Indians Lose To Rays: A Game and Season Retrospective

Oct 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) and catcher Jose Molina (left) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in the American League wild card playoff game at Progressive Field. Tampa Bay won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians magical ride has come to an end. At the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays the Tribe was unable to score a run, even with 9 hits, and gave up just enough runs to keep the game out of reach. A few thoughts from last night:

  • Many are questioning Terry Francona’s moves but the team got enough hits and pitched reasonably well, they just failed to get runs across.
  • One of his moves, starting Lonnie Chisenhall, paid off as he was one of the best hitters on the night.
  • Danny Salazar pitched well for such a young player and should be a staple of the rotation for years to come.
  • Alex Cobb coming back from that shot to the head is utterly amazing.
  • The way he and Jose Molina kept Tribe hitters off balanced was brilliant.
  • The crowd was into it and loud for the beginning and different parts of the game. but failed to be a huge impact.
    • Compared to Pittsburgh’s crowd is was a little underwhelming, then again the Pirates haven’t been in the playoffs for 20 some years and the Steelers give them nothing to cheer for so, lets give them this.
  • No matter how this game ended, even if they failed to make the playoffs, for this team the season was as success.

The season was a shot in the arm both for Cleveland and the fan base. This team was not expected to compete this year for the playoffs so doing so, a year or two early was a blessing. We will do some off-season reviews, some soon and more after the World Series but needless to say there are a few changes that hopefully can be made. We published are yearly awards for the team already and you can check those out to review the season, but here is a nice video compilation to relive the moments that made this season great.

Topics: Cleveland Indians, MLB Playoffs, Tampa Bay Rays

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  • Greg

    What the Indians need to concentrate on in the off season is “Offense”
    They simply need a couple reliable hitters who can hit for average and drive in runs.
    Without a offense next year will be just like this year, make the playoffs then get shutout.
    You can’t win with pitching alone.

    • Jared Mueller

      Greg,

      I agree but wonder how much our pitching can fall off and us still compete. We should have a little money to do something, especially if we move Perez, with Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds contracts gone. But Ubaldo could be and Kazmir will be free agents, plus Joe Smith (who wants to be a closer, inside source) will be as well.

      Batting I think we could get some return to norm from Bourne, an uptick from Chisenhall and Stubbs as well as added power from Santana. Can Lindnor come up and give us the option to move Cabrera?

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