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  1. 30k just showed up at noon on a Wednesday to watch them win their 21st in a row. I don't really want to argue about it, because there are legitimate points to be made about how the Indians could as an organization do better to bring in fans. I'd just like to say that in recent years, they have really made an effort to do that, and the fans have responded. Greater Boston has at least twice as many people as greater Cleveland, and that would be me just completely ignoring that the Sox get to draw from CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME. You're absolutely right, the Browns still probably average 90% capacity attendance. The Cavs sellout just about every game as far as I know as well. It's no coincidence that the Indians 455 straight sellouts started in 1995 and ran until 2001, basically the entire time the Browns were gone. Real Median Household income in Cleveland is 10% below the national average. Boston? 40% above the national average. The only point I'm trying to make is it becomes very hard to sellout all the games for 3 professional sports teams in a city with a shrinking population, losing jobs, and has no money.
  2. Some things to consider here... Cleveland has (I think) the 2nd smallest park in MLB at 35k capacity. The population of Cleveland has declined about 25% since 2000, down to 380k. They may be 24th in attendance this year, that ~25k number represents like a 25% jump from 2016 and nearly 40% from 2015. While the days of their 455 game sell-out streak are long gone, they do a lot better than the raw attendance numbers would indicate. I don't live there anymore, but I manage to get back for a few games each summer and the difference has been noticeable.
  3. Honestly the way they've been hitting, Tomlin, Bauer, Clevinger could get shelled and still end up winning. But before Tomlin went on the DL he looked like he finally found whatever was working for him most of last season. Leading up to the ASB last season I think they went like 23-5 and had a streak at home of 15 straight. I didn't think they could catch Houston, but I was waiting for them to just get hot and put some distance between the rest of the division at least.
  4. Some run support for Klubes would be aight with me...
  5. If the Indians aren't down 4-5 at that point he isn't coming out. Bet on Guyer, who hits lefties well, coming in trying to get something going. Zimmers defense is going to keep him in the lineup. If he gets to a point where he is really struggling at the plate, then maybe there starts to become reason for platoon talk or even a trip back to AAA. Naquin just got back. He can play center, nothing close to what Zimmer has shown, but with Chis on the DL, he and Guyer will be more likely a RF platoon than either of them eating into Zimmers PT.
  6. So someone had to pull out their phone and show Hanley just how awful he's been this year, and now he appears to be heating up. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be happy he's produced for a couple of days in a row, or just pissed off it appears he didn't bother finding this gear until someone pointed out he's been garbage. This is like a not funny impression of "Manny being Manny."
  7. While I don't completely disagree, isn't it worth considering the absence of Marte in the lineup is a big factor in your argument? Marte at 1/2 in the lineup, leads to more RBI opportunities for the 3/4 hitter, or that the Pirates might not even have Gregory Polanco hitting 3/4 at all. I do think it's a little too optimistic to expect a guy come back from a suspension this long and just rake like he never missed a game. Certainly, if you can get someone with maybe a bit less upside that eliminates this "risk" from your mind, then great. Personally I need the avg and steals more than anything, and I'm probably much less risk-averse than most. It's not as if I'm going to be able to package him with some throw-in to land Trea Turner or the like, so the thought of trading him just because the Pirates run production has been trash (without Marte, and with Cutch being garbage for half of this time) is a pretty hard sell to me.
  8. https://twitter.com/Nationals/status/492787077906305025/photo/1 Saw this and felt I needed to bump this thread. Holy crap