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Cleveland went 93–69, but a poor finish prevented the team from making the playoffs. 36 CLEVELAND INDIANS FROM CONTENTION TO COLLAPSE 37 Kelly Shoppach, left , and Jhonny Peralta, middle , greet Grady Sizemore after Sizemore homered in the Indians' win in Game 4 of the 2007 ALDS. expected to win the whole last Sensational Bullpen week. When we really needed One reason for the Indians' tretremendous success in 2007 was the performance of the bullpen. Closer Joe Borowski (45 saves) and his setup men, Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Perez, led a brilliant run by the relief corps.

The Indians owned a onegame-to-nothing lead in the ALDS The Indians remained hot against the mighty Yankees. New as the weather turned cold. York was leading 1–0 in Game 2 They lost just one game to heading into the eighth inning, when the New York Yankees in the a swarm of insects called midges ALDS. They then took three invaded Jacobs Field. It seemed out of four against the Boston like the bugs were Indians fans Red Sox with a World Series when they attacked Yankees relief berth on the line.

A shortened Upon learning of the tragedy, 1995 season got underway in their teammates were horrified and late April. It quickly became devastated. The death of their team- clear that the Indians were mates, as one might expect, affected the Indians' play on the field. Cleveland lost 15 of its first 22 games. But manager Mike Hargrove did his best to keep the players' spirits up, and the team finished strong. Hargrove played the roles of manager, psychologist, and father throughout that difficult season.

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