The first half of the season is in the books and if there is one conclusion to make from the results, it is that the Cleveland Indians are consistently inconsistent. Even when looking on a smaller scale, like the last week of play, we have seen the Indians involved three straight one hit games, two of which they were on the bad side of. They followed that up with last night’s 10-1 offensive surge over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Indians have had difficulty stringing wins together; their longest winning streak was a six game run at the end of May into the first few days of June. When looking at the rest of the first half of the season, it’s been winning two or three, losing three or four. The final ten games of June were especially rough for Cleveland, going 3-7 and being outscored 41-38.
Despite all of the negative commentary surrounding the Indians this season, the team is remarkably only three games under .500 (40-43). 12 of those 43 losses were by a one run differential.
The Indians will have their work cut out for them in finding consistency in the month of July. After their series with the Dodgers ends today, they have a three game series with Kansas City Royals (three games ahead of Cleveland in the Central Division). They follow that with a four game series with the New York Yankees. New York is currently 3.5 games back in the East and in the middle of a four game losing streak (2-8 over their last 10). The Royals series is a tremendous opportunity for Cleveland to gain some ground in the standings. The Yankees are not the team of the past that has had Cleveland’s number. After the Yankees, the Indians will face the last place Chicago White Sox.
With the schedule looking friendlier, the Cleveland Indians have a chance to start the first month of the second half of the season with some consistency. If they can string more wins together and avoid the three to four game losing streaks, they can get above .500 and starting regaining some lost ground in their division.
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