Cleveland Indians: 4-point checklist for the month of August

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Cleveland Indians need to stay above .500

Since Terry Francona took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians the team has never finished below .500. This season could very well challenge that streak. At the time of this being written, the Tribe are sitting at 52-51, just one game above .500.

Even though Francona has stepped away for the season, this is still his team and his culture. Even the wins are still being credited to him – meaning he’s going to become the team’s all-time wins leader despite not being in the dugout. However, there should still be a pride amongst the team to keep that streak of finishing above .500 going.

The good news is that August’s schedule should help and the early returns have shown a lot more promise than July’s start. Cleveland will get six games against the Detroit Tigers, three against the Texas Rangers and another three against the Minnesota Twins.

It won’t be the easiest schedule ever, but it’s a lot different from what the team just went through in July. For that reason, the team needs to focus on just staying north of .500 this month. Hopefully, they can do more than that because just a .500 month would keep the team above .500 overall and would be a disappointment given the simple schedule for August.