Posts By Bob Toth
1995 – With a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Central Division crown. With the season shortened at the front-end of the schedule, it was the 123rd game of the season, the fastest …
The last time that the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox met, the Pale Hose embarrassed the Tribe on their home turf and began a hot streak that placed them right back into contention in the American League Wild Card race.
Now, the Indians (66-69) get to go into the Sox’s home, but once again have the displeasure of catching their division rivals on a bit of a tear. Cleveland continues to hang around on the outside of the AL Wild Card picture looking in, five games in back of the Texas Rangers for the second of the spots available and ten games behind the New York Yankees. So, best for the Tribe to keep their targets set on Texas. Meanwhile, the Rangers will head to Seattle for four games against the Mariners, who are 8-4 against Texas this season.
The Indians finally played better against the Tigers this weekend, even though the team is not quite the same team that Cleveland faced earlier in the season. The Tribe won an 8-1 final on Friday, powered by a four-run fifth inning. They could not figure out Alfredo Simon on Saturday, dropping a 6-0 decision. They retaliated on Sunday with a 4-0 win over the Tigers as Tribe pitching limited Detroit to just three hits and were backed by a two-run sixth inning triple from Francisco Lindor.
If you are still reading these words and the horrible alliteration above, your perseverance is appreciated. Barring a bit of an impressive week ahead, it would be a slight guess that a number of you will move on from the Cleveland Indians’ portion of the calendar and turn your attention to the budding National Football League season and yet another year of hopes (stubbornness) and dreams (nightmares) while supporting the Cleveland Browns.
While a lengthy diatribe could be devoted to the large number of fans within the Cleveland fan base that cannot seem to split their allegiances with multiple franchises without having some sort of a nervous breakdown, that is not the point of this work today.
Instead, the focus is turned back onto the baseball diamond where the Indians are rapidly concluding the 2015 season, one very Clevelandesque as both sets of hopes and dreams were stomped on in nondiscriminatory fashion less than 30 days into the regular season. Somehow, the Indians have hung around, given the handful of loyalists remaining on the bandwagon a little bit of a tease of what could have been, and have found a way to make September more eventful than it once appeared to be, but hardly close to the jubilation that Clevelanders were said to be experiencing this fall, if you were a believer in some of the predictions expressed by a handful of generally respected national pundits around the country.
On June 24th, the third place Detroit Tigers took on the fourth place Cleveland Indians. The Indians ended a three-game losing skid, their third such streak of the season against Detroit, and was nine games in back of the Kansas City Royals in the division and five and a half games behind Minnesota and New York for a Wild Card spot. Since that game, the Indians have gone 31-30 while outscoring their opponents by 20 runs. The Tigers have been the division’s worst team, 24-37 with a run differential of -87.
My, how some things have changed while others have remained alarmingly the same.
1991 – The long and storied Major League career of Jim Thome begins at the Metrodome as the Cleveland Indians defeat the first place Minnesota Twins, 8-4.
Thome hit seventh and played at third base in manager Mike Hargrove’s lineup …