You know it has to have felt good during the month of May for the Cleveland Indians to see the Detroit Tigers falling further behind in the division. This isn’t just a tough team the Indians have to deal with, this is the defending American League champion Tigers and they were stepping away from them at least one game per day. It was an easy enough formula. The Tribe wins games and plays extremely well while the Tigers lose games and seem to be slumping. Before long a dead heat at the top of the AL Central turns into a one team show.
And then they face each other. Yesterday the Tigers ended the Indians winning streak and tonight they are well on their way to doing the same. The Indians are finding it more difficult to make dramatic comebacks against the Tigers than against other teams to hurt the Tigers. I guess that is why they play the games. The good news for the Indians is that they are still pulling away for real. That isn’t fake. The bad news is that if they get swept in this series their hot winning ways in the month of May won’t be the only thing that is gone.
Their nice crooked number lead would be gone as well. This isn’t the last time these guys are going to face each other either. Not just a few games in the division are on the line here. Bragging rights and confidence can go a long way in a race like this one. For now it is a two team race between these two teams. You expect tough games to come down to the wire dramatically. If the Indians allow themselves to just get swept out of there easily, they will not look great coming up the next series either.