No… No it is not. Calm down people.
The Indians have just lost three games in a row, and four of their last five. By no stretch of the imagination is it time to start panicking people. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. There is plenty of time throughout the season for peaks and valleys in terms of winning and losing. Just because the Indians have hit a rough patch here is no reason to begin worrying and casting them off as the losers everyone thought they would be.
In fact, had it not been for an implosion by Chris Perez in the final game of the Royals series, and tightness in Carlos Carrasco’s elbow and an error by the usually sure handed Orlando Cabrera yesterday, the Indians probably win those games. The only game the Indians had no business winning was the game on saturday when Fausto got rocked. So rest easy Indians fans, the ceiling is not caving in the way you undoubtedly think it is. Well… at least not yet.
This weeks’ series against the both the Royals and the Tigers, both of which are at home, should be a good indicator of where the Indians really stand in the AL Central. When it’s all said and done, by the time next Monday rolls around, the Indians are either going to still be standing atop the AL Central or they will have plummeted back to the middle of the pack.
But let me emphasize the point again. This is not the time to begin worrying about the Indians. As much as I might want to start freaking out and panicking and going off the deep end about all of this, I refuse to do it. This isn’t Boston or New York. Besides, it’s not like the Indians were supposed to be in the position they’re in now. They were supposed to struggle and be at the bottom of the barrel. What they’ve given us so far is like a gift and we should all appreciate and enjoy it. Come July, if the Indians are still in this thing and they hit a rough patch, then we can all start freaking out. It’s just way too early to go that far.
In the meantime, let’s just have everyone take a step back from the situation and relax. The Indians have an off day today before they start a three game series with the Royals at Jacobs Field… errrr… Progressive Field. So what I want everyone to do is not concentrate on baseball for the next 24 hours. That means no worrying about Carrasco’s elbow, no worrying about what the other teams in the division are doing, and no outrageous emails and comments talking about how you knew this wouldn’t last. Everyone needs to take a timeout.
And for those of you wondering, yes, I am currently working on a mock draft for the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Even though I despise the draft, the process that is involved, and all of the posturing and mock drafting done by anyone and everyone… if I want to take myself somewhat seriously I really need to do a mock draft. Good thing I don’t take myself too seriously. So I’m going to have some fun with it. What’s the point of picking a first round and setting it in stone when we all know damn right well that the thing is a total crap shoot. I mean, remember how great Jamarcus Russell was supposed to be? I bet if there was a do-over button Russell would have gone #1 overall in the competitive eating league, not the NFL. So stay tuned people… we’re on the clock!