Cleveland Indians five-point checklist for the month of July
The calendar is about to flip and while the Cleveland Indians had a hard month of June in terms of injuries, the schedule in July is just as daunting. The Tribe are set to have seven games against the Houston Astros, seven against the Tampa Bay Rays as well as series against the Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox.
July will also bring about a variety of off-the-field events over the course of the month, including the MLB Draft, the All-Star break and the trade deadline. All of that combines to make one of the most important and pivotal months of the baseball season for Cleveland.
With such an important month on deck, the Tribe will need to find ways to stay positive through what could be difficult stretches. There’s no doubt that Terry Francona and company have a plan to combat this, but having small goals that don’t always show up on the scoreboard could go a long way.
The hope is that Cleveland will be able to stay in the win column and the extra stuff will come along with it. However, the schedule raises the concern that hard times could be ahead of the team, but there’s still ways to progress forward positively even if the team isn’t winning.
If the injuries to the club has done anything it’s revealed weaknesses, weaknesses that can be addressed in the coming month. To get ready for the final two months of the regular season, the club can focus on these aspects of the game that aren’t necessarily in the win or loss column. They can definitely influence the outcome of games, but a loss won’t completely derail the plans to check these five points off by the end of the month.
So, with further delay, here’s out five-point checklist for the Cleveland Indians during the month of July.