Cleveland Indians: Three things that went wrong in May

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Three things that went wrong in May for the Cleveland Indians

The month of May for the Cleveland Indians was an interesting one. The team escaped with a winning record of 17-12 over the course of the month, but the negatives were magnified. Any negative can be dwelled on, but in the case of Cleveland it seemed like the negatives were just reoccurring for the club. No matter what it was, a stat, injuries or anything else, they came in bunches and just added salt to the wound in many cases.

Despite all of that, Cleveland is still just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central after grabbing the first game of the month from the Chicago White Sox. The team also holds one of the wild card spots as well. Now, it might be too early in the season to be thinking about the postseason, but recognizing the team’s position helps with the negatives. While present, if they can be corrected or solutions can be found the team could once again be dangerous and have a strong shot at playing in October.

For the negatives from the month of May, some are able to be controlled by the team while others are not. That’s the nature of negatives, they aren’t always within the team’s control. However, how the team responds, adjusts and performs after is well within control. So far, the team has done a decent job in those instances. Where they have struggled are the negatives that are controllable.

There’s going to be some parallels between this list and the checklist for June, but some points will be new as well. The parallels should make sense as the club will want to correct what they can in terms of what when wrong in May. As the season moves into June and we reflect on May, these three things are what went wrong for the Cleveland Indians.

If you’re looking for the positives from May, those three highlights can be found here.