Well, the Tigers have clinched the division and the Indians have been officially eliminated contention. When I went to bed last night, secure in the fact that they had beaten the Twins in the first of a four-game series this weekend, I kept thinking “Your number is One.” (I suppose I could have had Stayin’ Alive in my head, but I hate the Bee Gees. So much so that I’m not even going to post a link. ) It was the classic Indians fan optimism, channeling Yogi and repeating, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” But of course, the freaking Tigers also won and so here we are. Out of it.
The fact that the Indians weren’t eliminated until the very end, with only 13 games left in the season, feels like some sort of accomplishment. Although it feels like it’s time to clean up the empty glasses, sweep the floor and turn out the lights, the remaining games must still be played. It’s kind of ironic that the team starts hitting and winning now that they’ve been eliminated, but they’ve won the first two in Minnesota by scores of 7-6 and 10-4. They haven’t won two in a row since a three-game win streak August 29-31. With their record at 74-75, the task at hand now is to win as many games as possible over the next two weeks and finish over .500, which they haven’t done since 2007. They finished right at .500 in 2008, but let’s shoot a little higher, shall we? I don’t want the .501 blues.