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Astros Overwhelm Clevinger and the Indians 8-2; Three Takeaways From the Loss

2. The Pen of Pain

We hear it night after night from Indians manager Terry Francona when it comes to the bullpen – stating that the team is doing whatever it can to get guys in position to be successful.

The issue might not be the situations, but the fact that a lot of these guys the team is running out are simply not all that good.

It happened again on Thursday, as down 3-2 in the 6th, Tyler Olson and Neil Ramirez combined to allow three runs on four hits in 18 pitches, taking a 3-2 game and wiping it out and allowing the Astros go up 8-2.

It’s like a bad broken record that just plays over and over and over. The pen is a complete disaster, and it feels like at this rate the Tribe is going to set a record for the amount of arms they march out to try and simply get some guys out.

Thursday it was back to being utterly frustrating watching Olson and Ramirez blow up what could have been a fun game in the final few innings.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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