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Sometimes in sports a team can be ‘cursed’ or ‘snakebitten’ when it comes to a particular season, and in 2021 it appears the Cleveland Indians fall directly into that category of one of those teams.
Saturday night at Progressive Field the Tribe was not just defeated, but dominated by the Milwaukee Brewers and starting pitcher Corbin Burnes.
Now mind you the Indians realize their place in baseball right now – a young team trying to get some young players Major League playing time to get them ready for 2022.
The franchise will have a new nickname (trading out Indians for the new name – Guardians) and they have what would appear to have plenty of money to spend to either put a huge deal together for superstar Jose Ramirez or last year’s Cy Young winner in the AL Shane Bieber.
That can all come later as there will be plenty of time this offseason to make tough decisions as they make the transition in name and roster.
Right now though this team is tough to watch as Saturday evening they set a MLB record by being no-hit for the third time this season.
I’m not sure many teams that would have hit Burnes, who ended the night with 14 strikeouts in 115 pitches. His stuff was electric and many Indians batter were way out in front of his change-up most of the night.
Burnes was pulled after eight innings and a lot of pitches giving way to closer Josh Hader who easily got the Indians in the 9th to seal the 3-0 win.
While Milwaukee right now is on another level than the Indians, it’s always tough to watch a team crumble, and now at 69-71 it’s playing out the stretch for the Wahoo’s one last time before the Guardians is officially adopted as the new nickname.
Brighter days will be ahead for Cleveland, sadly watching them swing away not able to get as much as a base hit on Saturday was tough.
It’s just yet another one of those years to forget for Cleveland, it’s just a shame it comes with so many injuries and a season where not a ton went their way.