The Indians may have traded away 2007 AL Cy Young winner CC Sabathia. They may have traded away 2008 AL Cy Young winner, and not good enough to be on the 2007 post-season roster, Cliff Lee. They may have even traded away All-Star catcher Victor Martinez. However, the Indians still have 1 very important ingredient left on their team. That's right, the decisive element of the 2007 ALCS: Joel Skinner. On a somewhat serious note, it is surprising how quickly the Indians imploded from a young team ready to contend for a title for several years to a See You In 2012 franchise. If it was a few years ago and the Central was being decided in the mid to upper 90's, then maybe it could be excusable to be out of the race in June. However, it appears for a second straight years the Indians will be dead early in a race that will be in the mid to upper 80's. How you don't shake up the decision makers at some level with that occurring is questionable.
Update Wed Sept 29: The Angels and A's are tied. Texas, for all intents and purposes, are pretty much done after dropping the last two to Anaheim. Indeed, it looks like it'll come down to the final three games of the season. Stay tuned.