FWIW - I'm a Columbus guy and grew up as Reds/Browns fan. Root for the Tribe in the AL, but they are my #2 team. I was not chirping about the team; I actually enjoy the Reds thread because lots of fans who care share opinions, theories, etc. I was chirping about the lack of that on this thread - nothing but one guy complaining. I'd actually enjoy actual conversation about the Tribe, if there were any...^Haha, this puts a smile on my face during awful days for the Tribe. Reminds me Cincinnati is still on our s*** for goodness knows what reason. I never give a thought to Cincinnati or any of its sports teams until one of you guys starts chirping. Thanks for the laugh!
The bottom of the lineup is minor league quality when it come to hitting.Starting pitching rules the postseason. Bieber / Plesac / Carrasco makes them a scary opponent for anyone. Ramirez is top 5 MVP candidate, and if Lindor suddenly becomes Lindor, they could make a run.
Same as most teams - look at the BA and OBP numbers around the MLB. There is not a single team ever that said "We will win the World Series because our bottom of the order is strong." Starting pitching is #1, having 4-5 reliable bats, and bullpen depth will win playoff series. Then hopefully a couple batters get hot for a short stretch...The bottom of the lineup is minor league quality when it come to hitting.