Cleveland Indians: Three things that went right in May

Closing pitcher James Karinchak #99 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Three things that went right in May for the Cleveland Indians

So far this season the Cleveland Indians have had an up-and-down season, yet through all of the highs and lows the team has still managed to not only enter June above .500, but well within reach of both the division and the wild card race. After capturing a win over the White Sox to begin the month, the Tribe sit just 2.5 games back of the AL Central lead while being in control of one of the wild card spots.

A 17-12 record during the month of May might not be viewed as outstanding, but it could be worse. The team sustained injury after injury and struggled to find the footing of the starting rotation. Despite that, they were still able to achieve a winning record, a feat that shouldn’t be taken lightly given the circumstances. Luckily, that wasn’t the only positive in the month of May for Cleveland.

While negatives usually claim the headlines and stir up talk about the team, there were plenty of positives for the Tribe over the last month, most of them being with the pitching despite the uneasiness of the starting rotation.

There will still be negatives from the month and things the team needs to work on during the month of June, but not all of the news is bad. There were positives in May and that’s what this will focus on.

Moving forward into the remainder of the season, and more specifically June, the Cleveland Indians should use these three aspects as cornerstones for building momentum through the rest of the season. There’s more than just these three positives, but this trio sticks out as strong points that will be a big help for the club as the season progresses. If these continue to trend in the right direction and the team can improve in other areas that could be huge in the long run.

If you’d rather read about what went wrong in May for Cleveland, those three points can be found here.