The Indians finished the season with an ugly record of 69-93. A 34-54 mark at the All-Star break made it easy for the front office to begin moving veteran guys in exchange for young talent.
The result was frustrating, but also expected. Firing Eric Wedge signaled the start of a new era and Acta was brought in to help this team begin a transition toward being a contender once again. At least that was the plan.
The team actually went 16-14 in the final month of the season. That was a positive moving forward into 2011 when the young guys would have some experience to build upon.
Guys like Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Justin Masterson, Tony Sipp and Chris Perez were young, promising pieces. And there was still hope that Sizemore and Hafner could bounce back in 2011 and all would be well.
Another dominant year from Carmona in 2011 was the plan and the Indians didn’t appear to be in that bad of shape. The key was health to keep the hope alive.
The 69 wins also marked an improvement of four games from the 2009 season. Baby steps are important with young teams and also help keep fans sane.
What did the 2011 season hold for the Indians? The team opened up looking like major contenders, only to collapse. We will look at that in the next installment of this Indians Decade in Review.