The Indians finished May with a16-14 record but dropped 5 of the last 6 games to erode the highlight sweep of the Tigers and fall from 1st place.
Last year the Tribe started 32-20 through May (27-23 this season) but faltered badly in June, at 10-17.
What does the future hold? Will this June be a boon or a swoon?
The Indians play only 9 home games during the month with 18 road contests. Interleague opponents include in-state/local rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh plus the World Champion Cardinals at St. Louis and a series at Houston, which becomes a member of the American League Central next year.
The four AL series are with the Twins (home) and three sets on the road with the Tigers, Yankees and Orioles.
A difficult path but perhaps a test of mettle and resolve. Will the Indians be pretenders or contenders?