Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santana Claus

Carlos.SantanaI got a call last night around the 6th inning from my good buddy Timmy Wells. Tim was worried that the Tribe was only up 1-0. He is also worried that Michael Bourn is not going to cut it this year. I told him not to worry.

After all, this team is not – by any stretch of the imagination – a power team.  We are (at least in theory) a great pitching, good defensive team that occasionally can unleash the offensive hounds.  Which is why we were winning 1-0 in the 6th.  I expect us to win a lot of one and two run games this year. And I don’t expect this team to erupt with 10+ run games on too many nights.

But really, who knows. If Swish and Santana and Kipnis and Chisenhall and Aviles and Brantley can tap into their power… well, then anything is possible.

Here’s what I know: Francona is a winner, and winners win. I fully expect this team – MY team – to win 92 games this year

1 down, 91 to go… get on the bus early this year.

P.S. Santana has now homered on three of his birthdays; can we start singing “Happy Birthday” to him at every home game through the rest of the season?

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