The Tribe: Rise and fall

CLEVELAND -- A tale of three lineups:

Indians starting lineup Game 5, 1999 ALDS, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Lofton CF

Vizquel SS

R. Alomar 2B

Ramirez RF

Thome 1B

Baines DH

Cordero LF

Fryman 3B

S. Alomar C

Indians starting lineup, Game 7, 2007 ALCS, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Sizemore CF

Cabrera 2B

Hafner DH

Martinez C

Garko 1B

Peralta SS

Lofton LF

Gutierrez RF

Blake 3B

Indians starting lineup, June 7, 2010, vs. Boston Red Sox:

Crowe CF

Choo RF

Kearns LF

Branyan 1B

Peralta 3B

Hafner DH

Valbuena 2B

Redmond C

Donald SS

Who are these guys?

It's no mystery why the Indians rank last in the majors in attendance, averaging 15,565 a night, which is even less than Florida (16,267). At this rate, the Indians will finish the season with 1.26 million fans. In 2007, they drew 2.275 million. In 1999, the attendance was 3.468 million.

A couple of other Tribe tidbits: Grady Sizemore, their biggest name left, is on the 60-day disabled list (knee). They are last in the AL in ERA (4.84) and are giving up 5.18 runs a game. They’re 11th in runs scored, averaging just over 4 per game.

They’re just back from a 4-6 trip, one in which their bullpen gave up better than a run an inning, a staggering 33 runs in 26 2/3 innings.