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The Indians are not going to October, no matter how many times I held out hope or wished it to be true otherwise, the team just could not overcome the nagging issues it suffered from early in the season. The turmoil with the pitching staff’s injuries and the collapse of the bullpen being another.
There’s hope for the future too. The Indians are 17th in RBIs, 11th in home runs, and 14th in slugging percentage. Not great numbers by any means but considering how much turnover the team has had since April, it’s really encouraging.
If the Indians didn’t lose Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale for as long as they did, who knows what the team could’ve looked like this year. The offense isn’t as good as we hoped but it’s not as bad as we expected. The team is still making things interesting to boot.
The Indians are still worth your attention
The Indians are actually 8-3 in their last 11 and surging. There’s a good possibility the team can end the year in the high 80s for wins. They manhandled Shohei Ohtani while taking the series with the Angles, Rangers, and Royals (the last game is Thursday night), and they had a massive comeback against the Red Sox to avoid getting swept.
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In two of the last three games, the Indians rallied past the Red Sox after being down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning and came back to win with a score of 7-5. Against the Royals, on Wednesday, the Indians had given Kansas City loaded bases in the bottom of the 10th and still were able to get the win thanks to a bloop single in the 11th.
This team may not be streaking towards a playoff birth, one that mathematically they aren’t eliminated from just yet (0.3%), but they’ve shown that they are still a good team worth watching. Watch I will.
The future for the Indians is quite bright. Sure, a decision will have to be made about Jose Ramirez, but if the Tribe can get in on that salary floor idea, that will be partly funded by other ballclubs, it’s very likely the Tribe offers Ramirez a new deal.
That, or they could just continue to prove that trading away players nearing the end of their deals is never the wrong move, as they’ve proven time and time again. Just as Texas and New York how Corey Kluber and Francisco Lindor have worked out.