Cleveland Indians Drawing Parallels With Tampa Bay Rays In Playoff Hunt

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While the New York Yankees were celebrating Derek Jeter‘s climb on the game’s all-time hits chart, the Cleveland Indians were trying to stay alive in the hunt for October.

It certainly was a day for celebration. Jeter is one of the game’s all-time greatest players, and he certainly cemented that by passing Honus Wagner for sixth place all-time on the hits list. But the Indians are a team trying to rally to save a date for October, and they had little time to cheer Jeter’s achievement.

In a lot of ways, the Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are exact twins. Both teams have neither the pitching nor the offense to suggest that they would be in the thick of things late in the season. But here they are, only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, all thanks to their commitment to not giving up.

The Indians are a team that, just like the Rays, should have been out of the playoff conversation a long time ago. But not these Indians. With Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher emerging as the teams go-to offensive players, the Indians are a team that will not go down easily.

Sunday will loom large for the Indians. It will be their chance to not only get back to .500, but to also pull a little bit closer to the second Wild Card spot, and deal the Yankees another blow in the process.

Cleveland knows what they have to do. Now all they have to do is go out there and do it.

Kareem Gantt covers breaking news for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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  • Matthew David Bennett

    ive been a cleveland indians fan for 20+ years and am as optimistic
    as they come… thus im favorbly biased torward articles that cast the
    indians chances in a favorable light such as this one. with that said
    your article is so far fetched, empty and void of any facts i feel
    compelled to comment. “Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher emerging as the
    teams go-to offensive players”. michael brantly is not “emerging”, hes
    been the core producer for this team from day 1 which is why he was an
    allstar. if nick swisher was this teams “go to offensive player” we
    would still be winless. the indians would give swisher away if their was
    a taker. but theres not. how can a guy thats been on and off the DL
    this season hitting right around the Mendoza line playing 0 defense be a
    go-to offensive player? i would love to hear you respond to that
    question. no mention here of yan gomes, lonnie chisenhall?. gomes may
    well be the indians best player and this article fails to even mention
    him? “Sunday will loom large for the Indians. It will be their chance to
    not only get back to .500″ do you know how many times the indians have
    gotten back to 500 baseball only to lose the next several and go back
    below 500. why would this particular time “loom large”? “Cleveland knows
    what they have to do. Now all they have to do is go out there and do
    it.” you make this closing statement about them knowing what they need
    to do but offer 0 specifics about whats needed? “alls they have to do
    is go out there and do it” really? how can u possibly say that?…their counting on on 3 AAA guys to fortify their rotation, their 2 largest free agent acquisitions to get off the DL, the worst defense in the league to magically do a 180, magically stop being shut down by any left hander who can get the ball from the mound to home plate.either you have never watch a indians game this year or your a 8 year old kid who send a list to santa every December. do you get paid to write these articles?