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Cleveland Finds Self In Last Place; Looks For Answers

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Projected by many analysts to finish atop the AL Central, the Indians have certainly not lived up to expectations. With their current four-game losing streak, they have fallen to last place in Major League Baseball.

With a team ERA of 5.83, good for last in the league, and a team batting average of .263, the blame can be spread to both ends of the team.

With the injury to Travis Hafner, Cleveland has been forced to shuffle between Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko at first base.  While Martinez is leading the team in batting average and only recently snapped a 15 game hitting streak, his replacement at catcher, Kelly Shoppach, has been batting a meager .218.  Garko has been hitting .274, however he only has fi...

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