It started with a Michael Brantley home run to give the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday night. Five days later, the Indians appear to finally be playing with some attitude, as well as the swagger that most have waited for since the first pitch of the 2014 season.
The victories are not only important for a team to try and get back into the race in the AL Central, but finally there seems to be an identity to this team that it sorely lacked through the first 45 games of the season.
The wins have put the team just two games under .500 at 24-26, and are 6.5 games out of first against the Tigers in the division. Maybe the moment that will stand out the most in the last six wins was the one that saw the Indians win Thursday with a walk with the bases loaded in the 13th inning.
The team entered the 2014 season with the saying “Unfinished Business,” but after less than 60 games into the year, there’s a new logo that the team could embrace, and that’s simply “whatever it takes.” They have gone on the winning streak that has saw them win in a variety of ways, as well as with a number of different heroes.
The pitching has seen two members of the rotation go to the pen and minors, and another wind up on the DL with a low back injury. The offense has been stale for most of the year, but finally, with some of their key players hitting lower in the lineup, it’s about time this team started to play with the fire that many have been waiting for.
The Indians have three more on the road after Sunday’s game, and then it’s back to the friendly confines of Progressive Field to take on the Colorado Rockies. If there was any a time for a team to play matchmaker with good baseball, its’ now, and thankfully, the Indians are finding the right formula to start winning ways again.