There is easily no team in Major League Baseball that has squandered more opportunities to gain in both the division and wildcard races than the Cleveland Indians. They could have played better against the Detroit Tigers, just a little better even, and be leading the American League Central division right now. The wildcard should have been easy for this overachieving team of Terry Francona.
Francona has done a great job with a team that few thought would be this good. But they are this good and they are this close to the playoffs. Now all they had to do was win a few games here and there but they didn’t. There are a few things that will unbelievably give the Tribe yet another great chance to grasp their spot in the MLB Postseason.
The first thing they have going for them is the Tampa Bay Rays backslide that gave everyone a better chance at the second wildcard slot. That is very helpful to everyone but the Rays of course and the Indians are no exception. The second thing they have builds off of the first. They have a weak schedule, if there could be such a thing in MLB, for the rest of the season.
No team in baseball is ever easy to beat. Every game is a new game and could go either way. Still the Indians should beat the teams under .500 if they plan to have a chance. They luckily have mostly sub-par teams for the rest of the way. They should be able to beat these teams so they have a decent chance to climb into that race even above the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Let us see if they can finally take advantage of a chance to gain ground.