The Cleveland Indians hit the All-Star break with some much needed medicine–a three-game winning streak over the struggling Royals.
The victories put the Tribe three games over .500 after a nine-game losing streak sunk the Tribe 8.0 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central.
The sun is setting on the 2021 version of the Tribe, but with 1/2 a season to go, nobody is ready to give up. So, can they catch up? Terry Francona’s clubs typically play better in the second half, but considering the team will still be without Aaron Civale and Shane Bieber, dreaming of a divisional title may be just that–a dream.
Crazier things haver happened, though, and the Chicago is dealing with its own injuries, although most of their problems have come in their lineup. As we’ve seen with the Indians over the past few seasons, good starting pitching that always gives a shot to win can carry you a long way.
The trade deadline is quickly approaching and I do expect Cleveland to be active. It may be a trade that benefits the Tribe down the road, planning ahead isn’t necessarily such a bad thing.
So, with the Tribe heading into the 2021 All-Star break, here’s a look at five Indians whose stocks are on the rise at the unofficial mid-point of the season.