1. Fausto Carmona, RHP, Indians — There are interested parties (Milwaukee, and Texas until the Lee deal) sniffing around about Carmona, who was named to the All-Star team, quite a turnaround for a guy who went 5-12 with a 6.32 ERA and couldn’t be given away last season. Not a bad alternative, if the price isn’t too high.
Remarkably, of the ten times the Indians have made it to the postseason, only once- in 2001- have they not been in first place on June 13, and in 2001 they were just a half-game out. Of course, ten years out of 108 is a pretty small sample size, and what the Indians did in 1920, 1948, or even last year has little to do with the situation in which they find themselves in the here and now. But it isn't exactly cause for optimism. To qualify for the playoffs in 2008, the Indians would have to do something they've never done in over a century of play.
Can they do it? For your sakes, I'll leave that to the experts.