The Cleveland Indians lost three straight to the Kansas City Royals in their last series of the season, sending the Tribe to 3rd in the AL Central.
The Cleveland Indians went from first place in the AL Central to third after dropping three in a row the lowly Kansas City Royals. The Indians started off the series with a win, avoiding the sweep, and won 5-2. A good start, then the Tribe’s bullpen fell apart, losing 8-6. Ok, hard loss, Triston McKenzie looked good, however. Then game three rolls around and the pitching holds but the offense doesn’t, and the team falls 3-0. A bad night, fair enough. Then Thursday’s game, an 11-1 drubbing. A complete and utter collapse by the team.
The Indians are now 1.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox for first place. The Minnesota Twins are 1.0 games back of first. Luckily for the Indians, even if the season ended today, they’d be in the playoffs. The league expanded to a stupid amount of teams in 2020, with eight teams from both the AL and NL going to the playoffs for a total of 16 teams. Four more, many believe, than needed.
The increase of teams makes needing to win the Division meaningless, which is sad, but many in Cleveland still want that Divisional crown. Thankfully, the Indians control their own destiny still. The Tribe may be done with the Royals, but there is still one final regular-season series against the Twins and White Sox left.
The Indians still have series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and the Chicago Cubs as well. Which should make for some easy wins in the case of the Pirates and Tigers. Assuming they don’t pull a Royals.
The series loss to the Royals is only the fourth series the Tribe has lost all season.