Sorry but I am going to rant. Are you freakin' kidding me? We trade away four prospects, probably 3 in our top 30 including our top prospect Clint Frazier, to get a reliever who I have already shown is redundant and then we proceed to lose 4 of 5 games getting blown out in each game when our starting pitching just freakin' collapses. Each game we fought back and each game our bullpen just dug the hole deeper. Miller has only appeared in 2 of those 5 games, including our only win, 9-2 vs Minnesota on Thursday afternoon.
It's almost like other teams were just waiting for us to throw our prospects away before yanking the rug out from under us, leaving us wondering what it would have been like in 5 years had we kept those 4 guys. I know that's not possible, right?!?!?
Hey, I would rather have Andrew Miller than not have him and I suspect that 5 years from now we might not think as highly of the guys we gave up as we do now. Still, the timing of this swoon could not have been worse. If they don't turn this around the Miller trade will be wasted, at least for this year. Those 4 prospects we gave up will have given in vain.
And immediately after we gave them up did we start pitching like crap, making our three-headed bullpen monster almost worthless and, in the process, losing Danny Salazar to an elbow injury.
The whole freakin' roof is caving in around this team. The timing could not have been worse. The Indians are starting to draw fans, fans were starting to believe in this team and we were playing well.
For those of us who thought that good fortune was starting to shine on Cleveland sports well it might be that we get kicked in the groin again, except this time when we were least expecting it.
Finally, for those of you who want a glass half full analysis, here it is, in three parts:
1. We got to keep the prospects we would have lost in the Lucroy trade. Imagine if we had made that trade, lost all those additional prospects and STILL tanked it after August 1st, again making it seem like we threw prospects away for nothing.
2. Almost on queue, other prospects like Bradley Zimmer, Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela have picked up their games to re-strengthen our farm system and make us all more convinced that we can weather the indiscretion that is the Miller trade. They are not the only prospects who have stepped up since the trade but, given their proximity to the majors, we might yet get an offensive (and defensive) boost from those guys this season and the increased production of other prospects gives us hope for the future.
It just sucks so bad to have this happen to the Indians and their fans. They deserve better than this kind of luck. I don't know how this team can let this happen. I just don't know. Let's hope this is a dream these guys are having and we all wake up tomorrow and watch them play .600 ball for the rest of the season!