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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 …
As the month of August, the Cleveland Indians keep inching closer and closer to the .500 mark once again. Their efforts in doing so have pulled the club back into the mix for the American League Wild Card race, where they come into this week’s series with the Toronto Blue Jays just five games out with over a month left (33 games) to play in the season.
The Indians (63-66) have finally figured out their woes at home, just in time to hit the road once again for another lengthy road trip. It will be the longer of the two remaining roadies that they have left this season, if that brings any consolation to the matter. In another negative to come of heading out on the road, they will venture into enemy territory in Toronto, where the new look Blue Jays have been punishing those around baseball after the Jays spent big at the trade deadline.
Believe it or not, the final full month of the Major League Baseball season is upon us.
Take a moment to dry any tears you may have experienced from reading that statement.
For some Cleveland Indians fans, those tears shared may have been tears of sadness in knowing that the potential for a long and question-filled offseason is rapidly approaching, along with those brutal cold winter months in northeast Ohio that accompany it while having to rely on the Cleveland Browns for “entertainment”. For others, they may have been tears of happiness, knowing that the end of a disappointing season is on the horizon.
With sports, sometimes it is difficult to determine which angle of the story to tell. In regards to the Cleveland Indians, choose the one that you prefer to follow: the Indians are six games below the .500 mark, or the Indians are within five games of the American League Wild Card race with a little over a month left to play.
Regardless of which version of the story you prefer to gravitate to, there is plenty left to watch as the Tribe (60-66) trudges forward on a season full of missed opportunities, roster overhauls, and lingering questions for the future.
They were expected to contend. They haven’t. The offense was supposed to contribute. It has been lacking. The bullpen was supposed to be a strength. It has left fans wanting. The starting rotation was supposed to be good. It has, at times, been great, but is still not without fault or concern. Now, a young group of prospects and fringe players look to make their mark on the 2016 roster by clicking in with the core heading forward, all while still mathematically within range of a Wild Card run, for those hopeful readers in the crowd.