Cleveland Indians: 3 things that went right in August for Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians broke even
It seems odd to say that a .500 record in the month of August was a huge positive for the Cleveland Indians, but after the month of July it truly was that important. July saw Cleveland go 9-15, nearly destroying the club’s season. However, August saw Cleveland bounce back a bit and finish out 14-14.
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While record is just wins and losses, the overall picture of August was an overall bright sign. For the first time this season, Cleveland’s run differential for a month was greater than just +1. Cleveland scored 136 runs in August while allowing 117 for a +19 margin. The only other month with a positive run differential was June and that was only +1.
While finishing out exactly .500 shouldn’t be a big accomplishment, it was more than what was expected from the team. After the deadline moves and Terry Francona stepping away, Cleveland could have very easily withered away the rest of the season with focus on 2022, but that wasn’t the case.
Hopefully, the .500 record and strong performances will spiral into a strong finish to the season for Cleveland. Hope for any postseason berth is insanely slim this year, but this is setting the stage for a more hopeful 2022 campaign.