Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians are knocking on the Wild Card door. Their resurgence has helped redefine their spot on the MLB odds, sure, but just as critical throughout the whole process has been the demise of the Tampa Bay Rays. Now as we head into the final weeks of the regular season, the American League postseason is in flux.
It’s worth noting that the Baltimore Orioles, too, have restored their spot on the World Series futures, but it’s the Tribe who stand to shock the most in the event if they manage to hold on and sneak into October.
The last time the Indians made the playoffs was 2007 and times have been tough. Not only is Cleveland on pace to top .500 for the first since, they also have 18/1 odds on the MLB futures.
While their spot in the postseason is far from guaranteed, one can’t help but remember just how much of a factor momentum can play when it comes to playoff baseball. The sky is the limit so long as the club is able to pull themselves into the bracket.
The chase starts this weekend when the Indians hit the road against the incredibly beatable Chicago White Sox. Look out world, Cleveland’s making their move.