|The Focus should remain on Progressive Field|
Kudos to the Detroit Tigers for signing Prince Fielder but the emphasis on improving the 2012 Cleveland Indians isn't found on the transactions page for the Detroit Tigers or any other team. The focus is on how well the Cleveland Indians cleanup their own deficiencies.
Here are a dozen items from the 2011 season that the Indians need to improve on in 2012. The Indians organization is in control of these changes regardless of what impact bat any other organization brings in.
1. The Indians were shut out 13 times (3rd most in the AL).
2. The Indians were held to 1 run 19 times (4th most in the AL) and went 3-16 in those games.
3. The Indians were held to 2 runs an additional 18 times (T-7th in the AL in 2011) and went 4-14 in those games. .
4. Overall, the Indians were held to 2 runs or less 50 times (T-7th in AL) and posted a record of 7-43 (7th worst record in the AL).
5. The Indians averaged 4.35 R/G in 2011 (9th in AL).
6. The Indians had an OPS of .714 (10th in AL).
7. The Indians committed 110 errors (T-4th most in AL).
8. The Indians hit a total of 154 HR (10th fewest in AL).
9. The Indians allowed a total of 75 unearned runs (3rd most in AL).
10. The Indians only had 1 player start over 100 games at one position (Asdrubal Cabrera 151 at shortstop).
11. The Indians only had 5 players appear in over 100 games in 2011 which is the 3rd fewest in the AL. Only Seattle and Minnesota had fewer with 3 players each.
12. The Indians only had 1545 plate appearances with runners in scoring position (11th fewest in AL).
The Indians success in 2012 will have much more to do with how the Indians clean up these area's and much less to do with what off-season changes the competition has made.