We have been talking about it for weeks, pointing towards it even. Some would even say counting on it. The soft September schedule arrived just in the nick of time. After taking the final two of the three-game set with Baltimore, the scheduling Gods smiled on your Cleveland Indians as the dead-end New York Mets came to town with their AAA lineup in tow. With 20 games to go and the Indians clinging to Wild Card contention, these are the kind of games they HAVE TO win. Every game matters that much more right now. The Yankees, Orioles, and Rays are all going to be beating each other up over the next three weeks. You can throw the red hot Red Sox into that mix – who should be your second favorite team until October might I add.
The time is now for the Indians. They can’t afford any missteps. They are on the cusp of the playoffs if they can just take care of their own business and beat the teams they are supposed to, they can get there. While they are a horrific 4-15 record against their division foe in Detroit, the Tribe is 21 games over .500 against the rest of the league. They can do this. The arrival of the Mets was the perfect tonic for a team looking to pickup some easy wins. They would end up taking two of three, but they really should have completed the sweep. Regardless, if the Indians win two out of every three the rest of the way, October baseball should be in our midst. [Read more...]