Thursday, July 09, 2009

Victor Martinez: Trade Winds are Blowing (from the East)

Bob Dylan’s classic ballad “The Times They Are A-Changin'” rings true for many people, especially Cleveland Indians fans.

In Cleveland, the times sure are a-changin’. Unfortunately, the changes are not for the better.

Two years ago, the Indians were one win away from the World Series. Today, they have the second-worst record in all of baseball.

In 2007, CC Sabathia and a surprisingly effective Fausto Carmona anchored the Indians rotation. Today, Sabathia pitches for the rival New York Yankees and Carmona is learning how to pitch again in the minors.

The present day staff is lead by Cliff Lee, a southpaw who returned from obscurity last season to win a Cy Young and has looked solid again in 2009. After Lee, the rotation is a hodge-podge of developing young arms and retreads playing for their next contract.

In 2007, the offense was electric with power and speed all over the diamond in the form of Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner. All three are still with the team, but all of endured struggles.

Read the rest of the article at BleacherReport.

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