Thursday, May 29, 2008
He was supposed to be a 30/30 man. He was supposed to be the best lead-off hitter in the game. He was supposed to get better every year. He was supposed to be a main cog in bringing a championship to a city desperate for a title. He was supposed to win the MVP award this year per Peter Gammons. He was supposed---enough of that, Indians fans won't say it, but I will.
Grady Sizemore is the most overrated player in baseball and he is killing his team.
This may not be a national feeling, but since this blog resides in Ohio, this needs to be said. You NEVER hear anything bad about Sizemore. For some reason, he's untouchable. Is it because he is loved by gay bloggers? Or his section of overweight and smelly female fans? Who knows really, but I can tell you one thing...if you want to point fingers as to who's fault it is for the Tribe's extreme offensive ineptitude, it starts at the top of the lineup. It starts in centerfield. It starts with Dimples.
Leadoff hitters shouldn't be getting on base at a .379 clip. They should not be hitting .255. Hell, Johnny Damon has better numbers than that. Those are Tony Womack numbers! They shouldn't have 29 runs almost one third of the way through the season. They should not be averaging almost a strikeout per game. Now, I'm not saying that Sizemore needs to be like Willie Mays Hayes by beating the ball into the dirt and legging out infield singles. No, not at all. But he does need to start performing like the superstar that Indians fans want him to be. Because, over the last year and a half, he has been a flat out disappointment. Even during last year's playoff run, their leadoff hitter didn't have a very good year.
Now, I know what you're going to say, "Dickhead, you just hate the Indians and are still mad that they knocked out the Yankees last year." True and true. I'm not going to deny that. But that doesn't mean that I'm wrong. Hell, I was more than happy to draft Sizemore in my money fantasy league this year just because of his insane potential...and now I want to cut him for Barry Zito. Seriously, he doesn't do anything on the field exceptionally well.
He should be a better base stealer than what he's shown. His average is garbage. He should forget about jacking homers and focus on the gaps. His defense is pretty good and his arm is OK. The defense hasn't been a problem though. The Tribe doesn't need nightly web gems. They need to score runs to assist with their surprisingly stellar starting pitching. It's been the lack of baserunners that has killed this underachieving squad. And you have to place most of the blame on your lead-off hitter for that.
In conclusion, Indians fans can blame the corpse of Hafner or No Homer Victor or Dellucci or Casey Blake or whoever! But don't make Sizemore blame free...this is just as much his fault as it is anyone's. If not more.
Have a good weekend, look for me on Saturday at The Memorial.