Not being able to beat left-handers is one thing. In the Indians' blueprint for 2012, that was considered collateral damage. Something they could live with because their left-handed dominated offense still held a statistical advantage over right-handed pitching.

What happens when they can't beat a right-handed starter with a lineup stacked with nine left- handed hitters? Well, let's just say this season, built on a calculated gamble, may have undergone a tiny shift Monday night at Yankee Stadium.