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5 Adjustments The Cleveland Indians Must Make For Playoff Push

5 Adjustments The Cleveland Indians Must Make For Playoff Push

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Terry Francona has been in playoff races before. With the Cleveland Indians, Francona must make these adjustments to get the team back into the playoffs.

5. Better defense

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5. Better defense

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The Indians are last in the majors in fielding percentage. The team cannot let defense be the reason why it will not make the playoffs. A .980 fielding percentage is not going to cut it.

4. Hitters must stay hot

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4. Hitters must stay hot

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Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley are the lifeblood of the lineup. Those two cannot get cold by any means. The AL Central is going to be a tight race for the rest of the season.

3. Watch for September

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3. Watch for September

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Cleveland cannot get lazy in August because September is going to be a very important month. The Indians have six series against AL Central opponents. There is no sleeping in September.

2. Figure out Swisher

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2. Figure out Swisher

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Nick Swisher has struggled mightily this season. A replacement could be sufficient for Cleveland's playoff hopes. However, it would be in the team's best interest if Swisher gets better quickly so he does not hinder the team's performance the rest of the way.

1. Make a trade

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1. Make a trade

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Cleveland needs a fifth starter and has two players who are viable trade candidates; Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera. Cleveland should look to solidify the roster for the playoff run.

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