There are six games left in the season and it is gut check time for the Cleveland Indians. Currently the Tribe are 92-64 and are a half game back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot. Although the Rays have played one more game and are 93-64 on the year. In order for the Indians to have a chance they essentially have to win out. Something that is much more easier said than done.
The final six games for the Indians are on the road. First a three game series with the Chicago White Sox. Sounds simple enough. The problem is that Cleveland is 7-9 against Chicago this season. That is not so good. The Indians cannot afford to lose this series to their division rival. Chicago has given Cleveland problems all season long. The Indians are yet to win a series against the White Sox, their best result being a series split four times. Cleveland needs to turn things around starting Tuesday.
Cleveland’s second and final series is against the Nationals in Washington. This means that National League rules are in play. Pitchers will have to hit, putting the Tribe at a disadvantage. Unlike Chicago, Washington is a playoff team. The Nationals currently hold the first National League Wild Card spot. In fact, the Nationals could potentially clinch their postseason berth before Cleveland comes to town. If not, this could prove to be a problem for Cleveland who are just 8-9 against National League teams this season.
As the season winds down the importance of each game is magnified. Each win or loss will have a massive impact on whether or not the Indians make the postseason.