However, the doors to the postseason remain open. Rather than simply shooting for the second wild-card spot, the Indians can still chase down the American League Central Division title if they get hot.
That's because the Detroit Tigers have lost the division lead to the Kansas City Royals, the team that Cleveland was chasing for the wild-card sport.
In order to make this happen, the Indians must go on a magical run like they did last year, and time is running out.
With Nick Swisher, David Murphy and Michael Bourn banged up, the Tribe will have to rely on relative unknowns like Tyler Holt, Chris Dickerson and Zach Walters to help carry the offense down the stretch.
Fortunately, the Tribe begins a stretch of games tonight at Progressive Field, where the Indians are a robust 34-22. Cleveland must make up some ground this week against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles.
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