Cleveland Indians: Another chance to tie Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race

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The Cleveland Indians are playing in primetime Sunday night with a chance to once again tie Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card spot.

The Cleveland Indians suffered a disappointing loss Saturday night. It dropped the team one game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot and the usual doom and gloom was out among certain members of the fanbase.

But a Rays loss earlier today has the Indians set up to once again be tied with a win. So the panic can be held off for now.

The Indians are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in primetime on the same night the Browns are also home in primetime. ESPN just never learns.

Adam Plutko is on the mound and aside from Ryan Flaherty batting ninth, the lineup isn’t too shabby.

As I said already, a win tonight ties the Indians with the Rays for the second Wild Card spot. The Indians are off tomorrow, but the Rays are in action against the Boston Red Sox. So a potential tie won’t last too long. The Rays have their final off day on Thursday.

At this very moment the Oakland A’s are getting whooped by the Texas Rangers which means an Indians win would have them two games behind Oakland. Add in Jose Ramirez returning next week and it will be an exciting, and stressful, final week of the regular season.

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But all the talk of ties and excitement is directly related to a win tonight. Nothing would be better for the city than for both the Indians and Browns to pick up wins in front of national audiences. Right now the Indians could use a win more, but we will of course be rooting for both. Chat about it with other readers in the comments section below!