By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted October 16, 2018 at 06:49 PM | Updated October 16, 2018 at 07:10 PM
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Jason Kipnis (left) and Mike Clevinger. (Phil Long, Associated Press)
Why did the Indians get embarrassed in the ALDS?
Hey, Hoynsie: So after the Indians’ quick exit in the ALDS, everybody including the manager said they didn’t play well enough, they even said they got outplayed. But nobody asked them why they got outplayed? Why didn’t they play better? Can’t anyone from the team address this point without clichés? — Timothy Hamel, Nurnberg, Germany.
Hey, Timothy: I don’t think there was a hidden meaning buried beneath Houston’s three-game sweep of the Indians. They were just better, from first pitch to last.
The Indians were out-hit .327-.144. They were out-scored, 21-6. The Houston bullpen allowed one run in 9 2/3 innings. The Indians’ bullpen allowed 13 in eight innings.
The Indians spent most of September trying to get all their assets lined up for October. They were basically in spring-training mode. The Astros were trying to put away the stubborn A’s through much of August and September. They were ready to win when the postseason started. The Indians, to me, were never able to get out of spring-training mode.
Terry Francona (left) and Chris Antonetti. (Tony Dejak, Associated Press)
Are the Indians in need of a big overhaul?
Hey, Hoynsie: With three postseason collapses in as many years, don’t you feel significant changes are needed with the Indians? Terry Francona doesn’t seem to be able to light a fire under the Indians’ players. No swagger on this team at all. — Dwight Gessner, Huron.
Hey, Dwight: There’s plenty of swagger on this team, but not a lot of production or wins when it matters most.
I don’t think you need a big overhaul. This is still a good team that needs help in the bullpen and outfield. The Indians should win their fourth straight AL Central championship in 2019. That’s when the real test starts.
It’s hard for me to discard six straight winning seasons and four trips to the postseason. If you don’t get to the postseason, you never had a chance to advance.
Corey Kluber. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)