Doesn't matter if it is ugly, the Guardians just need to win games as the All-Star Break approaches

Cleveland Guardians v Detroit Tigers
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Tuesday night's matchup in Detroit was certainly an eventful one for the Cleveland Guardians. Early on, it appeared that this was game going to be an easy win for the Guardians, but the Tigers had other ideas. Detroit would eventually tie things up at 7 late in the contest, forcing extras. Cleveland was able to add two runs in the top of the 10th. This proved to be just what they needed as Detroit scratched across a run before Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase shut the door with two men on base to secure a 10-9 win.

It was not pretty. In fact, it was sort of ugly, all things considered. Cleveland should have easily run away with this game with their early 6-0 lead, but all that matters is that they won. With five games remaining before the All-Star Break, the only thing they need to focus on is winning games, even if it is in an undesirable fashion like Tuesday night's affair at Comerica Park.

The Guardians are 57-33 on the year and currently hold a 5.5-game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central division. With only a few games left before the Mid-Summer Classic, the only thing the Guardians need to focus on is increasing the number in the win column. Substance matters more than style, and a 12-0 blowout counts the same as a 10-9 extra-innings victory.

What it comes down to is playing their best ball over the next handful of games and riding into the break on a high note, in addition to maintaining or building upon their lead in the division. Nobody wants to go to sit and stew for nearly a week after slumping their way into the festivities that are set to take place next week. This is only going to result in overanalysis and overthinking, which is not going to be beneficial to anyone. The Guardians must focus on winning these next few games by any means necessary and prepare for the push to the postseason once regular season play resumes.