Hey Cleveland, I hope you had your brooms out yesterday as your Cleveland Indians completed yet another 4 game sweep over the Houston Astros. With this sweep, the Indians matched a feat last completed by the New York Yankees in 1961. Following in the footsteps of the ’61 Yankees, The Tribe narrowly holds on to one of the AL’s two wild card spots with just a week left in the season as they become the first team in 52 years to have 6 four-game sweeps in a season. That Yankee team had Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and went on to win the 1961 World Series.
“We’ve got a week to go and we’re in a fun spot,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We have to keep winning.”
With the 9-2 victory over the Astros, the Indians moved 1.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the Wild Card race after a Texas loss to Kansas City. Now, with only 6 games left in the 2013 season, the Cleveland Indians….control their own destiny.
If the Indians win, they’re in. The upcoming games are against the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins, both teams that sit at the bottom of the AL Central. All 6 games are extremely winnable.
With six games to go, Cleveland controls its own destiny.
“It has been one of those crazy years, a roller-coaster,” Nick Swisher said “We’ve had some great winning streaks and some great losing streaks. We’ve had everything, but I think that’s just a testament to us pulling together and staying tight.”
With just a week left, 6 games, in the 2013 MLB season, each and every game is more and more important for the Indians to win. Cleveland, who hasn’t made the postseason since 2007, has had its ups and downs but looks to complete the season on a high note for the fans and the city of Cleveland who is just utterly desperate for a championship.
It seems that Cleveland has the easiest path to the postseason among the teams fighting for a spot. Cleveland has two home games against the White Sox, who they have beaten 15 of 17 times this season, and end the season with four games in Minnesota. Texas hosts the Astros three times and ends with a four game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Tampa Bay will finish their series with Baltimore and then head on the road for three games in New York against the Yankees and three in Toronto.