Last year the thing that helped the tribe out bigtime at the beginning of the year was a good veteran presence in the 1-2 hole in Lawton and Vizquel. As much as I dislike Lawton he did have a .366 OBP last year while Omar held down the 2 hole with a .353 OBP. While this year Coco has been kinda bland batting leadoff with a .320 OBP and the 2 spot has been a virtual rotating door with no one claiming the spot. Wedge needs to get some stability at the top of the lineup so the big boppers can see some better pitches. Put Aaron, "throw anything not on a straighline and I strikeout" Boone in for protection, and there is practically no help at all in the lineup for Victor and Pronk.
Not to say that the rest of the lineup is completely to blame, but last year the tribes strength was having a 1-9 lineup that hit with patience. This year Hafner is one of the few Indians who has been patient and looked relatively good at the plate. But what good does getting on base do when you have the likes of a struggling Victor, Aaron Boone, Casey Blake and (insert any other Indian name here) behind you? The tribe needs one or two guys to start consistently getting on base and the rest of the linuep should get going. (I hope)
Overall I wouldn't worry too much about T-Haf. He's remaining patient at the plate and not trying to force the issue. Right now he looks content taking a ball to left field or a walk to just get on base to try and get things going. Good for the team, but bad for those of us with him on our fantasy teams. Once the top of the order starts getting on a little more pitchers will have to give him some better stuff to hit.
Victor on the other hand IS worrying me a little. He's the one that looks a little lost.