June 20th…seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? The end of spring, just a day or two short of summer. Yes, a long time ago.â†µ
June 20th was also the last day that the Indians played a game against any team that is currently below .500, except for the Tigers, who were well above the break-even mark when the Tribe swept four from Detroit directly out of the All-Star break. That is a span of 40 games, and even with trades and injuries, to this point in the grueling schedule the Tribe has broken exactly even, at 20-20.â†µ
Four games remain in this rugged stretch, tonight against Boston followed by three at home against Minnesota before Cleveland can, hopefully, breathe against Baltimore.â†µ
My point? Simple, really. Although the Tribe is still 16 games under .500, I am impressed at this stretch of ball against superior teams…and I see it as a sign of real hope for the future.