Cleveland Indians five-point checklist for the month of June
The Cleveland Indians will head into the month of June sitting in second place in the American League Central and 3.5 games back of the division-leading Chicago White Sox. With the first two games of the month being against the Southside Sox, there’s a chance that the Tribe could make a dent in the deficit. However, over the course of the upcoming month Cleveland will have the opportunity to continue advancing towards the postseason.
Despite being back in the divisional race, the Tribe do enter the month of June tied for the last wild card spot in the AL, being tied with the Houston Astros. Now, there’s still a lot games left to be played but record and standing will soon start to matter with the trade deadline just two short months away.
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With a 29-24 record, the Cleveland Indians are surrounded by the annual contenders in the standings, being behind the Boston Red Sox, tied with the Houston Astros and in front of the New York Yankees. The best part of it, from a fans’ perspective, is that this has come with the Tribe struggling in multiple areas of the game. Just a handful of games above .500, Cleveland has plenty of room for growth.
During the month of June the Tribe should focus on these five aspects of the club to improve their chances towards the rest of the season. While they are still in the hunt, the other teams have more capital to make bigger moves as that time of the year approaches. For Cleveland, they are limited to fixing problems in-house. With that being said, finding answers for these five points will be critical. There’s still time to get it sorted out, but time will begin to run out, especially if they begin to fall behind in the standings, whether it be the division or the wild card.