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The Indians Are Pushing For 1st Place In AL

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Indians Are Pushing For 1st Place In AL

The Indians are pushing for 1st place in the AL and it is coming down to the wire. With Houston right on their tail, the Tribe pushes to finish strong. The miraculous run the Indians have made at the tail end of the season is unforgettable, to say the least. From the 22 game win streak to the ridiculous stats that went along with it, the Tribe’s 2017 season has definitely had its fair share of jaw-dropping moments. After Tuesday nights victory against Minnesota, Cleveland sits at 98-59 on the season with a 1 game lead over Houston for the best record in the AL. Home field would definitely give the tribe an advantage throughout the postseason as it would for any team. Luckily for Cleveland, they are in a solid position to secure 1st place in the American League.

Battle Of The Best

At this point in the season, the Tribe’s only two concerns are the Dodgers, who currently hold the best record in baseball at 100-57, and the very close trailing Astros who have an impressive 97-60 resume. Although home field throughout the playoffs is a great weapon to have in your arsenal, the Tribe has an astonishing 53-28 record on the road. Playing in enemy territory hasn’t seemed to affect Cleveland in a negative way this year. They currently hold the best road record in all of MLB. Even if the Tribe loses home field to Houston, the chances for Cleveland don’t seem to diminish significantly.

Postseason Picture

The postseason layout could very much differ from now since we are still left with a week worth of baseball. If things stay the same as they are now within the AL, the tribe will face off against the winner of the Wild Card game. With the Yankees already securing a playoff spot and the Twins most likely becoming the 2nd wild card team, Cleveland will most likely play one of these two clubs in the ALDS. However, if Cleveland is overtaken by Houston, the Tribe will face Boston instead. Their regular season record against these three teams are shown below.

Yankees: 5 Wins 2 Losses

Twins: 4 Wins 5 Losses

Red Sox: 3 Wins 4 Losses

Regardless of what transpires over the next week, the Indians will host home field in the ALDS. The Tribe will finish out their season at home facing the Twins and then the White Sox. Game 1 of the ALDS will be held October 5th.