Most Tribe fans know that Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana are having lousy seasons, and doing it in the middle of the lineup.

Choo is batting .240 with five homers and 22 RBI; Santana is at .228 with six homers and 24 RBI.

Those have been your No. 3 and No. 4 hitters for much of the season.

For much of the season, the Indians were hitting about .320 with runners in scoring position. That rate was not about to continue. But no one expected the colossal collapse of 3-for-42, which the Indians were while losing five of six on this recent homestand.

Choo has no RBI in his past 14 games; Santana hasn't driven in a run in eight games.

But here are the numbers that hurt the most: Choo is 10-for-59 (.169) with runners in scoring position; Santana is 8-for-49 (.163).

Add it together, and they are 18-for-108 (.165).

Their inability to deliver when it means the most has been happening all season.

The Indians were living off Travis Hafner (.483 with RISP), Asdrubal Cabrera (.442), Jack Hannahan (.345) and Michael Brantley (.343) hitting in the clutch. But Hafner is hurt, Hannahan has cooled off and the entire lineup is feeling the pressure. Grady Sizemore is at .214 (6-for-28), but he has been in and out of the lineup because of injuries.

It's clear the Indians overestimated the odds of Santana coming straight up from the minors last summer and being able to hit in the middle of the lineup. He played only 46 games last season before suffering a knee injury.

Santana is only 339 at-bats into his big-league career, hitting .242 (.801 OPS) with 12 homers and 46 RBI. The 25-year-old switch hitter may eventually meet the projections of being the elite hitter that he was in the minors. A key indication is that he has more walks (42) than strikeouts (39).