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Brewers Mug Indians, Bullpen Struggles Continue

By Garrett Monaghan

It was a familiar refrain for the Tribe on Monday and Tuesday, as the Brewers rallied from early deficits twice en-route to 14-12 and 7-5 wins. Prince Fielder, the Brewers' half-ton first baseman, sunk the Indians on Monday with an eighth inning grand slam; and six Brewers drove in runs on Tuesday.

Mark DeRosa, Victor Martinez, and Shin-Soo Choo continued their hot hitting, but weren't able to overcome twin dismal performances by the bullpen. On Monday, four relievers coughed up eight runs in four innings of relief, contributing to another embarrassing outing by Carl Pavano, who gave up six runs in five innings of work. Jensen Lewis sealed the Tribe's coffin on Tuesday, surrendering four runs in two and a third innings of relief, after Jeremy Sowers gave up three runs in five innings to start the game.

It's already clear that the Indians aren't going to be able to turn this season around with the pitching they have and, unfortunately, there isn't much help on the horizon. The farm system is pretty thin on pitching as well, and it seems likely that the Indians will likely be sellers rather than buyers over the next two months. There are a lot of teams interested in Mark Derosa, and the Indians could probably pick up a young arm or two if the dealt him to the right team. The Mets are in dire need of someone to replace the injured Carlos Delgado, and DeRosa would give them a good bit of flexibility.

One bright spot for the Tribe this week was a clean MRI result for Grady Sizemore, who could be off the disabled list in as little as seven to ten days. Sizemore is the heart and soul of the franchise, but unfortunately, he can't pitch. His return should help, but it's not going to save the Indians' season.