From the day Terry Francona was named the Cleveland Indians manager, there has always been this hope that Francona is the guy help build this core of players up to their potential. In 2013, his first year as manager, he did lead the Indians to the Wild Card game, only to get shutout by the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s be honest looking back at that season, the Indians were extremely lucky, especially winning 10 straight games to lock up a Wild Card spot. Since 2013, the Indians have just barely been a .500 team, even though they’ve developed one of the best pitching rotations in baseball. While it’s been fun to watch the Indians beat down the Detroit Tigers finally and also beat down on a horrific Cincinnati teams, we are missing Francona and the Indians are struggling against pretty much everyone else.
Let’s go over some of my main issues with Francona to give you a better idea of my frustration level.
To compare them:
Allen/Shaw/McAllister- 2-5, 4.32 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 46 IP, 12 Holds, 8 HRs allowed (combined)
Manship/Chamberlain/Otero- 0-0, 2.07 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 36 IP, 3 Holds, 0 HRs allowed (combined)
The stats don’t lie, stop being stubborn and use the other guys that are actually effective and not rely on your guys.
Lack of Urgency in Team- When the Indians have had a chance to really put themselves way over .500, they’ve choked at the opportunity EVERY time. They’ve already had multiple golden opportunities to put themselves potentially 4-5 games over .500, that for this early is a great help later in the year. Every time the Indians seem to get, “allergic” to the idea of going way over .500 and lose a few games and fall back to under .500. If I was Francona I’d be livid about this last year and lay the law down that this kind of play in these kind of games is totally unacceptable. I will say the addition of Francisco Lindor has brought a renewed energy to the team that seems to partially eliminate the calm demeanor of Francona and has allowed the Indians to play at a higher level at times. Someone in the organization should light a fire under Francona to put some urgency in him so the urgency can go back to the team.
Sometimes folks you need to hear the truth about the Indians, whether you want to accept it or not is up to you. For 3 years you’ve worshipped the ground Francona walks on and he gives you a .500 team.
Don’t settle for mediocrity anymore and send a message to Francona, PLAYOFFS OR BUST.