I’m trying not to get my hopes up about the Tribe, but they’re making that difficult.
The Tribe played well at the beginning of the year, then hit the skids big time. They lost a bunch of games and plummeted in the standings, and I thought the season was probably over. But somehow, some way, they pulled it together and scraped out some stunning, last-minute wins. Today Justin Masterson pitched a beautiful game, shutting out the White Sox 4-0. With the win the Indians completed a four-game sweep of the Sox, in Chicago, and moved into a tie with Detroit for first place.
I don’t know how the Tribe is doing it — I really don’t. They don’t have a star-studded lineup filled with potent hitters, and lately their bullpen has really struggled. They’ve gotten pounded by the stud teams in the American League. But these guys find a way to beat the bad teams, and so far that’s been good enough. The fact that Detroit has fallen on hard times hasn’t hurt, either.
I’m still not expecting a lot from the Tribe this year — I’m really not. But now we’re moving into July, the Indians have shown some admirable fortitude, and baseball remains worth watching for Cleveland fans. Not bad!