The Cleveland Indians are one of the more talented all around teams in Major League Baseball but you wouldn’t know it from the result of their games of late. Their loss on Sunday ran their losing streak to seven games and further damaged their standing in the American League Central behind the Detroit Tigers. It isn’t easy to put your finger on what the problem is in such a situation but Terry Francona and the Indians staff has their work cut out for them. This streak needs to end in favor of about a five game winning streak right away.
As bad as things have been, it has only been that bad for about a week. On June 1 the Indians were 30 – 25 and were 0.5 games behind the Tigers for first place. After today, June 9, they are 30 – 32 and 5.5 games behind the Tigers. Did I mention that the last few games of that losing streak was a series sweep at the hands of the Tigers? Yeah, that’s not the best way to gain ground to say the least. Also notice that in June the number to the left, the win column, hasn’t changed. That’s kind of a problem.
As much as the Indians would probably love to face the worst team in the majors right now, the Texas Rangers are their next task. They have led the AL West most of the season and are far from a pushover. Whatever is going wrong for the Indians, it is causing the wheels to fall off. The Tigers aren’t winning every single game or the damage would be even worse than it is. Actually they are still in second place just barely in front of the Kansas City Royals.
If the Indians cannot get this situation fixed soon so that the bad first week of June doesn’t turn into a pattern for the entire month, their playoff hopes will be badly damaged by the end of the month.