The Cleveland Indians are coasting into the postseason but are still ranked below the rest of the American League playoff teams in MLB.com’s power rankings.
The Cleveland Indians played late into the night on Tuesday and came away with a loss. Did you stay up and watch?
If so, you were disappointed. If not, I can’t blame you. It is hard to get too emotionally invested in these final games when clearly winning isn’t the top priority. That was clear last night when the bullpen was not even an option late when Carlos Carrasco came away with the loss.
This last week is about staying healthy and getting everyone on track to be at their best in the postseason.
This time of the year, right before October, also allows us to see where the Indians stack up in the eyes of national analysts. When it comes to Alyson Footer of MLB.com, the Indians are ranked higher than any National League team.
However, they are ranked fifth overall behind the four other American League playoff teams.
This makes perfect sense considering that when going by record, the Indians are the fifth overall team in the AL. They are currently seven games behind the Oakland A’s in the win column for fourth overall. Luckily, that doesn’t matter as the Indians are division champions.
We also know that one of the teams ahead of the Indians will be knocked out ahead of the ALDS, and that the Indians will be squaring off against the Houston Astros, who are first in the MLB.com rankings. Win that series and the Indians suddenly look much better than fifth overall.
All of this is essentially nonsense though as the power rankings don’t determine much other than who looks good right now. The Astros could look terrible in the ALDS and make their 100 wins look just about as good as the 102 wins looked for the Indians in 2017.
Still, it’s interesting to take a look at what others think about where the Indians stand. I know asking any Indians fans will lead to a biased answer, even though I’m fine with that.