MLB season, most national writers and baseball gurus predicted the Cleveland Indians to finish last in the AL Central, and some thought they would be the worst team in the Majors.
Tribe fans were already outraged coming off the most frustrating season in decades because of the trades of Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and their best hitter and heart and soul of the team Victor Martinez.
Local fans knew it would be a tough year and most likely the club would finish under .500, the only debate was how far under the even mark would they finish.
Through 28 games, the Indians have a record of 10-18. They should have a couple more wins, but fielding errors spoiled those. For the most part, this record does reflect the team and their play.
By now everyone knows the offense has been non-existent, I think some teams in the NHL playoffs are outscoring the Tribe. Surprisingly, the starting pitching has done pretty well.
So where does the team go from here? When will the hitting finally come around, and by how much? Will the Indians be able to at least make this season respectable, or will they prove the national press right?
I would be happy if they could finish near .500 or within about 5 games of it. But also very important in 2010, is making sure the young talent develops and improves so they can have an impact on future seasons.
One of the great things about baseball is debating over players and teams, and saying what we would do if we were the manager.
So here are three things that need to happen to make this season a moderate success and not a total embarrassment. Otherwise we could be looking at a season with 100 losses.
There are many to choose from, so let me know what your top three are.