It happens seemingly every season since 2007. It gets blown out of proportion and it falsely puts pressure on the rest of the AL Central to keep winning. What am I talking about? Well, none other than the Cleveland Indians‘ first-half surge.
The Indians are currently 45-38 and a half-game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Just how solid is this start? Well, a recent five-game win streak has put them in this position, but before that, they were sitting around five games back of the Tigers.
In my opinion, this is just another fluke start by the surging Indians. Should the Tigers be worried?
Last year on July 3, the Indians were contending for first place as well, sitting at 41-39. They finished the season 68-94 and 20 games out of first place. They also had their second-lowest yearly attendance since 1993 with just about 1.6 million.
In 2011, the Indians started 44-38 and ended up 80-82 and 15 games out of first place. The 2010 season was a bit different, as they were already close to 20 games under .500 on July 3 and finished the season 25 games out of first. Just like 2010, the 2009 season saw the Indians out of the race seemingly before it even got started.
They put up a bit of a fight in 2008, finishing 81-81 and 7.5 games out of first place. However, they haven’t actually been a relevant team since 2007.
While they will one day be back as one of the American League’s top contenders, 2013 still isn’t their year, and without a big addition to their lineup or pitching staff, it could be a while before the Terry Francona-led Indians make it back to the postseason.
So don’t worry Tiger fans, with no one on the Indians’ roster hitting over .300 and three starting pitchers with an ERA hovering around 4.50, the Indians are of no threat to Detroit’s stellar squad.
Just another false-hope start for the Indians and their fans.