Over the next couple week Let's Go Tribe readers will be voting in a number of categories to determine some of the biggest moments and performances of the season for the Indians. Our winners will then have a chance at being nominated for league-wide SB Nation awards later this month.
Today we look at the most regrettable happenings of the season.
Ryan Raburn made quite a play
Of course you do, it's scorched permanently on the inside of your eyelids. Still, maybe there was something worse than that...
Shaw gives up home runs in Detroit
Entering play on Saturday, September 13, the Indians were 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race, 4 games out in the Central. They took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning in Detroit, poised to gain a game on the Tigers and on the Mariners. Bryan Shaw (who'd been great in 2014) was on with two outs and a man on, when Alex Avila hit a home run, sending the Indians to a tough loss. The next afternoon the Indians were again ahead late, this time 3-2 in the 7th. Shaw entered the game again, gave up a single to the leadoff hitter, then face Ian Kinsler. This happened:
The Tribe couldn't come back, and at that point they were finished in the AL Central race.
That was ugly, but don't forget this:
Keep in mind that Corey Kluber had taken a perfect game into the 7th inning that night, and was working one a one-hit shutout at the time of that play. A good left fielder would have made the catch. A decent left fielder would have played it for a double... Raburn played it into a Little League home run.
The play is worth noting twice here, so regrettable was it.
Aviles batting second
Mike Aviles has been one of the worst hitters in MLB over the last three years (among position players who've gotten regular playing time). He provides some nice versatility, but if you've got to start a player with his lack of on-base skills and diminished power, you've got to put hime somewhere near the very bottom of the batting order. For some reason though, his name as pencilled in as the #2 hitter in the starting lineup 20 times this season.
How did he do in those games?
...He hit .171/.209/.244.
Is there a GIF for that batting line?
Yep, that'll do.
Shaw's home runs were heartbreaking, and Aviles batting second so many times was frustrating. In the end though, there's a different moment that deserves to win this honor. One we haven't mentioned yet...
Just kidding, it's that one.