Tribe Needs to Win at Home
Bob Toth | On 01, Jan 2014
July 28, 1948
Normally, the notion of home cooking does people some good.
The contrary has been true this season for the Cleveland Indians, who entered this week’s 12-game home stand at an even 20 wins and 20 losses in 40 games on the lakefront this season.
For those unwilling to do the math at home, it means that the Indians have a record of 31-16 on the road. Winning two out of every three road matchups is an impressive feat for any length of the season, let alone after nearly three months of the schedule are in the books.
On this current home stand, the Indians were set to play two games with the Philadelphia Athletics, a four game set with the Boston Red Sox, another two game series with the Washington Senators, and a four game run with the New York Yankees before leaving town again for a ten-game road trip through Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago.
The even attitude at home extends to their eastern foes. In matchups against the same four east teams of this current home stand, the Indians entered with an even 12-12 record in 24 games. On the road against these same opponents, Cleveland is 19-14, including an underwhelming 6-8 record on their most recent east coast swing.
The time is now for Cleveland to start taking advantage of the benefits of home cooking.
Twenty of their final 31 games against east coast opponents will take place at the Stadium. Thirty-seven of the final 67 games on the Indians schedule are due to play on the shores of Lake Erie.
When looking at the standings in the American League, a common theme exists – all teams in the thick of the pennant race, with the exception of Cleveland, are from the east coast. Only Washington has a record below the .500 mark of the teams east of the Cuyahoga.
If the Indians have any real hope to stay in that race, they will have to start winning consistently at home and giving those big home crowds something to cheer about. The pressure is on.