Where we stand: The Tribe went 21-6 in the month of September. The last time they won 20 games in September was 1948. The Indians finished the regular season 2nd in the AL Central (ONE freaking game behind Detroit)
Most pleasant surprise this month: That 21-6 record. And watching Ubaldo Jimenez cement his rebirth as an ace. He was 4-0 in September with a 1.09 ERA. 51 strikeouts and 7 walks. He pitched well in August, but only went 1-4 because he frequently didn’t get the necessary run support. The other pleasant surprise this month was seeing the offense finally get consistent. I don’t care if we were playing an “easy” schedule or not. The team won the games it needed to win.
Biggest disappointment this month: Justin Masterson’s injury and losing both series against the Royals. But that’s about it. You couldn’t ask for a better month.
Biggest challenge for the upcoming month: I’m happy the team has two days off before the Wild Card decider. Let Texas and Tampa Bay play a game 163, use up their top starters, and and get a bit more jet lag. Our guys can rest sore wrists, muscles, etc. My only concern is that two days off will take away some of the momentum they gained in winning 10 straight games.
Bonus Question: Who do we want to face in the Wild Card game?: We’re 5-1 against Texas this season and 2-4 against Tampa Bay. At this point, I’m not afraid of either of them, but I’d rather see Texas. What do you think?