The Cleveland Indians went into the All-Star break on a positive note. The team reached .500 (47-47), but is 7 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the Central, and 3 1/2 out of the final Wild Card spot.
Considering the team leads the big league’s in errors, has gotten consistent outings from just one starting pitcher who broke camp in March, and was void of production from the clean-up spot for the first 2 1/2 months of the season, it could be worse.
Whether or not the Indians are buyers or sellers moving forward as been an issue of debate. The team might be trying to acquire Rays’ ace David Price, would be smart, because if the team stands pat, it doesn’t look the Wahoo’s will be playing in their second straight postseason.
The fine folks at FanGraphs.com project the Indians to go 35-33 the rest of the way, which would give the team a 82-80 overall record. That would be 10 games back of how Detorit is projected to finish. Last year the Tribe went into the break with a 51-44 record. Even then, the team only made the postseason thanks to an out-of-this world finish that included a 10-game winning streak to close out the year.
Price would obviously add a boost to the Tribe rotation, giving Terry Francona a formidable rotation of Price, Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Justin Masterson (if he figures things out). Pitching is the great equalizer in baseball, and acquiring Price may be the team’s best way back to the postseason.
What can the Tribe do to change its predicted fate?